Mon Yuck Yu is co-founder and Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff at the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing healthcare barriers affecting underserved immigrant populations. In her role, Mon Yuck oversees organizational strategic planning, operations and community relations. She has spearheaded the development of several key programs at AMPHS, including the Adult Literacy Program, which offers English language and immigrant rights education; and the Community Health Project, which challenges barriers to care through the coordinated provision of free health screening, counseling, mental health and social assistance services for uninsured immigrants in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. An active immigrant rights advocate, Mon Yuck is heavily involved in the fight for universal health coverage and constantly inspired by the stories of immigrants like her parents, who faced significant struggles gaining healthcare access as immigrants.
Mon Yuck has a long history of community service, previously holding positions at the Chinese-American Planning Council, New York State Assembly, and Federal Emergency Management Agency, where she organized citywide emergency planning efforts as well as localized disease outbreak response initiatives. In 2011, she founded a professional consultancy to provide nonprofit organizations and social enterprises services in organizational capacity building, strategic planning, fundraising, market research, and design. In addition to her work at AMPHS, Mon Yuck sits on the Advisory Board of Turning Point Outreach Center and is co-founder of a local democratic club that works to spur civic engagement and awareness within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Mon Yuck is also an instructor of Mental Health First Aid, CPR, and First Aid, and a teaching faculty in the SUNY Downstate Community Health Worker Program.
Mon Yuck received her B.A. in anthropology from Dartmouth College and Master of Public Administration in Urban and Health Policy from Columbia University. In 2013, Mon Yuck was selected as a Richard D. Lombard Fellow with the Joan Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding to study and address public health issues affecting immigrant populations in Brooklyn, NY. Mon Yuck was recognized as a City & State New York Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 Rising Star in 2015 and honored with the Harvey A. Picker Prize in Public Service in 2017 for her community work. She is also a 2018 Coro Immigrant Civic Leadership Program Fellow.