By Camille Hudson, AVP of Supervision Operations

Can you believe it’s June already? It’s a special month to me. There are several birthdays in my circle, Father’s Day, graduations, Flag Day, Pride month, and Juneteenth is fast approaching.

Juneteenth commemorates the date June 19, 1865 — General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas announcing General Order №3. The order proclaimed:

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them…

by Mahinder Chawla, AVP of Cash Apps Delivery Services

Mahinder next to the Berlin Wall

I was born in New Delhi, India. But since my dad’s occupation was as a foreign service officer, we spent most of our time living in countries outside of India. I completed my early schooling in Aden, South Yemen and Frankfurt, Germany, and attended high school in Mauritius. My exposure to India occurred during my middle school and college years. My upbringing in these countries helped shape my personality as well as develop a deep understanding and appreciation of the various cultures. It ingrained in me that — in diversity we thrive.

As I completed college in India, I was…

by Cindy Li, Fintech Risk & Policy Advisor

I was admitted to UC Riverside as a graduate student right after college. Most of that summer has now faded into a blur, but one thing that stayed crystal clear was the moment that I walked out of the Los Angeles International Airport after a 12 hour flight. The late summer air was cool and fresh, and volunteers from the university’s International Student Center waved with big, friendly smiles. I boarded a shuttle with a group of fellow international students that arrived around the same time, and we embarked on a seemingly endless 75-mile drive to the university campus.


by Sum-Yu Chiu, AVP of Financial Planning and Accounting

Four-year-old Sum-Yu (middle) with aunts in Hong Kong

I was born in Hong Kong. My family and I moved to the east side of Seattle, Washington when I was about to start 10th grade. I spent my next seven years living in a predominately white neighborhood. I vividly remember my first day of school, waving goodbye to my parents with tears rolling down my cheeks as I boarded the school bus. I wasn’t crying because I was afraid; I was crying because that morning my father was heading back to Hong Kong on business and I wouldn’t see him for at least a month. As I boarded the…

by Jessica Monge Coria, Community Development Regional Manager for Southern California

A year ago, my son’s preschool closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It reopened in mid-September 2020, but with significant reductions in the number of children served, primarily because many parents lost their jobs and no longer needed child care.

Now, as coronavirus restrictions ease in many places and more businesses are planning to reopen, parents need child care more than ever to return to the workplace.

by Thomas Fisher, Lead Social Responsibility Analyst

Each year, as Earth Day rolls around on April 22, I am reminded of the main reason I started on my environmental journey over two decades ago. It was 1997 and I was cataloguing flora and fauna species based on their field zones within a cornfield in central Illinois. The zones were designated by the number of years the species were left dormant to regrow back into a natural habitat. …

by Sirisha Kota and Caroline Pao

“Do what you believe in.” That’s my advice for those who are navigating their careers.

I was raised in India by my father and grandfather. They both encouraged me to develop my strengths and follow my passions. A passion for technology led me to pursue a career in software development, ultimately leading me to join the SF Fed in 2019.

The software industry is traditionally dominated by men–a fact that could hardly escape my notice as a woman in the field. But my commitment to heartfulness and positivity has helped me move gracefully through these challenges and build emotional resilience.

by Robin Rockwood, Senior Vice President of Public Engagement

In my nearly thirty years working for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, I’ve seen a lot of change. Like so many organizations across the country, I’ve witnessed the Bank slowly transition to a vibrant, inclusive workplace that reflects and genuinely listens to the voices of the communities it serves. But there’s still important work we must do to be fully representative.

The San Francisco Fed recently implemented its Framework for Change that includes a number of audacious goals aimed at promoting ways to achieve equity in our communities and within our Bank. If we’re going to get there…

Jacques Hebert, Sr. IT Business Relationship Manager

At first glance, you might guess the pictures below are a group of students and faculty, or maybe coworkers, or even just unrelated stock photos.

The reality is that each person pictured is a member of one extended family. In fact, they are my family! More specifically, pictured are a niece and nephew, my sister and a brother (I have four), and my son. But what makes us a family? The Teaching Tolerance program at the Southern Poverty Law Center uses the beautifully simple definition that “a family is a group of people going through the world together.” …

by Brittanie L. Phou, Strategy + Risk Analyst and InspirAsian Co-chair

Lunar New Year has always been one of my favorite holidays. I remember waking up early and getting ready to go to my grandparent’s house. My mom would prepare food to bring over while my dad would “sweep away the bad luck” with a broom. I anxiously awaited what I knew would be a long day of fun.

Once I got to my grandma’s house, I would first say hi to every single “aunt” and “uncle” there, even if you had no idea who they were (make sure to put your hands out in front of you and bow to…

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