Kathy (Toki) Ko is the Organizing and Engagement Manager with the American Heart Association’s new California Tobacco Endgame Center for Organizing & Engagement. Prior to joining the AHA, Kathy served as Project Manager for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in Los Angeles, and led teams working on a variety of tobacco prevention issues in Los Angeles County. She received her Master’s in Global Health Science at the University of California, San Francisco, and spent time working at Alameda County Department of Public Health to successfully ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in Oakland, CA. Kathy is an ardent advocate for health equity and removing racism from all platforms of government. She believes tobacco control is a social justice issue as tobacco companies contribute to the perpetuating systemic barriers that keep minorities from having healthy lifestyles. When she is not battling big tobacco, she is either hiking with her dog Monster or re-watching Parks and Recreation (for the 4th time) on Netflix.
Contact: Kathy (Toki) Ko