I am pleased to announce that Julieth Ortiz has joined the staff of the City of Richmond Mayor’s Office, replacing both Christopher Whitmore and Sequoia Erasmus. Chris has already moved on to join former Chief of Staff David Gray at the San Francisco Public Utility Commission, and Sequoia is leaving to attend graduate school at UC Davis in the fall.
Julieth is no stranger to Richmond or the Mayor’s Office. As a UC Berkeley graduate student, she has been assisting with the Mayor’s Office Food Census Project for the last couple of years and expects to see it completed this summer. She also served as an intern in the Richmond Planning Department in 2016.
Julieth just graduated from UC Berkeley with a dual Master’s Degree in City Planning and Landscape Architecture-Environmental Planning with Transportation Concentration, where her thesis was “Uplifting Community Health under Rising Temperatures in Disadvantaged Communities.” Her undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, cum laude, from Baruch College of Public Affairs in New York.
She has worked all over the world as a volunteer, including Worldwide Organic farming in Sardegna, Italy, Groentenpakket UGent in Ghent, Belgium, Food and water Watch, Brooklyn, NY, Friends of Brook Park, Bronx, NY and Latino Youth for Higher Education Program , Queens, NY, to name a few.
Like the other Mayor’s Office staff, Julieth is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Please help me welcome Julieth!