Describe your role at Perigee Fund.
I am fortunate to work closely with Perigee’s phenomenal program officers on a range of initiatives and portfolios. I am part of the teams working on Paid Family and Medical Leave outreach, child welfare prevention, and family well-being — all in Washington state, as well as maternal mental health in-state and nationally. My role includes research, project management, coordination, and grantee relationships. I also co-facilitate Perigee’s internal equity journey.
What are you passionate about and/or what is the philosophy you bring to the organization?
I hold a deep passion for building and investing in culturally-sensitive approaches and community-driven change.
Tell us a little bit about your professional background, starting with your most recent position.
I came to Perigee Fund from The Family Van, a direct service program of Harvard Medical School that was designed with community partners. I provided culturally appropriate health screenings, education, information, and outreach on the van and in community-based settings, such as housing developments, schools, shelters, and community centers. I also trained medical students and medical residents in implementing a culturally sensitive and responsive approach to care. Prior, I held a number of public health research associate positions in the U.S. and abroad focused on mental health and immigrant health.
What excites you about working with Perigee Fund?
I am excited about opportunities to empower immigrant families who experience cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic barriers, and who also embody tremendous strength and resourcefulness. As a new philanthropic professional, I am interested in shifting power imbalances in the present and future of our sector. I am also excited about bringing my upbringing and experiences in rural areas to Perigee.
What is your favorite way to develop early connections with the babies and young children in your life?
I have two small daughters andI love passing down our family and cultural traditions. And when and where it is safe, I love enriching their experiences through travel and exploration, whether east of the Cascade Range or to other countries. We bond and learn when we experience languages, cultures, foods, and landscapes.