Mijounga is motivated by the idea that transformative relationships create a peaceful and just world.
Mijounga seized the Momentum Fellowship opportunity to be back on the West Coast. Raised in Queens (the best food in N.Y!), she has been working in social justice philanthropy for the last five years in New York and D.C. (where she was most recently based).
"Nothing moves me more than good storytelling, whether it’s through a film, a piece of art, or a story somebody shares with me. I’ve been fortunate to live among diverse cultures and immigrant communities with rich histories. I’m excited to now land at Meyer and hear new stories from the Northwest communities we work with."
As grantmaking support officer at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, Mijounga partnered with programs to manage domestic and international grants for organizations promoting human rights, while providing trainings and data reports and facilitating less burdensome funding for foreign grantees. Mijounga also served on the advisory group to support and advance the fund’s recently launched racial justice initiative.
She began her social justice journey organizing with Asian American community groups in New York City for racial justice, LGBTQ and immigrant rights, and for peace and human rights on the Korean peninsula.
Her background is also in independent media (Independent Television Service and Women Make Movies), where she helped documentary filmmakers produce, distribute and broadcast under-represented stories. She has a love for radio as a former producer/co-host of Asia Pacific Forum, a radio program on WBAI covering Asian diasporic news and culture.
Mijounga landed at Meyer for a two-year fellowship in September 2017.