Director of Network Innovations

Bonnie Kwon is a mom, organizer and advocate. She was raised in Tucson, Arizona by immigrants from Korea and got her first job selling earrings at her parents’ small business at age 3. By age 7 she took on the role of medical navigator and translator for her mother. This and other childhood experiences fuels her passion for building Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) power so that these communities can fully experience equity. As the Director of Network Innovation at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Bonnie Kwon focuses on deepening relationships, networks, and mobilization capacity amongst community-based organizations and individuals through cultivating leaders, storytelling, and other strategies that move hearts and minds for health equity. Under the Obama Administration, as Deputy Regional Director for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Bonnie advised a network of over 200 federal officials on how to build community relationships through emphasizing linguistic and cultural tailoring. During her time in D.C. and as an organizer, she founded a worker center for low-wage restaurant workers. Bonnie holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and B.A. from Brown University.