Vice President of Programs & Partnerships Sierra Health Foundation
M.P.H. – Master of Public Health
Boston University, MA
B.A. – Sociology
Minor – Medicine & Health Law Policy
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
APIs RISE Donor Fund, Founding Member CA
Smart Growth, Steering Committee Member
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) Board Member
WHAT I DO AT WORK
I serve on the executive team for Sierra Health Foundation and The Center as the Vice President of Programs and Partnerships. In this role, I am responsible for strategic program and partnership development, and oversees management of the foundation’s and The Center’s programs and initiatives.
Before coming to Sierra Health Foundation, I served as associate director for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, where I worked with foundations, affinity groups, public policy groups and immigrant rights organizations. Previously, I served as senior program officer at the Otto Bremer Foundation in Minnesota, and a program officer and senior consultant with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.
In addition to institutional philanthropy, I worked in state government as the state coordinator of the Refugee Health Program for the Minnesota Department of Health, and as the assistant regional coordinator for the Refugee and Immigrant Health Program for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
I am fortunate to come from a family that values family, community, hard work, higher education and social justice. My seven siblings and I were taught at a young age to take our social and community responsibilities seriously and to never forget those who helped us along the way.
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, I am proud to call Sacramento home.