Passion for APIFM: Ranko has been a long-time supporter of APIFM's work and is especially passionate about access to local, fresh produce by API families. She has learned a lot from APIFM's continued efforts around health and environmental justice and hopes the API community across the region can benefit from this important work.
Work Affiliation: CareerWork$
Bio: Ranko is the Director of Programs for CareerWork$, a vocational training organization who connects young adults from under-resourced communities to lasting, stable careers through free training across the country. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Ranko spent 12 years with Capital One Financial, honing her Project and Program Management skills in strategy and operations roles and also managed the Bank’s charitable giving program. Her tenure at Capital One ended unexpectedly when the Great Northeast Earthquake and Tsunami affected her home country of Japan, and she moved to Japan temporarily to help aid in disaster recovery with All Hands Volunteers. Upon her return to the US, Ranko moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector to leverage her professional skills in making a difference in underserved communities. She is also a passionate advocate of animal welfare and volunteers her time with rescue organizations and fosters homeless pets.
Fun Fact: You can often find Ranko on the dance floor at salsa concerts.