James Fang is the longest serving Director on the BART Board. He represents the 8th BART District, which includes portions of San Francisco. Voters first elected him to the BART Board in November 1990 and he was sworn into office on December 6, 1990.
Director Fang also serves as chairman of the Board's Engineering and Operations Committee. Additionally, Director Fang serves as a member of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board.
In 2009, his fellow Board members elected him to serve as 2010 President of the BART Board. He previously held the position of President in 2004 and 1998 and Vice President in 1997, 2003 and 2009.
Director Fang is a native and life long San Franciscan who attended public schools in the city before graduating from the University of California, Berkeley and Hastings College of Law. A member of the California State Bar, Director Fang served as a law clerk in the U.S. Attorney's Office and, while in college, was an aide to the late Congressman Philip Burton.
Director Fang is the President of Asian Week, the largest circulation Asian-American publication in the United States. He served as Director of Commerce and Trade in the Administration of former San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan. He was a member of the Extended Opportunity Program Foundation of City College and the Soo Yuen Association Scholarship Committee, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Chinatown YMCA and the San Francisco Shanghai Sister City Committee.