Meet Rashi

A Progressive Democrat for City Council

I’m running for City Council in District 1 as a new mom and a first-time homeowner who is deeply invested in the future of our community. I want to ensure that Berkeley is a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable place for the next generation, including my newborn son Austin.

My parents took a leap of blind faith when they came to California as immigrants from India in 1978. They didn’t have any money and English was their second language. But they were able to work hard and purchase a modest home in a Southern California suburb. That’s where the American Dream unfolded for our family. I was fortunate to attend solid public schools in a safe neighborhood, earn a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 2005 and then a master’s degree in public policy from U.C. Berkeley in 2012. But today, for so many members of our community, it feels like the Berkeley version of this American Dream is becoming harder to grasp.

As your Councilmember, I would build on my experience serving on Berkeley’s Housing Advisory Commission and Community Health Commission, where I’ve championed affordable housing and fought to keep Alta Bates Hospital open. I would also draw on my professional background in policy analysis and public budgeting. After earning a Master of Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley, I worked in Sacramento, where I advised the state legislature on health and social services programs and helped to secure overtime pay for low-wage home care workers. I now work as a Finance Manager for San Francisco’s Human Services Agency, which provides safety net programs to low-income individuals and families. In my role, I track revenues and expenditures for the agency’s $900 million annual budget to ensure that funds are spent responsibly.

I look forward to using my unique perspective and experience to be a new voice for our community.

Here are my priorities:

  • Advocate for creating homes that are affordable to young people, families, and seniors while protecting existing tenants from displacement
  • Fight for long-term solutions to homelessness that include partnering with neighboring cities and more resources from the state for permanent supportive housing
  • Work with our police officers and firefighters to ensure public safety and uphold the rights of all community members
  • Fix our roads, sidewalks, and marina and make our streets safe and friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Protect the environment by addressing climate change and ensuring our parks and open spaces are accessible and safe for everyone to enjoy 

I can’t wait to meet you on the campaign trail! Please feel free to contact me directly with your thoughts, ideas, or concerns: rashiforcouncil@gmail.com or 510-982-6128.