Sophie Hahn 
Overview of Education & Experience 


  • 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, City of 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-Convener, Berkeley Deep Green Buildings*

  • Chair, North Berkeley Committee of the Branch Libraries Capital Campaign

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

  • Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, Community Choice Energy Working Group*

  • King Middle School PTA President and Chair, School Governance Council

  • Boardmember, Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo (now PP Nor CAL)

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

  • Advisory Committee, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life

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

  • Spokesperson, UC for California

  • Board, The Body Positive* (addressing body image)

  • Board, ArtUP! Berkeley (increasing opportunities to make and experience art in Berkeley)

  • 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 and Co-CEO, manufacturing and wholesale business selling paper products 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. (Company developing cancer therapies)

  • Three children, ages 17, 19 & 21

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

  • Fluent in French & Spanish


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