Ilyssa Padrid-Dykman is the Member Engagement Officer at the Pacific Council on International Policy, where her primary role is to execute inclusivity, member engagement efforts across the organization. Ilyssa obtained her Bachelor’s in Public Health Policy with a minor in Queer Studies at the University of California, Irvine. There she started her journey on learning about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and how she can help increase these efforts.
Ilyssa recently graduated with a Master’s degree in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia where she also worked for the Multicultural Services and Programs Office. In this capacity she advised student organizations, such as the UGA Chapter of the NAACP, and created monthly programs tailored to support multiculturalism and leadership development of students and staff. One of her passion areas lies in helping the community think more broadly about DEI efforts as they apply to the Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) population. Last year Ilyssa received a national award for designing and executing an annual leadership retreat for APIDA students.