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From his campaign website: “Bapu Vaitla was born in rural India and spent his childhood in Chicago and Los Angeles. He came to UC Davis for his undergraduate studies, where he forged strong bonds with the social and environmental justice community in town, learning about the power of science to change the world.
"His professional career has been in the global fight against hunger. He earned his PhD at Tufts University, focusing on the politics and economics of hunger, and later did a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University on climate change and food security. As former chair of the Social Services Commission, he led Davis's groundbreaking public safety reform process, and continues the fight to make affordable housing a policy priority.
"He is a member of the Davis Homelessness Alliance and on the Board of Cool Davis, the leading non-profit organization in town working to build resilience against climate change. His day job is with Data2X, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation that focuses on improving knowledge about the lives of women and girls worldwide.”