Sophie grew up in San Francisco and attended the Katherine Delmar Burke School. She went to boarding school at Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts, where she translated her years as a soccer player into a spot on the ice hockey team. Sophie earned a BA in French from Wesleyan University, where she also played ice hockey. She then earned an MSc in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Sophie began her career as a hands-on architectural conservator, working on sculptures and buildings across the US and around the world. She joined San Francisco’s Planning Department as a historic preservation specialist and, over time, drifted from historic preservation to land use and housing policy, eventually joining the administration of Mayor Lee to be the Director of Policy at the Mayor’s Office of Housing. In 2017, Sophie formed a consulting practice, Urban Praxis, dedicated to advising a range of clients on affordable housing-related issues, including entitlements, policy, finance, and partnerships.
Sophie serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Parks Alliance, an independent nonprofit organization that inspires and promotes civic engagement and philanthropy to protect, sustain, and enrich San Francisco parks and activates parks and public spaces throughout the city.
As a Town parent, Sophie loves watching her son build independence and make the school his own. Sophie and her husband, Boe Hayward, also a native San Franciscan, have three children including Jack ‘26. As a family, they enjoy skiing, exploring, taking their dog to the beach, jigsaw puzzles, baseball games, and playing Uno.