Leadership Team

CAPAL Staff

 

Staff currently includes the Managing Director and the Programs and Operations Associate who work closely with the Board of Directors in developing and coordinating CAPAL’s diverse programming.

Board of Directors

 

CAPAL is led by a dedicated and diverse working Board of Directors. Towards the end of each year we go through an official recruiting process and accept applications to join the Board of Directors. We are happy to hear from you at any time. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Advisory Council

 

The Advisory Council honors founders and influential APA community leaders who believe strongly in supporting CAPAL in anyway possible and keeps the Board connected to the legacy these individuals have bestowed upon the future generations. As leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors, they continue to open windows of opportunities whenever needed.

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Donna Bebber

Managing Director

Donna Bebber most recently served as the Executive Director and Co-founder of Hawaii Pops Orchestra. She has worked with many non-profit organizations, planning and implementing fundraising programs. They include Senior Director of Development of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, Director of Development for the University of Hawaii Foundation, John A. Burns School of Medicine, and Vice President of Development for the Honolulu Symphony Society. She also owned the Vera Wang Boutique at the Halekulani Hotel. As a board leadership and fundraising consultant, her past clients include: The Pacific Aviation Museum, Wailua Reservoir Capital Campaign, The USS Missouri Museum Association, Hawaii Pacific Entertainment, The Armed Services YMCA, PlayBuilders, Navy League, and The Hawaii Romance Festival. Donna’s commitment to community service is also extensive. She was a board member of the Manoa Valley Theatre, The Performing Arts Foundation, and the Honolulu Symphony Associates where she is the Past President. She is a past member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals- Aloha Chapter, and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and the Japan- America Society of Hawaii. Donna was Hawaii’s Fund Raising Executive of the Year and received the Award of Merit from the City and County of Honolulu. Donna recently relocated to Virginia to be closer to her aging parents. She received her MBA from the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus. She has been a Hawaii resident for 25 years.

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Felicia Wong

Programs and Operations Associate

Felicia Wong is a recent graduate from the College of William & Mary, where she double majored in Neuroscience and Asian American Studies and led the Filipino American Student Association and Global Medical Brigades chapters on campus. She was part of the CAPAL Scholars & Interns Class of 2016, and she hopes to continue the mission that inspired her to connect her interests in healthcare with the community she found in her cultural background and teachings. Felicia has been involved with a variety of media projects affording visibility to minority communities, her most recent project centering on a video for #AAPIs4BLM. Having lived in Germany for most of her childhood, Felicia makes regular trips back to visit her family, providing opportunities for her to indulge in her greatest joys: eating vanilla ice cream with hot raspberry sauce, taking fashion cues from strangers, cooking with her family. Non-country specific pleasures include: mopeding, music-browsing, RuPaul fangirling. felicia.wong.capal.org

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Rozette De Castro

Fall Project Assistant

Rozette De Castro is a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in Political Science and led numerous programs that helped increase AANHPI students access higher education. She previously worked at both a UC governmental relations office and at Cal-EPA as a legislative intern where she’ve grown her passion in policy work specifically in environmental policy and healthcare. During her free time, Rozette loves to hike, travel out of the country and just chill at home binge-watching tv shows, while eating coffee flavored ice-cream. rozette.decastro [at] capal [dot] org

Donna Bebber most recently served as the Executive Director and Co-founder of Hawaii Pops Orchestra. She has worked with many non-profit organizations, planning and implementing fundraising programs. They include Senior Director of Development of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, Director of Development for the University of Hawaii Foundation, John A. Burns School of Medicine, and Vice President of Development for the Honolulu Symphony Society. She also owned the Vera Wang Boutique at the Halekulani Hotel. As a board leadership and fundraising consultant, her past clients include: The Pacific Aviation Museum, Wailua Reservoir Capital Campaign, The USS Missouri Museum Association, Hawaii Pacific Entertainment, The Armed Services YMCA, PlayBuilders, Navy League, and The Hawaii Romance Festival. Donna’s commitment to community service is also extensive. She was a board member of the Manoa Valley Theatre, The Performing Arts Foundation, and the Honolulu Symphony Associates where she is the Past President. She is a past member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals- Aloha Chapter, and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and the Japan- America Society of Hawaii. Donna was Hawaii’s Fund Raising Executive of the Year and received the Award of Merit from the City and County of Honolulu. Donna recently relocated to Virginia to be closer to her aging parents. She received her MBA from the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus. She has been a Hawaii resident for 25 years.

Felicia Wong is a recent graduate from the College of William & Mary, where she double majored in Neuroscience and Asian American Studies and led the Filipino American Student Association and Global Medical Brigades chapters on campus. She was part of the CAPAL Scholars & Interns Class of 2016, and she hopes to continue the mission that inspired her to connect her interests in healthcare with the community she found in her cultural background and teachings. Felicia has been involved with a variety of media projects affording visibility to minority communities, her most recent project centering on a video for #AAPIs4BLM. Having lived in Germany for most of her childhood, Felicia makes regular trips back to visit her family, providing opportunities for her to indulge in her greatest joys: eating vanilla ice cream with hot raspberry sauce, taking fashion cues from strangers, cooking with her family. Non-country specific pleasures include: biking, music-browsing, RuPaul fangirling. felicia.wong.capal.org

Fotini “Fay” Gan is currently the Public Relations Officer for the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service. In her role, she maintains and improves the brand of the Asian Studies Program as well as coordinates the program’s events agenda. Before joining the Asian Studies staff, Fay was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she taught English from 1st through 6th grades in rural public schools. Previously, Fay worked in with an international events and communications firm in New York City, working on assignments across three continents.

Fay graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Chinese Studies. In her free time she enjoys traveling, exploring D.C. on foot, blogging, and playing flag football.

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Victoria Tran

Chair

Victoria Tran is a research assistant in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her primary work involves the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Policies Database, which captures longitudinal, state and territory-level policies surrounding subsidized child care. She also works on TRIM3, a microsimulation model that analyzes the interactions between public assistance, tax programs, and poverty alleviation. Her research interests include the public assistance programs including CCDF and SNAP, food insecurity, racial and ethnic disparities in human services, and the broader social safety net. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s in leadership and public policy. While at UVA, Victoria interned at the International Rescue Comm

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Shiv Rawal

Chair Emeritus

Shiv Rawal currently serves as a policy analyst at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, where he researches underserved housing markets and affordable housing programs. Prior to this, Shiv advocated for policies that support fair and affordable housing as a research assistant for the Center for American Progress. His previous experience includes internships with the White House Domestic Policy Council and the City Manager’s Office in Austin, Texas. A proud Texan, Shiv graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Plan II Honors and government.

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Camille Lorenzana

Treasurer

 

Camille is a senior analyst at Accenture, supporting federal clients primarily using data analytics. Additionally, she is currently involved in two efforts related to Inclusion and Diversity at Accenture – as part of the Asian Pacific American committee that handles APA programming throughout the year, and as the Volunteer Management Lead for University of Virginia’s Core Recruiting Team. Previously she worked as a mechanical design engineer at Fluid Metering in Long Island, NY, focusing on medical device product design. Camille graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. While at UVA, she was an officer for four years at the Organization of Young Filipino Americans, serving as President in her final year, and as a facilitator in the Women in Asian American Leadership Initiative (WAALI).

Camille was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, but considers Northern Virginia her second home, Her non-work interests include photography, kickboxing, hiking, eco fashion, and mastery of French pressed coffee.

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Eesha Bhave

Vice Chair of Internal Affairs

Eesha Bhave is a program assistant at Futures Without Violence, a national technical assistance and training provider focused on ending violence against women and girls. Prior to this role, Eesha served as political appointee under the Obama Administration at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In this capacity, she assisted the Acting Director and the Chief Management Officer with strategic communications, regulations and other agency priorities. She is a recent graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs (SPA),including the SPA Leadership Program and the Women and Politics Institute. Her past work experience includes the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. She is passionate about the intersection between AAPI and gender issues, and the unique challenges presented by both.

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Andrew Lo

Vice Chair of External Affairs

Andrew Lo is the programs associate at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates where he manages youth and student programming. Prior to joining OCA, Andrew conducted programs and operations for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) promoting AAPI participation in public service. As a student, Andrew double majored in Philosophy and Biology at Saint Louis University where he served as president of SLU’s Asian American Association. He also help to establish Forte, an organization dedicated to providing Saint Louis schools with tutors, instruments, and other resources needed for music education.

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Donna Bebber

Managing Director

Donna Bebber most recently served as the Executive Director and Co-founder of Hawaii Pops Orchestra. She has worked with many non-profit organizations, planning and implementing fundraising programs. They include Senior Director of Development of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, Director of Development for the University of Hawaii Foundation, John A. Burns School of Medicine, and Vice President of Development for the Honolulu Symphony Society. She also owned the Vera Wang Boutique at the Halekulani Hotel. As a board leadership and fundraising consultant, her past clients include: The Pacific Aviation Museum, Wailua Reservoir Capital Campaign, The USS Missouri Museum Association, Hawaii Pacific Entertainment, The Armed Services YMCA, PlayBuilders, Navy League, and The Hawaii Romance Festival. Donna’s commitment to community service is also extensive. She was a board member of the Manoa Valley Theatre, The Performing Arts Foundation, and the Honolulu Symphony Associates where she is the Past President. She is a past member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals- Aloha Chapter, and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and the Japan- America Society of Hawaii. Donna was Hawaii’s Fund Raising Executive of the Year and received the Award of Merit from the City and County of Honolulu. Donna recently relocated to Virginia to be closer to her aging parents. She received her MBA from the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus. She has been a Hawaii resident for 25 years.

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Chelsea Blake

Chelsea Blake was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and is one of the first graduates of Tulay (Filipino American Student Success Program) at City College of San Francisco. While at City College of San Francisco, she was an active member of student government, working on the March of March and Hands Across America. After graduating from the University of Hawaii, she returned to San Francisco as a mentor for the Ate-Kuya Peer Mentor Project for Tulay. Before moving to Washington, D.C. she served as an earthquake and typhoon response volunteer in Bohol, Philippines to aid in relief efforts post Super Typhoon Haiyan. Later, she interned with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in D.C. and now works for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Emily Chong

Emily Chong is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP), sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. At NLSP, Emily focuses on housing discrimination and provides affirmative legal representation, community education, and policy advocacy to help low-income DC residents overcome obstacles to accessing housing. She attended Vanderbilt University for college where she earned a B.A. in political science and psychology. After graduating, she attended Georgetown Law, where she served as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and pursued her passion for public interest and civil rights law through a variety of internships at nonprofits and federal agencies, such as the Department of the Justice Civil Rights Division and NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, doing yoga, and getting ice cream or bubble tea.

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Liz Jung

Liz Jung is an analyst at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  She is proud alumna of AmeriCorps VISTA,  the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and the FAPAC Career Development Program. Liz is also part of the CNCS Young Professionals Affinity Group leadership team and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum DC Chapter’s board . She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and Bachelors of Arts from Colorado College. In her free time, Liz likes to dance, read and drink reds and stouts.

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Dakota Pekerti

Dakota Pekerti is a rotational associate at Optoro, a Washington D.C. based tech startup that develops software to help large retailers route and manage their returned inventory, keeping it out of landfills. At Optoro, Dakota has filled a variety of roles across different departments including product management, quality engineering, solutions consulting, financial forecasting, account management, and product marketing. Dakota is also part of Optoro’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committee, helping to lead company-wide speaker series, unconscious bias trainings, and affinity group events. Dakota graduated from Swarthmore College with a BS in Engineering and a minor in Environmental Studies. While at Swarthmore, Dakota represented Swarthmore at a number of sustainability-oriented events and competitions such as the COP21 in Paris, 2016 PA Power Dialogue, Columbia Economics Review Environmental Policy Competition, and more. In his spare time Dakota enjoys learning new languages, mixing music for house parties, travelling, practicing capoeira and kendo, and experimenting with new spices in the kitchen.

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Keith Preciados

Keith Preciados is a Manager of Membership and Standards at InterAction where he oversees the execution of their membership strategy, supports communication with and between members, and manages the organization’s Self-Certification Plus process. He has over nine years of professional experience working in various roles for NGOs, focusing on communications, procurements, project coordination, and contract management. Prior to InterAction, he served as the regional administrative and communications officer for the Cash Learning Partnership, a membership-based USAID funded program, where he managed their daily operations and supported public relations efforts. Before this position, he was a monitoring and evaluation consultant for Heifer International in the Philippines; a program contracts manager for two early childhood initiatives where he coordinated the quality assurance for over 300 childcare providers; and an implementation and outreach coordinator for the National YoungArts Foundation, overseeing the growth of their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Sociology from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service.

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Alma Pronove

Alma Pronove is an analyst at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropic advisory firm. In her role, she works on a range of strategy, evaluation, and implementation projects for institutional, corporate, and family foundations. Prior to joining Arabella, Alma worked at the US Government Accountability Office where she was responsible for researching and assessing Department of Defense weapon systems management programs. Alma also worked as a graduate student consultant with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities, where she developed and implemented an evaluation framework to measure the impact of the organization’s youth mentorship programs. Previously, Alma worked for US Representative Tim Walz of Minnesota, Patricia Ferguson of the Scottish Parliament, and Minnesota State Senator Katie Sieben.

In college, Alma wrote for the Minnesota Daily and received the 2013 Media Award from NAMI – Minnesota, a mental health nonprofit organization, for a piece she wrote on mental health resources available to students. Alma received a BA in political science and an MPP with a concentration in public and nonprofit management from the University of Minnesota.

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Soo Rho

Soo works in the government affairs team at PepsiCo, where she supports the company’s U.S. and global advocacy efforts. She previously worked at Edelman, specializing in public affairs, executive positioning, crisis management, corporate reputation and brand marketing. She also led public relations efforts for the New York chapter of Kollaboration, the national nonprofit championing Asian American representation in media. Soo graduated from New York University with a major in communications and a minor in entertainment business. She also edited NYU’s Asian American magazine and blog. As a native of Southern California, she is still adjusting to being landlocked in DC.

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Nick Tran

Nick Tran is a Deputy Assistant Program Manager for the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office for Aircraft Carriers, responsible for the nuclear reactor refueling and the complex overhaul (RCOH) on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), which is a four year and $5 billion program. Previously a project manager, he delivered the USS GERARLD R. FORD (CVN 78), the $12.9 billion first-in-class nuclear-powered supercarrier. Prior, he was a diplomat for the U.S. Army Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program, assisting the Saudi Arabia Ministry of National Guard (MNG) with their aviation program through negotiating a $200M multinational contract to provide training to MNG pilots and technicians. Nick started his career with U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in San Diego, CA through the Pathways Program, negotiating proposals and managing contracts in support of U.S. Navy ship maintenance and modernization programs. He volunteers as an application evaluator for the DoD’s Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship program, serves as an advisory board member for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (Washington, D.C. chapter) and co-leads the AAPI Employee Resource Group at the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command. Possessing a B.S. in Economics from George Mason University, he is also a recipient of the U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award, the U.S. Army’s third highest civilian honor.

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Cathy Yu

Cathy Yu currently serves as Staff Director of the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee on the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee. As Staff Director, she leads the Democratic staff that examine education and workforce policies affecting veterans and works closely with the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Education, and Labor and outside groups to develop, negotiate, and enact legislation. Cathy is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. Prior to her current position, she served as Senior Counsel on both the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Senate Special Committee on Aging as part of Senator McCaskill’s oversight and investigations team. Prior to her time in DC, she served as an Assistant Attorney General of Illinois and Assistant Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. She began her career as a litigator in the Chicago office of DLA Piper. Cathy has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

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Lillie Zeng

Lillie Zeng is a specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service. Ms. Zeng works on communications and policy issues related to a variety of vegetable, fruit, and specialty crop industries. She co-found AMS’s New and Emerging Employees network to help connect new employees and serves as AMS Special Emphasis Program Manager for AAPIs. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with local farms, trail-running and parkour, and being a shameless Instagram/yelp-ing DC foodie.

Victoria Tran is a research assistant in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her primary work involves the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Policies Database, which captures longitudinal, state and territory-level policies surrounding subsidized child care. She also works on TRIM3, a microsimulation model that analyzes the interactions between public assistance, tax programs, and poverty alleviation. Her research interests include the public assistance programs including CCDF and SNAP, food insecurity, racial and ethnic disparities in human services, and the broader social safety net. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s in leadership and public policy. While at UVA, Victoria interned at the International Rescue Committee, providing direct services to recently resettled refugees.

Shiv Rawal currently serves as a policy analyst at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, where he researches underserved housing markets and affordable housing programs. Prior to this, Shiv advocated for policies that support fair and affordable housing as a research assistant for the Center for American Progress. His previous experience includes internships with the White House Domestic Policy Council and the City Manager’s Office in Austin, Texas. A proud Texan, Shiv graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Plan II Honors and government.

Fotini “Fay” Gan is currently the Public Relations Officer for the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service. In her role, she maintains and improves the brand of the Asian Studies Program as well as coordinates the program’s events agenda. Before joining the Asian Studies staff, Fay was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she taught English from 1st through 6th grades in rural public schools. Previously, Fay worked in with an international events and communications firm in New York City, working on assignments across three continents.

Fay graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Chinese Studies. In her free time she enjoys traveling, exploring D.C. on foot, blogging, and playing flag football.

Eesha Bhave is a program assistant at Futures Without Violence, a national technical assistance and training provider focused on ending violence against women and girls. Prior to this role, Eesha served as political appointee under the Obama Administration at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In this capacity, she assisted the Acting Director and the Chief Management Officer with strategic communications, regulations and other agency priorities. She is a recent graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs (SPA),including the SPA Leadership Program and the Women and Politics Institute. Her past work experience includes the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. She is passionate about the intersection between AAPI and gender issues, and the unique challenges presented by both.

Originally from ZhongShan in Southern China, Annie immigrated to San Francisco with her family in 2005 and later attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her B.A. in Global Economics and a Political Studies Certificate from Sciences Po Lyon (the Lyon Institute of Political Studies) in France. In 2014, Annie interned as the Community Outreach Intern at DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) through The Fund of American Studies’ (TFAS) summer internship program. She returned to Washington DC the following summer and was a two-time Federal Intern at the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL). Annie currently works as an Executive Assistant at FiscalNote, a Government Relationship Management platform that uses AI, analytics, and natural language processing to help global organizations take control of their government risk and automate the law.. She is also the Vice Chair of External Affairs at CAPAL.

Chelsea Blake was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and is one of the first graduates of Tulay (Filipino American Student Success Program) at City College of San Francisco. While at City College of San Francisco, she was an active member of student government, working on the March of March and Hands Across America. After graduating from the University of Hawaii, she returned to San Francisco as a mentor for the Ate-Kuya Peer Mentor Project for Tulay. Before moving to Washington, D.C. she served as an earthquake and typhoon response volunteer in Bohol, Philippines to aid in relief efforts post Super Typhoon Haiyan. Later, she interned with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in D.C. and now works for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Born and raised in Hawai’i, Patrick received a Congressman Rangel International Affairs Fellowship in 2010 and entered the Foreign Service in 2012. He served as the Assistant Information Officer and the Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy Bogota. After Colombia, Patrick served as a Vice Consul in the Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Islamabad. After Pakistan, Patrick joined the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan as the Staff Assistant. Currently, he is a Watch Officer in the Operations Center. He received his BA fro Hawai’i Pacific University, where he double majored in International Relations and Political Science. Patrick received his MAster’s at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) focusing on International Economics with a regional specialization in Korea Studies.

Liz Jung is a Financial and Management Analyst at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). She’s held multiple roles at CNCS including the VISTA Recruitment Specialist and New Jersey State Office Program officer. Prior to joining CNCS she was the Communications Specialist with the University of Chicago’s Science of Philanthropy Initiative. She is proud alumna of AmeriCorps VISTA and the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Liz is also part of the CNCS Young Professionals Affinity Group leadership team, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum DC Chapter’s board and the 2017 Federal Asian Pacific American Council’s Career Development Program. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and Bachelors of Arts from Colorado College. In her free time, Liz likes to dance, read and drink reds and stouts.

Andrew Lo is the programs associate at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates where he manages youth and student programming. Prior to joining OCA, Andrew conducted programs and operations for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) promoting AAPI participation in public service. As a student, Andrew double majored in Philosophy and Biology at Saint Louis University where he served as president of SLU’s Asian American Association. He also help to establish Forte, an organization dedicated to providing Saint Louis schools with tutors, instruments, and other resources needed for music education.

Camille is a senior analyst at Accenture, supporting federal clients primarily using data analytics. Additionally, she is currently involved in two efforts related to Inclusion and Diversity at Accenture – as part of the Asian Pacific American committee that handles APA programming throughout the year, and as the Volunteer Management Lead for University of Virginia’s Core Recruiting Team. Previously she worked as a mechanical design engineer at Fluid Metering in Long Island, NY, focusing on medical device product design. Camille graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. While at UVA, she was an officer for four years at the Organization of Young Filipino Americans, serving as President in her final year, and as a facilitator in the Women in Asian American Leadership Initiative (WAALI).

Camille was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, but considers Northern Virginia her second home, Her non-work interests include photography, kickboxing, hiking, eco fashion, and mastery of French pressed coffee.

Mary Tablante is the digital strategies manager at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, an organization that empowers Asian American communities through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy. At AAJC, she is responsible for creating and implementing digital advocacy strategy and campaigns to support the organization’s work to advance civil and human rights. Prior to AAJC, she was the senior communications associate for the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of more than 30 national organizations working together to advance policy issues affecting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.
Mary has also covered Asian American issues as a freelance reporter and did social media for USA TODAY’s Your Take initiative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Nick Tran is a Deputy Assistant Program Manager for the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office for Aircraft Carriers, responsible for the nuclear reactor refueling and the complex overhaul (RCOH) on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), which is a four year and $5 billion program. Previously a project manager, he delivered the USS GERARLD R. FORD (CVN 78), the $12.9 billion first-in-class nuclear-powered supercarrier. Prior, he was a diplomat for the U.S. Army Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program, assisting the Saudi Arabia Ministry of National Guard (MNG) with their aviation program through negotiating a $200M multinational contract to provide training to MNG pilots and technicians. Nick started his career with U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in San Diego, CA through the Pathways Program, negotiating proposals and managing contracts in support of U.S. Navy ship maintenance and modernization programs. He volunteers as an application evaluator for the DoD’s Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship program, serves as an advisory board member for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (Washington, D.C. chapter) and co-leads the AAPI Employee Resource Group at the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command. Possessing a B.S. in Economics from George Mason University, he is also a recipient of the U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award, the U.S. Army’s third highest civilian honor.

Viet Tran is a communications manager at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), where he manages CSSP’s communication activities, including publications, media relations and operations of the organization’s digital and online presence. Prior to CSSP, he was a communications assistant at Cultural Vistas where he assisted in implementing the social media strategy for a project under President Obama’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has also collaborated alongside the ICS Center in Vietnam to push a digital campaign project advocating for transgender rights. Viet is a former ambassador with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander’s E3! Program, where he worked on engaging the AAPI community in the mid-Atlantic region on issues of healthcare, education, mental health and immigration. Viet has also worked in various communication roles at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Global Rights and the Office of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from University of California, San Diego, where he was a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service.

Lillie Zeng is a specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service. Ms. Zeng works on communications and policy issues related to a variety of vegetable, fruit, and specialty crop industries. She co-found AMS’s New and Emerging Employees network to help connect new employees and serves as AMS Special Emphasis Program Manager for AAPIs. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with local farms, trail-running and parkour, and being a shameless Instagram/yelp-ing DC foodie.

General Counsel

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Michael Dee

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.

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.

Advisory Council

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Chantale Wong

Chair

Chantale is an expert in open data, public policy, and program management, as she is currently and advisor at Amida Technology Solutions. She was most recently the presidentially appointed vice president for administration and finance, and CFO, at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which under her leadership was the named the most transparent aid agency in the world. Prior to her work at MCC she was budget director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, acting budget director at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the chief of staff to the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Chantale was appointed by President Clinton to represent the United States on the board of directors of the Asian Development Bank. She is passionate about using data to tackle global issues like sustainable international development.

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John Kusano

Vice Chair

John Kusano recently retired from a 35 year career with the US Forest Service from a position as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Chief for Business Operations at the Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, DC focusing on Diversity and Inclusion Programs and Student Recruitment.

Prior to this he has held a number of positions in various fields and in various locations: Senior Advisor to the Deputy Chief for Research and Development, Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, DC | Division Director of the Human Capital Policy & Strategy Division of the Office of Human Capital Management at USDA involved with Department-wide programs in Human Resources Policy, Workforce Planning, and HR Accountability. | Assistant Director for Human Resource Management with the USDA Forest Service with responsibilities for Workforce Planning, Recruitment, Employee Development and Human Resource Technology. | Assistant Director of Civil Rights, Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, DC | Director of Civil Rights in the Forest Service’s Southwestern Region (NM & AZ). | District Reforestation Forester, Plumas National Forest, Forest Service’s CA Region

John is a graduate of University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley.  He currently lives with his wife and two sons in the Washington, DC area. John has been involved with CAPAL since 2007 and helped establish the CAPAL/Forest Service Internship program, served on the Advisory Council, assisted with strategic planning, HR issues, and student interviewing and selections.
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Jasmeet Ahuja

Jasmeet Kaur Ahuja is a lawyer at Hogan Lovells US LLP, where she focuses on privacy and cybersecurity matters. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Jasmeet served numerous arms of the U.S. government in developing defense and foreign relations policy. Early in her career, Jasmeet managed a national cybersecurity task force sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, she assisted in developing and managing the department’s priorities and assessing its capabilities in science and technology. Later, she served as the Director of South Asia for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, where she implemented the department’s security commitments across the region and managed the distribution of over US$300 million in defense contracts. Most recently, Jasmeet served as the Professional Staff Member responsible for South Asia for the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. In this role, she drafted legislation that continues to define our relationship with Pakistan and facilitated passage of legislation granting congressional consent to civilian nuclear cooperation with India.

Jasmeet clerked for the Honorable Kent A. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and for the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Jasmeet graduated from Yale Law School, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans, and earned a B.S. and an M.S. in engineering from Stanford University, where she graduated with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa.

She serves on the Advisory Boards of The Sikh Coalition, the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, Project2049, and the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia.

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Priscilla Baek

Priscilla Baek is the policy lead for Asia at Uber, a smartphone app that is transforming the way cities move. In her role, she leads government and regulatory affairs, stakeholder management, and third party partnerships across the Asia-Pacific region.

Previously, she was senior manager of public affairs at Mitsui & Co, a Japanese trading and investment company, where she specialized in political risk mitigation, policy analysis, and relationship management. Prior to Mitsui, she led a national campaign for international trade at the US Chamber of Commerce, where she successfully advocated for the passage of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement in the US Congress. She was also a key adviser to leadership at the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Financial Leadership, an agency created through the Dodd-Frank Act to support financial regulators in preventing another financial crisis
Ms. Baek has serves on the board of directors and advisory council of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Asian American public service leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Spanish Studies from Duke University and a Master of Arts in Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

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Christine Chen

Christine Chen, the founding executive director of APIAVote from 2006-2008 returned in January 2011 to serve as its current Executive Director.  During her tenure she had strengthened and expanded APIAVote’s partners into 26 states.  In addition Chen serves as President of Strategic Alliances USA, a consulting firm specializing in coalition building, institutional development, and partnerships among the corporate sector, government agencies, and the nonprofit and public sector.

Profiled by Newsweek magazine in 2001 as one of 15 women who will shape America’s new century, Chen served from 2001 to 2005 as national executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), one of the leading APIA civil rights organizations in the country. Leading an organization with more than 80 chapters and affiliates across the nation, she worked with OCA’s national board, executive council, chapter representatives, members and funders while managing a staff of 13.

Chen is well-known by activists across the county. Her track record in building coalitions and working at the grassroots and national levels established her as one of the strongest voices in the APIA community. She has more than two decades of experience in organizing and advocating on issues such as immigration, hate crimes, affirmative action, census, racial profiling, voting rights, election reform, and various derogatory and racist media incidents. Her role as a trusted coalition builder has her effectively building relationships with key Congressional offices including the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, federal agencies, and the administration.

Throughout the years with Chen’s multitasking abilities, Chen also was a member of the executive committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. She also served on numerous boards such as the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Demos Board of Trustees, Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), Youth Vote, Gates Millennium Scholarship Advisory Council, advisory board for the Progressive Majority Racial Justice Campaign, and the Board of Advisors for the Midwest Asian American Students Union, East Coast Asian American Students Union and the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association.  In 2003, she was a founding member of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and also in 2006, a founding member of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote.

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Tim Hwang

Tim is currently the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a real-time legal analytics platform that uses AI and natural language processing to help global organizations take control of their government risk and understand the law. The company now powers some of the world’s largest and most influential law firms, legal departments, and governments. With Hwang’s technology and over $30M+ in funding from the likes of Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, NEA, Renren and others, FiscalNote is revolutionizing access to legislation, regulations, and court cases for organizations around the world.

Prior to starting FiscalNote from a Motel 6 in Silicon Valley, Hwang started his career in politics as a field organizer for the Obama ’08 campaign. He was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education a year later, overseeing a budget of over $4 Billion for 22,000 public employees. Tim also served as the President of the 750,000 member National Youth Association and the founder of Operation Fly. Inc., – a national 501(c)(3) organization that served inner-city children in underprivileged areas around the country.
Tim was profiled in Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, CNN’s Top 10 Startups, Business Insiders Top 25 Hottest Startups, and many others. He is a graduate of Princeton and currently deferring Harvard Business School. He is also currently a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a member of the The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

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Carrie Kagawa

Carrie Kagawa attends Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, studying Conflict Management and Russia. Prior to this, Carrie served in various roles across the government, most recently as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Tbilisi, Georgia, working to build capacity in a local non-profit. Before the Peace Corps, Carrie held several positions in the Obama Administration to include Senior Advisor and White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Carrie also served at the U.S. Department of Defense, in a range of national security roles including in the Office of Rule of Law and Detainee Policy. This included a six-month civilian deployment to Afghanistan, working on U.S. detention policy, operations, and transition. Carrie served as CAPAL Board Chair in 2016 and remains active as an Advisory Council member.

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Andrew Kim

Andrew is a Senior Analyst at Google’s Public Policy & Government Relations team and manages Google’s engagements with the U.S. Executive Branch. Andrew plays a leading role in shaping Google’s policy agenda in security, artificial intelligence, and transportation and infrastructure, among a wide range of other internet and technology policy issues. Previously, Andrew was a Policy Advisor at Google’s Trust & Safety team and developed product policies for Android, Chrome, and emerging virtual reality and IoT products.

Andrew started his career at the Pentagon as a Country Director for China and South Korea in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He continued his government service at the State Department, managing North Korea security issues in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific affairs and then moving to Embassy Rangoon to serve as the Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Burma.

Andrew has lived and traveled extensively across Asia and is fluent in Mandarin and Korean. He received his MPA and AB summa cum laude from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is originally from New York and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife.

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Rebecca Lee

Lin Chun Liu is the Deputy Director in the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) in USAID’s Global Health Bureau. In this role, she provides front office leadership to the 175+ OHA staff for programs, policy, budget, procurement, human resources, and management. Lin also serves as a Deputy Principal for USAID to PEPFAR. In this role, she ensures USAID’s technical leadership for PEPFAR programming and supports USAID field missions in executing PEPFAR funds in host countries.Lin joined USAID in 2015 from HHS where she served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Maternal and Chid Health Bureau. Most significantly, Lin served for over 21 years at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At OMB, Lin worked for five years as Branch Chief for the Treasury Branch, providing policy and budget oversight for tax administration, financial management, District of Columbia, elections and postal service programs. In other OMB roles, she helped formulate the Global Health Initiative for the Obama Administration, special education and transportation initiatives during the Bush Administration, and multiple immigration programs during the Clinton Administration. In addition to OMB, Lin served as the Deputy Director for Policy Planning for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race and as the Assistant Commissioner for Policy at Justice Department’s Immigration and Naturalization Service (now part of Department of Homeland Security). Lin also worked as an immigration analyst for the RAND Corporation, as an appropriations analyst at the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations, and as a Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Norman Y. Mineta (D-CA).

Lin graduated with high honors in Asian Americans Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Lin is originally from Taiwan and lived in the Philippines before coming to the United States for higher education. She became a naturalized US citizen in 1990. Lin currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, daughter, and son.

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Lin Liu

Rebecca Lee serves as Communications Director for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and is currently on temporary assignment to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. At the Initiative, she oversees strategic communications, managing the organization’s national outreach to the AAPI community across traditional and digital media platforms.
Rebecca joined the Initiative as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), selected from graduate programs across the country in 2011. As a PMF, Rebecca served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HHS, she coordinated communications efforts around the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.Prior to joining the federal government, Rebecca was a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton specializing in strategic communications campaigns for federal health clients. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from Columbia University. At Cornell, Rebecca led a diverse coalition to found the Asian & Asian-American Center (A3C).Rebecca has been involved with CAPAL since 2010, first as a scholarship recipient and now as an Advisory Council member. She served as the 2013 Chair, leading a 20-person Board of Directors to transform CAPAL from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid, full-time staff.

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Hung Nguyen

Hung Quoc Nguyen is Managing Director of HN Consulting, a business and information management consulting firm, and has been a community activist for over 25 years. He is an advocate for the small business community. He has generated over $200M in contract value for small businesses. He works effectively to promote social entrepreneurism, innovation, and philanthropy within faith-based and community-based organizations. Mr. Nguyen worked with Freddie Mac to translate CreditSmart® into Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese as part of CreditSmart® Asian. In 2009, he testified before the FCC and provided into for the Report on Broadband Technology & Impact on Small Businesses.

Mr. Nguyen currently serves as Vice Chair of the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission where he is responsible for protecting citizens from illegal, fraudulent or deceptive consumer practices. He was the former Chair of the Governor’s Virginia Asian Advisory Board, Commissioner and Treasurer on the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Community and National Service, Board Member on America’s Service Commissions, and the President of the National Congress of Vietnamese Americans. He also serves in advisory roles for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership and the International Leadership Foundation. He is a recipient of the 2007 Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Award and the 2008 Fairfax County Barbara Varon Volunteer Award.

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Viraj Patel

Viraj Patel is an educator, grassroots organizer, facilitator, transnational feminist, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. Currently serving as the Associate Director at the Pan-Asian American Community House at the University of Pennsylvania, Viraj works as a member of the staff to achieve the Center’s mission to develop and implements innovative programs for leadership development and community service in close collaboration with Asian American student and community groups. Viraj is also an organizer with the Philadelphia South Asian Collective, East Coast Solidarity Summer, and a founding sister of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Viraj is a proud past Board member of CAPAL and, during her time in Washington, D.C. worked at Georgetown University and George Washington University in student-centered positions, and was involved with a number of community and nonprofit organizations. Viraj holds a B.A. in English with a Minor in Asian American Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Education from the University of Vermont.

Chantale is an expert in open data, public policy, and program management, as she is currently and advisor at Amida Technology Solutions. She was most recently the presidentially appointed vice president for administration and finance, and CFO, at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which under her leadership was the named the most transparent aid agency in the world. Prior to her work at MCC she was budget director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, acting budget director at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the chief of staff to the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Chantale was appointed by President Clinton to represent the United States on the board of directors of the Asian Development Bank. She is passionate about using data to tackle global issues like sustainable international development.

John Kusano recently retired from a 35 year career with the US Forest Service from a position as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Chief for Business Operations at the Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, DC focusing on Diversity and Inclusion Programs and Student Recruitment.

Prior to this he has held a number of positions in various fields and in various locations: Senior Advisor to the Deputy Chief for Research and Development, Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, DC | Division Director of the Human Capital Policy & Strategy Division of the Office of Human Capital Management at USDA involved with Department-wide programs in Human Resources Policy, Workforce Planning, and HR Accountability. | Assistant Director for Human Resource Management with the USDA Forest Service with responsibilities for Workforce Planning, Recruitment, Employee Development and Human Resource Technology. | Assistant Director of Civil Rights, Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, DC | Director of Civil Rights in the Forest Service’s Southwestern Region (NM & AZ). | District Reforestation Forester, Plumas National Forest, Forest Service’s CA Region

John is a graduate of University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley.  He currently lives with his wife and two sons in the Washington, DC area. John has been involved with CAPAL since 2007 and helped establish the CAPAL/Forest Service Internship program, served on the Advisory Council, assisted with strategic planning, HR issues, and student interviewing and selections.

 Jasmeet Kaur Ahuja is a lawyer at Hogan Lovells US LLP, where she focuses on privacy and cybersecurity matters. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Jasmeet served numerous arms of the U.S. government in developing defense and foreign relations policy. Early in her career, Jasmeet managed a national cybersecurity task force sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, she assisted in developing and managing the department’s priorities and assessing its capabilities in science and technology. Later, she served as the Director of South Asia for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, where she implemented the department’s security commitments across the region and managed the distribution of over US$300 million in defense contracts. Most recently, Jasmeet served as the Professional Staff Member responsible for South Asia for the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. In this role, she drafted legislation that continues to define our relationship with Pakistan and facilitated passage of legislation granting congressional consent to civilian nuclear cooperation with India.

Jasmeet clerked for the Honorable Kent A. Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and for the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Jasmeet graduated from Yale Law School, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans, and earned a B.S. and an M.S. in engineering from Stanford University, where she graduated with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa.

She serves on the Advisory Boards of The Sikh Coalition, the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, Project2049, and the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia.

Priscilla Baek is the policy lead for Asia at Uber, a smartphone app that is transforming the way cities move. In her role, she leads government and regulatory affairs, stakeholder management, and third party partnerships across the Asia-Pacific region.

Previously, she was senior manager of public affairs at Mitsui & Co, a Japanese trading and investment company, where she specialized in political risk mitigation, policy analysis, and relationship management. Prior to Mitsui, she led a national campaign for international trade at the US Chamber of Commerce, where she successfully advocated for the passage of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement in the US Congress. She was also a key adviser to leadership at the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Financial Leadership, an agency created through the Dodd-Frank Act to support financial regulators in preventing another financial crisis
Ms. Baek has serves on the board of directors and advisory council of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Asian American public service leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Spanish Studies from Duke University and a Master of Arts in Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

Christine Chen, the founding executive director of APIAVote from 2006-2008 returned in January 2011 to serve as its current Executive Director.  During her tenure she had strengthened and expanded APIAVote’s partners into 26 states.  In addition Chen serves as President of Strategic Alliances USA, a consulting firm specializing in coalition building, institutional development, and partnerships among the corporate sector, government agencies, and the nonprofit and public sector.

Profiled by Newsweek magazine in 2001 as one of 15 women who will shape America’s new century, Chen served from 2001 to 2005 as national executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), one of the leading APIA civil rights organizations in the country. Leading an organization with more than 80 chapters and affiliates across the nation, she worked with OCA’s national board, executive council, chapter representatives, members and funders while managing a staff of 13.

Chen is well-known by activists across the county. Her track record in building coalitions and working at the grassroots and national levels established her as one of the strongest voices in the APIA community. She has more than two decades of experience in organizing and advocating on issues such as immigration, hate crimes, affirmative action, census, racial profiling, voting rights, election reform, and various derogatory and racist media incidents. Her role as a trusted coalition builder has her effectively building relationships with key Congressional offices including the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, federal agencies, and the administration.

Throughout the years with Chen’s multitasking abilities, Chen also was a member of the executive committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. She also served on numerous boards such as the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Demos Board of Trustees, Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), Youth Vote, Gates Millennium Scholarship Advisory Council, advisory board for the Progressive Majority Racial Justice Campaign, and the Board of Advisors for the Midwest Asian American Students Union, East Coast Asian American Students Union and the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association.  In 2003, she was a founding member of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and also in 2006, a founding member of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote.

Tim is currently the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a real-time legal analytics platform that uses AI and natural language processing to help global organizations take control of their government risk and understand the law. The company now powers some of the world’s largest and most influential law firms, legal departments, and governments. With Hwang’s technology and over $30M+ in funding from the likes of Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, NEA, Renren and others, FiscalNote is revolutionizing access to legislation, regulations, and court cases for organizations around the world.

Prior to starting FiscalNote from a Motel 6 in Silicon Valley, Hwang started his career in politics as a field organizer for the Obama ’08 campaign. He was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education a year later, overseeing a budget of over $4 Billion for 22,000 public employees. Tim also served as the President of the 750,000 member National Youth Association and the founder of Operation Fly. Inc., – a national 501(c)(3) organization that served inner-city children in underprivileged areas around the country.
Tim was profiled in Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, CNN’s Top 10 Startups, Business Insiders Top 25 Hottest Startups, and many others. He is a graduate of Princeton and currently deferring Harvard Business School. He is also currently a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a member of the The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

Carrie Kagawa attends Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, studying Conflict Management and Russia. Prior to this, Carrie served in various roles across the government, most recently as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Tbilisi, Georgia, working to build capacity in a local non-profit. Before the Peace Corps, Carrie held several positions in the Obama Administration to include Senior Advisor and White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Carrie also served at the U.S. Department of Defense, in a range of national security roles including in the Office of Rule of Law and Detainee Policy. This included a six-month civilian deployment to Afghanistan, working on U.S. detention policy, operations, and transition. Carrie served as CAPAL Board Chair in 2016 and remains active as an Advisory Council member.

Andrew is a Senior Analyst at Google’s Public Policy & Government Relations team and manages Google’s engagements with the U.S. Executive Branch. Andrew plays a leading role in shaping Google’s policy agenda in security, artificial intelligence, and transportation and infrastructure, among a wide range of other internet and technology policy issues. Previously, Andrew was a Policy Advisor at Google’s Trust & Safety team and developed product policies for Android, Chrome, and emerging virtual reality and IoT products.

Andrew started his career at the Pentagon as a Country Director for China and South Korea in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He continued his government service at the State Department, managing North Korea security issues in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific affairs and then moving to Embassy Rangoon to serve as the Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Burma.

Andrew has lived and traveled extensively across Asia and is fluent in Mandarin and Korean. He received his MPA and AB summa cum laude from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is originally from New York and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife.

Rebecca Lee serves as Communications Director for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and is currently on temporary assignment to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. At the Initiative, she oversees strategic communications, managing the organization’s national outreach to the AAPI community across traditional and digital media platforms.
Rebecca joined the Initiative as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), selected from graduate programs across the country in 2011. As a PMF, Rebecca served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HHS, she coordinated communications efforts around the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.Prior to joining the federal government, Rebecca was a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton specializing in strategic communications campaigns for federal health clients. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from Columbia University. At Cornell, Rebecca led a diverse coalition to found the Asian & Asian-American Center (A3C).Rebecca has been involved with CAPAL since 2010, first as a scholarship recipient and now as an Advisory Council member. She served as the 2013 Chair, leading a 20-person Board of Directors to transform CAPAL from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid, full-time staff.

Lin Chun Liu is the Deputy Director in the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) in USAID’s Global Health Bureau. In this role, she provides front office leadership to the 175+ OHA staff for programs, policy, budget, procurement, human resources, and management. Lin also serves as a Deputy Principal for USAID to PEPFAR. In this role, she ensures USAID’s technical leadership for PEPFAR programming and supports USAID field missions in executing PEPFAR funds in host countries.

Lin joined USAID in 2015 from HHS where she served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Maternal and Chid Health Bureau. Most significantly, Lin served for over 21 years at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At OMB, Lin worked for five years as Branch Chief for the Treasury Branch, providing policy and budget oversight for tax administration, financial management, District of Columbia, elections and postal service programs. In other OMB roles, she helped formulate the Global Health Initiative for the Obama Administration, special education and transportation initiatives during the Bush Administration, and multiple immigration programs during the Clinton Administration. In addition to OMB, Lin served as the Deputy Director for Policy Planning for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race and as the Assistant Commissioner for Policy at Justice Department’s Immigration and Naturalization Service (now part of Department of Homeland Security). Lin also worked as an immigration analyst for the RAND Corporation, as an appropriations analyst at the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations, and as a Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Norman Y. Mineta (D-CA).

Lin graduated with high honors in Asian Americans Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Lin is originally from Taiwan and lived in the Philippines before coming to the United States for higher education. She became a naturalized US citizen in 1990. Lin currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, daughter, and son.

Hung Quoc Nguyen is Managing Director of HN Consulting, a business and information management consulting firm, and has been a community activist for over 25 years. He is an advocate for the small business community. He has generated over $200M in contract value for small businesses. He works effectively to promote social entrepreneurism, innovation, and philanthropy within faith-based and community-based organizations. Mr. Nguyen worked with Freddie Mac to translate CreditSmart® into Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese as part of CreditSmart® Asian. In 2009, he testified before the FCC and provided into for the Report on Broadband Technology & Impact on Small Businesses.

Mr. Nguyen currently serves as Vice Chair of the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission where he is responsible for protecting citizens from illegal, fraudulent or deceptive consumer practices. He was the former Chair of the Governor’s Virginia Asian Advisory Board, Commissioner and Treasurer on the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Community and National Service, Board Member on America’s Service Commissions, and the President of the National Congress of Vietnamese Americans. He also serves in advisory roles for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership and the International Leadership Foundation. He is a recipient of the 2007 Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Award and the 2008 Fairfax County Barbara Varon Volunteer Award.

Viraj Patel is an educator, grassroots organizer, facilitator, transnational feminist, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. Currently serving as the Associate Director at the Pan-Asian American Community House at the University of Pennsylvania, Viraj works as a member of the staff to achieve the Center’s mission to develop and implements innovative programs for leadership development and community service in close collaboration with Asian American student and community groups. Viraj is also an organizer with the Philadelphia South Asian Collective, East Coast Solidarity Summer, and a founding sister of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Viraj is a proud past Board member of CAPAL and, during her time in Washington, D.C. worked at Georgetown University and George Washington University in student-centered positions, and was involved with a number of community and nonprofit organizations. Viraj holds a B.A. in English with a Minor in Asian American Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Education from the University of Vermont.

Honorary Advisory Council

  • Daphne Kwok
  • Chiling Tong
  • April Osajima
  • Paul Igasaki
  • Bob Sakaniwa
  • Julian Ha
  • James C. Ho