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Soukprida Phetmisy, Executive Director (she/they)
Soukprida Phetmisy (she/they) is a queer Lao American educator and activist. Inspired by a decade immersed in organizing and advocacy within the arts and education sectors, Soukprida’s passion for community empowerment, impactful storytelling, and disrupting the status quo has driven her journey. Her mission centers on amplifying the stories, innate strengths, and leadership of underrepresented and systemically marginalized voices, especially Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth, and reshaping societal paradigms through storytelling and community-driven initiatives.
Prior to joining Act To Change, Soukprida served as the head of the national AAPI Alliances at Teach For America, spearheading national campaigns that fostered collaborations with influential figures, organizations, and media to fortify the Asian American and Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) educational landscape for students and educators. Recognized as a dedicated anti-racism educator and Lead Organizer on Chicago Regional Organizing for Anti-Racism’s leadership team, she is committed to cultivating radically inclusive spaces. She has delivered workshops and thought-leadership to grassroots and grass-tops institutions, including Chicago Public Schools, City Year, Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, SXSW EDU, and Teach For America, leveraging her training as a values-based leadership development facilitator. Her voice has been featured on NPR, One Day, Working Nation, WBEZ, and was recently included in Teaching the Invisible Race: Embodying a Pro-Asian Asian American Lens in Schools.
Soukprida’s commitment extends beyond her professional endeavors, as she actively contributes to various nonprofit boards and advisory councils. Presently, she serves as a Governance Board of Director for the Laotian American National Alliance (LANA).
She received her B.F.A. in Writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she was a 2008 NPR Next Generation Radio fellow. Soukprida presently resides in Chicago, IL with her partner and their rescue pup, Wilbur. When she is not working she dabbles in the textile arts (where her craft was featured in The Long Thread), experimenting with making her own clothes, and exploring capsule wardrobes.