Hi there, my name is Esther Y. kang. i am an educator, a researcher, and a strategist based in Brooklyn, NY.

I specialize in people-centered methodologies and work at the intersection of civic innovation, public policy, and social justice. I am deeply committed to building social equity, centering underrepresented voices, and designing thoughtful processes. You can view my CV here.

Current work: I am co-authoring a playbook that outlines an outcomes based budgeting process for municipalities across the U.S., co-leading the design of an equity-centered workforce development strategy, teaching design thinking x public policy at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and advising second year MFA students at the School of Visual Arts as they develop their theses.

Previous life: I served a one-year term with the Obama White House, and was a key thought partner to teams working in arts advocacy, city government, nonprofit management, and philanthropy.

Fun highlight: I was recently accepted into my very first artist/creative residency (fall 2019), and named a disruptor in art, culture, and philanthropy by CSQ Magazine (2018).

Have an idea you want to chat about? You can reach me at eyk@estherykang.com.
Would love to hear from you.