Cassandra Lam, Co-Founder & CEO, NYC
I am on a mission to change the way we live and work from the inside out. Upon graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science and zero desire to stick to "the plan" (read: law school), I embarked on a journey of self-discovery to confront and challenge traditional notions about work, fulfillment, and success. I’ve spent the last 4 years gaining experience as a big data consultant at Opera Solutions with a focus on business development, strategy, and implementation for enterprise-level clients in retail, financial services, and telecommunications. As a yoga teacher and co-founder of The Cosmos, I’m passionate about creating experiences and spaces that inspire bodily autonomy and empower people of color to flourish and thrive.
A San Gabriel Valley native and proud daughter of Vietnamese boat refugee parents, I now live in Brooklyn. In my spare time, you can often find me playing catch-up with an endless queue of podcasts, indulging in oat milk matcha lattes, and hosting solo dance parties in my apartment.
Karen Mok, Co-Founder & COO, SF
I’m an experience designer and community builder. Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, I identify as the daughter of Chinese immigrants. My experience growing up between cultures inspired my passion for empowering Asian women as Co-Founder of The Cosmos. At age 16, I started my first company through the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a non-profit with the mission to provide entrepreneurship education in low-income communities. This ignited a passion for supporting entrepreneurs and creators in underserved communities. I went on a journey working for and with Stripe, The Omidyar Network, Google, and The Inter-American Development Bank on empowering entrepreneurial communities in emerging markets.
I lived The Alchemist - journeying far and at one point even managing a continent only to realize that my impact was back home. In more fun news, I write poetry on an anonymous tumblr and moonlight as a dumpling chef.
Bianca Ng, Creative Director, NYC
I'm a Chinese-American designer and artist who investigates the Asian American identity, mental health, and vulnerability. My work was featured in the Type Directors Club, The Seventh Wave, Womankind Art Exhibit, and more. My background is in branding, illustration, and print design, but I'm also known for my interdisciplinary passion projects. When I’m not running around, I’m experimenting with analog processes or engaging with food, whether it’s eating, watching, or cooking.
Currently, I'm a Brooklyn-based freelance designer. In 2017, I founded Take Up Space, a visual storytelling project that celebrates women’s voices.
Tanya Zhang, Head of Community, NYC
Born and raised in LA, I have STEM education in Interdisciplinary Computing & the Arts from UC San Diego. I started in my career as an art director in advertising, working on integrated campaigns at TBWA\CHIAT\DAY New York. I transitioned into the start-up space, leading the art direction and branding for a fin-tech startup in Manhattan. I'm currently a UX/UI consultant, specializing in user-centric interaction design and experience at Ernst & Young LLP.
In addition to growing The Cosmos as Head of Community, I founded Nimble Made, an actually-slim dress shirt brand, inspired by and created for slim Asian men.
Carolyn Yoo, The Cosmos Book Club, NYC
I am a Korean-American software engineer and writer based in Brooklyn. I currently build education technology tools at 2U and I previously worked in luxury fashion e-commerce, both in engineering and marketing. During my free time I love to read, which inspired me to create The Cosmos Book Club to hold space for Asian women to find and discuss diverse narratives on the journey of better understanding themselves.
Irena Xia, Designer, NYC
I am a first-generation Chinese-American. Raised in the Bay Area, I studied at UPenn, and now I reside in Brooklyn. I’m a designer and stationery addict. When I’m not at my 9 to 5, I like to discover new creative outlets and I’m always looking to collaborate!
Linh-Yen Hoang, Designer, SF
Originally from Michigan, I’m a Vietnamese American artist and designer. I graduated from the University of Michigan and I currently work in advertising as a production designer. I’m also obsessed with printed materials. I constantly seek out rad zines and printed works of art on top of doing my own printmaking and illustrations.
For me, this community is a place that celebrates what it means to be an Asian women and it gives me a space to thrive in that identity.