Erin Tsurumoto Grassi works as a Human Rights Coordinator for Alliance San Diego, where she helps support and organize the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium.
She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area as a biracial, fourth generation Japanese American. Those experiences helped shape her passion for social justice and racial equality from a young age.
The first to graduate from college in her immediate family, Erin has a Bachelor's degree from Whittier College in Political Science and Spanish, and a Master's of Art degree from the University of California San Diego in Latin American Studies with a concentration in International Migration. During college she interned for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in the Bay Area, Assemblywoman (now State Senator) Lois Wolk's district office, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Prior to joining Alliance San Diego, Erin was a community organizer with Justice Overcoming Boundaries and the Gamaliel, where she worked with leaders on a variety of issues, including transportation, housing and immigration.
In her free time, you can find her running, cooking, reading, dancing and rock climbing.