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Miriam W. Yeung

Miriam W. Yeung is Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Womenís Forum (NAPAWF), a national, multi-issue, progressive organization dedicated to social justice and human rights for Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women and girls in the US. With offices in NYC and DC, and chapters in twelve cities, NAPAWFís current priorities include winning rights for immigrant women, advocating for nail salon workers rights and safety, leading community-based participatory research with young API women, conducting national API opinion polling, and winning reproductive justice.

Miriam Yeung

Prior to NAPAWF, Yeung held many positions during her 10-year career at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (the Center) in New York City, the last of which was Director of Public Policy & Government Relations where she oversaw policy matters on the local, state, and federal level and was responsible for raising over $40 million in capital campaign and programming funds over three years. She started her career at the Center as a Youth Worker responsible for empowering young people to fight bullying and create safer schools.

Yeung is published in diverse print and on-line publications and is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. In 2012, Yeung was recognized by the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) with a Making A Difference for Women award. In 2007, she received special recognition from the New York City Council for her work with the LGBT youth community.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the projects of Brooklyn, Yeung is "a proud queer Asian-American immigrant woman activist who is committed to social-justice movement building and raising her two young daughters to be fearless." She holds a masterís in public administration from Baruch College and a bachelorís from New York University.

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