Joined April 2021 Jacob Smith Yang is the Director of Human Resources and Administration at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. Previously, he was the Senior Director of Capacity Building at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). Jacob is a nonprofit administrator with more than twenty years of experience working on Asian American and Pacific Islander health equity and inclusion, LGBTQ+ rights, and HIV. Jacob is a certified professional coach.
For 10 years Jacob served as Executive Director of Massachusetts Asian & Pacific Islanders (MAP) for Health in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as a commissioner and chair of the Massachusetts Commission on GBLT Youth and a member and chair of the Boston EMA Ryan White HIV Services Planning Council. Jacob has also served on the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Public Health Association. The Philanthropic Initiative named Jacob a 2007 Boston Neighborhood Fellow. His first job was as a reporter at Boston’s Gay Community News.
Jacob is excited to return to GLAD after previously serving as the organization’s AIDS Law Project paralegal in the early 1990s. He looks forward to building relationships within GLAD, translating his experiences and skills from previous and current roles, and sharing insights cultivated from leading nonprofits throughout his career.
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