About Pete Ratto

Peter M. (Pete) Ratto retired in March of 2016 after almost forty-five years in the solid waste industry.  He began his career in 1971 while still attending San Francisco State University, with Golden Gate Disposal Company, now known as Recology Golden Gate, in San Francisco.  Mr. Ratto graduated from San Francisco State in 1976 with a BA degree in Transportation Management and assumed a full time position at Golden Gate Disposal.  A native of San Francisco and a second generation “garbageman”, he served in virtually every operational management position within the company.  From Route Supervisor to the manager of Golden Gate’s roll-off division, which was one of the largest and highest revenue operations of its kind in the West.  Mr. Ratto ended his career as Manager of Waste and Recycling Systems.  During his time in this position at Golden Gate, Mr. Ratto designed and implemented many state of the art refuse and recycling systems throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.  

Mr. Ratto is a Past President of both the Downtown Association of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Breakfast Club, where he has been a member since 1991.  He is the immediate Past Chairman of the Salvation Army’s San Francisco Metro Advisory Board, serving as Chair from 2011 to 2015 and has been a member of that Board since 2003.  He is also a Past Chairman of the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center’s Advisory Council, serving in that position from 2003 to 2010.  He joined that Council in 1996, continues as a member and also serves as the Council’s Vice Chairman, his second stint in this position.  Mr. Ratto was a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association’s Environment and Sustainability Task Force since 1997 until his retirement and also served on BOMA’s Building Codes Task Force from 2015 until his retirement as well.  Mr. Ratto served on the San Mateo County Transit District’s (SamTrans) Citizens Advisory Committee from 2006 until 2015, and was its Chairman from 2011 until he left the CAC to assume the Transit Expert seat on the SamTrans Board of Directors.  Mr. Ratto represents SamTrans on the City/ County Association of Governments of San Mateo County’s Congestion Management and Environmental Quality Committee and on the American Public Transit Association’s Mobility Management Committee.   Mr. Ratto also serves as a director of the Scavengers Protective Union, a fraternal organization comprised of the former shareholders of Golden Gate Disposal and Sunset Scavenger Companies.  The SPU was chartered in 1879 and is the oldest active labor union in San Francisco.  Mr. Ratto was also a member of the Board of Directors of Norcal Solid Waste Systems prior to its sale to the Norcal ESOP in 1986. 

Mr. Ratto is married to the former Nora Cook and together they have two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Michela.  Mr. Ratto and his wife reside in San Mateo with their Maltese mix, Ollie.



Aug 12: Past President, Pete Ratto: The History of the GGBC
August 23 Ivar Satero, SFO Airport Director
Aug. 30: Mark Lundholm: Addicted, A Comedy of Substance


September 6 OFFSITE: Tour SFPD TACT Facility with Mikail Ali, Deputy Chief of Police,  SFPD Special Ops.
Sept 13: John King: SF Chronicle Architecture Critic
Sept 20: Richard Pekelney: USS Pampanito Restoration
Sept 27: Simma Liebermann: Culturally Intelligent Travel




1/4 - GGBC 2017 Kick Off Featuring the Honorable Mike Hanlon's Year in Review.
1/11- James Dixon: Victorian and Edwardian architectural styles in the Bay Area. 
1/18 - Mike Kress and Tony Cantando: Economic Forecasting - The Real Forecaster
1/25 - Kary Witt: The Golden Gate Bridge, A Peek Behind The Curtain


Feb 1 - Alex Randolph: SF Parks
Feb 8 - James Dixon SF Architect, Part II - Bay Area Victorian and Edwardian Architecture Style
Feb 15 - Will Durst: laughing at Politics
Feb 22 - Tim Murray: Mercy for Vets, Bring Honor back to Homeless Veterans


Mar 1    Trump and the Judiciary, GGBC Judges Panel, The Judicial Branch's Role in American Democracy. A panel discussion with four Active and Retired Local, State and Federal Judges
Mar 8    Andrew Gunther, Talking Climate Change
Mar 15  Ben Davis & Vanessa Inn, Illuminate The Arts
Mar 22  Emily Schaffer, Executive Director, Year Up Bay Area,
Mar 29  Kent Campbell, Engineering Influence - Exploring Fake News


Apr 5    Carole Rodoni, Bay Area Economist, Author
Apr 12   Hank Parker, author and former US Government advisor on agro-terrorism
Apr 19   GGBC New Kids
Apr 26   John Rothmann, The Trump Administration 100 days


May 3: Bruce Frankel: Author, Giving Back
May 10 OFFSITE: Salvation Army Harbor Light, 9th and Harrison
May 17 Mohammed Nuru, Director San Francisco Public Works
May 24 Retired FBI Special Agent's Panel Discussion
May 31 Jon Foley, Executive Director, William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair, California Academy of Sciences 


June 8 (Thursday) Inter Club Meeting -  East Bay, Lake Merritt
June 10 (Saturday) Dick Pohli Memorial Bocci Tournament, Marin Bocci Federation, 10a - 4p
June 14 Wednesday @ MMC: James "Jim" Clement: A Life at NASA plus Q&A
June 21  Lauren Vuong: A Refugee's Gratitude to the USA
June 28  Mark Lundholm : Addicted, A Comedy of Substance


July 12th Eric Mindling: Photographer- Traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico
July 19 Lynn Frayley, Belief Systems - Who are you working with
July 26 Fiona Ma, Second District, Board Member, CA State Board of Equalization