Speaker Gregory Cendana
Strategist, politico and coalition builder Gregory Cendana is the first openly gay and youngest-ever Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement. He is the immediate past Chair of National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, co-founder of the diversity initiative Inclusv, Treasurer for the Labor Coalition for Community Action and is the youngest General Board member of the AFL-CIO, a federation of labor unions representing 12 million workers. Gregory has been named one of Washington DC’s most influential 40- and-under young leaders, one of the 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30 & the “Future of DC Politics”. He also co-authored Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) Behind Bars: Exposing the School to Prison to Deportation Pipeline, a first of its kind report on the impact mass incarceration and mass criminalization in the AAPI community. Previously, he served as President of the United States Student Association (USSA), where he played an integral role in the passage of the Student Aid & Fiscal Responsibility Act and Healthcare & Education Reconciliation Act. In his spare time, Gregory enjoys singing karaoke, choreographing dances and trying new cooking recipes. Be a part of his journey by following him on Twitter at @GregoryCendana
Moderator Andrew-Brian Nguyen
Andrew-Brian Nguyễn is a Budget Analyst in the Office of Management Policy, Budget, and Performance in the Bureau for Management at the US Agency for International Development. (USAID). He works on both budget execution and formulation for the operating expenses budget. Prior to earning a Master in Public Policy from the McCourt School at Georgetown University, he served as a Legislative Aide to former California Assemblymember Mike Feuer. He was the primary staff person for enacted legislation allowing for same-day voter registration in California. He has extensive experience advocating and working for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and most recently served on the Board of Directors of the Conference on Asian Pacific Islander Leadership (CAPAL). Outside of work, he is currently the President of the UC San Diego Alumni Club DC. He graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in History and Political Science and is also an alum of De Anza College.
Special thank you to US-Asean Business Council for providing the space for the session
More About CAPAL’s AANHPI Roundtable Series
The AANHPI Roundtable Series provides an opportunity for students and young professionals in Washington, DC to learn from public service leaders in our community in an intimate and conversational setting. Each roundtable features one public service leader and accommodates at most 25 attendees. Every roundtable session is free and open to the public, however, due to a limited seating we encourage attendees to register in order to ensure a seat. Lunch will be provided.
The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth by increasing access to public service opportunities and building a strong AANHPI public service pipeline. We envisions a future with equitable AANHPI representation throughout all levels of government and public service.
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By registering for CAPAL’s AANHPI Roundtable session, you give permission to be recorded or photographed during the session. Food provided at this event may contain nuts, dairy, gluten, and other allergens. Vegetarian options will be available.