Kara Carmosino was born in Jeonju, South Korea and grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania as a transracial adoptee. Her vision of social justice is deeply rooted in intersectionality, particularly influenced by activism in queer people of color spaces. She comes to organizing with a background in education, with experience facilitating discussion circles, classrooms, workshops, trainings, meetings and mediation processes. She was selected as a fellow in the 2013-14 cohort of the API Community Leadership Institute and served as the volunteer co-chair of APANO’s Strong Families group before joining APANO as Trainer-Organizer.

Previously, Kara worked at an alternative high school for low-income youth and served as Manager of Data and Partnerships for All Hands Raised, the backbone of a county-wide collective impact partnership. She received a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Oberlin College and an M.S. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University.

Kara oversees APANO’s leadership development and training work, including staffing the statewide Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI) with IRCO Asian Family Center and managing the political education and analysis building opportunities offered to APANO members. She also supports APANO’s efforts to organize women and LGBTQ folks around gender and reproductive justice.

Gender pronouns: She/Her/Hers