Lavinia Taumoepeau-Latu

Board of Directors 

Fulbright Ambassador

Lavinia Taumoepeau-Latu, a wife and mother of five, is a dedicated expert in International Emergency and Disaster Management. Armed with a Master’s degree in professional studies from Georgetown University and dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Utah, she has made significant contributions over the past decade. Leveraging her legal background and community leadership, she has advocated for various causes, including grassroots initiatives in Utah, and championing the rights of Pacific Islanders in the US and the Blue Pacific region.

Noteworthy achievements include her role as the inaugural Safety and Protection Cluster Coordinator for the Ministry of Internal Affairs within the Tongan government, where she played an essential part in the response and recovery efforts post-tropical Cyclone Gita. Lavinia recently concluded a Fulbright project in Tonga, designing a culturally tailored disaster management training program for local officers. Recognized as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, she remains deeply committed to advancing education access, addressing climate crisis issues in the Blue Pacific region, cultivating global relations, and shaping impactful policies.