Grace Choi: AAPI background, accomplishments and impact

Grace Choi: AAPI background, accomplishments and impact

Grace Choi is a 2012 graduate of Tufts University's The Fletcher School. She is currently Director of Policy at the New York City Mayor's Office. Previously she was Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office on Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State, where she also served as Staff Assistant in the White House Liaison’s Office. She is also a NetKAL Fellow and serves on the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership’s (CAPAL) Board of Directors and is Vice Chair for Programs. Prior to her political appointment at the Department of State, Grace worked for the Council of Korean Americans (CKA), where she helped to create a greater platform for Korean American voices at the national level, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) in Congresswoman Judy Chu’s office, the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC), President Obama’s 2012 Presidential Campaign in Virginia, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Refugee Affairs Division. Grace is a Robertson Foundation for Government Fellow and graduated from the Fletcher School at Tufts University with a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Grace is a proud southerner who hails from metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia.

Editor's note: The following first appeared on The Fletcher School's website.

On your AAPI background, accomplishments and impact:

My background as an Asian American and Korean American has greatly influenced my career accomplishments in policy and politics. I’m constantly drawing from my experiences as an AAPI woman. For example, when I led the first-ever U.S.-Japan-Korea trilateral event on women and girls’ empowerment, I knew that it was critical to include the voices and participation of young Asian American women and civil society members so we had Asian American young women and nonprofit and private sector  women leaders as part of the US delegation and made it a non-negotiable to have civil society participation in the Korean and Japanese delegations.

On your Fletcher experience:

My Fletcher experience has affected my worldview by broadening my connection to many like-minded foreign policy leaders from around the world who want to make a difference in our own country and in the world so we can partner together, but also truly be friends. During my time at the State Department, I ran into my Fletcher friends in work receptions and through meetings with my counterparts in the DC-based embassies. The world is really small, but even smaller when you’re part of the Fletcher network.