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Cathy Choi

Director of Programs The Eisner Foundation


Cathy Choi joined the Eisner Foundation as director of programs in January of 2009. In this capacity, she oversees the planning, strategic development and distribution of $7 million in grants annually.

Cathy has 17 years of diverse professional experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit and public sectors. Previously she was a program officer at the California Community Foundation (CCF), managing a number of special grant programs covering issues such as access to health care, arts-education, youth programs and historic preservation. Prior to CCF, Cathy was external affairs director with the Korean American Coalition national headquarters where she led various advocacy activities on legislative issues affecting the Asian Pacific American communities such as Census outreach and redistricting process. She also served as a deputy to several local and federal elected officials, including U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (CA 34th district) and Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member George Kiriyama.

Cathy is a Co-Chair of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s Southern California chapter. She is also an active member of two community giving circles, which leverage resources for emerging organizations. She received her Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.