Overview of Education & Experience - Sophie Hahn for City Council


  • Berkeley High School, graduate

  • UC Berkeley, BA in History with Honors, High Distinction & Phi Beta Kappa

  • Stanford Law School, JD

  • Rutgers University School of Industrial Relations & Human Resources

  • Emerge California Women Leaders for a Democratic Future, graduate

Leadership, Governance & Community (Past & Present*)

  • Member, Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board*

  • Chair, City of Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women

  • Co-Chair, 15th Assembly District Environmental Task Force*
  • Board, Berkeley Public Library Foundation*

  • Executive Boardmember (Elected), Sierra Club Northern Alameda County*

  • Co-Chair, Berkeley Deep Green Buildings*
  • Chair, North Berkeley Committee of Branch Libraries Capital Campaign

  • Founder, Berkeley Edible Gardens Initiative & Shattuck Gardens Urban Farm/CSA*

  • Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, Community Choice Energy Working Group*
  • PTA President & Chair, School Governance Council, King Middle School

  • Board, Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo

  • Councilmember, Friends of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley*

  • Advisory Committee, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life
  • Spokesperson, UC for California

  • Board, The Body Positive* (addressing body image)
  • Board, ArtUP! Berkeley (increasing opportunities to make and experience art in Berkeley)

  • Founding Board Member, M3 Education Foundation (serving young men of color in Berkeley’s middle schools)

  • Executive Board, California Democratic Party Computer & Internet Caucus

  • Board, Step One School

  • Chair, Maybeck Road Association

  • Co-Chair, Women of Stanford Law

  • Stanford Law School Human Rights & Immigration Law Clinics

  • Founding member, EQUALITY NOW! (International Women’s Human Rights)

  • ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, Pro Bono legal work

  • California Rural Legal Assistance, Intern

  • East Palo Alto Community Law Project, Intern

  • Henry Dunant Institute for Humanitarian Law (Red Cross, Geneva), Intern

  • Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR), Crisis Counselor


  • International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, Senior Staff Member

  • Signia Fine Papers, Founder, manufacturing and wholesale stationery and card business selling throughout the US and Canada

  • Shearman & Sterling, Law Firm, Associate Attorney

  • Anne Litwin & Associates, Organization Development Associate

Personal & Miscellaneous

  • Married to Eric Bjerkholt, CFO & Executive Vice President, Sunesis, Inc. (Cancer therapies)

  • Three children, ages 17, 19 & 21

  • Admitted to the Bar of New York State (Retired)

  • Fluent in French & Spanish

The Berkeley Firefighters Association IAFF Local 1227The Berkeley Firefighters Association IAFF Local 1227
The Oakland TribuneThe Oakland Tribune
Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar MontePlanned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte
The Berkeley Police AssociationThe Berkeley Police Association
Public Employees Union, Local OnePublic Employees Union, Local One
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Sophie in her backyard farm

Sophie doesn’t wait for change, she makes it. It’s time for a new generation of leaders with the vision and drive to create a truly sustainable future for Berkeley.

- Annie Leonard
Author, The Story of Stuff

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Sophie's family on a hike

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