Kathy Ko Chin serves as the CEO of Jasper Inclusion Advisors, which advises philanthropic Organizations, nonprofits, and government Entities. Most recently, she served as president & CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) for over a decade.
The daughter of immigrants from China and a Cleveland, Ohio native, Ko Chin’s 40-year career has been committed to building community institutions that contribute to a just and multiracial society. Her extraordinary contributions to health equity and social justice led the American Public Health Association to honor her with the prestigious Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award in 2020.
As a public health leader of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA, NH, and PI) communities, she created a national network, Action for Health Justice, which assisted 1 million AA, NH, and PIs in obtaining Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare coverage. The effort successfully ran in 23 states, leveraging 70 local partners, in 56 languages, and accounted for half of all of the AA, NH, and PI ACA enrollment and significantly reduced their disparity in health coverage.
Ko Chin, a nationally recognized voice for AA, NH, and PIs communities, has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including serving or chairing the investment committees of Blue Cross of California‘s Investment in a Healthy California Program, the Cal-Mortgage program, and Catholic Healthcare West. In 2010, she served as a member of the White House’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
She earned a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University.
She joined The Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees in 2017.
Articles, Publications, and Appearances
In the News & Op-eds
How discrimination due to the coronavirus can be damaging to a person’s physical health (Sacramento Bee, April 16, 2020)
US must stay true to its values and fight the public charge rule (The Hill Op-ed, August 15, 2019)
Language Access Rights Under Threat (Health Affairs Op-ed, August 9, 2019)