Luna Yasui is part of the Civic Engagement and Government team and supports young organizers and leaders seeking transformative and innovative solutions to inequality. She draws on over 20 years of experience advocating for racial and gender justice in ways that center the experience of communities most impacted by inequality, with a focus on people of color, women, immigrants, and LGBT people.
Prior to joining the foundation, Luna worked at the Open Society Foundations, where she managed a portfolio focused on advancing gender justice, LGBT rights, and low-wage worker rights.
Before joining philanthropy, Luna served as an organizer and policy advocate at a number of social justice organizations, working on issues ranging from language rights and voter protection to workforce development. Trained as an attorney, her legal work focused on protecting low-wage workers’ rights and promoting economic opportunity, first as an attorney with the Immigrant Day Labor Project of the National Employment Law Project, and later as a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, where she represented individuals on public assistance who were facing legal barriers to employment.
Luna earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was a public interest fellow, and a BA from Brown University.