Persephone Tan (Full Profile)
Persephone is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the Fels Institute of Government. She was born and raised in Chinatown/Lower East Side in Manhattan, NYC and keeps true to her urban roots (i.e. can't drive, but thrives on the challenge of navigating public transportation in other cities). Prior to Penn, Persephone worked for New York City Council Member Margaret S. Chin of lower Manhattan as the Director of Housing, where she explored legislation and policies to sustain affordable housing in the city. A lot of her experiences stem from organizing tenants with other housing advocates against unscrupulous landlords. She is a huge proponent of social justice, diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency.
Persephone earned her BA in English from Wheaton College (MA) with minors in Asian Studies and African/African-American Diaspora Studies. She is a huge fan of trying different ethnic foods, exploring museums, organizing anything & everything, taking obscene amounts of Instagram photos, bookmarking too many Yelp restaurants, making others laugh, traveling to new places, and walking as a form of exercise (yes, it counts). Once, she circumambulated the perimeter of Manhattan (~32 miles) with a few friends. For fun. For real. It hurt. She is also trying to retain her Chinese so if you ever want to practice your Cantonese, Toishanese (dialect), or Mandarin please let her know! Also, ask about her urban vernacular.