Elizabeth Chan (SF2013)

 

Placement: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission – Power Enterprise

My Hometown: San Francisco, CA

My Education: University of California, Berkeley. B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy; Minor in Chinese Language

Selected Honors: UC Berkeley Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship, Horatio Alger California Award, UC Berkeley Student Life Advising/Educational Opportunity Program Achievement Award, Graduated with High Distinction from UC Berkeley

Selected Activities & Community Involvement: Columnist, Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative China Focus Newsletter; Student-At-Large Representative, UC Berkeley Environmental Management System Oversight Committee; Student Supervisor, UC Berkeley Residential Sustainability Program; Project Manager, “The Little Green Book”: a community-based social marketing project (littlegb.berkeley.edu)

Why San Francisco is Important to Me: San Francisco is a microcosm of the often romanticized “melting pot” of America. Open-minded in every sense of the word, the city is renowned for daringly progressive policies like universal health care and same-sex marriage. In the realm of sustainability, the city’s innovative track record of environmental stewardship has earned San Francisco the title of “greenest city” in North America. As a first generation Chinese immigrant, I am fortunate to have a unique perspective blending traditional Chinese values, liberal American views, and environmental activist ideals, all of which help make up the spirit of San Francisco. Through City Hall Fellows, I hope to help San Francisco – my natural habitat – thrive and maintain its status as one of the most progressive cities in the country, and in the world.

Something Unique About Me: “Made in China,” “exported” to San Francisco at nine years old, and recently “refurbished” in Berkeley, I am a proud product of the East and the West: a Chinese literature enthusiast who speaks three dialects of Chinese — and simultaneously — a devoted thrift store shopper and avid environmentalist.

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