Sydney Ji is a finance and admin assistant at the ACLU of Northern California, where they assist with reviewing and processing staff expenses, ordering and maintaining supplies, providing administrative support to board committees and the director of finance and administration, and providing backup coverage for operations staff and receptionist.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Sydney was an admin assistant for Berkeley International Office at UC Berkeley, which provides general advising and programming and produces legal documents for international students, scholars, and their families. There, Sydney provided frontline customer service in person, on the phone, and by email for referral to resources, intake and follow-up for summer students, mailing support, and training of student assistants. Sydney has also worked as an identity and access management associate for CalNet, supporting the roll-out of multifactor authentication for log-in to UC Berkeley systems by troubleshooting technical issues, developing guides for users and other IT staff, and compiling feedback and suggestions to shape communications.
Sydney graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelors in psychology. As a student, they did data entry and worked on screening and coding articles for a meta-analysis for the Golden Bear Sleep & Mood Research Clinic and conducted online research of LGBTQ non-governmental organizations to support a sociology project on identifying patterns in how funding and significant events or individuals impact NGO activities. Sydney also conducted outreach and helped with logistics for the Queer & Asian Conference 2015 and NorCal T-Camp 2017 and sang in an a capella group, Nikkei Choral Ensemble (NiCE).
Off work hours, Sydney enjoys reading, watching anime, going to community events, and consuming memes. Currently, they are particularly interested in learning about housing, disability justice, the increase in temporary and gig employment, co-ops/collective ownership, and transformative justice. They occasionally volunteer to observe police at protests and seeks to increase capacity as a first responder to health crises. Sydney speaks French (with terrible pronunciation) and wants to learn ASL, Spanish, and Mandarin.