Speaker Nimesh Patel
Nimesh M. Patel is Director, Diversity & Inclusion at WilmerHale, an international law firm with a great legacy in civil rights. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion at the US Department of Homeland Security. Nimesh also advised clients on diversity management at AmLaw 100 firms. He started his career as an Honor’s Attorney at the US Department of Justice. Nimesh’s community service includes the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (President), ABA’s Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity (member), and the DC Commission on Human Rights (Vice Chair). Nimesh received his JD from Ohio State University, MBA from University of Chicago, and BS from Michigan State.
Moderator Rebecca Lee
Rebecca Lee serves as Communications Director for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In this capacity, she oversees the Initiative’s 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.
More About CAPAL’s AANHPI Roundtable Series
The AANHPI Roundtable Series provides an informal and intimate space for the public, particularly young AANHPI professionals and students, to engage with AANHPI leaders in government, policy and nonprofit work. The series is intended to provide a candid perspective on what it means to be AANHPI and have a career in public service.
Support for our series is sponsored by AARP.