May Louie has more than 30 years of experience in progressive and community organizing and comprehensive community building. She spent 20 years (1994-2014) as a senior staffer of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), a community planning and organizing group that led the revitalization of their Boston neighborhood. At DSNI, she managed the Resident Development Institute, oversaw civic engagement, coordinated the Boston Promise Initiative, and was most recently Director of Leadership and Capacity Building. Louie has authored a number of articles on DSNI's change strategies. As a long-time social justice organizer, Ms. Louie has her roots in the Asian American movement and is a founder of the Chinese Progressive Association. She also has experience building multi-racial electoral coalitions, having served as chair of the Boston Rainbow Coalition and Chief of Staff of the National Rainbow Coalition. She has also taught at the Asian American Studies Program at UMass Boston.
May received her Master of Public Policy from Tufts UEP in 2008. She has been a guest lecturer in many courses at UEP. As a UEP Visiting Practitioner in 2015-2016, she will be lead curriculum designer for the project Teaching Democracy: A Curriculum for Popular and Community-Based Education. This project is led by UEP faculty Penn Loh and funded by Tufts Innovates.
Progressive and community organizing; comprehensive community building