My Hometown: Davis, CA
My Education: University of California, Berkeley, B.A., History with a concentration in 20th Century International History, minor in Public Policy
Selected Honors: Graduated with Highest Honors; Phi Beta Kappa; Departmental Citation for Best Senior Thesis (2009-2010 academic year) – “An Ally In Slaying Five Giants: William Beveridge, his Historic Report, and the Age of Anglo-American Social Liberalism 1931-1945”; Thesis nominated and selected for publication in the COLUMBIA UNDERGRADUATE JOURNAL OF HISTORY, Spring 2011 Issue
Selected Activities & Community Involvement: Founding Member and Officer, The Music Connection at UC Berkeley (2008-2010); Student Director, UC Berkeley Sports Club Program (2007-2010); Americorps VISTA Outreach Coordinator, Spark Youth Apprenticeship Program; Lead Tutor and Site Coordinator, Tutorpedia Foundation
Why San Francisco is Important to Me: Being born and raised a couple hours northeast of San Francisco, I developed my appreciation and love for The City at an early age. From frequent trips with my family to San Francisco’s many well-known locales, such as Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge, I saw San Francisco as a kind of giant carnival, full of entertaining activities and fascinating people. But after attending college just across the bay and working as an Americorps VISTA with the City’s less fortunate populations, my perspective matured as I saw the numerous social, political, and economic challenges facing the San Francisco community. As a result, I have become passionate about doing my part to help this amazing city overcome these challenges and persist as a high example of a world-class city.
Something Unique About Me: I have played saxophone since the 5th grade, and was the leader of a jazz band organized by my music teacher throughout middle school and high school. With that group, Sax By Popular Demand, I played for 6 years at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee (now the Sacramento Jazz Festival). These days, I try to play as much as possible (though it’s never enough) and perform off and on with a Bay Area group called Class Act Big Band.