Thea Selby was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014, and elected by her peers as Board Vice President in 2015. Trustee Selby is eager to work with the board to continue City College’s accreditation, to increase enrollment, and to move City College forward in the 75th year of its existence towards a sustainable, equitable, and accessible educational institution.
When Thea and her family moved to the Lower Haight 1999, she became concerned with safety issues with her neighborhood and co-founded the Lower Haight Merchant + Neighbor Association to fight for a safe and inclusive neighborhood. To activate the neighborhood and to help the merchants, she developed quarterly ArtWalks, spearheaded a block-long mural with over 30 muralists, and helped raise $50,000 to create a 10’ bronze Silly Pink Bunny in the 440-unit development 55 Laguna.
To learn more how government and large capital infrastructure projects worked, she applied and was appointed to a position on Citizen’s General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee and served as its Chair. During her tenure, she increased the number of times the committee met to oversee $7B of city bonds and established subcommittees by bond for better oversight.
As a mom with kids and no car, she depends upon Muni to get around. She was one of the first members of the San Francisco Transit Riders Union (www.sftransitriders.org), and is the current interim Chair. She fought for Free Muni for Youth, and recently worked with a coalition of groups to pass a $500M transportation bond, and a measure that requires Muni funding to grow with population. Building on her experience with large capital projects and transportation, she applied and was appointed in 2014 to the state-wide California High Speed Rail Authority, the governing body for the $68B infrastructure project that will bring High Speed Rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
In the midst of this she continues to fight for women. She is a former board member of the SF Women’s Political Committee (SFWPC) and co-wrote legislation with then Supervisor David Chiu that would make the Mayoral appointment process more open and transparent to encourage a more diverse range of applicants for appointments to commissions and committees. She is co-founder of Exceptional Women in Publishing (www.ewip.org), and started the annual EWIP Women’s Leadership Conference for women in media 7 years ago in San Francisco. She is a proud 2010 graduate of Emerge, a program that teaches Democratic women to run for political office.
Trustee Selby is Principal of Next Steps Marketing, a call-to-action digital marketing company that builds and engages audiences. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Soviet Studies, and received her MBA from the University of Oregon in International Business and Marketing. She is married and has two children soon to go to college.