Prior to assuming the role of ICT President, Tencho served as Interim Vice President and Director for Outreach.
Born in exile, in Dharamsala, in the Indian foothills of the Himalayas, and the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the exile Tibetan administration, Tencho was educated at the Tibetan Children’s Village school, Dharamsala, St Bedes College in Shimla, India and St Joseph’s College, Bangalore.
After moving to the United States in 1998, she continued her activism as a private individual, serving as a community leader and event organizer to raise awareness about Tibet. She joined the International Campaign for Tibet in 2008 as Special Assistant for Advocacy and expanded her activism overseeing Tibet lobby Day at US Congress, the Tibetan Youth Leadership Program and the Lodi Gyari Washington Internship Program with Congressional offices. Tencho has led several ICT member and Congressional Staffer trips to Dharamsala, India. She plays an active role in ICT’s Advocacy Team to advance ICT’s legislative agenda and continues to educate the public about Tibet at community conferences and universities.
Tencho lives in Virginia with her artist/writer husband Losang Gyatso, and son Tashi Gyatso.