Abbey Reuter

Associate Vice-President of Local Affairs


Hello! My name is Abbey Reuter (she/her/hers) and I serve as the Associate Vice President of Local Affairs for AS UCSD. As AVP of Local Affairs, I serve as the liaison between local city and county government entities (for example, San Diego City Council, SANDAG, County Board of Supervisors and La Jolla Town Council) and I work with a wide variety of community organizations to ensure that UC San Diego students have a voice in local government. Outside of AS, I am a third year Political Science: International Relations major and I am involved with UCSD Extension, the Teaching + Learning Commons and Model United Nations at UCSD. I am very excited and honored to be serving as AVP of Local Affairs and please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns related to this Office.

Weekly Reports

Week Summary
  • Held general office meeting on 11/23 

    • Discussed the Office of Local Affairs “Local Affairs Award” for the External Affairs Policyathon (will be given to the student with the most locally orientated policy)

    •  Success with the Theater District Living and Learning Neighborhood development, unless a La Jolla community lawsuit strikes down the approved measures (unlikely)

    • Abbey was appointed to the University City Planning Group Community Plan Update subcommittee in which she voice a student perspective in matters of city planning; 

      • Will work alongside the GSA’s Local Affairs representative in the winter quarter to bridge this city-student planning gap

    • Directors and interns are currently researching the Smart Streetlight issue for the Office’s first deep dive political podcast

  • Hired a marketing director – Ai Hong – and onboarded her on 11/25


  • discussed our office's marketing plan with our new marketing director, Ai Hong, which will be implemented next quarter
  • planned a way to create more interactive Instagram content, including the release of our office's stickers, for the winter quarter
  • touched base with Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to set up a meeting for discussing how the OLA can support the county's new Climate Action Plan
  • our First-Year Fellow, William Wei, contacted the off-campus senators about collaborating with the OLA to draft a Student Tenant Bill of Rights 
  • our Government Affairs Director, Aidan Lin, finished an outline for our first podcast episode that will be released at the beginning of the winter quarter



The Office of Local Affairs Summer and Fall Quarter Wrap-Up


  • Building a Students Against Surveillance Coalition with a variety of student organizations across UC San Diego and the broader San Diego community in order to address the Smart Streetlights issue

  • Provided public comment about the Smart Streetlights issue at several different meetings

  • Created a “Vote Local” voter information guide with information on local candidates and local ballot measures for every county in California.

  • Created a Local Housing Guide in collaboration with the AVP of Food and Housing to help UCSD students understand the options for housing on and off campus and to know their tenant rights and legal resources, in the light of COVID-19.

  • Advocated for the approval of the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood which would expand the availability of on campus housing with the UC Board of Regents, overcoming local opposition from La Jolla groups.

    • Hosted an event with the UCSD Planning Department, wrote an Op-Ed in the La Jolla Light, provided public comment at the September and November Board of Regents meetings.

  • Hired all staff positions.

  • Created social media for the Office of Local Affairs.

  • Created a podcast called Politics From Home which will give students an easy entrance point for local San Diego politics.



Ongoing Initiatives

  • Advocacy on the County Climate Action Plan.

  • Advocacy on the University City Community Plan Update Subcommittee.

  • Politics From Home podcast, bimonthly episodes.

  • Smart Streetlights issue will return after Meet and Confer

  • Developing relationships with organizations both on and off campus.