Act To Change Welcomes New Executive Director Soukprida Phetmisy

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Act To Change welcomes New Executive Director Soukprida Phetmisy

Act To Change is thrilled to announce Soukprida Phetmisy (she/they) as its new Executive Director.

A leader immersed in organizing and advocacy within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, Soukprida brings with her a passion for empowering communities and disrupting the status quo. Her holistic approach and strategic vision are invaluable to advancing our work at Act To Change, the only national non-profit organization centered around combating bullying and discrimination among AAPI youth.

“We are immensely proud to have Soukprida join us at the helm of our organization,” said Chair and Co-Founder Maulik Pancholy. “For the past five years, our organization has been run by a fully-volunteer board, and we’re excited to take Act To Change to the next level with the leadership of an Executive Director who brings with her a decade of experience in education, arts, and advocacy. AAPIs have made big strides in media, culture, politics, and American society over the years, and we’ve bravely fought against pandemic-fueled hate, discrimination, and bullying. Now is the time to inspire future leaders to proactively uplift our community and all communities of color. With our new Executive Director, Act To Change will work diligently towards this vision.”

“I resonate deeply with Act To Change’s mission of creating a world where all young people are valued and celebrated,” said Executive Director Soukprida Phetmisy. “As a queer Lao American educator and activist, I’ve seen and experienced first-hand the long term impacts of bullying. I’m excited to support Act To Change in utilizing the multi-pronged framework of programming, policy, data and curriculum to reach even more AAPI youth and shape the young generation into tomorrow’s anti-bullying and anti-racism leaders.” 

Act To Change started its anti-bullying mission as a national public awareness campaign under President Obama’s White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) in 2015 and relaunched as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2018. In its sixth year as a nonprofit, Act To Change has reached and empowered thousands of youth and equipped them with tools to rise above bullying and injustice.

To help AAPI youth feel more represented in literature, Act To Change recently released its 2024 AAPI Anti-Bullying Book List in partnership with The Very Asian Foundation. During Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May, Act To Change will mark its 6th Annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate. This annual commemoration is a celebration of youth voices and their resilience and a recommitment to fighting bullying and hate.

Join our anti-bullying movement by making a fully tax-deductible donation here, and take the anti-bullying pledge here. Your donations support Act To Change’s Youth Ambassador Program, Homeroom program, data collection and dissemination, policy advocacy, and much more to help keep youth safe.