Grace Choi is the Founder of the New York Coalition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Churches, which is part of a national Coalition that came together in April 2021 in response to the need of the AAPI church voice after the March 16 Atlanta spa shootings. She is the Founder of Karis Consulting Group, a national political consulting firm, and formerly served as the NYC Mayor’s Director of Policy Mayor’s Office on mental health, gender equity, and racial inclusion and equity issues. She has 15 years of national and local political campaign, policy making, and AAPI community organizing experience.
Grace is the former Director of Policy in the New York City Mayor’s Office, where she led the policy and legislative priorities on mental health, gender equity, and racial inclusion and equity throughout the height of the pandemic. Previously, she served as the Constituency Director for Asian American & Pacific Islander Outreach for the Stacey Abrams for Governor Campaign. She was the Associate Director for Global Gender Policy and Advocacy at Save the Children. She served in President Obama’s Administration as Policy Advisor in the Secretary of State’s Office on Global Women’s Issues and as Staff Assistant in the White House Liaison’s Office at the U.S. Department of State.
Prior to her presidential appointment at the U.S. Department of State, Grace worked for the Council of Korean Americans (CKA), the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) in Congresswoman Judy Chu’s office, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee, President Obama’s 2012 Presidential Campaign, the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Refugee Affairs Division.
She is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, is a Council of Korean Americans Member, was a Member of the White House National Security Leadership Workshop, a Board Member of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security, and served on the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership Board of Directors as Vice Chair for Programs. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.