As the Texas-raised daughter of Thai immigrants, I split the high school years between Houston and Bangkok and graduated from a women’s college in Atlanta, where I cut my teeth on civil rights and social justice. These themes have deeply resonated over the course of my life.
values in action
I founded the first Asian student club at my southern college and campaigned for reparations to the Japanese South Americans in U.S. concentration camps during World War II. After graduation, my work as operations manager for an Asian American performing arts organization centered around social justice. Today I volunteer as public relations director for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF), because we highlight the stories of underrepresented voices.
Following a personal experience with infertility, I dove into volunteering for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, hosting monthly support groups for over 5 years and raising awareness about the disease. I am currently advocating with a working group of physicians and patient advocates to pass a state insurance mandate for IVF and fertility preservation coverage in Washington State.
I am a RESOLVE ambassador, family-building advocate and co-author of the Create Change blog on RESOLVE’s website. I advocate for financial relief and equal access to family-building resources for people with infertility as well as for men’s health. I also serve on the Men’s Health Council with the UW Department of Urology and frequently lend my voice to social impact campaigns through freelance writing, public speaking, and media interviews (which you can view on this website!).
I hold a master of science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Medill at Northwestern University, and have worked at two of the world’s largest PR and marketing agencies and as a freelance journalist and independent marketing consultant. I was most recently the Director of Marketing Communications in the Department of Ob-Gyn at the University of Washington School of Medicine. View my LinkedIn profile here.
As a graduate of the Catalyst 2018 class of the Asian American Journalists Association (the above group of media entrepreneurs), I’m interested in advancing health equity and awareness among Asians in the West through engaging, informative content (“edutainment”). The goal is to spur more of us to be proactive, rather than reactive, about our health. It combines my commitment to journalistic inquiry, public health and the Asian American community.
If any of these themes resonate with you, I hope you will reach out and connect.
Thanks for visiting. See you out there!