Staff currently includes the Managing Director and the Programs and Operations Associate who work closely with the Board of Directors in developing and coordinating CAPAL’s diverse programming.

Board of Directors

CAPAL is led by a dedicated and diverse working Board of Directors. Towards the end of each year we go through an official recruiting process and accept applications to join the Board of Directors.  We are happy to hear from you at any time. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council honors founders and influential APA community leaders who believe strongly in supporting CAPAL in anyway possible and keeps the Board connected to the legacy these individuals have bestowed upon the future generations. As leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors, they continue to open windows of opportunities whenever needed.


Elizabeth Thompson, Managing Director
 Leadership TeamPrior to CAPAL, Elizabeth Thompson worked in a development and communications capacity for Asian Arts Initiative, a community-based multidisciplinary arts center in Philadelphia. Most recently, she served on the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) Metro D.C. Chapter’s Steering Committee and was a mentor for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, DC Chapter (YNPNdc) Mentoring Program. Elizabeth also served as the grantmaking co-chair for The Spruce Foundation, which cultivates the next generation of philanthropists through community giving. She is the recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Diverse Communities Conference and Bridge Conference scholarships and received a scholarship for ProInspire’s Managing for Success Program. Elizabeth received her BA in Art History from Western Washington University and her MA in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania. When not promoting young philanthropy and leadership, Elizabeth spends her time learning how to skateboard and playing with her Manchester terrier. elizabeth.thompson [at] capal [dot] org

Felicia Wong
Screen Shot 2017 06 19 at 11.51.11 AM e1497888309178 231x300 Leadership TeamFelicia Wong is a recent graduate from the College of William & Mary, where she double majored in Neuroscience and Asian American Studies and led the Filipino American Student Association and Global Medical Brigades chapters on campus. She was part of the CAPAL Scholars & Interns Class of 2016, and she hopes to continue the mission that inspired her to connect her interests in healthcare with the community she found in her cultural background and teachings. Felicia has been involved with a variety of media projects affording visibility to minority communities, her most recent project centering on a video for #AAPIs4BLM. Having lived in Germany for most of her childhood, Felicia makes regular trips back to visit her family, providing opportunities for her to indulge in her greatest joys: eating vanilla ice cream with hot raspberry sauce, taking fashion cues from strangers, cooking with her family. Non-country specific pleasures include: biking, music-browsing, RuPaul fangirling. felicia.wong [at] capal [dot] org


Board of Directors


Shiv Rawal, Chair
 Leadership Team Shiv Rawal currently serves as a policy analyst at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, where he researches underserved housing markets and affordable housing programs. Prior to this, Shiv advocated for policies that support fair and affordable housing as a research assistant for the Center for American Progress. His previous experience includes internships with the White House Domestic Policy Council and the City Manager’s Office in Austin, Texas. A proud Texan, Shiv graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Plan II Honors and government.

Carrie Kagawa, Chair Emeritus
 Leadership TeamCarrie Kagawa is currently Chief of Staff at the National Veterans Intermediary, a social impact start-up incubated by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and will attend Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies in the fall 2017. Prior to this, Carrie served as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer for six months in Tbilisi, Georgia, working to promote space for neutral and accessible democratic dialogue in the country. Before this role, Carrie served in the Obama Administration in various roles at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, to include a six-month civilian deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan. Past assignments include the White House and Office of then-Senator Barack Obama. Carrie holds a degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mai Ichihara, Treasurer
 Leadership TeamMai Ichihara is currently a Program Assistant for the Government Affairs team at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she supports the legislative advocates in their implementation of governmental strategies and helps coordinate interactions with Congress, the administration, and policy experts to defend and expand U.S. environmental laws. Previously, she worked as an Associate Producer for the D.C. Bureau of TV Asahi, a Japanese broadcast network, where she covered news on foreign affairs and U.S. politics. Prior to that, she held various public service positions including at the State Department, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Congress. Mai holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University, and her most memorable school experience was studying abroad in Shanghai and Beijing in 2011. As a student, she was active in the AAPI community as a board member of the Japanese American Student Alliance and Vice President of an Asian interest sorority, and she hopes to continue promoting cultural diversity and service wherever she goes.

Becky Chao, Vice Chair of Internal Affairs
 Leadership Team Becky Chao is a paralegal specialist. Prior to this role, she worked with the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI), helping to secure funds and develop curricula for the non-profit organization’s leadership programs targeting young women and girls from minority backgrounds in the New York City tri-state area. Becky graduated in 2015 from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts. At Duke, she pursued majors in public policy studies and linguistics as well as a minor in economics. She explored the intersection of these fields in an honors thesis focusing on the development of the English language as a form of capital among students in China who study English abroad in the U.S., shedding insight on the ways in which China’s language and education policies interact with the U.S.’s immigration policies. As an undergraduate student, Becky obtained valuable experience in public service through internships with the Bureau of Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State. In her free time, Becky enjoys reading contemporary novels, discovering new artists, watching comedies and period dramas, and baking delicious treats.

Eesha Bhave
 Leadership TeamEesha Bhave is a program assistant at Futures Without Violence, a national technical assistance and training provider focused on ending violence against women and girls. Prior to this role, Eesha served as political appointee under the Obama Administration at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In this capacity, she assisted the Acting Director and the Chief Management Officer with strategic communications, regulations and other agency priorities. She is a recent graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs (SPA),including the SPA Leadership Program and the Women and Politics Institute. Her past work experience includes the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. She is passionate about the intersection between AAPI and gender issues, and the unique challenges presented by both.

Michael Dee
 Leadership TeamMichael Dee is an associate at DLA Piper, where he practices commercial litigation.  He is also the Vice President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance D.C. lodge.  A California native, Michael attended the University of California, San Diego for college where he received a B.A. in Political Science and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.  While in college, Michael was an APAICS summer intern and worked as a Senate Doorkeeper at the U.S. Capitol.  After graduating, Michael attended Duke Law School and worked in a legal clinic dedicated to providing legal services for disabled individuals in North Carolina.  In his spare time, Michael enjoys stand-up comedy, traveling, cooking, surfing and snorkeling (although there is noticeable lack of ocean near Washington, D.C.), craft (and non-craft) beer, and unprofessionally critiquing movies.

Fay Gan
 Leadership TeamFotini “Fay” Gan is currently the Public Relations Officer for the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service. In her role, she maintains and improves the brand of the Asian Studies Program as well as coordinates the program’s events agenda. Before joining the Asian Studies staff, Fay was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she taught English from 1st through 6th grades in rural public schools. Previously, Fay worked in with an international events and communications firm in New York City, working on assignments across three continents.

Fay graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Chinese Studies. In her free time she enjoys traveling, exploring D.C. on foot, blogging, and playing flag football.

Tiffany Hsieh
 Leadership TeamTiffany Hsieh is the Center for Science and Democracy Program Assistant at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Prior to her current role she served as the Development and Office Coordinator for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators and works to empower environmentally progressive state lawmakers. Tiffany previously worked at the State Climate Hub as the Program Coordinator where she assisted environmental groups and state governments with the implementation and compliance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. She has interned at the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the United Nations Environment Programme. Tiffany graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management and a minor in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning.

Diya Li
 Leadership TeamDiya Li is the communications coordinator for the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, where she oversees the center’s media relations, publications, social media, and webpage. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in political science, Diya worked at a number of news organizations, including: KTSF, a leading Asian television station in California; Singtao Daily, the second largest Chinese-language newspaper/magazine in the world; and the Wang Post, a web journal focused on Asian affairs. She has also worked on several political campaigns, from President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012 to the San Francisco mayoral race in 2011 and the California gubernatorial race in 2010. Diya has studied US-China relations at Peking University in Beijing, China, and Spanish language and European relations at the University of Cordoba in Cordoba, Spain. In the past few years, she backpacked alone through 17 countries, across 4 continents. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, and studies Spanish and Russian.

Janet Namkung
 Leadership TeamJanet Namkung is the Membership and Development Manager at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). She spearheads membership engagement initiatives, manages donor relations and prospect cultivation, and engages CKA membership and the Board of Directors.

Outside of CKA, Janet also serves as the Service Committee Co-Chair for AmeriCorps Alums DC Board and sits on the Board of Directors for the Conference of Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), where she leads the Human Resources Task Force.

Before joining CKA, Janet previously worked with OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates as the Senior Civic Engagement Associate. She also served as a Team Leader for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), in the Southwest Region.

Born and raised in New York City, Janet is a second-generation Korean American. She is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Janet was the first to attend and graduate from college in her family. In her spare time, Janet enjoys going on food vacations, craft beers, exploring new cities, and attending live shows. She lives in Columbia Heights in Washington, DC.

Mary Tablante
 Leadership Team

Mary Tablante is the communications associate of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of national organizations focused on policy priorities affecting Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. At NCAPA, she works with policy staff, government and community partners to promote NCAPA’s advocacy work, which includes immigration, civil rights, health and education issues. She is involved in the Filipino American community and previously covered Asian American issues as a reporter for Asian Fortune and did social media outreach as a community manager for USA TODAY’s Your Take initiative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Elizabeth Thompson, Managing Director
 Leadership TeamPrior to CAPAL, Elizabeth Thompson worked in a development and communications capacity for Asian Arts Initiative, a community-based multidisciplinary arts center in Philadelphia. She is currently serving on the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) Metro D.C. Chapter’s Steering Committee and is a mentor for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, DC Chapter (YNPNdc) Mentoring Program. Elizabeth served as the grantmaking co-chair for The Spruce Foundation, which cultivates the next generation of philanthropists through community giving. She is the recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Diverse Communities Conference and Bridge Conference scholarships and received a scholarship for ProInspire’s Managing for Success Program. She is an active member of AFP, YNPNdc and AAPIP. Elizabeth received her BA in Art History from Western Washington University and her MA in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania. When not promoting young philanthropy and leadership, Elizabeth spends her time thrifting and playing with her handsome Manchester terrier. elizabeth.thompson [at] capal [dot] org

Victoria Tran
 Leadership TeamVictoria Tran currently serves as a research assistant in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her work primarily involves using microsimulation models to analyze the interactions between welfare and benefit and propose policies to improve the program’s effectiveness in easing poverty. Prior to Urban, Victoria interned with the International Rescue Committee to provide services to incoming refugees. Born and raised in Wichita, KS, Victoria graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a bachelor’s in leadership and public policy. While at UVA, Victoria served as an elected member of the Honor Committee, focusing on improving the committee’s relationship to minority groups and ensuring a fair hearing process. She was also involved with the Asian Student Union, Madison House’s Adopt-A-Grandparent program, and as community service chair for her sorority. Her experiences with domestic policy has fueled a passion for service and dedication towards empowering the Asian American community.

Viet Tran
 Leadership TeamViet Tran is a communications manager at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), where he manages CSSP’s communication activities, including publications, media relations and operations of the organization’s digital and online presence. Prior to CSSP, he was a communications assistant at Cultural Vistas where he assisted in implementing the social media strategy for a project under President Obama’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has also collaborated alongside the ICS Center in Vietnam to push a digital campaign project advocating for transgender rights. Viet is a former ambassador with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander’s E3! Program, where he worked on engaging the AAPI community in the mid-Atlantic region on issues of healthcare, education, mental health and immigration. Viet has also worked in various communication roles at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Global Rights and the Office of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from University of California, San Diego, where he was a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service.

Justin Trinidad
 Leadership TeamJustin Trinidad is a Research Assistant with Bellwether Education Partners, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to helping education organizations become more effective in their work and achieve dramatic results, especially for the most underserved students. Most recently, Justin served as an Advisor at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), where he worked on the community engagement and intergovernmental affairs teams to connect the AAPI community to important federal government resources. Prior to joining the Initiative, Justin was the Civil Rights Fellow at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, where he managed the organization’s education policy portfolio which focused on AAPI data disaggregation in the passage and implementation of the Every Students Succeeds Act, undocumented student access to higher education, and college access and affordability. Justin received his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

Annie Xiao
 Leadership TeamOriginally from ZhongShan in Southern China, Annie emigrated to San Francisco with her family in 2005 and later attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her B.A. in Global Economics and a Political Studies Certificate from the Lyon Institute of Political Studies in France. In 2014, Annie interned as the Community Outreach Intern at DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) through The Fund of American Studies’ (TFAS) summer internship program. She returned to Washington DC the following summer and was a two-time Federal Intern at the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL). Annie currently works as the Policy and Civic Engagement Program Assistant at National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD). She is also a Board Member of the 1882 Foundation. Outside of work, Annie enjoys volunteering at local community events and aspires to become a professional Wedding Planner one day.

Lillie Weiya Zeng
 Leadership TeamLillie Zeng is a specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service. Ms. Zeng works on communications and policy issues related to a variety of vegetable, fruit, and specialty crop industries. She co-found AMS’s New and Emerging Employees network to help connect new employees and serves as AMS Special Emphasis Program Manager for AAPIs. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with local farms, trail-running and parkour, and being a shameless Instagram/yelp-ing DC foodie.

Legal Counsel

Will Xu
 Leadership TeamWill Xu is a Public Defender in Brooklyn, NY, where he represents low-income individuals charged with criminal and family offenses. He has also previously worked to halt illegal evictions in communities vulnerable to gentrification, leveraging litigation and grassroots organizing to empower low-income, often minority tenants. Outside of the court room, Will serves on the Board of Directors for Odanadi US, an organization supporting the rescue and rehabilitation of human trafficking victims in Southern India. He is also a volunteer with the American Red Cross, where he leads trainings on the laws of armed conflict in the Great New York area. When he is not working, Will is an avid urban biker skilled at dodging city traffic, and casually engages unwilling participants in conversation about his love of airplanes – a relic of his past life as an engineer. Will graduated from the American University Washington College of Law, where he focused on human rights.

*Titles are used for identification purposes only. All board members are serving in their personal capacity and do not represent the respective employers that they work for. 

Advisory Council

Chantale Wong, Chair
John Kusano, Vice Chair
 Leadership TeamJohn Kusano recently retired from a 35 year career with the US Forest Service from a position as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Chief for Business Operations at the Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, DC focusing on Diversity and Inclusion Programs and Student Recruitment.

Prior to this he has held a number of positions in various fields and in various locations: Senior Advisor to the Deputy Chief for Research and Development, Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, DC | Division Director of the Human Capital Policy & Strategy Division of the Office of Human Capital Management at USDA involved with Department-wide programs in Human Resources Policy, Workforce Planning, and HR Accountability. | Assistant Director for Human Resource Management with the USDA Forest Service with responsibilities for Workforce Planning, Recruitment, Employee Development and Human Resource Technology. | Assistant Director of Civil Rights, Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, DC | Director of Civil Rights in the Forest Service’s Southwestern Region (NM & AZ). | District Reforestation Forester, Plumas National Forest, Forest Service’s CA Region

John is a graduate of University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley.  He currently lives with his wife and two sons in the Washington, DC area. John has been involved with CAPAL since 2007 and helped establish the CAPAL/Forest Service Internship program, served on the Advisory Council, assisted with strategic planning, HR issues, and student interviewing and selections.
Jasmeet Ahuja
Priscilla Baek
 Leadership TeamPriscilla Baek is the policy lead for Asia at Uber, a smartphone app that is transforming the way cities move. In her role, she leads government and regulatory affairs, stakeholder management, and third party partnerships across the Asia-Pacific region.

Previously, she was senior manager of public affairs at Mitsui & Co, a Japanese trading and investment company, where she specialized in political risk mitigation, policy analysis, and relationship management. Prior to Mitsui, she led a national campaign for international trade at the US Chamber of Commerce, where she successfully advocated for the passage of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement in the US Congress. She was also a key adviser to leadership at the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Financial Leadership, an agency created through the Dodd-Frank Act to support financial regulators in preventing another financial crisis
Ms. Baek has serves on the board of directors and advisory council of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Asian American public service leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Spanish Studies from Duke University and a Master of Arts in Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
Christine Chen
Tim Hwang
 Leadership TeamTim is currently the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a real-time legal analytics platform that uses AI and natural language processing to help global organizations take control of their government risk and understand the law. The company now powers some of the world’s largest and most influential law firms, legal departments, and governments. With Hwang’s technology and over $30M+ in funding from the likes of Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, NEA, Renren and others, FiscalNote is revolutionizing access to legislation, regulations, and court cases for organizations around the world.

Prior to starting FiscalNote from a Motel 6 in Silicon Valley, Hwang started his career in politics as a field organizer for the Obama ’08 campaign. He was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education a year later, overseeing a budget of over $4 Billion for 22,000 public employees. Tim also served as the President of the 750,000 member National Youth Association and the founder of Operation Fly. Inc., – a national 501(c)(3) organization that served inner-city children in underprivileged areas around the country.
Tim was profiled in Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, CNN’s Top 10 Startups, Business Insiders Top 25 Hottest Startups, and many others. He is a graduate of Princeton and currently deferring Harvard Business School. He is also currently a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a member of the The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
Carrie Kagawa
 Leadership TeamCarrie Kagawa is currently serving as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer on a six month assignment in Georgia, working to promote neutral and accessible democratic dialogue in the country.  Prior to this, Carrie served in President Obama’s Administration, where she started in 2009 at the Office of Detainee Policy working on issues of detention in Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan. While at Detainee Policy, Carrie volunteered for a six-month deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan where she was assigned to the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, which oversaw detention operations and rule of law development. From 2011 to 2013, Carrie served as an Advance Officer to the Secretary of Defense, coordinating and leading logistical negotiations for 23 international and 10 domestic official visits.  Carrie most recently served as Senior Advisor and White House Liaison at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Past assignments include the White House and Office of Senator Barack Obama. Carrie holds a degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Andrew Kim
 Leadership TeamAndrew is a Senior Analyst at Google’s Public Policy & Government Relations team and manages Google’s engagements with the U.S. Executive Branch. Andrew plays a leading role in shaping Google’s policy agenda in security, artificial intelligence, and transportation and infrastructure, among a wide range of other internet and technology policy issues. Previously, Andrew was a Policy Advisor at Google’s Trust & Safety team and developed product policies for Android, Chrome, and emerging virtual reality and IoT products.

Andrew started his career at the Pentagon as a Country Director for China and South Korea in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He continued his government service at the State Department, managing North Korea security issues in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific affairs and then moving to Embassy Rangoon to serve as the Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Burma.

Andrew has lived and traveled extensively across Asia and is fluent in Mandarin and Korean. He received his MPA and AB summa cum laude from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is originally from New York and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife.

Mark Fung
Rebecca Lee
 Leadership TeamRebecca Lee serves as Communications Director for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and is currently on temporary assignment to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. At the Initiative, she oversees strategic communications, managing the organization’s national outreach to the AAPI community across traditional and digital media platforms.

Rebecca joined the Initiative as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), selected from graduate programs across the country in 2011. As a PMF, Rebecca served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HHS, she coordinated communications efforts around the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to joining the federal government, Rebecca was a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton specializing in strategic communications campaigns for federal health clients. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from Columbia University. At Cornell, Rebecca led a diverse coalition to found the Asian & Asian-American Center (A3C).

Rebecca has been involved with CAPAL since 2010, first as a scholarship recipient and now as an Advisory Council member. She served as the 2013 Chair, leading a 20-person Board of Directors to transform CAPAL from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid, full-time staff.

Lin Liu
 Leadership TeamLin Chun Liu is the Deputy Director in the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) in USAID’s Global Health Bureau. In this role, she provides front office leadership to the 175+ OHA staff for programs, policy, budget, procurement, human resources, and management. Lin also serves as a Deputy Principal for USAID to PEPFAR. In this role, she ensures USAID’s technical leadership for PEPFAR programming and supports USAID field missions in executing PEPFAR funds in host countries.

Lin joined USAID in 2015 from HHS where she served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Maternal and Chid Health Bureau. Most significantly, Lin served for over 21 years at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At OMB, Lin worked for five years as Branch Chief for the Treasury Branch, providing policy and budget oversight for tax administration, financial management, District of Columbia, elections and postal service programs. In other OMB roles, she helped formulate the Global Health Initiative for the Obama Administration, special education and transportation initiatives during the Bush Administration, and multiple immigration programs during the Clinton Administration. In addition to OMB, Lin served as the Deputy Director for Policy Planning for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race and as the Assistant Commissioner for Policy at Justice Department’s Immigration and Naturalization Service (now part of Department of Homeland Security). Lin also worked as an immigration analyst for the RAND Corporation, as an appropriations analyst at the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations, and as a Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Norman Y. Mineta (D-CA).

Lin graduated with high honors in Asian Americans Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Lin is originally from Taiwan and lived in the Philippines before coming to the United States for higher education. She became a naturalized US citizen in 1990. Lin currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, daughter, and son.

Hung Nguyen
 Leadership TeamHung Quoc Nguyen is Managing Director of HN Consulting, a business and information management consulting firm, and has been a community activist for over 25 years. He is an advocate for the small business community. He has generated over $200M in contract value for small businesses. He works effectively to promote social entrepreneurism, innovation, and philanthropy within faith-based and community-based organizations. Mr. Nguyen worked with Freddie Mac to translate CreditSmart® into Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese as part of CreditSmart® Asian. In 2009, he testified before the FCC and provided into for the Report on Broadband Technology & Impact on Small Businesses.

Mr. Nguyen currently serves as Vice Chair of the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission where he is responsible for protecting citizens from illegal, fraudulent or deceptive consumer practices. He was the former Chair of the Governor’s Virginia Asian Advisory Board, Commissioner and Treasurer on the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Community and National Service, Board Member on America’s Service Commissions, and the President of the National Congress of Vietnamese Americans. He also serves in advisory roles for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership and the International Leadership Foundation. He is a recipient of the 2007 Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Award and the 2008 Fairfax County Barbara Varon Volunteer Award.

Viraj Patel
 Leadership TeamViraj Patel is an educator, grassroots organizer, facilitator, transnational feminist, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. Currently serving as the Associate Director at the Pan-Asian American Community House at the University of Pennsylvania, Viraj works as a member of the staff to achieve the Center’s mission to develop and implements innovative programs for leadership development and community service in close collaboration with Asian American student and community groups. Viraj is also an organizer with the Philadelphia South Asian Collective, East Coast Solidarity Summer, and a founding sister of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Viraj is a proud past Board member of CAPAL and, during her time in Washington, D.C. worked at Georgetown University and George Washington University in student-centered positions, and was involved with a number of community and nonprofit organizations. Viraj holds a B.A. in English  with a Minor in Asian American Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Education from the University of Vermont.


Honorary Advisory Council

  • Daphne Kwok
  • Chiling Tong
  • April Osajima
  • Lin Liu
  • Paul Igasaki
  • Bob Sakaniwa
  • Julian Ha
  • James C. Ho

Former Board of Directors