Mark Ro Beyersdorf

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Mark Ro Beyersdorf is a queer, second-generation mixed-race Korean American originally from San Diego, CA. He has worked for grassroots organizations, political campaigns, the federal government, and national civil rights organizations on issues of racial justice and sexual exploitation for over seven years.

He moved to New York in 2010 to join the staff of the Educational Equity and Youth Rights Project at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). At AALDEF, he oversees federal education policy advocacy, organizes with NYC coalitions working on issues impacting local AAPI students, and coordinates the National Asian American Education Advocates Network. Prior to AALDEF, Mark worked on the staff of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) for then-chair Congressman Mike Honda and as a Field Organizer for the Obama Campaign in rural Ohio.

In South Korea, Mark has lived in Seoul, where most of his extended family resides, to study at Sogang University, work with sex workers, and research the lives of native Koreans of mixed-race in Seoul. In 2010, he was part of the Korea Education and Exposure Program (KEEP) delegation.

In addition to his AAPI community work, Mark has extensive field and policy experience working on sex trafficking and prostitution issues. He has worked with organizations addressing these issues along the San Diego/Tijuana border as well as in Seoul and Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Board of Survivors Connect, an NGO that works to combat human trafficking using the arts, social media, and technology. [1].


In New York, Mark Ro Beyersdorf is active in the local AAPI and queer communities as a member of Nodutdol, a progressive Korean diasporic organization. [2]


Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, was founded by Asian women in 1986. The Board of Directors as of 2013, consisted of


Board of Directors

CAAAV Board of Directors, as of 2018;[4]