Maiyee Yuan is a recent graduate from Oregon State University (OSU), an avid collector of cute plush animals, and a zealous foodie. She was born and raised in Salem, Oregon and frequented Portland from an early age to visit family and to buy Chinese groceries. She is thankful for all aspects of life that her parents have provided through their hard work and struggles as 1st generation immigrants from Guangzhou, China.
It was during her time at OSU that she became more informed, empowered and frustrated by the constant adversity faced by marginalized communities and the systems of oppression embedded in society. She found community and strength through building relationships with the vast network of passionate leaders and organizations that work towards social change both on campus and in other capacities. As of June 2016, she graduated with a BS in Microbiology and, more importantly, a heightened sense of self and purpose.
She is excited to be serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Jade District supporting Todd, the Jade District Manager. Her role is to help facilitate equitable economic development by building relationships with local businesses and residents, and connecting their voices and needs with resources and entities to increase the power, health and stability of the neighborhood. She truly values the multitude of culturally diverse businesses and residents in the area and is determined to do her best to make positive changes in the following year.