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Natosha Y. Safo

Natosha Y. Safo

Business Development

City and County of San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Area

Dynamic, versatile manager with 10+ years’ experience providing solutions to business challenges, forming strategic partnerships, and successfully implementing and overseeing complex projects. Outstanding business development manager distinguished for team-building skills. Expert at implementing processes that improve efficie...

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City and County of San Francisco

Business Development

As a Business Development Manager for the Life Sciences and Cleantech sectors I am tasked with business attraction and retention of the 2 industries. New and existing SF companies consider me an information clearinghouse for interacting with City departments. I keep the Mayor updated on innovations coming from my portfolio of businesses that contribute to the city’s international appeal as “Innovation Capital of the World” while at the same time continuously courting our local businesses so that they feel the love from City Hall.

I have managed the administration of SF’s state and local California Enterprise Zone program since OEWD inherited the program in 2008. I ushered the zone through completion of the designation approval process, implemented both internal and external outreach and marketing programs, trained and managed part time and temporary data entry hires and finally succeeded in obtaining approval to automate the application and archival process, designed, tested and released it a, sadly, short 2 years before the program’s elimination in the Governor’s state budget. I also sharpened my skills writing TPS reports while managing the Federal Renewal Community tax incentives in the program’s final two years before sunset; and serve as the overall tax credits and incentives specialist at OEWD.

Special projects I work on include economic development grant management for the Mayor’s ChinaSF, LatinSF, SFAsia and CleantechSF programs; lead OEWD’s business development internship program (high school- Summer Jobs+, undergrad/ graduate students); staff and prepare event notes for Mayor Lee’s business community visits/ conferences/ events; represent Department at occasional City and State events/ trainings; coordinate monthly professional development brown bags for Department (titled OEWDTalks) and I was the project manager for the "Where the World Changes"​ campaign. In March 2015, as part of a committee of organizations, we launched SF's 1st STEM Career Day.