Jessica "Jay" Wong, Program Director
Jessica also known known as ‘Jay’ is a second generation bi-racial/Chinese American. Jay’s passion for public service began during her high school years after becoming involved with Peaceful Coalition, a gang-prevention/intervention group. Her mentors within that group inspired her with the power of voice and telling her narrative in order to create change within the community. From there, she advocated for violence prevention through speaking your truth, education, empowerment, and service.
Jay graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in Political Science in 2015. Throughout her years in college, Jessica was actively involved in campus life. She became involved with the Hip Hop Cultural Organization, House Council, the International Relations Club (Model United Nations), the Cambodian Student Association, and the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS).
Post graduation, Jay took time off to travel around China and Cambodia. In 2015, Jay returned back to her hometown to serve as an AmeriCorps member for her community. As an AmeriCorps member, Jay became the creator and founder of a young women’s empowerment group called W.A.V.E (Women. Action. Voice. Empowerment) that met weekly at three of the local high schools in Fall River, MA. Aside from running WAVE, Jay was also the lead facilitator for the Fall River Youth Violence Prevention; Confronting Discrimination group. In 2017, Jay was the youngest and first Asian American female to run for School Committee in Fall River.
Currently, Jay is the Administrative Coordinator for the Massachusetts Asian American Commission. On her free time, Jay is the Marketing and Communications Chair for the Asian American Women in Leadership Conference hosted by Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence (ASPIRE). She was also featured on ‘From Radiance to Resiliency” podcast hosted by Asian Women for Health as she told her story on coping with Epilepsy.