Principal Program Producer 


I work as the Principal Program Producer/Partnership and Programs Lead in the US in the School of System Change.

Before joining Forum, I was a researcher at Stanford University focused on the intersection of human-centred design, strategic philanthropy, and behavioural sciences. My research published The Philanthropy Toolkit to better inform high-net-worth donors along with their financial and philanthropic advisors about philanthropy and social change. I bring my experience as an educator and curriculum designer into the design thinking process for philanthropic leaders around systems change.

I lived and worked for several years in different parts of Asia--Hong Kong, eastern Tibet, Thai-Burma border, and Bangladesh in the nonprofit sector and higher education. While in Hong Kong, I advised Fortune 500 companies and private foundations to meet their philanthropic goals in Asia-Pacific and also worked as the program manager in the international affairs office at the University of Hong Kong. I have been a project consultant at UNESCO on technical and vocational education policy and Friends International in Cambodia on out-of-school youth engagement. Before that, I spent two years in Shangri-La, Yunnan Province in a nonprofit training institute for Tibetan youth teaching and developing curriculum.   

I earned my Master of Education (Ed.M.) in International Education Policy from Harvard University and B.A. in International Development from UCLA.

What floats my boat outside of work?

I am a news junkie & binge reader, avid baker & Asian cuisine foodie, and hopefully a budding ceramist. In the last year, I have enjoyed making things from scratch--such as homemade bread on handmade serving plates.

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