CAPAL has a very dedicated Board of Directors. Hear from our new Development Vice Chair Jasmine Chan on her interest in the AAPI community and why she chose to be a part of CAPAL.
Why did you join the CAPAL board?
After having lived in Los Angeles, New York and London, I was initially quite disappointed when I first moved to Washington DC because I felt like the Asian-American community wasn’t as cohesive, organized, and apparent when compared to some of the other cities I’ve been fortunate to spend time in. Not only did I not see fellow AAPIs very much in the public eye (in the government, in the media), but I also noticed that there was a lack of AAPIs in leadership positions within non-profit and private sector organizations as well.
I was inspired to join the CAPAL board because I wanted to meet and work with other AAPI young professionals who believed in the same set of values as I did. Now that I’m a year into the position, I can definitely say I’ve learned a lot and feel much more connected to the AAPI community in DC and more broadly at the national level.
What do you hope to accomplish as a board member? If you have an elected position, what do you hope to accomplish in that position?
I was lucky enough to be elected Vice Chair of the Development team for the upcoming year. My goal in this role would be to continue the unbelievable work that 26 years of CAPAL board members put into the organization and continue strengthening the fantastic relationships we have with our government funders, non-profit partners, individual donors and other stakeholders in the AAPI community. That way we can ensure that CAPAL can accomplish its strategic goals, both in the short and longer-term. Ultimately, I want to make CAPAL a more sustainable organization so that young AAPI leaders in generations to come can continue to take advantage of our incredible offerings, like our Scholarship and Internship program, professional development opportunities and others.
How does being a board member fit in with your professional goals?
In my “day job”, I help manage global internal communications strategy at EY. I like my job because it allows me to work on highly complex projects that are global in nature, all while doing it with smart, driven and ambitious people. I think the working environment on CAPAL’s board is a similar one, where my fellow board members are truly the next generation of leaders in all of their respective fields, whether it’s in the federal government, on the Hill, in the private sector like me, or in a non-profit setting. Being a board member has given me an opportunity to develop my skills as a manager and practice multi-tasking – some might say being on the CAPAL board member is almost like another job!
What does public leadership mean to you?
To me, being a public leader means representing to others the voice of people who have the same values and beliefs as you do. AAPIs are one of the fastest growing minority groups in the United States but unfortunately the public representation of our point of view has not kept pace. While there are many other issues and structural problems at play here, I believe that CAPAL’s work to empower the next generation of AAPI leaders by giving them professional opportunities and support is more important than ever.
What is the most interesting thing about you?
That is a tough question! I’m not sure it’s *the* most interesting thing about me but I run a DC-based food blog called Jasmine Chan Eats in my spare time. Another interesting fact about me is that my first plane flight was when I was three weeks old (yes, weeks not years) from Boston to Hong Kong.
Jasmine Chan is Assistant Director of Communications and Engagement at Ernst & Young. At EY, Jasmine manages internal communications strategy for the firm’s 210,000+ employees. Prior to EY, Jasmine managed global marketing and PR for Clements Worldwide, an international insurance brokerage and risk management provider. She began her communications career at Edelman, focusing on corporate communications, crisis/issues management and integrated brand marketing for Fortune 100 clients like Shell, GE and others. Born in Lowell, MA, Jasmine spent her childhood in Hong Kong before living in Los Angeles, New York, London and Washington D.C. Jasmine holds a M.Sc. in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a B.A. in History with a minor in East Asian Studies from New York University.
Posted by Nyana Quashie
Nyana 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.