CAPAL would like to welcome our new board member Tiffany Hsieh. 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?
As a passionate Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) advocate from California, I joined CAPAL to continue to serve the AAPI community at a national level. CAPAL allows me to be part of a group of passionate individuals that are dedicated to serving and empowering the youth in the AAPI community.
What do you hope to accomplish as a board member?
I hope to continue CAPAL’s mission of being a safe space where young professional AAPIs can discuss and address social justice issues that the community faces, gain invaluable leadership skills and professional development, and emerge as leaders in the AAPI community.
The AAPI population is now the fastest growing minority group in the United States, yet the AAPI population is often underrepresented in public service. I hope to inspire the AAPI youth to emerge as leaders, represent the AAPI community, and ensure that the AAPI story and voice is heard.
How does being a board member fit in with your professional goals?
Being a CAPAL board member will allow me to further develop my leadership skills, become a more effective communicator and team builder, and serve the AAPI community.
During my “day job,” I am a passionate environmental advocate. However, there is a lack of AAPI representation within the environmental community and oftentimes, I may be the only AAPI in meetings. I hope to bridge my two passions of advocating for the environment and the AAPI community. Since there is a lack of AAPIs in the environmental field, CAPAL allows me to build my skills as a leader so that I can be an effective representative in environmental discussions, be it through local, state, or national scales. That way I can advocate for environmental justice for all.
What does public leadership mean to you?
Public leadership is a type of leadership in which a leader serves the community as a whole, and represents their constituencies’ views, values and beliefs. A public leader is a leader of the people. Therefore, a public leader must serve with compassion, and must understand and advocate on the issues that concern their community.
What is the most interesting thing about you?
I am, unfortunately, prone to injury. I have gotten stitches on my head, have had tendinitis in my arms, broken my pinky playing football, and have injured my knees and ankles while playing basketball.
I also love collecting watches!
Tiffany is currently the State Hub Program Coordinator for the Climate Action Campaign where she assists national environmental groups and state governments with the implementation and compliance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Tiffany has previously worked at the California State Water Resources Control Board and has interned at the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the United Nations Environment Programme. Originally from California, Tiffany graduated from the University of California, Davis with a major in Environmental Science and Management and a minor in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning. As an undergraduate, she was heavily involved in the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community on campus and served as the Director for the APIA Issues Conference. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and reading.
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.