The transparent, grassroots management structure
of a GBD ensures that it will be held accountable
to the community it serves

A GBD is managed by a local 501(c)3 non-profit entity which is governed by a board of directors elected by neighbors that represents the neighborhood, with a mix of property owners and renters, residents and merchants. 

Accountability, transparency, and local control are foundational goals of a GBD. It is subject to the same reporting, accounting and public transparency requirements that apply to any other tax-exempt entity in the US. Furthermore, a GBD is required to submit annual performance reports to the San Francisco Public Works Department, including clear accounting of all income and expenses. 

Importantly, every GBD must have a Management Plan that serves as its “mini-Constitution,” clearly defining the GBD's scope and spending authority. Once approved by the voters, the Management Plan can only be changed by a subsequent vote of assessed property owners.

For details on the Inner Sunset GBD Board's composition and selection process, please see the Management Plan.