My name is Elizabeth Householder, but you can call me Ellie. I was born and raised in Antioch, CA in the far-far East Bay (I will definitely contend that YES Antioch is still considered “the Bay”). I graduated from De Anza Community College in Cupertino, CA with two Associates Degrees in Paralegal Studies and Liberal Arts Studies. I went on to graduate from UC Berkeley with Honors in American Studies, with an emphasis on Politics, Policy and Justice. I wrote my Honors Senior thesis at UC Berkeley on the Hyphy Movement. In that paper, I used the geographically specific Bay Area Hip Hop movement to look at the social, political, and economic landscape of the Bay Area in the years leading up to the Great Recession of 2008.
Since graduating from UC Berkeley, I have worked as a Research Analyst with the Antioch Unified School District, researching new and innovative ways to meet the needs of our diverse student population. In addition, I have held a Vice Chair seat for the Antioch Tax Citizen Oversight Committee, and volunteered in numerous capacities for organizations focused on poverty alleviation. Fall of 2018 I begin a new journey at the Goldman School of Public Policy earning my Master’s Degree in Public Policy. I hope to continue focusing my efforts on suburban poverty and ways in which we can make our political system work for all people, not just the wealthy and the privileged.
I am what you would consider a “child of the Great Recession.” That is to say, my formative years as a young person were spent in the midst of one of the worst economic recessions since the 1920s. This experience shaped a large part of my identity and passions in life, which is why I chose to create a website. On this site, you will find a collection of my past work, as well as an ongoing blog. My topics range from current politics, to general insights about what it is like growing up as a low-income, first-generation, UC Berkeley/community college, hyphy/punk-rock enthusiast. I hope you find my perspective refreshing as I tackle issues related to representation and social justice, and how we can work together to create a more just and equitable society.