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Jane Pak

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. Jane Pak is Co-Executive Director at Refugee and Immigrant Transitions. Her scholarship and praxis are informed by Critical Refugee Studies; transformative and liberatory education; collective hope and healing; multi-generational resistance; and transnational solidarity. Jane is most energized when engaging with diverse communities and knowledges in collective contexts. Her background is in strategy, development, and consulting in education and refugee contexts. She has worked in community, nonprofit, government, and business sectors. Her experience includes building and growing sustainable practices through the strategic development of resources, systems, and cohesive cross-functional/inter-disciplinary teams; and providing strategic guidance to community leaders and social entrepreneurs in their efforts toward social impact while always prioritizing humanity dignity, community, and a path towards social justice. Jane's work for justice is motivated by a multi-generational family history of forced migration, resistance, and service.

Research Areas

  • Critical refugee studies
  • Transformative and laboratory education
  • Community-engaged scholarship + migration


  • University of San Francisco, EdD in International & Multicultural Education / Human Rights Education, 2019
  • Stanford University, MA in International Comparative Education / International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis, 2004
  • Clarkson University, MBA, 1998
  • University of Waterloo, Math, 1996

Prior Experience

  • Co-Executive Director, Refugee & Immigrant Transitions
  • Director of Strategy and Development, Refugee Transitions
  • Director of Resource Development, Center for Child and Family Studies, WestEd
  • Senior Program Officer, Center for Child and Family Studies, WestEd
  • Development Officer, Canadian Consulate

Awards & Distinctions

  • Certificate of Honor, Board of Supervisors, City and County of San Francisco "in appreciative public recognition of distinction and merit for outstanding service to a significant portion of the people of the City and County of San Francisco."