Dear APANO community,
With deep gratitude and a touch of sadness, I’m writing to share that I will be leaving APANO at the end of this month and that I have accepted a job at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon as their new Organizing Director starting March 1.
As I complete my 4th year at APANO, I’ve been reflecting on how much I’ve grown at APANO and how much this space has given me. APANO has been such a supportive community, giving me space to develop as a leader on issues that I care deeply about. Whether supporting Chinese immigrant organizing, developing the Climate, Health, and Housing Institute program, or building the Portland Clean Energy Fund campaign, I have felt privileged to be able to work every day in a way that is aligned with my values and the world I want to see built. I feel so lucky to have landed at APANO.
In this political moment, as UN scientists have declared that we have just 11 more years to make radical changes to our economy, I feel called to focus on climate justice work more fully, and to helping to build a movement powerful enough to enact the transformational changes that we need in order to protect communities and to preserve a livable planet. Luckily, working at OPAL, I will not be far away, and I look forward to continuing to work with APANO and many of you.
I hope you can join APANO’s next Member Meeting on Friday March 1, to help celebrate the completion of our 2nd Climate, Health, and Housing Institute (CHHI) cohort and help send me off in style!
With much gratitude and a full heart,