Ilyssa Padrid-Dykman is the Officer, Special Initiatives at the Pacific Council on International Policy, where her primary role is to execute diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts and community engagement across the organization. Ilyssa obtained her Bachelor’s in Public Health Policy with a minor in Queer Studies at the University of California, Irvine.
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. In 2017, Ilyssa received a national award for designing and executing an annual leadership retreat for APIDA students.