As a community builder invested in bridging diverse and overlapping communities with 20 years' experience in non-profit management and organizational development, I work with both organizations and individuals to create change. I have helped organizations with their strategic planning, resource development, leadership development, and civic engagement, and have been asked to speak before a variety of higher education and non-profit audiences on topics like equity and inclusion, understanding race, gender, and sexuality issues, and applying culturally competent information. As a certified professional coach, I draw upon my extensive background to assist individuals and leaders in the philanthropic, non-profit, and higher education sectors to navigate transitions and realize their full potential.
Previously, I served as the Director of the Queer Justice Fund at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). Prior to my position at AAPIP, I was the founding Director of the Intercultural Community Center at Occidental College where I focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. I have edited and written a number of works, including an award-winning anthology, Q & A: Queer in Asian America.
When I'm not delivering a keynote, coaching a future leader, or advising a community organization, I am pursuing my project as a Soros Equality Fellow to create a digital media project focused on historical and contemporary stories of intersectional activism by queer and trans people of color. I also was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to be a member on the California Humanities board of directors, and Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed me to the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women. I also serve on the Borealis Philanthropy board. I hold a PhD in History from Claremont Graduate University, a MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and a BA from Yale University.
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Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women