Affordable Housing Policy in Action

Me, Councilmember Arreguin, and other community leaders turn in signatures to place a measure on the November ballot to raise Berkeley minimum wage to a living wage.

Interning for Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, I’ve had the unique experience to both research policy and to directly implement it. While interning for the Councilmember I was also appointed to the City of Berkeley’s planning commission. As a result, it was not uncommon for me to do research on an issue for the councilmember and to then have the issue referred to the planning commission where I would directly vote on it. The very first assignment I did for the councilmember was to research differences between how San Francisco had just voted to regulate Airbnb and how different councilmembers were proposing to regulate (or not regulate) Airbnb in order to protect our affordable housing supply.

I’ve very much enjoyed my internship with Councilmember Arreguin this summer.  I’ve been able to focus on affordable housing and zoning policies, which both the councilmember and myself share a passion for.  I’ve also enjoyed the driving motivation in Councilmember Arreguin’s office focused on how we can make the world a better place, an ethos that I hope to also be able to carry on in my career in politics.