Kathy Jiang joined AALEAD as a VA HS Program Coordinator in hopes of combining her longtime passion for education and social justice work with the insight she gained growing up Chinese-American in the vibrant DMV APIA community. As an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary, she worked with Griffin School Partnerships, connecting student volunteers to local WJCC public schools as a school coordinator, and with Branch Out Alternative Breaks, facilitating volunteer trips in partnership with nonprofits based in Richmond, VA, such as the Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition and Rise for Youth, as a site leader. In these roles, Kathy emphasized the active citizenship model and an inquiry-based, holistic understanding of systemic issues. Outside of college, she has interned at the Smithsonian Science Education Center, where she helped organize the 2019 STEM Education Summit focused on minority STEM teacher recruitment/retention, and has worked as a tutor and instructor in nearly every subject across a wide range of age groups. Kathy is also involved in the literary community, a space where she explores and uplifts her APIA identity and experience, as a published poet and former Editor-in-Chief of the William and Mary Review. She recently received a BS in Neuroscience and a BA in English from William and Mary, where she was a 2020 recipient of the Cypher Award.