Vice Chair of the City of Berkeley’s Planning Commission Barnali Ghosh announced today that she will be running for the BART Board from District 3, which comprises Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole, Hercules, Kensington, El Sobrante, North Richmond, Rodeo, Crockett, and Port Costa.

Ghosh is a trained landscape architect who has served as the Chair of the City of Berkeley’s Transportation Commission. Outside government projects, she has engaged in transportation activism with organizations like Walk Bike Berkeley and TransForm. She also conducts the South Asian Radical History Walking Tour in Berkeley and played a key role in the campaign to rename a part of Shattuck Avenue in Downtown Berkeley after Kala Bagai. 

“I’m running for BART Board because the system is facing a post-pandemic fiscal emergency,” she said. “We need a seasoned transportation policy activist representing District 3 capable of navigating the complex challenges ahead.” Incumbent director of the BART Board Rebecca Saltzmann, has endorsed Ghosh for the position.  

If elected, Ghosh will become the first South Asian to be elected on the BART Board. To know more about her campaign, click here.