Bessie Chan-Smitham

Director of Community Engagement
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Bessie Chan-Smitham is the Director of Community Engagement at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC where she is responsible for developing and implementing strategy for field outreach and advocacy initiatives and public education efforts.

Prior to joining Advancing Justice | AAJC, Bessie served as a Senior Advisor in Communications and Engagement in President Barack Obama’s White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Bessie graduated from Georgetown University with a major in Government, minor in Chinese, and Asian Studies Certificate and received the 2012 Commitment to Diversity Award for Outstanding Senior. She is a member of the Center for American Progress’s Leadership Institute.