From 2008 - 2011, I was the pro bono publisher of Hyphen magazine, an award-winning Asian American arts, culture, and politics print magazine + website. I joined the organization in 2007 and doubled the organization's annual budget through development and fundraising efforts that I implemented and supervised. The all-volunteer run organization is now finally able to compensate some contributors to the magazine. Under my leadership, Hyphen also embarked on marketing efforts that doubled its readership. In 2010, along with the Strategic Planning Committee, I helped Hyphen to successfully complete its first three-year strategic plan.
During my pro bono time at Hyphen, I worked my day job at Facebook from 2007 - 2014, doing user operations, product operations, and then working on diversity programs. I also launched & chaired the AAPIs @ Facebook employee resource group.
THICK DUMPLING SKIN
In February 2011, after writing about my unhealthy quest for thinness in an issue of Hyphen, I cofounded Thick Dumpling Skin with actress Lynn Chen. TDS is a community forum dedicated to discussing body image issues and eating disorders in the Asian American community. The site is frequented by more than 4,000 unique readers each month and was named by Audrey Magazine as one of the best blogs of 2011. In April 2013, Lynn and I were profiled in Marie Claire and we recently received About Face's Embody Award.