In keeping with our tradition of interviewing new team members, we asked our Policy & Planning Intern, Emilie Millard, a few questions so that you all can get to know her!
- Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I moved to San Diego in 2011 as a wide eyed doe eager to start my life in America’s Finest City. Thinking I would become an inspired documentarian or writer, I took my time taking any and every community college class for 7 years, exploring public spaces, community happenings and generally becoming cozy with my city. Somehow it clicked that urban planning was the visionary field for me and I retired the nerdy Vanwilder act to transfer to UCSD for Urban Planning & Studies. In my free time, you can find me on a bike, skateboard, rollerskates, dancing to house music or trying to identify plants all over town.
- How did you become interested in Circulate San Diego?
Graduating during the pandemic, I accepted an internship collecting data on Shared Streets for Dr. Katie Crist, a postdoctoral fellow at UCSD. After talking, Dr. Crist recommended Circulate San Diego as an organization that aligned with my values and one I should monitor for openings. I am so pumped on projects like “Fix the Compass Card” or “Transit to the Airport” and look forward to being involved with future Circulate initiatives.
- What’s your most memorable face palm moment? Or what is your biggest achievement to date? Choose one.
My biggest achievement is being a 1st generation college graduate. I would like to add something more notable soon!
- If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
Lately I would say Martha Stewart. She’s resilient, entrepreneurial and an icon. At 80 years old, she moves coolly through social circles, is hip with youth culture and is living my dream life on a massive farm.