Corina Penaia – Program Manager

Corina Penaia (she/her) is the Program Manager at AAPI Equity Alliance (AAPI Equity). Prior to joining AAPI Equity, she worked for a nonprofit organization where she collaborated closely with policymakers and community stakeholders to address prevalent health issues that impact underserved populations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Penaia co-founded the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Data Policy Lab at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research to increase visibility of the data and health needs of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. She brings ten years of community-engagement and public health experience serving Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander and Asian American communities. Penaia is committed to elevating community knowledge and addressing social injustice in historically disadvantaged populations through education, community outreach, and advocacy.

Penaia received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Pitzer College and a Master’s degree in Public Health from California State University, Fullerton.

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