Our next jobsite excursion will take place on Thursday, August 25th. We will be visiting Serena Olsen, who currently works at the Japan Society of Northern California here in San Francisco. She incorporates a wide range of office management skills as part of her work, including event planning and membership coordination.
Serena earned her BA in global & international studies and linguistics from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in East Asia and Japanese, respectively. In 2006, she completed a master’s degree in international policy studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia for personal, academic and volunteer excursions, including a 2001 Pacific Rim Study Abroad program, a 2006 volunteer project with Tabitha Cambodia building stilt houses and several visits to dear friends in Indonesia.
After completing her graduate degree, Serena entered an intensive adult training program to learn how to effectively use Braille, a cane, JAWS and other important non-visual tools allowing her to pursue her personal and professional dreams.
Serena relocated to the Bay Area at the beginning of 2010 and quickly found work in two areas dear to her heart: Asia and improving livelihoods. In addition to her work at the Japan Society of Northern California, she teaches Braille at the Lions Center in Oakland and looks forward to a long and meaningful career as a non-profit professional. In her spare time, Serena enjoys delicious food and wine, cooking, spending time with friends, yoga and just about anything Asian.
In recent weeks we have visited a blind scientist, a blind massage therapist, a blind city budget analyst, a blind student accessibility coordinator, a blind attorney and a blind CEO. We look forward to our visit with Serena, as it will without a doubt be another inspiring installment of the LightHouse’s Jobsite Conversation Series.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, August 23, as space is limited. To register for the Jobsite Conversation Series, or to find out more about it, please contact:
Community Services Program Assistant