Justin CAPAL Blog

CAPAL would like to welcome our new board member Justin Trinidad. Hear about his interest in the AAPI community and why he chose to be a part of CAPAL. We’re glad to have him on the team!

Why did you join the CAPAL board?

I was first exposed to CAPAL during the 2014 Washington Leadership Program (WLP). At WLP, I was able to meet like-minded interns and young professionals with interests in various AAPI policy issues and gain insight into pursuing a public service career. After attending WLP, I knew I wanted to be part of this incredible organization in order to further ensure that other students and young professionals get the same opportunities I had that summer. In addition to the programs, I wanted to be a part of a board made up of a diverse group of individuals connected by a strong desire to raise their voice and increase their impact on the AAPI community.

What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?

As a member of the Operations Committee, I am excited to contribute to CAPAL’s Scholarship and Internship Program and help individuals to begin their paths to public service. I hope to improve upon the existing program and expand its outreach and impact, particularly to parts of the US we have yet to reach, in order to produce the next generation of AAPI leaders.

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

CAPAL provides a unique experience for young professionals to run a non-profit organization dedicated to building a pipeline to public service. I am looking forward to the skills I will learn in non-profit management, development, and leadership, as well as the number of opportunities for professional development. In addition, I hope to build relationships with members of the greater AAPI community and learn from their experiences.

What does public leadership mean to you?

Public leadership means leading by example in work that serves others. Public leadership involves providing the next generation or the next group of leaders with the necessary skillset to carry on the mission of providing service. As a public servant, I am constantly looking for ways to serve the greater good and make some sort of difference, regardless of how small it is.

What is the most interesting thing about you?

I love learning and speaking different languages: from my native tongue of Tagalog, to studying Spanish for 7 years and studying abroad in Taiwan to learn Mandarin! It allows me to gain a deeper understanding of various cultures. I have many travel plans in the coming months (Hong Kong, Vietnam, Spain, France, and Italy so far!) and I hope to be able to pick up at least the basics of each country’s language.

Justin Trinidad is currently the Civil Rights Fellow at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. Born in the Philippines and raised in Richmond, VA, Justin Trinidad graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2015 with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs. At UVA, Justin served as President of the Organization of Young Filipino Americans and on the board and councils of the Asian Student Union, Madison House Medical Services, and the Multicultural Student Center Initiative. During the summer of 2014, Justin interned at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). Through his work at the Initiative, he cultivated a passion for Asian Pacific American Issues and developed the skills necessary to advocate and provide a voice for the community. Recently, Justin interned with the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) through the Department of State. His experiences with international and domestic issues have sparked his drive in continuing public service.

Posted by Nyana Quashie

Nyana Quashie 150x150 Meet the Board: Justin TrinidadNyana 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.


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