VRA encourages a diverse board to represent the countries, cultures, religion, and ethnicity of Village residents. This enables the VRA to be inclusive and avoid discrimination on any basis.
Srilakshmi Anand- Board Member
I am an Electronics & Communications Engineer by education and have worked at some of the multinational firms before calling Berkeley home. I am originally from the southern part of India called Tamil Nadu. Knowing the transcending powers of education and loving children a lot, I have been helping the tiny species with 3 R’s, since the time I am here. I love organizing free of cost play group and programs for tots and moms in our village. I am the founder and currently the leader of “Totally Tots” initiative in VRA.
As much as I like volunteering for teaching and organizing play groups, I am also very much into cooking. At the very heart, I’m an incurable and, at times, an insane foodie. In the past, I have conducted cooking workshops for our village residents, and plan on doing more of it in the future.
I have certifications in technology, nutrition and German language. In addition to serving on the VRA board, I also volunteer for INSPIRE, INSPIRE Garden, La Leche League, and Tuesday Dinners. I love to work on community building, residents safety and tots playgroups. Helping people in general gives me immense happiness.
Esther Ramer - Board Member
I am a graduate student in the Classics Department. I grew up in the country in northern Wisconsin, and navigating urban life and academia has been a challenge for me. I joined the Village Residents Association in order to help foster a sense of community and to advocate for policies that help student parents succeed in their careers.
I have experience in many different fields: dairy farming, gardening, construction, and education, to name a few. I hope to use my variety of experience to help understand and advocate for improved policies in housing, transportation, sustainability, and social support networks.
I am also a volunteer with Nature Village, where I have been working to address the issue of waste separation in the Village. I love reading, hiking, and cooking, when I'm not busy with my studies and volunteer work.
Julia Taylor - Board Member
Hello neighbors! I joined University Village in September 2017, when my partner began Berkeley’s Master’s in Public Policy program. Before moving into the Village, I lived in Portland, OR for two years earning a Master’s in Public Administration specializing in Local Government. The work of cities and counties is my passion because they engage communities to make decisions on the most important aspects of their lives – water, roads, housing, and so much more.
I am energized to serve on the VRA to make sure we receive the information, support, services and good times we need to thrive as individuals and as an inclusive community.
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