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.
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.
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.
Board of Directors
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.
Chelsea Blake was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and is one of the first graduates of Tulay (Filipino American Student Success Program) at City College of San Francisco. While at City College of San Francisco, she was an active member of student government, working on the March of March and Hands Across America. After graduating from the University of Hawaii, she returned to San Francisco as a mentor for the Ate-Kuya Peer Mentor Project for Tulay. Before moving to Washington, D.C. she served as an earthquake and typhoon response volunteer in Bohol, Philippines to aid in relief efforts post Super Typhoon Haiyan. Later, she interned with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in D.C. and now works for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Born and raised in Hawai’i, Patrick received a Congressman Rangel International Affairs Fellowship in 2010 and entered the Foreign Service in 2012. He served as the Assistant Information Officer and the Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy Bogota. After Colombia, Patrick served as a Vice Consul in the Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Islamabad. After Pakistan, Patrick joined the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan as the Staff Assistant. Currently, he is a Watch Officer in the Operations Center. He received his BA fro Hawai’i Pacific University, where he double majored in International Relations and Political Science. Patrick received his MAster’s at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) focusing on International Economics with a regional specialization in Korea Studies.
Liz Jung is a Financial and Management Analyst at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). She’s held multiple roles at CNCS including the VISTA Recruitment Specialist and New Jersey State Office Program officer. Prior to joining CNCS she was the Communications Specialist with the University of Chicago’s Science of Philanthropy Initiative. She is proud alumna of AmeriCorps VISTA and the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Liz is also part of the CNCS Young Professionals Affinity Group leadership team, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum DC Chapter’s board and the 2017 Federal Asian Pacific American Council’s Career Development Program. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and Bachelors of Arts from Colorado College. In her free time, Liz likes to dance, read and drink reds and stouts.
Andrew Lo is the programs associate at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates where he manages youth and student programming. Prior to joining OCA, Andrew conducted programs and operations for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) promoting AAPI participation in public service. As a student, Andrew double majored in Philosophy and Biology at Saint Louis University where he served as president of SLU’s Asian American Association. He also help to establish Forte, an organization dedicated to providing Saint Louis schools with tutors, instruments, and other resources needed for music education.
Camille is a senior analyst at Accenture, supporting federal clients primarily using data analytics. Additionally, she is currently involved in two efforts related to Inclusion and Diversity at Accenture – as part of the Asian Pacific American committee that handles APA programming throughout the year, and as the Volunteer Management Lead for University of Virginia’s Core Recruiting Team. Previously she worked as a mechanical design engineer at Fluid Metering in Long Island, NY, focusing on medical device product design. Camille graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. While at UVA, she was an officer for four years at the Organization of Young Filipino Americans, serving as President in her final year, and as a facilitator in the Women in Asian American Leadership Initiative (WAALI).
Camille was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, but considers Northern Virginia her second home, Her non-work interests include photography, kickboxing, hiking, eco fashion, and mastery of French pressed coffee.
Mary Tablante is the digital strategies manager at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, an organization that empowers Asian American communities through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy. At AAJC, she is responsible for creating and implementing digital advocacy strategy and campaigns to support the organization’s work to advance civil and human rights. Prior to AAJC, she was the senior communications associate for the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of more than 30 national organizations working together to advance policy issues affecting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.
Nick Tran is a Deputy Assistant Program Manager for the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office for Aircraft Carriers, responsible for the nuclear reactor refueling and the complex overhaul (RCOH) on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), which is a four year and $5 billion program. Previously a project manager, he delivered the USS GERARLD R. FORD (CVN 78), the $12.9 billion first-in-class nuclear-powered supercarrier. Prior, he was a diplomat for the U.S. Army Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program, assisting the Saudi Arabia Ministry of National Guard (MNG) with their aviation program through negotiating a $200M multinational contract to provide training to MNG pilots and technicians. Nick started his career with U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in San Diego, CA through the Pathways Program, negotiating proposals and managing contracts in support of U.S. Navy ship maintenance and modernization programs. He volunteers as an application evaluator for the DoD’s Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship program, serves as an advisory board member for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (Washington, D.C. chapter) and co-leads the AAPI Employee Resource Group at the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command. Possessing a B.S. in Economics from George Mason University, he is also a recipient of the U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award, the U.S. Army’s third highest civilian honor.
*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.
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
Jasmeet clerked for the Honorable Kent A. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and for the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Jasmeet graduated from Yale Law School, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans, and earned a B.S. and an M.S. in engineering from Stanford University, where she graduated with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa.
She serves on the Advisory Boards of The Sikh Coalition, the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, Project2049, and the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia.
Profiled by Newsweek magazine in 2001 as one of 15 women who will shape America’s new century, Chen served from 2001 to 2005 as national executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), one of the leading APIA civil rights organizations in the country. Leading an organization with more than 80 chapters and affiliates across the nation, she worked with OCA’s national board, executive council, chapter representatives, members and funders while managing a staff of 13.
Chen is well-known by activists across the county. Her track record in building coalitions and working at the grassroots and national levels established her as one of the strongest voices in the APIA community. She has more than two decades of experience in organizing and advocating on issues such as immigration, hate crimes, affirmative action, census, racial profiling, voting rights, election reform, and various derogatory and racist media incidents. Her role as a trusted coalition builder has her effectively building relationships with key Congressional offices including the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, federal agencies, and the administration.
Throughout the years with Chen’s multitasking abilities, Chen also was a member of the executive committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. She also served on numerous boards such as the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Demos Board of Trustees, Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), Youth Vote, Gates Millennium Scholarship Advisory Council, advisory board for the Progressive Majority Racial Justice Campaign, and the Board of Advisors for the Midwest Asian American Students Union, East Coast Asian American Students Union and the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association. In 2003, she was a founding member of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and also in 2006, a founding member of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote.
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.
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 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.
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.
Honorary Advisory Council
- Daphne Kwok
- Chiling Tong
- April Osajima
- Paul Igasaki
- Bob Sakaniwa
- Julian Ha
- James C. Ho