Describe your role at Perigee Fund. 

I hold a portfolio of grants and partnerships in Paid Family and Medical Leave outreach and birth equity in Washington state, as well as maternal mental health in-state and nationally.

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 and I love passing down our family and cultural traditions. 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.