Jeffrey Moy is honored to be a member of the National Urban Fellows Class of 2014. He most recently worked as the Senior Program Manager for Professional Leadership Development at OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs). Based in Washington, DC, he traveled the country implementing programs, facilitating training sessions, and building relationships with chapter members and community partners. In this capacity, he worked primarily with young professionals in programs that teach skills such as networking, communication, decision-making, and leadership development.
Originally from Maryland, Jeffrey graduated in 2008 from the University of Southern California (USC), where he majored in Philosophy and Psychology. While at USC, he first became involved in the APA community, working with the Positive Experiences, Enriching Relationships (PEER) program run by Asian Pacific American Student Services. He served two years as a mentor, helping freshmen and transfer students adjust to college life, before being hired as Program Coordinator in his senior year.
After graduating, Jeffrey moved to Washington, DC to work as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch. His college experiences had left him interested in continued involvement with the APA community, so in 2009 he became a member of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest and largest national APA civil rights organization. He volunteered as a JACL DC chapter board member from 2010 to 2013, served on the JACL Eastern District Council from 2010 to 2012, and also served as the National Youth/Student Council Chairperson on the JACL National Board from 2012 to 2013. At JACL Jeffrey focused on building a leadership pipeline of APAs from around the country, specifically by working with high school students, college students, and young professionals. Due to his volunteer involvement with JACL and other APA organizations, he decided in 2010 to leave the private sector and pursue his passion for community-building.
As a National Urban Fellow, Jeffrey looks forward to collaborating with colleagues and Mentors to educate and be educated about the different challenges communities of color face. Ultimately, he hopes to develop networks and coalitions that can advance meaningful solutions to address these disparities.