Social Justice Warrior: Team Read Alumna Tagoipah Mathno

Job Title and Company
Foundation Development Specialist, International Community Health Services Foundation

Team Read Experience
2004-2006: Reading coach at Whitworth and Beacon Hill Elementary Schools

Tagoipah is a second generation Cham (Southeast Asian minority ethnic group indigenous to Vietnam) Muslim American from refugee parents who fled to the U.S. during the Vietnam War. Tagoipah Mathno goes by she/her pronouns. She is a first generation college graduate in her family and a Seattle native. She is also a Franklin High School alum and has both her bachelors and masters degree from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Tagoipah has a passion in supporting communities of color with a focus on immigrants and refugees. Her career path has led her to the non-profit sector in King County in various line of work such as: a youth mental health counselor, operating youth ethnic support groups, coalition builder, event planner and higher education preparatory work.

Her background expanded from working with first generation high school/college students to advocating for basic rights for those most marginalized through grassroots efforts. For the past six years Tagoipah was part of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Seattle’s working board which focuses on issues concerning the intersection of gender and Asian identity. She currently is working for International Community Health Services (ICHS) Foundation as the Foundation Development Specialist in helping raise funds for uncompensated care.

In her first year with Team Read, Tagoipah received a John Stanford Excellence in Tutoring scholarship for $1500, which was previously awarded to deserving and talented reading coaches to help make it possible for them to attend college. The scholarship from Team Read was one of the first financial resources to help fund Tagoipah’s social justice career. “It reinforced that higher education was not a dream, but a goal to accomplish.” she says. “I thank Team Read for investing in and seeing my potential.”