Sally is the California Policy Manager, leading SEARAC’s state-level advocacy activities through policy analysis, coalition building, community engagement, and organizing. In this role, she aims to build key policy champions, provide technical assistance to local partners, and support and produce key legislation to advance SEARAC’s priorities in immigration, criminal justice, health, and education.
Driven by a commitment to advancing racial equity and people powered policy, Sally served in a range of roles that allowed her to uplift communities and connect them with opportunities to build power. Prior to SEARAC, she worked to promote civic engagement and political efficacy among young people through the management of advocacy campaigns with Generation Citizen. She also served as a fellow with The Education Trust-West, where she conducted research and developed the foundation for a statewide report elevating the issues faced by Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander students in California. During her undergraduate studies, Sally empowered her peers to engage with their local legislators and become agents of change as the leader of a student-run lobbying group.
As the child of Cambodian refugees, Sally is excited to be a part of the legacy of fighting for justice for Southeast Asian communities. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the USC Price School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, Sally enjoys anything involving food, playing board games, and spotting some good dogs while out on a walk.