Yvonne Yen Liu has played at being many things in her life. Her first job was at an ice cream shop in Flushing, New York at 13. She shared the night shift with a colleague. To pass the time, they would make sundaes–such as marshmallow-covered pecan and strawberry cheesecake with fudge sprinkles–for the other to eat. To this day, Yvonne detests ice cream.
Today, Yvonne is the Director of Fellowship and Network Engagement for BALLE. She is also the co-founder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that advances solidarity economies for workers of color and subaltern populations. In addition, Yvonne teaches in the sociology department at California State University, Los Angeles. She serves on the boards of the US Solidarity Economy Network and Data Commons Cooperative, and the steering committee of the California Asset Building Coalition. Yvonne is the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
Yvonne has over fifteen years of experience supporting racial justice and social impact organizations with quantitative and qualitative research. She is passionate about telling stories through words, images, or data to shift hearts, minds, and guts. Her writing has been featured in Colorlines, In These Times, and Yes Magazine.
Yvonne has a BA in cultural anthropology from Columbia University and a MA degree in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she pursued a PhD. Although a native of New York City, she and the city have parted ways. She is based in Los Angeles, California where the sun smiles down on her every day.