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2019 AANHPI Roundtable Series: Mini Timmaraju
June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mini Timmaraju has over 20 years of professional experience leading federal, state and local campaigns, as well as advocacy efforts for non-profit organizations. She has an extensive background on gender issues and community outreach strategies. She currently serves as an Executive Director on the Diversity and Inclusion team for Comcast NBCUniversal, based out of their corporate headquarters in Philadelphia. She was previously on the External Affairs team where she served as a liaison between Comcast and external stakeholders including advocacy organizations, political organizations, and public policy groups.
Prior to joining Comcast, she served as Hillary for America’s National Women’s Vote Director, leading the historic campaign’s planning and implementation of its strategy to maximize women’s participation in the election. This involved engaging with a variety of stakeholders—Members of Congress, donors, advocacy groups, volunteers, and the media— to mobilize grassroots support.
Previously, Mini was the National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, where she managed legislative, advocacy and communications strategy for a coalition of 34 Asian Pacific American organizations. Mini has also served as the Chief of Staff to Congressman Ami Bera M.D. (D, CA-7)). Her other professional experience includes various roles with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), including Director of PPFA’s Office of the President.
During her early career, Mini held a number of leadership positions in state and local political organizations in South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Texas and New Delhi, India.
Mini received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley and completed her J.D. at the University of Houston Law Center where she was the recipient of the Joan Garfinkle Glantz award for outstanding work in the field of civil rights and the Class of 1999 Distinguished Service Award. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.
Farjana Islam has extensive experience in research, community engagement and outreach, partnership development, network weaving, coalition building, and workshop facilitation. She is pursuing a career involving the intersection of public health and the environment, rooted in JEDI (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion). She is currently a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs to encourage others to connect to themselves, each other, and the more than human world. She is also a participant in the Frontlines to Power program, which empowers youth from frontline communities and communities of color to advocate for climate justice.
Previously, Farjana was a fellow with the U.S. Forest Service through the Greening Youth Foundation and Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership program, where she spearheaded an initiative to connect patients and communities to their public lands through education about health-in-nature benefits and forest health and human health connections, as well as encourage citizen science awareness, youth engagement, and community environmental stewardship. Prior to her work at the U.S. Forest Service, Farjana led weekly healthy and fun environmental sessions at the National Park Service. Her other professional experience includes research, direct services, and health workshop facilitation with research, community, and nonprofit organizations. She holds a B.A. from Hunter College in Psychology & Public Policy (Health Policy concentration) with minors in Human Rights and Asian American Studies.
Support for this Roundtable session is sponsored by the US Central Intelligence Agency
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More About CAPAL’s AANHPI Roundtable Series
The AANHPI Roundtable Series provides an opportunity for students and young professionals in Washington, DC to learn from public service leaders in our community in an intimate and conversational setting. Each roundtable features one public service leader and accommodates at most 25 attendees. Every roundtable session is free and open to the public, however, due to a limited seating we encourage attendees to register in order to ensure a seat. Lunch will be provided.
The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth by increasing access to public service opportunities and building a strong AANHPI public service pipeline. We envisions a future with equitable AANHPI representation throughout all levels of government and public service.