The fifth WLP Session: #HeyGoogle: How Do I Start a Movement will examine the political, social, and cultural impact of technology in today’s digital age. The session will address how communities, with an emphasis on the AANHPI community, utilize, innovate, and facilitate technology to promote positive change. The session will also allow attendees to discuss how we can translate, unpack, and embed technology into our daily lives and within the issues we care about most. Registration for the event will begin at 5:30pm with our program following promptly at 6:00pm. All WLP sessions are free to the public, but seating is limited. Please register online to reserve your seat. Dinner will be provided.
Angelo Carusone was named President of Media Matters in December 2016. Previously, he was the organization’s Executive Vice President. As EVP, Angelo exponentially expanded the organization’s online footprint, and managed accountability initiatives. In 2016, he took a leave of absence to serve as the Deputy CEO for Finance & Administration of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. In 2009, as a law student, Angelo founded the StopBeck effort, which organized participants via social media to successfully convince sponsors to cease advertising on Beck’s show. He joined Media Matters in late 2010 as Campaign Director. He later served as Director of Online Strategy & Campaigns. In his personal capacity, Carusone also launched the viral #DumpTrump campaign in 2012 that was responsible for convincing many of Donald Trump’s business partners to sever their relationships with Trump. He holds a B.A. in American Studies from Fordham University and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Tony Choi is a trilingual, 1.5 generation Korean American hailing from the New York metropolitan area by the way of Seoul, Honolulu, and Kentucky. When Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was announced, Tony leapt into action, organizing clinics with New Jersey DREAM Act Coalition and became an Outreach Fellow at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. At the MinKwon Center, Tony honed his skills in civic engagement, advocacy, and communications and grew familiar with the inner workings of the local, state, and federal government all the while organizing undocumented immigrant youth. Tony has also worked with the SOZE Agency on the California Endowment’s Sons & Brothers program focusing on youth of color as well as with the Women’s March on Washington to bring in more than 400 partners for the march.
All in all, Tony’s purpose in life is to live, breathe, and tell the next big story.
Otessa Marie Ghadar is a digital storyteller who uses writing, filmmaking, photography, and technology to share her narratives and build communities. As one of the web series medium’s earliest adopters, Otessa is a true forerunner of digital media. Starting in 2006, Otessa’s web series “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” is now the longest continually running show online, with an international audience in over 145 countries.
Otessa founded the DC Web Fest (one of the first of its kind & now in its 6th year) out of the need for digital content creators to showcase their works, inspiring creativity and innovation.
As an Adjunct Professor at A.U., and through additional guest lecturing, Otessa uses her passions to guide the next generation of digital storytellers. Stemming from her knowledge and expertise, she published the world’s first new media textbook called “The Wild West of Film.”
In addition to speaking, she also enjoys exhibiting her work, having shown work as part of FotoWeek DC, Transformer Gallery, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, amongst others.
A newly initiated Google Next Generation Policy leader, Otessa works diligently to increase technology awareness and innovation among minority and marginalized communities
She resides in Washington DC, and is currently working on her next trans-media project — the Young Adult Science Fiction series, “Lemma.”
She Completed her Graduate Film Studies at Columbia University’s film school in NYC.
Session Moderator Carrie Kagawa attends Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, studying Conflict Management and Russia. Prior to this, Carrie served in various roles across the government, most recently as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Tbilisi, Georgia, working to build capacity in a local non-profit. Before the Peace Corps, Carrie held several positions in the Obama Administration to include Senior Advisor and White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Carrie also served at the U.S. Department of Defense, in a range of national security roles including in the Office of Rule of Law and Detainee Policy. This included a six-month civilian deployment to Afghanistan, working on U.S. detention policy, operations, and transition. Carrie served as CAPAL Board Chair in 2016 and remains active as an Advisory Council member.
Panel Moderator Aerica Banks is on the patent strategy team in Google’s DC office, where she monitors the legislative and legal patent landscape and integrates diversity initiatives into Google’s patent strategy. She leads Google’s sponsorship of BEACON, the campaign to make Washington, DC the most supportive ecosystem for women entrepreneurs in the United States. She is also the COO of the Asian Google Network. She was named a 2017 Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine and joined the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurs.
Previously, she was a political appointee in the Obama Administration, worked in government relations for The Pew Charitable Trusts, and advanced environmental justice policies in Washington state. She holds a MSc in Environmental Policy from Oxford University and a BA in Environmental Studies and Public Affairs from Seattle University. She sits on the advisory boards of TechWeekDC, Project 500, and Black Girl Ventures.
Support for the #HeyGoogle: How Do I Start a Movement? session is sponsored by Google
**Please note that there is a $5 charge for failing to attend a pre-registered session without a 24-hr notice**
Registration for the Washington Leadership Program will open on Monday, May 7.
More About The Washington Leadership Program
The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) provides a space for young AANHPI students interning in Washington, D.C. to come together, build community, and explore their heritage within the context of public service. Through five sessions over the summer, WLP introduces students to AANHPI public service leaders who can inform and inspire students’ own civic engagement.
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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