Speaker Irene Bueno
Irene B. Bueno is a born leader. And she knows how leaders–including key decision-makers throughout government–think. With decades of experience working in and with the highest levels of government, Irene provides clients with critical insights and advice on issues ranging from education to health care.
Irene’s experience has helped her develop extensive high-level relationships across government, including in the executive branch; House and Senate Democratic Leadership; Congressional Committees with jurisdiction over health, education, and appropriations issues; and the Tri-Caucus (Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, and Asian Pacific American Caucus).
At NVG, Irene leads by drawing on her networks and knowledge of the executive and legislative branches to promote clients’ policy objectives. And she gets results – most recently, her clients saw their policy priorities reflected with the inclusion of language in the Affordable Care Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act; and, in every Congress, Irene ensures her clients secure critical funding for medical research and education programs.
Before co-founding NVG, Irene served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the President in the White House Chief of Staff’s Office and Domestic Policy Council and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Early in her career, she worked as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA) and Congressman Edward Roybal (D-CA).
Irene serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sheridan School and is a leader in the national Asian Pacific Islander American community. She serves on the Asian American Justice Center’s National Advisory Council, Asian American Action Fund Board, and previously served on the Board of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). Irene has been recognized for her service to the Asian American and Filipino American communities by the Filipino American Women’s Network and the President of the Philippines. An accomplished Latin ballroom dancer, Irene competes at national dance competitions.
A California native, Irene earned a Juris Doctor from Hastings College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bars and was selected to participate in the Coro Foundation Fellowship Program in Public Affairs in San Francisco, California.
Moderator Emil Trinidad
Emil Trinidad is a 1.5 generation Asian-American. Originally born in the Philippines, he eventually moved to America where he spent the latter half of his childhood in the suburbs of Richmond, VA. He earned a BA in International Relations from the College of William & Mary in 2011.
He is the current Daniel K. Inouye Fellow for the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). In this capacity, he leads the organization’s civic engagement program and covers many policy topics, including education and immigration.
Prior to JACL, Emil has worked in various sectors across the DC metro area, including non-profit, private, and political work. He has been deeply involved with numerous Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations around DC in both professional and volunteer capacities. He began as an intern in Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and has worked for the Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF). He currently serves as the co-chair for the DC Chapter of KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) under the Programs and Development Committees. In these roles, he hopes to educate and empower the next group of AAPI leaders.
More About CAPAL’s AAPI Roundtable Series
The AAPI Roundtable Series provides an informal and intimate space for the public, particularly young AAPI professionals and students, to engage with AAPI leaders in government, policy and nonprofit work. The series is intended to provide a candid perspective on what it means to be AAPI and have a career in public service.
Registration for this event is now closed.