Luna Yasui is a program officer on the Youth Opportunity and Learning team. She has worked on gender and equality issues for the foundation and is responsible for its work on advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. Her grant making has supported a range of strategies, including research, advocacy, public education, and strategic communications. In addition, Luna has supported efforts to forge alliances across social justice movements and to elevate the experiences and leadership of marginalized LGBT constituencies, with a particular emphasis on people of color, women, youth, and low-income communities.
Before joining the foundation in 2012, Luna worked at the Open Society Foundations, where she managed a portfolio focused on gender justice, LGBT rights, and the rights of lower-wage workers. She has been a key leader in supporting the work of the LGBT movement and forging effective alliances across social justice sectors.
Prior to her work in philanthropy, Luna served as an advocate and attorney at a number of social justice organizations. As associate director and policy director at Chinese for Affirmative Action, she established the organization's first LGBT rights project and oversaw a variety of racial justice and immigrant rights policy and advocacy initiatives in areas ranging from language access and voter protection to economic development. In her legal work, Luna focused on protecting workers' rights and promoting economic opportunity, first as a staff attorney with the Immigrant Day Labor Project of the National Employment Law Project and later as a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, representing individuals on public assistance who were facing legal barriers to employment.
Luna received her juris doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Law, where she was a public interest fellow. She graduated from Brown University with a concentration in political science.