My interest in civic engagement started early. When your father is a high school government teacher and your mother enjoys a lively discussion at the dinner table, you learn early on that civic engagement and being an active participant in the political process gives you a voice in your local, state and national government. Even if your preferred candidate isn’t successful, your vote always counts.
As a senior in high school, I participated in the City of South San Francisco’s Youth Government Day program (which my father, Gene Mullin founded). This provided me with an opportunity to see first-hand the inner workings of local government. Later in life, as a member of the South San Francisco City Council, I participated in the program as an elected official and remember quite clearly the energy and interest shown by the students that shadowed me.