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Austin Truong

Austin Truong

Austin Truong

Multicultural Fellow, People
Why do you do what you do?

I’m a care worker. I am committed to putting my skills and life to build an alternative world that celebrates all communities’ ability to live and thrive. I have a deep love for San Francisco and am anchored by all the grandmothers, aunties, and young people that keep me grounded in this work to make a world livable for them. I believe that we all have a role to play to build a society that works for and protects everyone, especially the most systematically impacted.

What drew you to the foundation?

I’m born and raised in San Francisco and grew up in Chinatown and Tenderloin. My commitment to equity and justice stems from personal histories of gender trauma and systemic trauma and its lasting impact on the health and wholeness of my family. The foundation has an explicit racial equity agenda that challenges and motivates public agencies, donors, and individuals to use all the tools in the toolbox to look out and make a better world for the most marginalized of us. That resonated with me as a young person raised in Chinatown and TL, that looks out for each other as best as we can.

How would you describe your role?

I would describe my role as working with the People team and our visionary grassroots leaders to transform several systems that contribute significantly to the continued exclusion of communities of color. For the next two years, I’ll be working with communities to build power for economic justice.

Are you involved in any volunteer activities?

I foster dogs with Wonderdog Rescue and am in abolitionist coalitions in San Francisco.

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