Art Agnos Biography


Art Agnos had extensive experience in executive roles and decision-making at the federal, state, and government level as the Mayor of San Francisco, member of the California State Assembly, California Unemployment Appeals Board, and as a senior Presidential Appointee in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


In the private sector, Mr. Agnos has served as a strategic advisor to E.J.DeLaRosa & Co, the nation’s largest minority owned public finance investment banking firm. From 2002 to 2008, he was as an independent board member for Countrywide Bank headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California where he served as Chair of the Public Policy Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He also is serving as an independent board member of Global Food Technologies, a biotechnology company targeting food safety in fish, meat, and poultry where he is a member of the Audit Committee and the Chair of the Compensation Committee.


Mr. Agnos has many volunteer civic and educational activities that include serving as a board member for the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles, California and the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco in San Francisco California.


Mr. Agnos began his career as human rights social worker in low income public housing with the San Francisco Housing Authority. He was elected to the California Assembly in 1975 where he served as Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, Ways and Means Health and Welfare Subcommittee.


In 1988 Mr. Agnos was elected to be the 39th mayor of San Francisco where he successfully met the challenge of declining revenues and growing needs without raising taxes and damaging public service. Mayor Agnos’ leadership during and after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was widely acclaimed as the city swiftly recovered from a major natural disaster without lasting effects. In 1992, his pioneering homeless plan creating a continuum of care won an “Innovation in Government” award from Harvard University.


In 1992, Mr. Agnos served as an Unemployment Appeals Board Member for the state of California until being appointed to be the Regional Executive for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by President Bill Clinton. During his tenure at HUD, he also served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing and as the Federal Housing Commissioner.


For the past 10 years, his experience and insight on government, public policy and the democratic process led to requests by the U.S. Secretary of State to speak in seminars for mayors and local officials in Turkey; by the National Democracy Institute in Angola, Palestine, and China; and by the Asia Foundation in Korea and the Russian Far East.


Mr. Agnos is married to the former Cheryl Ann Hankins and they are the proud parents of two grown sons, Christopher and Stephen.