We have a new Executive Director!

We are pleased to announce that Caroline Fan will be joining MIRA as the new Executive Director. Although we are sad to see Marie-Aimée Abizera move from St. Louis, we wish her and her family the best of luck in their future endeavors.

We are so thankful for all of Aimée’s hard work and contributions to our coalition and we are very confident that Caroline will continue the hard work.

A little bit about Caroline Fan:

“Caroline Fan founded Cabochon Consulting. She is a strategic adviser and social entrepreneur who has worked in management positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She specializes in public affairs, political consulting, and community outreach. Her clients include nonprofits, campaigns and startups. Most recently, she consulted for the St. Louis Mosaic Project on international student outreach. Caroline works with clients to promote their brands, raise funds, and guides them through complex and rapidly-changing regulations, policies, and political challenges in the public and private sectors. She has worked on issues including transportation, health, workforce development, technology, and the arts. Her prior experience includes helping state legislators across the country analyze and pass legislation on immigration and workers’ rights, and working for her hometown Congresswoman during implementation of the PATRIOT ACT.

Caroline is a prolific writer. In 2007, she founded an award-winning blog that received accolades from the Library of Congress. She serves on a number of boards and committees in St. Louis and nationally including the Asian American Action Fund, the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri, and the St. Louis County Courts Committee on Race and Bias. As Immediate Past President of OCA St. Louis, she led mentorship and leadership development and partnership outreach where she developed events with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. For her leadership, she has been honored by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum as one of 15 APA Women Leaders. In her youth, she was published in Yell-Oh Girls!, an anthology of Asian Pacific American female writers, alongside the late Rep. Patsy Mink, who was the major author and sponsor of Title IX. She has also published reports on immigrant and worker rights which have been used from UCLA to University of Michigan.

She graduated from Williams College and received an MPA from Baruch College through the National Urban Fellows program. Caroline is the proud daughter of immigrants and speaks Chinese and some Spanish.”

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