Miriam Yeung

Advisory Committee Member, Ascend Fund

Miriam Yeung is a social justice leader who has successfully fought for and improved the lives of young people, women, LGBT people, immigrants, and people of color in the United States.  Currently she runs a consulting practice that focuses on helping leaders and organizations spend their resources most meaningfully to improve the world we live in. Her work includes leadership development, community organizing, strategic direction setting, and institutional transformation toward conscious inclusion.

From 2008 – 2016, she was the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), the nation’s only national multi-issue organization dedicated to building power and winning reproductive justice, economic justice and immigrant rights for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls. During her time at NAPAWF, Miriam became an expert on so-called Prenatal Nondiscrimination laws – racist and sexist anti-abortion laws which target Black and Asian women, and testified in Congress against these measures twice. She also co-founded We Belong Together, a campaign that organizes women for immigrant rights.

Prior to that Miriam spent 10 years at NYC LGBT Community Center organizing with young people, and policy and government relations work where she built the Causes in Common coalition, a crossmovement initiative to more closely align the LGBT liberation movement with the reproductive rights, health and justice movements; developed the NYS and NYC Dignity for All Students laws; and successfully advocated for the inclusion of LGB youth in statewide data collection efforts.

 Miriam received the Ms. Foundation’s Gloria Steinem Woman of Vision award in 2016. Miriam has a MPA from Baruch College and a BA from NYU. Miriam also serves on the board of the MomsRising Education Fund and advisory board of GALvanize.

Raised in the projects of Brooklyn, Miriam Yeung is a proud, queer, immigrant, woman, activist parent to two amazing young daughters.