I am the director of journalism initiatives for The Seattle Times. What are initiatives? Journalism projects that deepen coverage and conversation about urgent public issues.

I’m passionate about journalism and diversity.

I’ve been a reporter, editor and producer. In my last job I worked with more than 800 community members on guest columns as the associate opinions editor/digital. As a columnist, my writing sparked national debates about race and representation. I’ve led digital teams at The Times, including our home page team and working with a company-wide team to build and launch The Seattle Times’ first HTML5 smartphone and tablet apps.

For most of my career, I’ve been a reporter, covering Seattle’s largest institutions including Microsoft, city hall, King County and the University of Washington.

Diversity and inclusion is a fundamental value in my life’s work. In 2009 and 2010, I served as national president the Asian American Journalists Association, a nonprofit with 1,700 members and 21 chapters in U.S. and Asia. I also served as vice president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity in 2011 and 2012.

I grew up in Southern California and now live in Seattle with my husband Danny O’Neil, an on-air host for 710 ESPN Seattle and a wrinkly dog from South Korea named Peach.