Program Assistant, Policy and Innovation
Why do you do what you do?
Growing up in Cupertino, I was always aware of the stark differences between my relatively well-off upbringing and my parents’ lives after immigrating to the United States after the Vietnam War. It was through their sacrifices and hard work that I have been able to live the life I have lived, and working to address social and racial inequities is my way of paying that forward.
What drew you to the foundation?
I was drawn to the foundation because of how racial equity and economic inclusion are central and integral to its work. Throughout my education and work experience, addressing structural violence and inequities has been critical to the health and well-being of all people. The foundation’s commitment to this mission in the area where I was born and raised was what pushed me to join myself.
How would you describe your role?
I provide general support to the Policy & Innovation team by assisting with administrative tasks, event and convenings management, and various tasks on different projects.
Are you involved in any volunteer activities?
I assist with the undergraduate admissions process at my alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis.