Welcome to Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP). We are a national network of progressive Asian Americans and allies, united for grassroots activities and political action.
Our organization is made up of every day citizens, including students, filmmakers, scientists, academics, community organizers, lawyers and others, as well as elected officials staffers and campaign workers.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nina Ahmad (Philadelphia, PA) -
N. Nina Ahmad, Ph.D., is the President of PrymeJenomix, LLC, an emerging ophthalmic biotechnology company based in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Doctoral degree in 1990 from Chemistry Department of the University of Pennsylvania. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, she trained with noted collagen expert, Darwin Prockop, M.D., Ph.D. at Thomas Jefferson University. She is a Board Member of the Eastern Technology Council which serves leaders of more than 700 technology and life sciences companies. She serves on the Diversity Committee of William Penn Charter School (oldest Quaker School in USA) and was one of the founding members of APA for Progress, a grassroots, internet-empowered, national network of Asian Pacific Americans and friends for Progressive Action. Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia recently appointed Dr. Ahmad as the Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs.
Eugenia Beh (Austin, TX) -
Eugenia is the Executive Editor and Events Coordinator at Asian Americans for Obama, in addition to the Communications Director for APAP. She resides in Austin, TX, where she graduated in August with a Masters in Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. She was recently featured at angryasianman.com as the Inaugural Angry Reader of the Week on January 9.
Curtis Chin (Los Angeles, CA)-
Curtis is a writer/producer based in Los Angeles. In addition to his film and television credits, he has been a long-time activist in the community. He founded the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York City and served as a director of AAPI outreach for the Democratic National Committee. Curtis has also been active in the marriage equality issue in California.
Angelica Jongco (Oakland, CA) -
Ann Kalayil (Chicago, IL) -
Ann Lata Kalayil is Director of Client Services and Support in Networking Services and Information Technologies at the University of Chicago, where she has been employed for the past 16 years. She is co-director of the South Asian American Policy and Research Institute (www.saapri.org) and has taught Asian American Studies at DePaul University, Loyola University and the University of Illinois-Chicago for seven years. Currently, Ann serves on the Boards of the Asian Americans for Progress, the Indo-American Center, the Indo-American Democratic Organization, the Illinois Women in Leadership, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform and the West Rogers Park Community Planning Committee. Ann chaired the Asian American transition team for Attorney General Lisa Madigan and currently serves on the AG’s Asian American Advisory Council. She is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (2001) and served on the LGC Fellows Board.
Her experience in politics includes being: President for four years of the Indo-American Democratic Organization, the oldest Asian American political organization in Illinois; at-large delegate in 1996; super delegate for the Democratic National Committee (1997-2001); at-large delegate in 2008; campaign manager for State Representative and Judicial races; testified during redistricting process in Illinois, volunteered on Obama's Senate camapaign, co-chair of Obama’s Asian Pacific American Leadership Council and a member of the South Asia Policy team (Presidential Campaign 2008).
Keith Kamisugi (San Francisco, CA) -
Keith is the director of communications at the San Francisco-based Equal Justice Society. In addition to APAP, he serves on the boards of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the San Francisco Japantown Foundation, the Asian Law Caucus, and on the advisory board of Netroots Nation. During the presidential campaign, he served on the steering committee of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for Obama Leadership Council. A San Francisco resident since 2000, Keith is originally from Hawai'i where he was a political appointee on the executive staffs of two Hawai'i governors and an aide in the Hawai'i state Senate. He is a former chairman of the Young Democrats of Hawai'i and a member of Hawai'i's delegation to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Connect with Keith via fbookr.com
Ron Kim (New York, NY) -
Ramey Ko (Austin, TX) -
Ramey is an attorney and community activist in Austin, Texas. He serves as the Chair of the Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs, and he helped found and is president of the Capital Area Asian American Democrats. In December 2006, Ramey founded Asian Americans for Obama, an indepedent grassroots organization that supported President Obama's campaign and continues as an online forum for progressive politics and Asian American Pacific Islander issues.
Preeti Kulkarni (Los Angeles, CA) -
Preeti is a CPA based in Los Angeles with extensive experience working with non-profit organizations. In addition to serving on the APAP Board of Directors, she is also the Treasurer of the board of Center for the Pacific Asian Family. To complement her activism in the community, Preeti gained public policy advocacy skills as a fellow in the Women’s Policy Institute of the Women’s Foundation of California in 2007-2008.
Theresa Mah (Chicago, IL) -
Theresa is an educator and community activist in Chicago, Illinois. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Theresa moved to Chicago for graduate school, earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 1999. For the past ten years, she has been teaching history, Ethnic Studies, and Asian American studies at universities in the Midwest and East Coast. While living for a period Ohio, she served on the board of the Toledo Fair Housing Center, a community-based civil rights organization dedicated to ending housing discrimination. Currently she is on staff at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, where she also teaches and fosters awareness of Asian American issues.
Charmaine Manasala (Santa Fe, NM) -
Catherine Park (Los Angeles, CA) -
Clarence Tong (Boston, MA) -
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