Executive Director, Asian Women’s Shelter
Orchid Pusey is the Executive Director of Asian Women’s Shelter where she has worked since 2001. Orchid led a national domestic violence training and technical assistance program for ten years, focused on building movement capacity to address the unmet needs of marginalized survivors of violence. Orchid leads AWS’s Community Interpretation Training Institute (CITI), Multi-Lingual Digital Storytelling Project, and other projects focused on violence prevention and intervention through an anti-oppression lens. Orchid specializes in training on interpretation and translation, cultural responsiveness, trauma-informed organizational development and sustainability, violence prevention and relationship wellness in LGBTQ communities, community-based participatory research and program evaluation, and intersectional community engagement to end violence based on sex, gender, and/or sexual orientation. Orchid grew up living back and forth between rural Pennsylvania and Beijing, China, and holds a BA in Social Anthropology and an MA in Linguistics.