Emily Hinton was born in Hayward California and grew up in Modesto. She is currently a senior at Sonoma State University studying Political Science and Philosophy with a concentration in pre-law, and is set to graduate in May 2019.
Throughout her undergraduate career, Emily has sought opportunities to engage in public service and give back to her community. Emily’s passion for law and politics was first sparked when she discovered the Mock Trial program in high school. However, upon entering Sonoma State she found that the university did not offer the program, so she partnered with a volunteer attorney to found the first Mock Trial team at Sonoma State during her freshman year. During Emily’s sophomore year she worked as an after-school children’s social worker intern at COTs (the Committee on the Shelterless) from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, Emily was elected as the student body president and served as the CEO of SSU’s Associated Students, where she founded the food pantry on campus, as a way to help low-income students’ access food, after battling her own experience with food insecurity. In Emily’s time at Sonoma State, she has also served as the President of the Women in Philosophy club, and has received first place prize in the Warren Court Essay Contest twice.
In 2017, Emily was appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees by Governor Jerry Brown, serving a two-year term as the student trustee; being the first student from Sonoma State University to be appointed to the board in over 3 decades and the first woman student from Sonoma State to ever serve. As a CSU trustee, Emily has worked endlessly to advocate for increased basic needs resources, including food and housing insecurity support, after facing her own experience of homelessness, living out of her car for a summer while serving as the student body president of Sonoma State University. In addition Emily has used her position to advocate for the elimination of systematic barriers that prevent first-generation students, like herself, from succeeding in higher education. After graduation, Emily hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in public service.
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