Sokha Danh is the Neighborhood Safety Advocate at the Public Defender Association. Sokha oversees local LEAD operations in Seattle's West Precinct (the Chinatown/International District, Pioneer Square, downtown, Belltown and the Waterfront) and is leading expansion planning in Southwest Seattle and adjacent neighborhoods in unincorporated King County (White Center). Passionate about working for underserved populations, he previously focused his time on district revitalization and public safety for communities of color in Seattle and unincorporated King County. Sokha served on Mayor’s Edward B. Murray’s Special Task Force on Public Safety & Neighborhood Vitality in the Seattle Chinatown-International District in 2015. He was appointed in 2016 by the Washington State Commission on Pacific American Affairs to serve on Washington State’s Legislative Task Force on the Use of Body Worn Cameras by Law Enforcement.
Sokha was selected in 2015 by the National Coalition for Asian Pacific America Community as a Next Generation Scholar. He completed the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center’s Leadership & Advocacy Training in 2014. From 2010 to 2012, Sokha was the recipient of the United Negro College Fund Special Program’s Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship (IIPP). As an IIPP Fellow, Sokha studied at the University of Maryland’s Graduate School of Public Policy, East China Normal University in Shanghai and Howard University in Washington D.C. He also participated in Harvard Business School’s Summer Venture in Management Program.
Sokha is a graduate of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Neighborhood Group, a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent crime and build community through partnerships with residents, businesses and law enforcement. Sokha also serves on the inaugural young professional board of Crosscut, a nonprofit electronic journal focused on politics, culture and technology in the Northwest.