Liz Miyoung Kaufman is a mother, facilitator, strategist, and advocate living on Dakota land in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, MN. She grew up in North Minneapolis and has lived in New York City, London, and San Diego. She identifies as a Korean adoptee, a multiethnic Asian American, and a woman of color impacted by global systems of displacement and rooted in transnational solidarity movements.
She holds a BA in Sociology, with minors in History and Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MA in English (Language Education) from Hamline University. In her Master's thesis, she designed a language-modified, trauma-informed Know Your Rights training for recent refugees and other vulnerable populations. She has worked at national legal and environmental organizations, nonprofits, grassroots community and wrap-around social service organizations, and broadly in education.
Liz has organized around a variety of issues including Ethnic Studies, wrongful conviction, police violence, immigrant rights, youth leadership, and political prisoner campaigns. In her free time, she is developing an organization for transracial adoptees and serves as a member of Los Angeles-based Nikkei Progressives' Black reparations committee; Minneapolis-based Deep Listening for Social Change cohort; Chicago-based Korean Women's International Network professional mentoring circle; and Oakland-based Asian Prisoner Support Committee. She is interested in creative and intersectional expressions of racial, economic, environmental, and gender justice, and explorations of how we can be grounded in transformative and visionary personal and collective work, and practice freedom in our daily lives.