The Ruth Petersen Award, established in the memory of SSMC’s founder, was presented to longtime SSMC volunteer Afsoon Shahrdar. A 31-year resident of San Mateo County, Afsoon has been involved with SSMC since 2011 as a key volunteer on the Awards Committee. She joined the Board of Directors in 2012 and subsequently served as Chair (2015-17) and Vice Chair (2017-18). Originally from Iran, she earned a B.A. degree from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Architecture. She became a U.S. citizen in 1995 and immediately became engaged in community issues. In addition to her contributions to SSMC, she has served on the board of the League of Women Voters of North and Central San Mateo County and as the organization’s Membership Chair and Nominating Chair. Afsoon has been an active member of the San Mateo County Association of Realtors (SAMCAR) since 1988 and has served in leadership roles on SAMCAR’S Global Real Estate, Grievance and Professional Standards Committees.