Current Executive Council Members
The Devata Giving Circle is run by an Executive Council, consisting of 8-11 members. All Executive Council members are of Cambodian descent.
Khamly Chuop works as a Associate Scientist in the environmental group for Stantec Consulting, an environmental consulting firm. She received her B.A. in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley and spent one year abroad studying at the National University of Singapore. She is originally from Long Beach, California, home to one of the largest Cambodian populations outside of Cambodia. Coming from a family of four daughters and having three nieces, she is passionate about the Devata Giving Circle's mission of empowering Cambodian women and girls.
Sophath Mey was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, after her parents fled Cambodia. Growing up the eldest of seven siblings in East Oakland, Sophath earned a B.A in Social Welfare with a minor in Education at the University of California at Berkeley. She works at Vincent Academy as the Operations Director. She hopes to translate her success with the public charter school system to the Devata Giving Circle. Sophath is currently pursuing her M.B.A. at St. Marys College of California in Moraga. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two boys, Pharaoh and Kingston.
Thea Chhun was born in Cambodia shortly after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. When she was four years old, her family arrived inCalifornia as refugees. Thea received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in South and Southeast Asian Studies from University of California at Berkeley. As a long time advocate for her community, she started working as a Case Manager at Community Health for Asian Americans shortly after college. At the same time, she volunteered her time as a Law Clerk with the East Bay Community Law Center to provide free legal services to low-income families struggling to access public benefits. Thea has also lived and worked abroad, in Guatemala as a Peace Corps volunteer, and more recently, in Cambodia as an intern with the Khmer Rouge Trials in helping victims of the Khmer Rouge through criminal and civil court proceedings.
Former Executive Council Members
Ratha Chuon is extremely passionate about giving back to her community and has been doing so since she was a teen. This city gal, in another life, aspires to be an artist but for now will settle for the non profit world. She plans to one day retire in the deep south or perhaps travel the world with the mission to meet other incredible women.
Tera is an Executive Consultant and Chief of Staff to the Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. Her primary focus is to provide operational leadership and support to the Actuarial Services Department. Tera and her family arrived in the Twin Cities as refugees from Cambodia in 1980 after having survived the Pol Pot regime. She graduated from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota with a B.A. in French Literature and Marketing. She is an experienced Project Management Professional (PMP) with additional certifications from New York University and Stanford University. Tera lives in El Cerrito, CA.
With little Chelsea!
A long time advocate of human rights, Chivy has worked on a number of projects in a variety of capacities with different organizations during the last 15 years. She is the former Program Director of Columbia University's Center for the Study of Human Rights and former Deputy Director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR). During her tenure at the UICHR, she was also appointed as an adjunct lecturer at the law school where she co-taught an advanced research seminar on international human rights and child labor with Professor Burns Weston. Currently, Chivy is the Program Officer for the Tikva Grassroots Empowerment Fund and serves on the Steering Committee of the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International USA. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs with a special concentration in East Asia and Human Rights.
Navin Moul is a Program Officer for Asia at the American Jewish World Service (AJWS). Prior to AJWS, she was the Social Justice Fellow at the San Francisco Foundation. As a Fulbright Fellow during her graduate work, Navin lived and conducted field research in Cambodia interviewing "returnees" who were forcibly removed from the US. While in Cambodia, she also worked as the Program Director for Global Youth Connect. Navin received her B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Western Washington University and M.A. in Ethnic Studies from University of California at Berkeley. Helping to found Devata Giving Circle in California, Navin now resides in New York City and Skypes in for monthly meetings!
Pauline’s commitment to fighting poverty in disadvantaged communities of color is most apparent in her recent work as Project Manager for a Non-Profit Affordable Housing Developer and as Housing Legislative Aid to a NY State Assemblyman, both based in Brooklyn, NY. Since her return to the Bay Area, Pauline’s goal has been to use the skill set she acquired to assist in the improvement of locally blighted neighborhoods through affordable housing and economic development. Currently, she is Project Manager for a private residential mortgage lender. In this capacity she is able to stay abreast of current conditions in the real estate industry while she begins her pursuit of a dual graduate degree in Urban Planning and Business Administration. As a first-generation Cambodian woman, Pauline strives to preserve her cultural identity by supporting the Cambodian community and uplifting the amazing women within.
Karen has been a long time California resident having grown up in Stockton, California and then moving to the far reaches of the US to attend Stanford University. There she studied Human Biology and was an active member in the Asian American community. Since her school days, she's kept herself busy learning to be a social media maven and occasionally enjoying a nice swim and triathlons in the Bay Area. She's recently taken up cycling so send her a tweet if you're looking for a cycling buddy.
Devi is currently a Program Associate for the Asia/Oceania Program at Global Fund for Women, a nonprofit grantmaking foundation that advances women's human rights worldwide. Devi was raised in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She received her BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester in England, and a MSc in International Development and Management from Lund University, Sweden. As part of her Master's program, she worked and studied in Kampala, Uganda where she helped establish Uganda's first sex worker-led organization, Women's Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA). Devi's exposure to non-profit work began in Cambodia, where she has lived, worked and volunteered with local organizations targeting various issues including corruption, housing, flood relief, and sex work.
Bophavi is a successful business owner based in Oakland, California. She comes from a long line of activists who have contributed to the advancement of the Cambodian American community. Her commitment to the strengthening of Cambodian women and girls led her to help spearhead the Devata Giving Circle. She has been a key member since its founding. Bophavi has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and is interested in issues regarding human rights, women, and poverty. Bophavi also has a Masters in International Education with a Concentration in Human Rights.
Chou is a Master of Public Affairs candidate at Sciences Po in Paris, France. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. Prior to attending graduate school, Chou was the Development and Program Manager at the International Child Resource Institute, an organization focused on early childhood care and education, children's rights, empowerment of women and girls, maternal/child health, and grassroots community development. She served as the Art for Epicures Chairperson for Girls Incorporated of Alameda County for their annual fundraising event, Women of Taste, and also served as Director of Membership for Future Women Leaders, a volunteer-run organization that provides leadership training and development to emerging women leaders in the Bay Area. Chou is deeply passionate about empowering women and girls to become agents of change in their communities.
Nicol U is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley and a Youth Violence Prevention Graduate Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Social Change. She was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and raised in Oakland, California. Her research interests are in Cambodian diaspora, cultural, and gender studies. Nicol pursued her undergraduate work at Yale University, majoring in history. She currently sits on the board for Banteay Srei, an Oakland-based youth organization that serves young Southeast Asian women who are at risk of or engaged in the underground sex trade. In her spare time, she likes annoying her cat, Moose. Nicol is currently working in Geneva, Switzerland as a researcher for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.