Cecile is a Filipino-American immigrant-settler on the unceded lands of the xwməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ. She was born in the Catskill mountains of New York, and has also lived in Massachusetts and rural southeastern France. Prior to joining West Coast LEAF, Cecile taught at Lycée Marcel Gimond and researched wrongful conviction for the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. She is an interdisciplinary thinker who enjoys facilitation, curriculum development, community engagement, and project management. Cecile holds a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Brandeis University. Outside of work, she can be found baking, gardening, and reading across genres in both English and French.