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 thirteen. 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 research director of Solidarity Research Center, a nonprofit organization that cultivates solidarity economies through data science, story-based strategy, and action research. She co-facilitates the Asian American Solidarity Economies Network and serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network.
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.