Yosef Yip


Project Coordinator for the Communication and Public Involvement Group


San Francisco, CA

Built Environment Queer Project

"Be open-minded and ask questions. Before you make a judgement or share an observation with your peers, make sure you assess the situation carefully from all angle. Biases go both ways."

Q&A with Participant:

  1. Describe your current position.
  2. I translate technical work (i.e. engineering or planning) as a means to communicate and/or gain stakeholders consensus (i.e. the public and community organizations). Our team engages with stakeholders in all stages of a project, from conceptual planning and development to construction.

  3. What is your educational background?
  4. Master in Urban Design from City College of New York; and Bachelor in City Planning from University of Waterloo (yes, Canada).

  5. What do you love about your career?
  6. I get to interact with people, both with project team and the public. I’m on my feet a lot.

  7. Do you incorporate your queer identity in your career? How?
  8. Internally, I do. I am currently on a national role to promote the development of emerging professionals (early to mid-level career staff). In this role, I’ve volunteered to represent our emerging professionals at our corporate Diversity & Inclusion council. In this council, I vouched to advocate for all underrepresented groups in our industry.

  9. Have you ever had a negative experience in a professional environment that was related to your queer identity? How did you deal with it?
  10. I’m lucky that I work in a workplace that fosters diversity and inclusion, especially in our Bay Area offices. When negative experiences arise, whether it’s about my identity or any workplace challenge, I typically seek second or third opinions from trusted senior staff. Before I make a judgement, I strive to objectively assess the situation. If you work in private sector, it’s important to keep in mind that the firm is operated as a business, which means the employee’s mental health contributes to the success of their company. Trust that they care.

  11. What role has mentorship played in your career? Do you have a queer mentor?
  12. I have multiple mentors, both official and unofficial (none who are queer). Mentors and sponsors helped get me noticed in a company that has 12,000 employees. I’m also invested in my network outside of the company, where I’ve developed mentor-type relationships from LGBTQ peers.

Follow our Participant in Social Media!

Instagram: @yosefff

Facebook: @yosefyip

LinkedIn: @yosefyip

Interesting in participating?

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