For the past ten years, Manami Kano served as both the deputy director of the Global Media Partnerships Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and before that, as their Senior Program Officer for U.S. Program Advocacy. Prior to that she was a National Urban Fellow and special assistant to the director of National Programs at the Carnegie Corporation. She also spent a decade in consulting and leadership roles at social and environment justice organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a founding member of Kibei Giving Circle, AAPIP's first Giving Circle in the Pacific Northwest, where she continues to be active today.