Kathy Ko Chin is president and chief executive officer of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
With strong values handed down from her parents, immigrants from China, Kathy’s life’s work has built community institutions that contribute to a just and multiracial society. Recognized as an authority on national health policy, Kathy is also a renowned voice for the Asian American community and served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the Obama Administration. Kathy has served on a number of advisory committees, including the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) Academy Study Panel studying Medicaid as a Critical Lever in Building a Culture of Health; and the Leadership Committee of the Consumer and Patient Affinity Group (CPAG), which is part of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN). Kathy is a frequent contributor in the media on AA and NHPI perspectives and health issues, including in Huffington Post, mainstream publications and ethnic media.
In addition to her many work commitments, Kathy has served on the Board of Directors of many nonprofits, including the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Asian Women’s Shelter, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Public Health Institute and California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. For her dedication to community service, Kathy has received numerous prestigious accolades, including induction into the Stanford Alumni Multi-Cultural Hall of Fame.