Deepa KPlacement: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission – Power

My Hometown: San Jose, California

My Education: University of California, Berkeley – B.A. Political Science

Selected Honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude (high distinction in general scholarship), Departmental Citation Finalist, Senior Honors Thesis: “Price of Admission? Examining the Relationship Between Super PAC Spending and Congressional Electoral Outcomes.”

Selected Activities and Community Involvement: Teach For America, US Department of Education, Office of San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Model UN, International Justice Mission, Undergraduate Research Apprentice in Political Science

Why San Francisco is important to me:  As a proud Bay Area native, I spent practically every weekend here from the farmer’s market at the Ferry Plaza to buying touristy souvenirs at Fisherman’s Wharf. While working for Supervisor Jane Kim and for the constituents of District 6, I witnessed first hand both the incredible diversity and the progressive spirit of San Francisco but also some of the immense challenges the city faced such as affordable housing and blatant economic disparities I saw from one MUNI stop to the next. I knew I had to return and give back to a city that has done so much for me.

Something unique about me: Despite my very small size, I have a black belt in Taekwondo.