Rachel Alonso (SF2013)

 

Placement: San Francisco Department of Public Works – Finance, Budget, and Performance Division

My Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

My Education: UCLA, B.A. in History and Urban Studies; MIT, Master in City Planning with a concentration in housing, community, and economic development

Selected Honors: UCLA John Bragin Award for Best Capstone in Urban Studies (2009); National Hispanic Scholar Award (2006)

Selected Activities and Community Involvement: Dog Volunteer, SF SPCA; Studio Assistant, Prana Power Yoga; Co-Chair, MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning Students of Color Committee; Concerts & Films staffs, UCLA Campus Events Commission

Why San Francisco is important to me: In addition to being a bastion of progressive culture, San Francisco is widely considered to be one of the most livable cities in the country: its blocks are walkable, transit system expansive, and neighborhoods diverse. By promoting parklets, streetscape improvements, and bike lanes, SF demonstrates a clear commitment to improving alternative means of transportation – a quality that is very attractive to Millennials such as myself.

Something unique about me: I worked in a variety of customer service jobs throughout high school and college, including a movie theater, smoothie shop, and as a parking lot attendant (I was processing parking payments at the UCLA Medical Center the day Michael Jackson was brought in). Before becoming a City Hall Fellow, I worked in the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Housing Development department.

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