Elaine Sullivan (SF2011)

Placement: Recreation and Parks Department, Office of Policy & Public Affairs

What I Worked On: My primary project was helping to develop the department’s 5-year strategic plan. I also did best practices research to inform agency decisions.

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

School: Yale University

Fields of Study: BA, English and Art History

Selected Honors: Distinction in the Art History Major; A. Conger Goodyear Fine Arts Award for outstanding work in the history of art; Joseph W. Gordon Cup for “demonstrating conspicuous service to Pierson College.”

Selected Activities and Community Involvement: President, Pierson College Council (2009); Social Chair, Yale Glee Club (2007-2008 and 2009-2010); Gallery Guide at the Yale University Art Gallery; Member, Yale Reach Out, an undergraduate organization sponsoring community service in developing countries.

Prior Work Experience: Student Worker, African Art Department at the Yale University Art Gallery (2008-2010) and Editorial Assistant, Performer Magazine (Summer 2007). Canvasser, Grassroots Campaigns, Summer 2007: Canvassed the streets of San Francisco soliciting donations and recruiting new members for the ACLU.

Why San Francisco is important to me: I am from Berkeley, California, but went to high school in San Francisco and was a member of the San Francisco Girls Chorus for ten years – San Francisco is my home town as much as Berkeley is. Going to school in Connecticut I have repeatedly been asked what makes the Bay Area so different. I point out that one unique aspect of San Francisco is that people want to live there, and come from all over the country to do so. Because of this, people genuinely care about their community and feel intense pride for their city. I hope to make this wonderful and crazy place an even better place to live.

Something unique about me: I was a Writing Concentrator in the English Major and produced a manuscript of 35 poems for my semester-long senior project, all based on pieces of art in the Yale University Art Gallery.

What I’m doing now:  I’m a Ph.D. student in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

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