We are pleased to introduce our summer interns Mimi Tam and Henry Pan. TransForm's summer internship program launched this year in Oakland and San Jose providing an introduction to the field of planning with practical and substantive nonprofit work experience. Huge thanks to the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation for funding the pilot year of what we hope will be a permanent program.
Mimi Tam is a Regional Advocacy intern based out of TransForm's Oakland office. Mimi is working on the Building a Healthier Future project. She primarily works on creating the Best Practices Library, a public online resource for fellow advocates, staff and elected officials at metropolitan planning organizations, cities, counties, and other related agencies to use and share best practices for how to better incorporate health and equity in regional transportation plans.
Her previous work experiences ranges from Berkeley nonprofit American Rivers to Goldman Sachs to the City of Berkeley. Previously, she volunteered with TransForm's GreenTRIP program. With GIS, she developed a model to determine potential areas ready for GreenTRIP certification in San Jose.
Mimi aspires to help expand and strengthen the SF Bay Area's transit system through an environmental, health, and equity lens. After this internship, she will be working with the San Francisco Department of Public Health on the SF Indicator Project. She is a 2014 graduate of UC Berkeley, where she received a B.A. in Environmental Economics and Policy with a minor in City and Regional Planning.
Henry is a Regional Advocacy Intern based out of the San Jose office. Henry is helping to organize community members, as well as students at South Bay educational institutions, around projects pertaining to equitable transit - like bus rapid transit - in the South Bay. He has extensive experience with organizing and advocating, particularly around transportation issues and issues pertaining to low-income communities and communities of color. In the past, he assisted the San Francisco Transit Riders (formerly known as the San Francisco Transit Riders Union) campaign around the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project, and served on the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Van Ness Avenue BRT Citizens Advisory Committee, which oversaw the environmental impact analysis process. He also volunteers occasionally with the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco, assisting with organizing around issues impacting low-income residents, ranging from healthcare to affordability to City College's accreditation situation.
Henry is a native San Franciscan. He is fortunate to live in the same neighborhood where he grew up, as it is walkable and richly accessible to transit, including two cable car lines. Access to transit - and riding it for most of his childhood - informed his interest in transportation planning as a potential career. He recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, wandering around, bicycling, creating digital three-dimensional models, devising fantasy transit maps, and using GIS.