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Kathy Ko Chin

President and CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Kathy Ko Chin is president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, which influences policy, mobilizes communities and strengthens organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

The daughter of immigrants from China, Ko Chin’s 40-year career has been committed to building community institutions that contribute to a just and multiracial society. Recognized as an authority on national health policy, she is a renowned voice for the Asian American community and served on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

She has served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations, as well as leading and participating in the investment and financing committees for Blue Cross of California’s Investment in a Healthy California Program, the Cal-Mortgage program and Catholic Healthcare West.

A native of Cleveland, she earned a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University.

She joined The Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees in 2017.

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