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RECENT EXPERIENCE(2018-Present)

  • High-performance leader with panoramic vision and sharp strategy skills.  Extensive  nonprofit, foundation, and legal background.  12+ years applying persuasive communication and creative approach to enhance diverse communities.

  • ​Advise prominent nonprofits and foundations serving diverse communities (establish, deepen, and leverage donor and stakeholder relationships; strategize 8-figure initiatives; maximize impact and sustainability)

  • Strategist to prominent foundations + nonprofits serving diverse communities, e.g., millennial to Gen Z youth, elderly, disabled, BIPOC, women, LGBTQIA+, multi-faith

  • Strategize across teams and projects (ranging from capacity-building to learning communities to family mental health, veterans, education, workforce, and voter access); 

  • Steadily advocate for mission, values, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) with all stakeholders

  • Cultivate funding partnerships with family, community, and corporate foundations, as well as federal, state, and local government entities

  • Lead program and prototype design, implementation, iteration, and growth strategies across leadership, programs, financial, comms., logistics, vendor, and partner teams 

  • Shepherd grant and  evaluation life cycle processes, including grant officer relationship-building, grant writing, impact tracking + analysis + reporting

  • Leverage executive and board leaders’ assets, skills, and relationships to advance priorities and learning

  • Review and negotiate grant agreements, governance, and other documents 

  • Recruit, onboard, manage, mentor, and coach staff, interns, consultants, and volunteers 

  • Systematize processes so that orgs. scale sustainably

  • Lead strategic planning  (3-5 years) + budgeting (up to 8 figures) 

  • Polish traditional + social media comms. + presentations

  • Serve with emotional intelligence and cultural competence to build alignment + trust

  • Cultivate complementary relationships and thought partnerships with diverse fundraising, community, tech, political, CSR, pro bono, and other civic leaders at local, state, and national levels.

  • Cultivate relationships with fundraising, tech, nonprofit, political, and civic leaders at local, state, and national levels 

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EDUCATION

  • STANFORD LAW SCHOOL, JD, 2009 

    • ​Case studies on community economic development, immigration, social entrepreneurship, education nonprofits, Americans with Disabilities Act, and History of American law 

    • Represented Stanford Law School before legal, business, and government leaders in China

    • Served as Legal Fellow with U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee

    • Formed deep relationships with current national progressive leaders

  • TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY | Mandarin Language Fellow | Beijing, China                   2005 – Jan 2006

  • STANFORD UNIVERSITY, BA in INTERNATIONAL ​RELATIONS, HONORS IN ETHICS, 2005

    • ​Coursework on “Religion and Social Justice: MLK+Rabbi A.J. Heschel”

    • Studied abroad in Seville, Spain 

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EARLIER EXPERIENCE

  • Grassroots nonprofit initiative director, including hundreds of 1-on-1 engagement conversations, 2014-17

  • Impact litigator on successful national veterans class action suit, 2011-14

  • Obama campaign volunteer (canvassing in TX primary and General election), Equal Justice America anti-Predatory Lending Fellow, Special Operations Fund supporter, Sam Cooke and Mel Brooks fanatic, 2007-10

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