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In keeping with our tradition of interviewing new team members, we asked our new Intern, Eli Lechman, a few questions so that you all can get to know him! 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a San Diego Native, having grown up mostly near PB and OB. I am from a family of musicians and artists and I play seven instruments. For the last few years, I have been working in local politics in Humboldt during my attendance at Humboldt State University. 

How did you become interested in Circulate San Diego? 

I became interested in alternate transportation and pedestrian safety when I started skating about twenty years ago and a driver ran over my board. Unsafe driving and unsafe streets led to a series of incidents in my early youth including a series of collisions.

What’s your most memorable face palm moment? Or what is your biggest achievement to date? Choose one.

My biggest achievement that is relevant would be organizing the most successful (in my opinion) of the CSU phone banks during the beginning of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) crisis in 2017. We had twice as many students involved in making calls to their representatives per capita as San Francisco State.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Frederich Niezche, Carl Sagan, and Serj Tankian as one self-contradicting entity from which I feel I’d receive the most balanced humanistic answer phrased in the most nihilistic language possible.