Episode 3: Patricia Eng Talks About the Rise in Hate Against Asian Americans & Why Philanthropy Needs a “Reset”
Patricia Eng’s extensive career has included key leadership positions in the public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Since September 2019, she has served as President & CEO of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to expanding and mobilizing resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities to build a more just and equitable society. She previously served as Chief Service Officer of NYC Service under Mayor Bill de Blasio. Her past work also includes serving as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships/Programs at the New York Women’s Foundation, and she was the Founder and Executive Director of the New York Asian Women’s Center, which was first organization on the East Coast to address violence against immigrant Asian women. She spoke with David about the disturbing rise of hate and violence against AAPI communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how philanthropy can respond; how Asian Americans are often portrayed as the “model minority” while fear and racism are always simmering just below the surface; and how she views the current moment as being a potential “reset button” for philanthropy to think differently and bigger.