Cliff Yee, MSW, is a native San Franciscan with over 20 years of experience in youth leadership development, community organizing, and nonprofit management. As Coro’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion Training, as well as Director of Youth Programs, Cliff facilitates and manages programs for high school youth, community leaders, federal employees, and survivor leaders working to prevent human trafficking. Prior to Coro, Cliff worked for Asian Health Services and the North Beach-Chinatown Beacon Center, where he coordinated a teen pregnancy prevention program, managed a teen clinic, started a school based health center at Oakland High School, and designed and launched The Spot Youth Center in Oakland. Cliff serves on two local boards: The Richmond Neighborhood Center and OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates: San Francisco Bay Chapter. Cliff graduated with a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan.
What inspires you to work in leadership development?
I am inspired by my mentors who have invested in my growth and paved the way for me to grow in my confidence to initiate positive change. My role at Coro gives me a similar platform to support individuals (from a 14-year-old high school student to a mid-level manager in federal government) to discover their full potential and leverage their confidence to impact communities.
What’s your favorite leadership quote?
“You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.” – Grace Lee Boggs
Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?
Spending time with my family or trying out new restaurants.