Kristen WPlacement: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission- Policy & Government Affairs

My Hometown: Valley Stream, NY

My Education: Harvard University, B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy

Selected Honors: Senior Thesis Honors for “Respecting Pacha Mama: The Value of Tradition in Peruvian Agriculture”

Selected Activities and Community Involvement: Trip Leader and Treasurer, Harvard Outing Club; Leader, First-Year Outdoor Program; President, Environmental Action Committee; Peer Advising Fellow, Harvard Advising Programs Office; Student REP, Resource Efficiency Program

Why San Francisco is important to me: I am passionate about sustainability and social justice, and San Francisco consistently appears at the forefront of innovation and progress in these fields. Although I grew up on the East Coast, I have always dreamed of living and working in the place where I knew my norms would be challenged, my own limits would be pushed, and good would never good enough when it came to progressive politics. I came to San Francisco to engage with a mindset, culture, and thirst for social change that I have always strongly associated with, yet have seldom had the fortune to experience in person. This is the city where change happens, and I am thrilled to finally be able to call it my home.

Something unique about me: I have worked on farms in Spain, Italy, and Switzerland, and spent two months interviewing farmers in Peru while writing my Senior Thesis. I am obsessed with the outdoors and spend most of my free time hiking, wandering, and exploring (and hanging out on farms). I have also broken 10 bones.