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Current Youth Commissioners

Nidhi Bandrapalli. Senior at Burlingame High School. Chair of the Youth Commission, Member of the Teen Stress and Happiness, and Liaison to HIV Board. Appointed August 2013.

“I joined the Youth Commission because I wanted to ensure that all youth, irrespective of their ethnic backgrounds, are respected and given a voice in their local governments. Through working with the YC I want to learn more about the political process and use that information to help meet the unmet needs of today’s youth in the San Mateo County.”



Clara MacAvoy. Sophomore at Sequoia High School. SMC Youth Commission Secretary and secretary of the Environmental Protection Committee. Member of the Procedural Rules Subcommittee and liaison to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission. Appointed August 2014.

“I joined the youth commission in order to give a voice to youth in the community. Also, I wanted to learn more about local government. I have learned so much already, and I am looking forward to helping with issues that affect youth in this coming year.”



Jennifer Luo. Senior at Hillsdale High School. Vice Chair of the Immigrant Youth Committee and liaison to the Pride Initiative and HIV Board. Appointed August 2014.

“I joined the Youth Commission because I want the voices of all youth in my community to be heard and valued. I want to represent them in local government, be supported by them and be a part of the difference that is benefitting them.”



Salma Ismail. Senior at Notre Dame High School. Member of the Teen Stress and Happiness Committee, and liaison to the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council. Appointed August 2014.

“I joined the YC because I have a passion for government and public policy. I also want to be educated and to educate others on county events and news because I feel it is important that not only we know what is happening in our government, but locally as well”





Sana Sheikholeslami. Senior at Menlo Atherton High School, Public Relations Chair of the Immigrant Youth Committee, and liaison to the Respect! 24/7 Commission. Appointed August 2015.

“I joined the Youth Commission to take action in my community and bring about meaningful change. I am passionate about social equality and even more excited to be able to advocate for such, through the Youth Commission. I look forward to representing youth in the San Mateo County!”



Bharathi Chinnakotla. Senior at Notre Dame High School. Vice Chair of the Youth Commission and Chair of the Adolescent Needs Committee. Liaison to the Commission on the Status of Women Appointed August 2011.

“I joined the Youth Commission to make a difference in the community I live in. I also wanted to get involved in the San Mateo County Government and meet other youth leaders that share the same passion, dedication and interest for various issues in our county as I do.”



Mei-Mei Chun Moy. Freshman at College of San Mateo. Chair of the Legislative Committee, and liaison to the Commission on Disabilities. Appointed August 2013.

“I wanted to join the Youth Commission because I wish to become more involved in my community, gain leadership skills and see local government in action. I hope to become a part of a team that works together to make a difference in our community.”



Cailan Cumming. Senior at Calmont High School. Chair of the Environmental Protection Committee, Member of the Procedural Rules Subcommittee and liaison to the Parks Commission. Appointed August 2013.

“I joined the Youth Commission because I really wanted to make a difference in the lives of youth in my community. I also wanted to learn about different issues affecting youth and how I can get more involved and help resolve those issues. Lastly, I believe the youth need to have a voice and I want to be one of those voices.”



Mila Yoch. Junior at Notre Dame High School. Public Relations Chair of the Immigrant Youth Committee, and Liaison to the Respect! 24/7 Commission. Appointed August 2015.

“I joined the youth commission because I aspire to make a lasting impact in the world, and to do such, I believe you need to start with your own community at home.”



Alex Derhacobian. Freshman at Carlmont High School, Secretary of the Immigrant Youth Committee, and liaison to First 5 Commission. Appointed August 2015.

“I joined the Youth Commission because it allows me to advocate for policies and interests pertaining to the youth of our community. Through the Youth Commission, I am given a first-hand experience of our government and policy-making on a local level.”




Rodney Martinez. Junior at Archibishop Riordan High School. Member of the Adolescent Need Committee and liaison to the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission. Appointed August 2015.

“I joined the youth commission so I can get involved and make a difference in my community. I am also looking forward to learning more about local government and making friends who share the same interests.”





Lizzie Ford. Senior at St. Ignatius College Prep. Member of the Adolescent Needs Committee. Appointed August 2014.

“I joined the Youth Commission to both see the local government at work firsthand and ensure that youth have proper representation in the decisions being made by the Board of Supervisors. My favorite part of the Youth Commission is definitely the Youth Conference, but until then I am enjoying coming up with and executing ideas on how the Adolescent Needs Committee can present its report in an engaging, meaningful way”



Kevin Huo. Junior at San Mateo High School. Member of the Environmental Protection Committee, and liaison to the Parks Commission. Appointed August 2015.

“For the first time when I saw the Youth Commission’s logo of being a Splash it reminded me of the idea that our county, our home gives us no excuse for not trying because we write our destiny, and we write our own future. As a Youth Commissioner this year I envision making a change, and to helping be the voice for the youth in our county”



Kelly Liang. Senior at Mills High School. Chair of the Immigrant Youth Committee and liaison to the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission. Appointed August 2013.

“I decided to join the Youth Commission because I want to serve a unique perspective to the Commission and the San Mateo County, and to gain experience that enriches my life.”



Annie Lu. Sophomore at Mills High School and member of the Adolescent Needs Committee. Liaison to the Commission on the Status of Women. Appointed August 2015.

“I wanted to be in the Youth Commission because I wanted to use my voice to impact my community. I have always loved politics and feminism, and I wanted to put my passions into action. I want to bridge the gap between the youth and policy makers in San Mateo County, so I thought being in the youth commission would be a great way to do that.”




Liza Pertseva. Freshman at Menlo Atherton High School. Public Relations Chair of the Legislative Committee and liaison to First 5 Commission. Appointed August 2015.

“I joined the Youth Commission because I want to learn more about my community, first hand. I wanted to help out Youth across the county and gain different knowledge of their hardships. I also really wanted to make a difference”




Henry Ruehl Junior at Crystal Springs Academy. Chair of the Environmental Protection Committee, and liaison to the Parks Commission. Appointed August 2012.

“The Commission is a rare thing; it provides an effective outlet for youth representation under the auspices of government, but at the same time it maintains the energy and creativity of youth-run organizations. Youth on the Commission are involved in the lives of their communities, and we have been given the power to change these communities for the better thanks to the Commission. It’s also a fun and exciting organization to be on.”


Klytie Xu. Junior at Mills High School. Vice Chair of the Environmental Protection Committee, and Liaison to the HIV Board. Appointed August 2014.

“I joined the Youth Commission because I want to represent youth in my community.Youth are underrepresented in government and by voicing my opinion, I not only become an advocate, but I also make a difference in the San Mateo County”




Ben Beiers. Senior at Bellarmine College Preparatory. Vice Chair of the Teen Stress and Happiness Committee and liaison to the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council. Appointed August 2014.

“I joined the Youth Commission because I want to better San Mateo County by advocating for the youth perspective on all issues pertaining to youth. An added benefit is that I get to learn about local government.”



Amirah Tulloch. Senior at Jefferson High School High School. Member of the Legislative Committee, Youth Conference Subcommittee, and liaison to the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council. Appointed August 2013.

“I joined the Youth Commission because I noticed that most of the teens in my area couldn’t even name our current governor, much less our mayor, and decided I needed an outlet to help educate teens in our area about political issues.



Sophia Vahanvaty. Freshman at the Urban School of San Francisco. Secretary of the Legislative Committee and Liaison to Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council. Appointed August 2015.

“I joined the Youth Commission because of my passion for social justice and my eagerness to learn about local government. I wanted to be part of a group of individuals who valued civic involvement and leadership and work to make a positive change in our community”



Noah Weinstein. Junior at Mills High School. Chair of the Teen Stress and Happiness Committee and liaison to the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council. Appointed August 2013.

“I joined the Youth Commission, because I feel it is an amazing outlet for the youth demographic of the San Mateo county to get their word through to the people that set the guidelines for our community. It gives the youth a voice.”



Roxanne Urbani. Junior at Burlingame High School. Secretary and Social Media Chair of the Teen Stress and Happiness Committee, and liaison to the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission. Appointed August 2014.

“I joined the Youth Commission because I wanted to learn from others who are making a difference in our community through local government and to give voice to youth in our county. I work in a crisis center as a peer chat counselor and am especially motivated to create awareness of help that is available to teens and finding ways to destigmatize mental health issues in our county. The past year has been a great experience working alongside others who share my desire to make a difference and I’m looking forward to the upcoming year”