I am the Executive Director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) in San Francisco, California. I joined POWER more than 8 years ago, and have nearly 15 years experience empowering disenfranchised communities to actively and confidently develop the solutions that will improve all of our lives. Before becoming Executive Director at POWER, I helped to launch our Bayview Hunters Point Organizing Project, which works with community residents to improve conditions in the neighborhood and rebuild community ties where they have been broken by poverty and neglect. My work with POWER has been recognized by the San Francisco Bay Guardian (Local Hero, 2008), the Harvey Milk Democratic Club (Bayard Rustin Award 2008, Hank Wilson Activist Award, 2013), and the Center for Media Justice (Jeanne Gauna Communicate Justice Award, 2008). Prior to joining POWER, I worked in the reproductive justice sector, and worked for a number of local non profits engaged in community organizing. I received two degrees in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, and am pursuing a Master's degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. I am a Board member for the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) in Oakland, CA and Asian Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL) in Oakland, CA, and a contributing writer for WarTimes magazine.