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Chai Jindasurat

New York University Wagner School of Public Service

Public Policy

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Chai Jindasurat is a mixed race gay man from Oklahoma with a passion for public service. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he became involved in LGBTQ activism through the LGBTQ Center, and served as the LGBT Housing Liaison in Residential Life. After graduation, Chai worked at the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP), a nonprofit serving LGBTQ survivors of hate violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence in the Kansas City region. At KCAVP, he learned the effect that discrimination, racism, poverty, and homelessness have on violence against LGBTQ people, leading him to become immersed in anti-violence work and the LGBTQ movement. Chai then moved to Boston to serve as the Director of Organizing and Education at The Network/La Red, an organization dedicated to ending intimate partner violence in LGBTQ communities. There he became involved in national advocacy, serving on the Governance Committee of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). He then became staff at the New York City Anti-Violence Project in the role of NCAVP Coordinator. After two years he was promoted to the Co- Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy, overseeing national policy, research, and training efforts. Upon receiving his Master of Public Administration degree, Chai would like to return to local-based work where he believes public leaders can implement innovative policy solutions with a strong impact in their own community. Upon graduation, Chai intends to work in municipal government in New York City (laying the groundwork for such with a summer, 2016 internship with the Mayor’s Office). Chai is proud to have served on the Steering Committee of the Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York.

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