Desi Bote currently works as a Development Associate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago. As Development Associate, Desi works to support the organization’s major gift and individual donor initiatives, implement and track fundraising activities & special event opportunities, and coordinate executive & board relations.
Her work with Advancing Justice | Chicago started in 2014, previously serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Asian American Empowerment Project, a part-time staff, and as a dedicated volunteer within the pan-Asian American community.
Desi graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rhetoric & Composition in Creative Writing. Her dedication to social justice and Asian American community issues stemmed from her involvement with the following organizations and departments: Office of Diversity and Social Justice Education, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, YMCA UIUC, UIUC Asian American Cultural Center, Asian Pacific American Coalition, and Philippine Student Association.