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CAPAL would like to welcome our new board member Janet Namkung. Hear about her interest in the AAPI community and why she chose to be a part of CAPAL.  We’re glad to have her on the team!

Why did you join the CAPAL board?

It’s been about a little over a year since I moved to DC. In that time, I attended several CAPAL events, because I knew people who were on the board or involved with CAPAL in other capacities. I really enjoyed the events and the comradery of the board members.

I was able to learn from the events and attendees, that CAPAL provides many opportunities to youth and young professionals in the AAPI community. I wanted to be a part of that growth. Now that I have my feet on the ground in DC, I felt that this was the right time to join CAPAL.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?

I hope to utilize my skills and experiences in programming to further CAPAL’s mission to build leadership and public policy knowledge within the AAPI community. In turn, I hope to be able to learn from my fellow board members. Working with the variety of folks in the CAPAL community, will allow me to not only mentor future AAPI leaders, but also learn from the community at large.

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How does being a board member fit in with your professional goals?

I always believe in broadening my skill sets in order to better learn about myself and those around me. I believe that by being a board member of CAPAL, I will be able to strengthen my outreach skills and ability to work with AAPI community members, while being able to learn from those I have not yet reached. By working with CAPAL, I will be able to further my commitment to helping communities that are marginalized and disenfranchised.

What does public leadership mean to you?

Public leadership is the ability to hear and recognize the collective voices of many. For far too long, the larger community has viewed the AAPI community as the quiet, model minority. I will continue to break through the bamboo ceiling by serving as a strong example of a public leader, while empowering individuals and communities.

What is the most interesting thing about you?

I wouldn’t say it’s the most interesting thing about me, but an unknown fact about me is that I am one of many authors of the book “100 Ways to Make History.” It’s currently in the rare collections section of the New York Public Library.

Janet Namkung is currently the Civic Engagement Associate at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, working to mobilize and engage OCA’s members and the AAPI community in civic participation. She was also the Chapter and Membership Associate, before joining the Policy Team at OCA. Prior to working for OCA, Janet was a Team Leader for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), in the Southwest Region. As a Team Leader, she provided experience and leadership to teams of AmeriCorps NCCC members as they worked to strengthen communities. She led a team of 8-10 Corps Members, in service projects, in areas of natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Janet is also the Service Committee Co-Chair for AmeriCorps Alums DC Board. Janet is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology. In her spare time, Janet enjoys food vacations, craft beers, exploring new cities, and going to live shows.

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Nyana Quashie 150x150 Meet the Board: Janet NamkungNyana recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. Geographical Sciences. While there she also pursued minors in Global Poverty, and Spanish. She is committed to engaging communities and creating social change both in the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, she consulted with local businesses in Nicaragua as an intern with the Social Entrepreneur Corps. She also recently completed a fellowship at the grassroots advocacy organization RESULTS, working to end poverty around the world. Nyana has previously volunteered with CAPAL, blogging on rising leaders in the APA community, and assisting with the Washington Leadership Program. Currently, Nyana serves as CAPAL’s Programs and Operations Intern and will be focusing on event planning, volunteer engagement and fundraising. In her free time, you can often find Nyana reading a book, catching up on shows, or attempting to cook.


*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.