Asking the right questions often helps you discover the right answers. This is Yen’s special skill set. She has always been inquisitive, and that mindset fuels her work on our Learning and Evaluation team. She feels honored to play a part, however small or large, in helping to foster healthy lives for Coloradans.
Since joining the Foundation in 2014, Yen has made it her personal mission to advance the Foundation’s learning. She spends her days asking questions about how we can iterate and improve our work to help us truly understand the impact we make on the health of Colorado communities.
One of the highlights of Yen’s work at the Foundation is getting community partners excited about data and helping them understand that data is just a small part of the story to be shared.
Her inquisitive personality carries over into her family life. A few years ago, Yen and her husband packed their life belongings into a POD and trekked the world for six months. They bought a one-way ticket to Kathmandu, Nepal, and visited seven countries before finishing their trip in Sydney, Australia. Eventually, they chose Colorado as a great place to establish some roots.
Now that she’s in Colorado, Yen loves to enjoy the outdoors. On any given weekend, you can find her hiking and spending time with her family, who centers and energizes her, especially her daughter who — like her — asks lots of questions and enjoys being outside.
BS Psychology — University of Houston
PhD Human Development and Family Studies/Demography — The Pennsylvania State University