Finance and Operations Associate

Team Operations 202-746-2902 su.cui@50can.org

Su grew up in Suzhou, China, and has dreamt of studying abroad and exploring the world since she was a little girl. After completing her bachelor’s degree in law in China, she moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a master’s degree in accounting from The George Washington University in 2014. After graduation from GW, Su interned at several nonprofit organizations, including the World Bank Group and Consumer Technology Association.

Su joins 50CAN as finance and operations associate, assisting in the day-to-day operations of the organization and ensuring that it is in good shape from a financial perspective. When not at work, Su loves to watch movies, keep an eye on the foodie scene, listen to music and sing karaoke.

I aspire to be like my father. Here’s why:

My dad is always encouraging me to go out and see a different world. As a father, he invested so much in making sure I was getting a great education and having the opportunities to try all the things I was interested in, from Taekwondo to Erhu. Even when he was experiencing setbacks in his own life, he never let it affect what was possible for me. Thanks to his inspiration, I am bold enough to take risks in my own life and not afraid of change.

Why I love my job:

As a recent graduate, I’m always thinking of utilizing what I learned in school to solve real-world problems and help people that are in need. My job at 50CAN lets me do that and gives me the chance to work with people that are smart, open-minded and creative. What else could I ask for?

My connection to public schools:

I spent my entire life attending public schools before moving to the US. My parents made my education a priority, and it’s because of that education that I can live the life I want. But I know that in parts of this country and around the world education is still seen as a privilege instead of a right.

It’s the responsibility of our generation to provide better schools and education to children so that they can become the people they want to be in the future.

What I’m bad at:

Navigating. I get lost easily in new places—even with a GPS. It usually takes me double the time to get to my destination, and the chances are high that I will have gone in the wrong direction at least once along the way.

This image represents why I work at 50CAN:

From my perspective, education is the biggest step towards dreams coming true. Working at 50CAN is like building the steps that helps more kids realize their dreams. People here have the belief that the future is bright and that the progress we make is always one step up towards that future.