Richard Whipple (SF2010)

Placement: City Administrator / General Services Administration, Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs

What I Worked On: I split my time between 3 separate initiatives. One initiative involves the 2010 census. I analyzed census policies, practices and data for economic and social impacts on San Francisco programs, particularly related to social equity and civil rights. I also worked directly with the Executive Director, City Departments and external partners such as the U.S. Census Bureau and community-based organizations to develop specific outreach approaches to historically hard-to-count communities in San Francisco. Another initiative I worked on was expanding civic engagement in San Francisco. I helped to develop a series of Civic Engagement strategies and policies that will successfully include, integrate and empower historically underrepresented and vulnerable communities in San Francisco (immigrant, low-income, monolingual, etc.). The third initiative was supporting the work of the City’s 15-member appointed Immigrant Rights Commission (IRC) by helping to plan and implement the IRC’s public engagement activities planned for early Fall: a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Symposium and a Neighborhood Hearing in the Excelsior District.

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Schools: University of Utah (B.S.); University of Southern California (M.P.A.)

Fields of Study: Undergraduate: Political Science, Human Development & Family Studies; Graduate: Public Administration

Selected Honors: University of Utah: Dean’s List, Presidential Ambassador to state legislature, Pi Sigma Alpha, Kappa Omicron Nu. University of Southern California: Dean’s Merit Scholar, Student Ambassador, Pi Alpha Alpha

Selected Activities and Community Involvement: Youth Mentor, Youth & Families with Promise; Director, Public Interest Advocacy (student lobbying group); S.P.A.C.E. (Service Politics and Civic Engagement) Coordinator; Director, The OrangeBand Initiative

Prior Work Experience: Behavioral Health Assistant, Granite School District; Operations Associate, Relief International; Bellman, Little America Hotel

Why San Francisco is important to me: I love San Francisco because it represents determination, progress, and innovation. It has a rich, diverse history of civic engagement, and is not afraid of taking risks. It is a city that seems aware of itself and its role as a national leader.

Something unique about me: I once spent a few weeks in a small town in Costa Rica protecting endangered sea turtles.

What I’m Doing Now: I stayed on with the City and work for San Francisco’s General Services Administration.

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