Meet the Team: Katy

We'd like you all to get to know us better and learn more about the people who ensure that Give2Asia's programs and services are running smoothly. This month, we got to know more about our Program Manager Katy.


1. How did you get involved with Give2Asia?

I started interning with Give2Asia as a Programs Intern back in 2013 and loved the work, the people, and the city of San Francisco. Since then, I’ve transitioned to Program Associate and now as Program Manager.

2. What’s been your favorite Give2Asia project?

It’s so hard to choose! I have worked on so many amazing Give2Asia projects, but I would have to say that I love seeing any grants related to arts and culture. We don’t see many of those come through, but I grew up doing a lot in the arts and it’s something I’m really passionate about.

3. What do you do when you’re not working for G2A?

I enjoy baking, traveling to new places, trying new foods, and painting.

4. Where have you been to in Asia?

Though I know so much about the region now, I’ve only been to China. But I have traveled to many places across China, including Kunming, Chengdu, Xi’an, and Beijing. I’ll be back in China during the holidays to visit the Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces.

5. If you could visit any country in Asia, where would you go?

Japan and South Korea. East Asia was my focus in school, so I would love to explore more of those countries.

6. What’s the one thing people should know about Give2Asia?

Our fantastic field advisors. One of my responsibilities is to act as the liaison between Give2Asia San Francisco and our advisors on the ground, and I am amazed each and every day of their dedication, passion, and expertise of the countries they work in. I really believe that “local knowledge counts,” and Give2Asia truly depends on our advisors’ deep knowledge of the region to help us with our international grantmaking.

7. Favorite non-English word?

Aigoo (I learned it from Korean dramas).

8. Last song you listened to?

“Water” by Ra Ra Riot.

9. What animal would you like to be?

A red panda!

10. Favorite Snack?

My guilty pleasure is chips, but specifically cheddar and sour cream flavored.

11. If you could give your past self some advice?

To trust in your liberal arts degree, to not worry as much, and to always stay curious.

Get to know some of our other team members through our past Meet the Team interviews: 

 Meet Ana

Meet Ana

 Meet Aqeela

Meet Aqeela

 Meet Josephine

Meet Josephine

 Meet Reza

Meet Reza