Buenaflor Nicolas

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Buenaflor Nicolas   
City Council
Phone: (650) 829-6601


Flor7839xWEBBuenaflor Nicolas is one of the newest members of the City Council and was elected in November 2018.  She is the third Asian-American woman elected to the City Council and only the fourth woman to serve in that capacity.

Nicolas was born in the Philippines and became a South San Francisco resident in 1988 when she and her husband, Nenar Nicolas, immigrated to the United States. They have two children and two grandchildren. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from Mapua Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Health from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Her professional career includes 20 years in leadership positions at various biotechnology companies – Gilead Sciences, InterMune, Kalobios Pharmaceuticals, and Cytokinetics.  Currently, she is the Head of the Pharmacovigilance department at Forty Seven, Inc., a clinical stage immuno-oncology company in Menlo Park.

Her community and public service commitments span over 30 years and include:

  • All Souls Catholic Church Volunteer, 1988 – 2008
  • SSF Day in the Park Committee Member, 2006-2011
  • SSF Housing Authority Board Commissioner, 2006
  • Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church Volunteer, 2008 - present
  • SSF PAL (Police Activities League) Boosters, Secretary, 2008 -2019
  • SSF Historic Preservation Commissioner, 2009
  • SSF Conference Center Authority Board Commissioner served as Chairperson 2014-15
  • SSF Asian Alliance Founding Member, Treasurer, 2012 - 2019
  • Kawayan Folk Arts, Founding Board Member
  • Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center Board Member
  • SSF Friends of Parks and Recreation, Member
  • SSF Historical Society, Member
  • SSF Sister Cities Committee, Member
  • SSF Chamber of Commerce, Member

2020 City Council Committee Assignments:

  • Community Development Block Grant Subcommittee
  • Downtown Subcommittee
  • Finance/Budget/Audit/Investment
  • Homeless Outreach Team (HOT)

2020 Regional Assignments:

  • Conference Center Authority 
  • JPA-ALS-EMS (Alternate)
  • Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) Board

2020 Ad Hoc Committees:

  • Sister City Committee