Amiel Leaño Atanacio || Falik Family Graduate Fellowship
In his second year, Amiel Leaño Atanacio is working towards his Master’s of City & Regional Planning degree. Atanacio is the recipient of the Falik Family Graduate Fellowship, generally alloted to students who want to work in housing policy and affordable housing.
“I came to planning school because the Bay Area’s housing affordability crisis is deeply personal to me, as it is for many of us. My family has faced housing insecurity since we moved here from the Philippines, all while the rest of my community continues to grapple with displacement.”
This semester, Atanacio is an intern at the San Francisco Planning Department, crafting local housing policy that addresses the needs of families and communities like his own. In his time there, Atanacio also assists with San Francisco’s Community Stabilization Strategy and Housing Affordability Strategy, two programs that serve to research and find solutions to ongoing displacement and surging housing costs.
At Berkeley, Atanacio has mentored undergraduate design students and currently serves as the Co-President of the CED-Students of Color.
“Your generosity affords me the freedom to study and learn without the financial anxiety around student loans and accruing interests. Pursuing graduate school with little to no student debt is an extreme privilege.”