Francis Yu is a current double B.A. candidate in the Urban Studies & Planning and Communication Studies program at University of California, San Diego. As an SF Bay Area native, issues regarding equitable urbanization and gentrification have been a key research interest of his. He has served as a communications intern at Councilmember David Alvarez’s office, where he worked on creating video content to help advocate for the creation of the Cesar Solis Community Park. He has also worked as field research intern at Casa Familiar through the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative, helping San Ysidro community members to organize for the creation of a new community garden. During the June 2016 Primaries, Francis worked as a community organizer for CPI working to turnout the student vote. He’s currently a board member on the San Diego Chapter of the American Planning Association as the UCSD Student Representative. In the Fall he will be starting his master’s program in City Planning with a focus on Community Development.