As the Associate Director of Economic Development of the Community Programs Department, she oversees a diverse portfolio of programs and initiatives aimed at promoting economic mobility and growth for low-income residents and small businesses. Tiffany leads program design, management, and supervision of workforce, financial, and small-business programs, as well as data analysis to establish impact and best practices.
Before joining the Unity Council, she founded The Lei Company Cooperative, Inc. America's 1st Pacific Islander worker-owned lei making cooperative whose mission is to return the economic benefits of lei to the people it's been appropriated from. Tiffany has raised over $100k in private equity investment for the cooperative and led it to become an official lei vendor for the Oakland Unified School District. She has worked for the Marin County WIC Program and Marin General Hospital as a Lactation Educator. For over a decade, Tiffany was a crucial leader in program design and administration at the Sexual Minority Alliance of Alameda County (SMAAC) Youth Center, Oakland's 1st LGBTQ Youth Center.
She is pursuing an Integral MBA in Creative Enterprise from Meridian University, holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Change & Activism with an emphasis on Social Entrepreneurship from New College of California and a Lactation Educator Certificate from UC San Diego. Her favorite quote and mantra are from Tongan/Fijian Anthropologist Epeli Hau'ofa: "It is time to create things for ourselves, to create established standards of excellence that match those of our ancestors."