Mia N. Shaw is a recent UC Berkeley graduate, a policy and communications manager for City Innovate Foundation and the Superpublic federal innovation lab, and a Berkeley city health commissioner. At age 19, she was appointed to the Community Health Commission for the City of Berkeley by Mayor Tom Bates and served on the Mayor’s Health Task Force. In addition to having worked at the UN Foundation, the Democratic National Committee, and the California Department of Justice, Shaw has written for USA Today, CNN, Capitol Weekly, Independent Voter Network News, and The Energy Collective.
Prior to this role, Shaw’s work was published in the national print edition of USA Today, appearing in over 1.5 million papers. Previously, she distinguished herself as a first-year student by writing a column for The Daily Californian. With over 120,000 print copies and 150,000 page views, hers was the most popular feature in the paper for seven consecutive months. The co-editor of her own freshman fall orientation issue, she went on to work as a news reporter and opinion editor for the paper. Shaw has also worked for KGO 810-AM and KTVU-TV 2, where she was nominated for the Radio Television Digital News Association’s Pete Wilson Scholarship. She models professionally and has performed at Carnegie Hall.
Shaw is a native San Franciscan. She studied political economy, public policy, biology, and rhetoric at UC Berkeley, and graduated in 2016. Through reformed education and effective communication, she is interested in making complex concepts accessible to broader audiences in hope of creating a more aware and active world.