Laila Hawa Hamidi

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Class of 2026
2024 Cal-in-Sacramento

Laila Hamidi is a second year at UC Berkeley pursuing a simultaneous degree in environmental economics and Policy, and geography, with a minor in public policy. Growing up in a suburb in Orange, CA gave her personal experience with the crises of housing affordability and car dependence that threaten the future of our state. As an intern at the Orange County Transportation Authority, Laila worked hard to expand funding for rail transit infrastructure threatened by climate change in Southern California.

As a Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow, she hopes to gain more experience in how transportation, housing, and climate policies are developed on a state level to be enforced in local jurisdictions. After graduating, Laila hopes to work in local government, where she will use the advocacy and research experiences she’s gained in Berkeley to implement policies that make cities more sustainable and equitable.

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Major(s): Environmental Economics & Policy, Geography

Minor(s): Public Policy