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Haewon Asfaw

Haewon Asfaw

Haewon Asfaw

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

My commitment to equity and justice stems from my experience growing up with multiple identities from different communities. As a queer, Black and Korean femme of immigrant parents from Los Angeles, I became aware of issues of race, gender, and economic justice at a young age. These experiences shaped my work and fueled my commitment to a justice that understands the importance of building system-impacted leaders, empowering marginalized communities, and generating a vision of social change that is long-term and sustainable.

What drew you to the foundation?

I was drawn to the foundation because of its racial equity agenda that aims to build strong, vibrant and well-resourced community organizations, and on-the-ground movements across the Bay Area.

How would you describe your role?

My role helps advance educational opportunity and economic security for low-income people of color in the Bay Area through grantmaking, community initiatives, and building strategic alliances across the region.

Are you involved in any volunteer activities?

I work with justice organizations that center system-impacted people, womyn, and children.  I am also part of different healing collectives that focus on mental health and wellness among queer communities of color.

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