Testimonials

State Controller Betty Yee

bettyyee_mainphoto_new.jpgI am pleased to support Sophie Hahn for Berkeley City Council.  A progressive champion with deep roots, Sophie has worked over 20 years to improve Berkeley’s neighborhoods, libraries, and schools. On the Zoning Board, Sophie has fought to ensure new developments include affordable housing and are sensitive to their neighbors. On the Sierra Club Executive Board, Sophie is combating climate change by promoting clean energy, green buildings, and urban agriculture. Sophie Hahn will bring her inclusive, effective leadership to the Berkeley City Council.  She has my wholehearted support.


Delaine Eastin, CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Sophie is an energetic leader who knows how to move from thought to action, and from intention to accomplishment. She is both a product of, and a champion for, public education--from preschool to higher education.  Her work at King Middle School exemplifies the initiative and involvement our schools and communities need to thrive.   Sophie is committed to implementing Berkeley’s 2020 Vision, that asks all agencies – not just Schools – to invest in student success, and has a lifelong commitment to equity.  She is a proven, trusted and exemplary leader for Berkeley, and has my most enthusiastic support.

 


Carole Kennerly, Former Vice Mayor of Berkeley

Carole_K_.jpgSophie has a deep and innate ability to care for all people - from the heart.  Diversity isn't just a buzz-word for her.  She walks the walk - rolling up her sleeves to make sure that everyone gets a fair shake. Sophie understands the need for equity on every level - in our government, our schools, and throughout the community. She listens carefully and really hears what people have to say. Berkeley would be lucky to have such a uniquely qualified leader - with deep empathy and patience, open to all perspectives, who never loses sight of the big picture.


State Assemblymember Tony Thurmond

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I am very pleased to endorse Sophie Hahn for Berkeley City Council. She has my highest recommendation.  Sophie’s many years of service to the community, to Berkeley’s schools, libraries and neighborhoods, and her work addressing environmental issues, make her uniquely qualified to serve District 5.  Sophie’s vision, hard work and commitment to equity and progressive values make her an exceptional leader for Berkeley.


Daniel A. Rodriguez Chancellor's Professor of City & Regional Planning

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We are new to District 5, and delighted to be here.  Sophie has provided an amazing welcome, and great help connecting us to the community.  As a Professor of City & Regional Planning, focused on transportation planning, I am impressed with Sophie’s commitment to transforming Berkeley with 21st Century infrastructure for walking, biking, and sustainability, and look forward to working with her to improve our new hometown.  Sophie embodies the best of what we came here for – old world neighborliness and new world vision.  She has our strongest support! 

 


Alice Waters, Owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant & Founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project

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My wholehearted endorsement goes to Sophie Hahn, who shares my desire for a world where everyone is nourished by their connections to the community and the environment, and where everyone is eating food that's good, clean, and fair. Sophie has been a hardworking and effective supporter of edible education at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School since the Edible Schoolyard was planted, and I know she will bring the same clarity and determination to the City Council.


Alla Efimova, Former Director, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley

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As a member of the Magnes Collection’s Advisory Committee, Sophie brought tremendous energy and inspiration to the group. She generously shared her expertise with volunteers and staff and lent her stellar community reputation to the museum's efforts. Most importantly, Sophie provided leadership to ensure that projects were completed, benchmarks were reached, and measurable goals achieved. I could not have wished for a stronger partner, and know she will be an outstanding Councilperson for Berkeley.  


Toby McLeod, Project Director for The Sacred Land Film Project

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Sophie is a smart and determined advocate, who always puts the people and neighborhoods of Berkeley first. She's a team player who cares deeply about our community - and about human rights and the environment. Berkeley will benefit enormously from her commitment, expertise and compassion, and her proven ability to get things done. I enthusiastically endorse Sophie Hahn for Berkeley City Council.


Yumi Yuan, Schools and Community Leader

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Sophie is a visionary leader, and has a long and deep commitment to Berkeley. Working together over 20 years on local causes, I have been privileged to witness her integrity, inclusiveness and passion for making positive change.  Sophie works effectively with people of all backgrounds and opinions; she has an unusual talent for working collaboratively while moving people and processes towards worthwhile goals. At King Middle School, Sophie built and lifted the community, making a transformative impact that has endured long beyond her time at the school. She knows how to plan strategically and to attract, inspire and guide people to find consensus - and get important work done for Berkeley.


Andy Schneider, Former City of Berkeley Recycling Program Manager

A_S_Endorsement_.jpgWhat impresses me most about Sophie is her ability to understand the complex issues that Berkeley faces and her real desire to make sure that community interests are met. Her lifetime of involvement in education and environmental issues is commendable. Sophie’s vision for Berkeley represents what is most important to our community members – Equity, Accountability and Service. She is invested in Berkeley and has taken an active role in making this a better City for all. Berkeley would benefit greatly from having her intelligence, logic and sound judgment as a City Councilmember.



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