Portrait of the San Mateo County Youth Commission 2023-24 Cohort


The San Mateo County Youth Commission is an advisory commission to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, established in 1993 to address youth need in the county and provide youth voice in local government. The Commission consists of up to 25 members, between the ages of 13-21, who reside in San Mateo County. Funded by the County Executive's Office, reporting to the Board of Supervisors, and housed under the Budget, Policy, and Performance Office, the Commission is a collaborative effort of all three San Mateo County serving entities.

2024-25 SMCYC Applications Youth Commission Agendas Youth Commission Meetings

Mission Statement

The Youth Commission strives to address issues affecting youth in San Mateo County and close the gap between adult and youth perspectives. By placing youth in committees and on County Boards and Commissions, the Youth Commission increases awareness of and advocates for youth issues, advises the Board of Supervisors, presents policy recommendations, and creates projects that serve the community.


  • Civic Engagement
  • Education & Economic Development 
  • Environmental Justice
  • Health & Wellness
  • Immigrant Youth

Contact us

John Allan

Program Coordinator


Helen Lei

Program Coordinator


2023-24 Commission Roster Valeria Chavez-Franco Zahara Agarwal Zayne Abraham Yakira Braunstein Soha Budhani Ava Chan Molly Chen Noor Chowdhary Isabelle Escobar Natalie Handel Alston Ho Nikhil Kothari Matthew Lau Wesley Liu Anjuli Mishra Adele Ryono Tara Sardana Alina Shah Rikhav Shah Amani Shroff Cassidy Watson Bethany Zhao Joy Zou