Michael Lok grew up in the East Bay, having been born at then-Merritt Hospital in Oakland (now Alta Bates Summit Medical Center) where both of his parents worked. Having spent a lot of time in Oakland Chinatown as a teenager, Michael volunteered with Asian Health Services where he assisted in the Pedestrian Safety Campaign which led to the first pedestrian scramble systems in Oakland to be installed in 2002, that was a moment where Michael knew he wanted to focus on public service. After his education, Michael has spent his entire professional life working in Oakland focused on juvenile justice reform with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and coordinating a student success program at Laney College. Almost 13 years since he was a youth volunteer at Asian Health Services, Michael joined the staff role to work on different public health advocacy projects.
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