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.
Nattacha was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia and studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where she is pursuing a Bachelors in Science in Community Health: Clinical Science. On campus, she is a Peer Health Educator and is also involved in TEDxGMU and GMU Thai Student Association. Outside of school, Nattacha was a volunteer business mentor for her local FIRST robotics team and judged science fairs. On her free time, she likes to watch Netflix and create short stories.
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.
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 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.
*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
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
- Lin Liu
- Paul Igasaki
- Bob Sakaniwa
- Julian Ha
- James C. Ho