Margie is a first-generation immigrant, arriving to the United States as a toddler from Korea and growing up in the Twin Cities. She has spent over a dozen years working in philanthropy and leading grassroots, community organizing efforts which has fueled her understanding that a small group of people can make a difference. Margie currently leads the Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) strategy for the Northwest Area Foundation.
Before joining the Foundation, Margie worked on Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s (AAPIP) National Gender and Equity Campaign, which aimed to build organizational capacity for social justice in Asian-led nonprofits in Minnesota and California. She has multiple years of experience as a community grant reviewer for Headwaters Foundation for Justice and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. She also had the honor of being co-chair of the Minnesota Chapter of AAPIP for over four years.
Margie remains engaged with local and national community groups through extensive volunteer work. She is currently Board Chair of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, a network of 1,500 leaders whose mission is to harness our collective power to improve the lives of community. Margie also is a steering committee member of Pan-Asian Voices for Equity and represents District C on the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission. Margie is active in the transracial adoptee community, having co-founded Network of Politicized Adoptees that works at the intersection of adoptee rights and the larger social justice movement. She also has experience leading multiracial media justice campaigns and is committed to narrative change and healing practices that advance equity. Margie has a bachelor’s degree in social work and political science from Concordia College-Moorhead, and a master’s in public affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.