Placement: Controller’s Office, City Services Auditor Division

What I Worked On: The mission of the Controller’s Office, City Services Auditor (CSA) is to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of City government. This includes auditing the performance and financial integrity of City departments, leading performance management and measurement efforts citywide, and promoting efficient government through a variety of special projects and initiatives. As a City Hall Fellow in CSA, I worked on public safety related projects, performance measurement, an organizational development working group, a planning working group, and a service project on maintenance standards.

Specific deliverables (independently and in teams): analyzed and wrote a memo on the Public Defender’s budget; researched and analyzed cost savings among public safety agencies; presented findings to public safety agency heads; planned public workshops for the San Francisco Police Department; administered surveys for the San Francisco Ingleside Police District; wrote a guide to good performance measures; evaluated the content quality and risk of citywide performance measures; updated the police effectiveness studies and citywide performance measurement websites; and offered general analytical and editing support to team members.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

School: Stanford University

Field of Study: International Relations, Spanish

Selected Honors: Chappell Lougee Award; Senior Achievement/GPA Award (El Centro Chicano)

Selected Activities and Community Involvement: Executive board member and co-president of Derechos, Stanford’s Latino pre-law society; Volunteer Intern at La Raza Centro Legal; Banquet Co-Chair for Chicano/Latino Graduation

Why San Francisco is important to me: San Francisco city government reflects the quirky personality of the city and its inhabitants. I appreciate and wish to learn how public policy is implemented in a city that demands civic engagement, transparency, and results.

Something unique about me: I speak Spanish and French, have dabbled in Chinese and Portuguese, and can read aljamiado (Spanish language using Arabic characters).

What I’m Doing Now: Immediately after my Fellowship ended, I worked for two months in City Hall as an 1803 Performance Analyst in the Controller’s Office (25% of the time) and the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (75%) in the City Administrator’s Office.  After an 8-month break abroad teaching English, I returned to city government and worked for several years as a Senior Policy Analyst in San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs.  I am now a student at Yale Law School.