Passion for APIFM: I love that APIFM centers justice and the health and wellness of the AAPI community and other communities of color. I am thrilled to support APIFM’s mission and their work to provide critical resources, education, and opportunities for us all to live a healthy, active, and thriving life.
Work Affiliation: I am currently the Director of Government Relations & Advocacy for Children’s Institute, a comprehensive multi-service children’s agency in Los Angeles working to transform the lives of children exposed to adversity and poverty. For a decade, my professional career has been anchored in understanding and challenging what our systems, particularly public schools, need to look like to truly advance equity and opportunity for kids. It is an honor to lead my organization’s strategic advocacy initiatives to influence public policy for our children, families, and communities in Los Angeles.
Bio: Born and raised in Oxnard, CA I am a proud Korean-American daughter of immigrants. This has deeply influenced my passion for educational equity, systemic change, and community impact. I received my BA in Political Science from UCLA (go Bruins!) and hold a master’s degree in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. I am also an alum of New Leaders Council, a national program for progressive and diverse leaders.
Fun Fact: I lived in NYC for nearly 10 years and found my love for running living in the city. After several half marathons and two marathons later (and I always say I am done!) I know another marathon is on the horizon with a goal of completing under 4 hours.