Fred grew up in Boston’s South End and Chinatown and learned early in life the trans-formative power of the natural world. In his youth he learned to appreciate the natural environment through programs in his community like the Eagle Eye Institute. He joined the board to be part of a community that shares similar values working to empower urban youth and communities though their relationship with nature, creating access and environmental education. Fred’s entire career has been in education opportunity, access, and civil rights. He currently serves as a Senior Investigator with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, is a former Executive Director for the Asian American Resource Workshop in Boston, and was Director for the Asian American Education Opportunity Program at the University of Colorado, Denver, where he was also a lecturer in Asian American Studies. Fred enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, biking, and kayaking with family and friends, and is a long distance runner.