Bio


Tiffany Yu is a social entrepreneur, cultural commentator, and seasoned leader. She is the founding Executive Director of Modem, the first lifestyle and wellness digital media company for Asian Americans. Prior to Modem, Tiffany was the Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Watercress, the first Medium publication dedicated to highlighting the Asian American experience. Passionate in health access and education, Tiffany is the previous President of the Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition, the largest student-run public health organization in California. In 2020, she served as the Executive Director and National Board President for Team HBV, the first student-run nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to eradicating Hepatitis B in minority and immigrant communities. In 2019, Tiffany was appointed as the first Director of Basic Needs in the Office of the UC Berkeley President, developing policies and outreach initiatives dedicated to alleviating student food insecurity on campus for the largest and most autonomous student-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the nation. In 2019, Tiffany also founded and taught a first-of-its-kind undergraduate course on U.S. health policy and advocacy in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management Division) for three semesters to over 70 students. She has served as a distinguished fellow for UC Berkeley Engineering, UC Berkeley Computer Science, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Tiffany's product management experiences at digital health startups have invigorated her passion for health innovation, and her current research interests center on health technology, particularly clinical informatics, digital health, and process innovation. Tiffany graduated from UC Berkeley in 2021 and is attaining her MS in Clinical Informatics Management at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Honors & Awards


  • Health Equity Scholar, Inaugural Class, Health Career Connection (2021)
  • Competition Finalist, Mozilla (2020)
  • Judge's Recognition Award and Top Finalist, UCSF Hack Mental Health (2019)
  • Most Impactful Award and Top Finalist, Stanford Tree Hacks (2019)
  • Under 30 Scholar Recipient, Forbes, Inc (2019)
  • Berkeley Leadership Award Recipient, UC Berkeley Alumni Association (2018)

Education & Certifications


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley, Data Science (2021)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley, Public Health (2021)

Research Projects


  • COVID-19 Prediction Modeling For Data-Driven Policy Recommendations

    Addressing what kinds of public health policies should states adopt to minimize the number of infected during a pandemic using machine learning

    Time Period

    1/30/2021 - 5/10/2021

    Location

    Berkeley, CA

    Organization

    UC Berkeley Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

  • Quantifying & Displaying Racial Bias & Excessive Force in Police Departments

    Developed a police bias diagnostic that produces detailed visualization reports on racial bias and excessive force for police departments across the U.S.

    Time Period

    8/2020 - 12/2020

    Location

    Berkeley, CA

    Organization

    UC Berkeley Division of Computing, Data Science, & Society

  • Dispelling Barriers to Telehealth in Communities of Low Technology Literacy & Access

    Examining barriers to telehealth integration in underserved, low access communities and providing recommendations for healthcare organizations

    Time Period

    6/2020 - 8/2020

    Location

    Oakland, CA

    Organization

    Center for Care Innovation

  • Employing Auditory Technology and AI for Improving Efficiency & Cost in Nursing Homes

    Time Period

    1/2020 - May 2020

    Location

    Berkeley, CA

    Organization

    UC Berkeley Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

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