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  Alumni & FriendsNew grad Dominique McAfee on campus, is wise beyond her years. Photo by William Morris


Young Urban Professional

While most 19-year-olds are looking for part-time work, preparing for summer school or going on vacation, Dominique McAfee (B.A., '04) is embarking on a career in urban planning.

The youngest graduate in SFSU's Class of 2004, McAfee tested out of high school at age 15. "High school was boring," she says. In 2002 at age 17, she moved to San Francisco and enrolled in SFSU's urban studies program.

"I was interested in architecture at first, but then I realized I could make broader decisions on zoning and design through land-use planning,"she says. "Plus I'm terrible at math."

Deborah LeVeen, director and professor of urban studies, has worked closely with McAfee the past two years and is astounded by her maturity and initiative. "She has changed my concept of age," LeVeen says. "I look at Dominique and say, 'Gee, maybe you don't need to be 25 to be mature and poised.' She's just amazing."

While attending SFSU, McAfee interned at MUNI and the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

In her spare time, McAfee enjoys exploring San Francisco on public transportation. Her favorite bus is the 15 Third, a cross-town route that begins at Fisherman's Wharf and ends at City College of San Francisco.

Her long-term goal is a career as a land-use planner, preferably in the Bay Area.


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