Maiyee grew up in NE Salem, Oregon, attended school at McKay High School and Oregon State University (OSU) and is excited to be working at APANO. Portland is and has always been an important place for her family to celebrate and be connected to her Chinese heritage through food, events and community.
During her time at OSU, she experienced and learned the importance of uplifting communities of color through community connection, leadership training, and cultural reclamation and has been fortunate to serve in leadership roles in OSU’s department of Diversity & Cultural Engagement and various API student organizations such as Asian Pacific American Student Union and Vietnamese Student Association with other API leaders and students of color.
After she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology, she had a steep learning curve familiarizing herself with the various aspects of community development and has never lost sight of the guiding principles of equity and justice drawing from the experiences of herself and her family. If her degree and time at OSU had taught her anything, it’s that diversity is not a goal to be achieved, it’s a necessity for our shared liberation and survival.
Her vision for the Jade District is to be a strong, interconnected, and thriving multicultural and multilingual community that is reflected through our stores and streets! She is excited to be bringing community together to reclaim stability, grow power, and celebrate the rich experiences and identities that we all hold. In her free time, she is also an avid collector of cute plush animals and a zealous foodie.