“My daughter asked me if I was a feminist. I grew up in a small town in Hawaii; we never used words like that. [But] how could you not be a feminist when the definition is about equal pay, equal opportunity, equal everything with men? And isn’t that really why we do our work?”

By Rosin Saez, with Andrew Cook
April 28, 2016

Maiko Winkler-Chin is Executive Director at Seattle Chinatown-International District Preservation and Development Authority, more commonly known as the SCIDpda. When she’s not working to improve the community through providing senior service programs, affordable housing, community engagement, and more, she may be avoiding the laundry pile or spending time with her daughter.

In this original Ethnic Seattle video, Winkler-Chin talks about her achievements, the importance of mentors, her female role models such as Billie Jean King and Madeleine Albright, and being willing to make mistakes “because they’re great learning opportunities.”