Anna Garfink (SF 2016)

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Placement: San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency; Livable Streets

My Hometown: Fairfax, California

My Education: UCLA Class of 2015; B.A. in Political Science, minor in Civic Engagement

Selected Honors: Summa Cum Laude, UCLA Chancellor’s Service Award, Dean’s Honor List, Charles E Young Humanitarian Award Finalist

Selected Activities and Community Involvement: member, Undergraduate Students Association Council; director, UCLA Community Service Commission; director and volunteer, Amigos de UCLA mentorship program; participant, Quarter in Washington program; intern, UCLA External Affairs development; intern, US Department of State.

Why San Francisco is important to me: Because I live here! But really, I am a firm believer in connecting with the community in which one chooses to make a home, and the San Francisco Bay Area has been my home for most of my life. Having the opportunity to finally learn about this fascinating metropolis from a civic lens is extraordinary, and being able to serve the community by working for it is very humbling. Growing up, San Francisco always felt like the “big city,” and taking weekend trips there meant realizing that the world was much bigger than the small town I grew up in. I’m still realizing that every day, and going from SF to LA for college helped me fine-tune my love for community service into a true passion for social justice and civic engagement. I learned to love my community, but I still missed home, and so I am looking forward to applying what I learned about civic empowerment in LA to the city of San Francisco, which is the city I have to thank for all my aspirations.

Something unique about me: Growing up, I was an Irish Step dancer and I raced mountain bikes. My parents also owned an ice cream store, so I consider myself mildly obsessed with ice cream.

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