Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Member, Cubic Transportation Systems Strategic Advisory Board
Willie L. Brown, Jr., brings more than 40 years of public service in California state and city government to his role as a member of Cubic’s Strategic Advisory Committee. After serving more than three decades in the State Assembly, where he was re-elected 16 straight times to the 13th Assembly District (D-San Francisco), and amassing a record as the longest serving speaker in California history after 15 years, Brown returned to his hometown of San Francisco and ran for Mayor. He served two terms as the 41st mayor of the city and county of San Francisco from 1996 to 2004, the culmination of which was an unbroken record of four decades in politics, government and civic life.
While mayor of San Francisco, he refurbished and rebuilt the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (known simply as Muni), which is one of the oldest transit systems in the world, dating from 1912. It is the largest transit system in the Bay Area and seventh largest in the nation, serving more than 200 million customers a year, and Muni is a participant in the regional Clipper® Card system delivered by Cubic in 2010. The Muni fleet is unique and includes: historic streetcars, biodiesel and electric hybrid buses and electric trolley coaches, light rail vehicles, paratransit cabs and vans and the world-famous cable cars.
Today, he heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr., Institute on Politics and Public Service, where he shares his knowledge and skills with a new generation of California leaders.
He received his bachelor of arts from San Francisco State University, and his law degree from Hastings College of Law, University of California.