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Michela Alioto Pier served on the City of San Francisco Board of Supervisors, appointed by San Francisco Mayor Newsom, from 2004 until 2011. In 1997 she ran as a democratic nominee for California Secretary of State, and in 1996 she was a candidate for California's First Congressional District. Prior to that Michela spent two and a half years working in the Clinton White House for Vice President Al Gore on domestic policy, and was a White House transition liaison for the Department of Health and Human Services. In 1984, at the age of 17, Michela was appointed as the youngest member to President Reagan's National Council on Disability's Advisory Board and has been a delegate to three of the last four United States-Japan Summit Conferences on Disabilities, where she has chaired the Committee on Science and Technology. She is currently a member of the National Women's Political Caucus, the Women's Leadership Forum, and the Majority Council of EMILY's List. Michela earned a degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles and spent a year studying at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She and her husband Tom and their three children make their home in San Francisco, CA. She is a 1997 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.