Congratulations, Lisa!

Lisa Yu (seated) with Chinatown CDC staff and friends at City Hall.

Surrounded by friends and staff of Chinatown CDC on September 8th at City Hall. Lisa Yu was sworn in as the Youth Commissioner for District 3. She will serve along with 16 other appointed commissioners between the ages of 12-23. The Youth Commission is responsible for advising the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor on policies and laws related to young people. They are also charged with providing comment and recommendation on all proposed laws that would primarily affect youth before the Board takes final action.

Lisa got involved at Chinatown CDC as a middle school student, volunteering in the weekly food pantry. She quickly assumed leadership roles in our Youth for Single Room Occupancy program, Campaign Academy and Chinatown Alleyway Tours. Activities included alleyway beautification projects (she helped to create a beautiful mosaic mural in Hang Ah Alley), bilingual presentations on disaster preparedness and water conservation workshops, and campaigning for Free Muni for Youth, seniors, and people with disabilities. She has been a huge advocate for pedestrian safety/vision zero and also on anti-eviction campaigns. Lisa currently attends the University of San Francisco.

“By becoming a youth commissioner, the first step for me is to understand how the city government works. I have always been interested in policy making and change. I am especially passionate about issues revolving around affordable housing, pedestrian safety, and transit. As a Commissioner, I look forward to learning more about different districts and community perspectives in San Francisco from the diverse group of commissioners and I hope to bridge the gap between youth and government. Lastly, I will continue to listen to the community’s voices and concerns so I can do my best to represent my community and make changes during my term as a youth commissioner.”


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