Visakha Som is a nonprofit management professional who has over 10 years of experience working with local behavioral health and social services nonprofits in the areas of program management, operations, fund development and evaluation. Her program management experience includes leading a division of programs for vulnerable seniors in Alameda County, which included Oakland Meals on Wheels and two memory care centers.
Visakha knew early on in her life that she wanted to help people. Although born in California, Visakha spent her formative years in Cambodia where she was exposed to the traumas of the recent civil war, extreme poverty and social injustices. These experiences have inspired her to dedicate her life to empower communities that have been marginalized.
Visakha was first introduced to Social Justice Collaborative as part of student-consultant team in 2015. As a child of refugee parents, she is dedicated to the SJC’s mission and is excited to be advising SJC.
Visakha speaks conversational Khmer and has a degree in Women’s Studies from UC Santa Cruz. Visakha is currently pursuing her master’s in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management at San Francisco State University while freelancing as a project manager and consultant. She lives in the East Bay with her two young sons and husband.