BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Asian Pacific Americans for Progress is led by an all-volunteer board of dynamic activists, community leaders and organizers from around the country.
Board members serve renewable two-year terms and agree to 1.) attend monthly board calls 2.) organize at least two events in their city 3.) serve on one of our committees (fundraising, endorsements, web/media, membership and/or executive) and 4.) serve as a liaison with their local communities and the national board. If you are interested in joining, please send an email to Curtis at "curtis at apaforprogress.org".
In particular, we are looking for people in cities like Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Minneapolis and Las Vegas. In addition, we need volunteers with accounting, web and design experience.
Nina Ahmad (Philadelphia, PA) - May 2004-April 2012
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.
Curtis Chin (Los Angeles, CA) - May 2004-April 2012
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.
Olivia Chow (Washington, DC) - January 2012 - December 2014
Ramey Ko (Austin, TX) - May 2004-April 2012
Preeti Kulkarni (Los Angeles, CA) - May 2004-April 2012
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.
Calvin Prashad (New York) - January 2012 - December 2014
Stephanie Tanny (Denver) - January 2012 - December 2014
Eleanor Ung (Detroit) - January 2012 - December 2014
Gregory Cendana - Advisory Board Member
Gregory is currently the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO. Founded in 1992, APALA is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American (APA) union members. Over 600,000 APA workers have joined unions and are seeking better pay, improved benefits, dignity on the job, and a voice in the workplace. Most recently, he served the President of the United States Student Association (USSA) and was the first openly gay Asian American to serve in that post. USSA is the country's oldest, largest & most inclusive student organization in the country and is the official voice of students to the Department of Education, Capital Hill & the White House.
He graduated from with honors from UCLA where he was Student Body Vice President, Campus Organizing Director for the University of California Student Association, a member of the Executive Board of Samahang Pilipino at UCLA and a co-founder of the Student Activist Project, developing students to work with campus and community organizations. Additionally, Gregory worked with AFSCME 3299 to build stronger student and worker solidarity, organized service workers in the dining halls and was a part of a campaign to unionize part time student workers.
Last year, he also started his own consulting firm to support the next generation of youth of color & LGBT youth leaders and organizations working with these communities. Gregory is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Institute, the Management Center's Managing to Change the World & Wellstone Action's Political Training Program. In his spare time, he enjoys his role as a national board member for the United States Student Association Foundation and the National Youth Advocacy Coalition.
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,goodtweet.com and keithpr.com.
To reach us by email, use our contact form or send to apafp (at) apa for progress (dot) o r g Phone: 213-453-1986.