Tommy is the program manager at API Equality-LA where he directs ongoing research and oversees communications activities. At API Equality-LA, Tommy has designed and implemented the first study of its kind on the attitudes of Chinese and Korean Americans toward LGBT people.
Since 2003, he has worked for labor unions, political campaigns, and other issue campaigns, including AFSCME International Union, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, and Congresswoman Judy Chu's election campaign.
He has served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Harvard Journal of Asian American Policy Review and Editor for the LGBTQ Policy Journal of Harvard Kennedy School. His research interests include LGBT human rights, public perception of LGBT people, and Asian American political participation.
He currently serves on the board of New Leaders Council – Los Angeles, Chinese Rainbow Association, and the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Network of Greater Los Angeles.
Tommy received his Master in Public Policy frm the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts in political science from University of California, Los Angeles. He was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley and studied for a semester at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.