Julia Sweitzer (SF2016)

2015-08-02 058Placement: Department of Public Works, Performance Unit of Finance & Administration Division

My Hometown: Arcata, California

My Education: University of California, Davis—Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Bachelor of Science in Human Development

Selected Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (2014), Graduated with Highest Honors, Dean’s List, Prytanean Women’s Honor Society Susan Regan Award recipient (2014), Chau-Hsiung Chuang Scholarship recipient (2013), Arlo D. Gustafson Endowment Scholarship recipient (2013), Bob Muyon Award recipient (2013).

Selected Activities and Community Involvement: Community Advocate, Southern Poverty Law Center New Orleans; Corps member, Avodah: The Jewish Service Corp; Intern, Yolo County Superior Court; Vice Chair of External Affairs Commission, Associated Students of University of California, Davis; Fiscal Analyst Intern, StudentsFirst; Research Assistant, Center for Mind and Brain; Koret Fellow, Davis Hillel.

Why San Francisco is important to me: Growing up amidst the Redwood forests of Arcata, CA, San Francisco was always revered as “the City”. Throughout my undergraduate career at UC Davis and my work in New Orleans at the Southern Poverty Law Center, I developed a strong passion for social justice, social innovation, and the power of local community. San Francisco is important to me because it is a place where passion meets progress. It is a place where tangible change can be created at the local level. It is a city built on activism and community engagement. It is a place that is continuously reinventing itself, striving for progress and inspiring creativity. Today, San Francisco continues to symbolize innovation, leading the country in environmentally sustainable practices, progressive politics, and technological advancement. San Francisco is important because it is a place where anything can happen and where ideas can truly turn into action. I look forward to enjoying the parades, festivals, food and funky spirit of San Francisco while at the same time honoring its history as a city always striving towards a better, healthier and more equitable future for all people.

Something unique about me: I lived in an intentional living community with nine other young people for a year in New Orleans and listened to brass bands and ate beignets as often as possible.

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