Mitchel Wu’s passion for youth development and commitment to social justice have inspired countless young people to develop leadership and advocacy skills and become key advocates in pushing for positive change in their communities.
As a program manager at The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the nation’s only pan-Asian children’s advocacy organization, Mitchel manages education policy work as well as CACF’s city wide afterschool youth program ASAP (Asian American Student Advocacy Project) and parent POWER (Parents Organized for Equal Rights). Mitch works with NYC public school parents and high school youth to build leadership skills, develop youth and parent led campaigns, and increase engagement on the school and city-wide levels. By working to improve opportunities for young people, both in and out of school, Mitchel strives to address systemic inequities. Through his dedication and unwavering support, Mitchel has crafted a space for his students to excel while understanding and leveraging their own personal potential as leaders and changemakers.
Mitchel immigrated to Queens from Taiwan in 1986 as the oldest of 3 children, and for a large portion of his life, did not know that he, like hundreds of thousands of young people today, was an undocumented American. As a first generation college student of color, Mitch developed fearlessness and persistence through the invaluable support and guidance offered through the Education Opportunity Program (EOP) of SUNY Stony Brook. His own experience taught him the importance of mentors and the impact one person can have on the life of a young person, inspiring him to begin working with youth through the EOP program, promoting college success for minority and economically disadvantaged first generation college students.
Throughout his career, Mitchel oversaw Project Collegebound, a 3-year project which aimed to improve the school culture of Flushing International High School to promote college and career readiness among immigrant and English Language Learner families; served as a supervisor at Harlem's Riverbank State Park summer camp youth program; worked in San Francisco at the YMCA Urban Core Program to assist in the Mandarin language program; and was active in the Chol Soo Lee advisory committee to address Asian American incarceration in California.
Mitchel received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Interdisciplinary and U.S. History from SUNY Stony Brook and his Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. He is an alumni of the CORO NY Immigrant Civic Leadership Program and is currently a fellow in the Leadership for Emerging Asian Pacifics Emerging Leaders Program. In addition, Mitchel is a lecturer at CUNY Hunter College in Asian American Studies. As a critical race theorist, he has contributed work in The Contemporary Asian American Encyclopedia (2009), Koreans in America: History, Identity, and Community (2011), and The Asian American Policy Review at Harvard University's Kennedy School. Mitch also serves on the Citywide Council on English Language Learners. He enjoys being a parent to a beautiful 3 year old girl and has 2 dogs.