Maki Somosot has a passion for engaging with people from all walks of life and telling their stories. She loves asking questions, straightening out contradictions and drilling down to the heart of an issue.
Born and bred in Manila, Maki is proud of her roots and never misses an opportunity to raise awareness of the Philippines’ unique history and culture (especially its food!). A global nomad, she has lived and worked in New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, Swarthmore and New Orleans, aside from Manila. She thrives in perpetual displacement, drawing energy from a diversity of cultures, lifestyles, ways of seeing and being.
She is impassioned by issues that concern women’s rights, particularly in reproductive health and justice. She frequently works with topics that reflect her background, such as race and identity, gender relations, diasporic communities and post-colonial societies. She is interested in the widespread impact of healthcare communications on regular people’s lives, particularly in the power of a simple, well-crafted message that can inspire positive change in one’s healthcare and well-being.
The potential of cross-cultural communication inspires Maki. She believes that people can forge true and meaningful connections when they allow themselves to confront and engage the “other.”
Maki graduated from Swarthmore College in 2012 with degrees in Psychology and French. She intends to pursue an MPH with a focus in global health and/or reproductive health after a few years of professional training. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York, but soon hopes to return to Asia, the home that has held her heart captive ever since she left it.