Stella (she/her/hers) currently serves as a Program Manager with the Durfee Foundation. She was born and raised in the San Fernando Vally, where she grew up frequenting her family’s acupuncture and Korean herbal medicine clinic in Koreatown, and she now resides in South Bay. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications in 2016 and a Masters of Public Administration in 2017 from the University of Southern California. She was a recipient of the U.S. Fulbright Award in 2017, enabling her to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in South Korea.
Having grown up as a cultural and language broker in her Korean-American family and community, she is passionate about working to build bridges between underserved communities and the institutions that serve them. Throughout her time in college, she dedicated herself to working at the intersection of government, community, and research. She worked on strengthening the relationship between the County, the press and its constituents as a Communications Aide at the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. She also conducted bilingual outreach to beautify the streets of Koreatown as an Outreach Specialist at the Koreatown Youth and Community Center and supported community-based participatory research projects to improve the quality of life for Angelenos as a Student Assistant at USC Annenberg’s Metamorphosis Project. A generalist at heart, her adventures have also involved digging up artifacts in Rome, working on school construction projects in Retalhuleu, Guatemala, and cooking organic, vegan food in the basement of USC’s United University Church.
In her spare time, you can find Stella writing her love letter to Los Angeles, which she firmly believes is the greatest place in the world!