Beisi Li graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with a dual bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Diplomacy in 2009. Later that year, she came to the United States and started her study in Columbia University, where she received her M.S. in Social Work, concentrated in Social Enterprises Administration and International Welfare, in May 2011.
Beisi has worked in various roles in the field of public health in both China and the United States. She started her commitment to public health when she was in college, where she interned as a research associate in a Chinese pioneer program, which trained Chinese journalists with media literacy on emerging public health issues in China, including HIV/AIDS, tobacco control, and non-communicable diseases. She also joined the program’s field trips and traveled deep into Tibet to assess health care and wellbeing of nomadic Tibetans.
During her studies at the Social Work School in Columbia University, she interned in the LGBT Community Center of New York as a Substance Abuse Counselor and later joined the AIDS Service Center NYC assisting grant-writing and program planning and evaluation. Prior to GHS, Beisi worked for the Global Health Governance program in the Council on Foreign Relations as a research assistant intern.