Berkeley City Councilmember Sophie Hahn

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About Us

The Berkeley City Council is composed of Councilmembers representing Berkeley’s 8 Districts, plus the Mayor, who serves at-large. It functions primarily as a legislative body, with some quasi-judicial functions. In its legislative duties, the Council adopts ordinances and resolutions on a wide variety of management and policy issues affecting the City of Berkeley. The Council establishes policy, approves the annual budget, appoints the City Manager, approves contracts, conducts public hearings and makes appointments to boards and commissions.  

Councilmember Hahn represents Berkeley's 5th District which includes the lower North Berkeley Hills, the Thousand Oaks neighborhood, and the Solano and North Shattuck commercial corridors. Since taking office, Sophie authored a comprehensive small and local business support package, co-authored, with Mayor Jesse Arreguin, the Pathways Project to Address Homelessness in Berkeley, and championed green building standards. She is the Council’s appointee to the City of Berkeley’s Board of Library Trustees, and the alternate on the East Bay Clean Energy Joint Powers Authority, bringing 100% clean electricity to Alameda County soon. Sophie also serves on the executive committee of the local Sierra Club.

Before being elected to the City Council, Sophie served as a long-time Commissioner on the City’s Zoning Adjustments Board, and was Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women. Sophie grew up in Berkeley, is a proud Berkeley High and Cal Berkeley alum, has raised her own three children here in Berkeley, and has spent many years as a community advocate for education, equity, and the environment.