CAPAL would like to welcome our new board member Michael Dee. 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 joined the CAPAL board because of its strong commitment to providing opportunities to AAPIs in state and federal offices. As a beneficiary of such programs, I wanted to pay it forward and ensure that these opportunities not only continue to exist, but that they are expanded and strengthened. CAPAL is also a great way for me to become an active participant in the AAPI community in DC.
What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?
As a member of the Development Committee, I want to not only increase the amount of support we receive from external organizations and companies, but to also help build the CAPAL brand into the preeminent organization for providing internship opportunities to the AAPI community.
How does being a board member fit in with your professional goals?
As an attorney, it is always valuable to sharpen my communication skills. Being on the CAPAL board will not only help me make valuable connections, but it will also help hone skill sets, such as persuasive speaking, advocacy, and writing.
What does public leadership mean to you?
Public leadership means giving back. It is a recognition that the time, energy, and money that people have spent to cultivate and inspire me should be paid forward. As a member of CAPAL’s Board, I hope to do just that.
What is the most interesting thing about you?
I can do a few decent celebrity impressions. If I’m at happy hours or the pub, I may do more than a few decent celebrity impressions, including, but not limited to, political favorites Bill Clinton and Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey from House of Cards).
Michael Dee is an associate at DLA Piper, where he practices commercial litigation. He is also the Vice President of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance D.C. lodge. A California native, Michael attended the University of California, San Diego for college where he received a B.A. in Political Science and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. While in college, Michael was an APAICS summer intern and worked as a Senate Doorkeeper at the U.S. Capitol. After graduating, Michael attended Duke Law School and worked in a legal clinic dedicated to providing legal services for disabled individuals in North Carolina. In his spare time, Michael enjoys stand-up comedy, traveling, cooking, surfing and snorkeling (although there is noticeable lack of ocean near Washington, D.C.), craft (and non-craft) beer, and unprofessionally critiquing movies.
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.
*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.