Sophay (Pai) D. Ferreira

Pai

Placement: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission – Power

My Hometown: Los Angeles, CA and Battambang, Cambodia

My Education: Mills College, B.A. in Political, Legal, Economic Analysis (emphasis on Legal Analysis)

Selected Honors: Dean’s Scholarship recipient, Institute for Civic Leadership grant recipient for Service Learning Project, Gabilan Foundation Scholarship recipient

Selected Activities & Community Involvement: R2W-Congressional Leaders Internship; Central City Action Committee; Los Angeles Dodger Crew; Public Library volunteer

Why San Francisco is Important to Me: My first solid experience of San Francisco was through Represent 2 Witness, an interfaith youth program which engages youth of color with community leaders/organizers. I became aware of San Francisco’s history through the eyes and voices of activists like Rev. Norman Fong in Chinatown, Uncle Al (in what’s left of Little Manila), and Michael James in Japan Town/Fillmore district. Their collective voices were inspiring. Through dialogue the communities instilled a sense of responsibility in me. San Francisco has been a place where I continue to develop my critical consciousness and feminist principles.

Something Unique About Me: I have a great sense of curiosity and appetite for adventure. When I turned 16 years old, I convinced my mom to let me hop on a Greyhound bus from Los Angeles and ride up the west coast (alone); I made it to up Seattle, Washington. This was the first time I saw snow. The experience made me feel so independent.