Esther W. Y. Lok is an advocate and organizer for social change. Esther is currently the Chief of Staff at START Treatment and Recovery Centers, one of the largest minority-led, community-based medication-assisted treatment providers in New York. Previously, Esther was the Chief of Staff at Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services and Assistant Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA).
Esther was elected the Chair of Emerging Issues Committee of the New York State HIV Advisory Body between April 2015 and October 2016. She also served as a voting member of the Policy Committee of the NYC Health and Human Services HIV Planning Council in 2014 and 2015. Esther was the co-leader of the Access Health NYC, an initiative that has received $1+ million annual funding from the New York City Council since FY2016. She is the co-author of “HIV Prevention for Women and Girls in Communities of Color – Reframing HIV Prevention Strategies” published by FPWA (2008) and a contributing writer to the report entitled “Birds, Bees & Bias – How Absent Sex Ed Standard Fails New York’s Students,” published by New York Civil Liberties Union (2012).
Esther received her master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York, and a master’s in Education from the University of Manchester, U.K.