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Ken Lee, Chief Executive Officer

Ken Lee is a former UPSer, having started as a part-time employee while he was in college. Ken retired in 2008 as the Vice President of Security for UPS’ U.S. Operations. He was the first Asian Pacific American (APA) to attain the title of Vice President, and was one of the highest ranking APAs at UPS. A leading activist for Asian community affairs at UPS, Ken served as a mentor and role model for other Asian employees, and served on UPS’s corporate diversity committee.

Ken currently is the immediate past national president of OCA, an Asian advocacy organization that UPS has had a long relationship with. Prior to being elected President, Ken served in several other OCA capacities. Additionally, Ken has served on the Diversity Advisory Council for Georgia Power, one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity and today serves on the Comcast NBC Universal Diversity Advisory Council.

Due in part to his success in his career, his active role in the OCA, and his involvement with many community organizations in the Georgia area, Ken was selected by UPS to be the recipient of the OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award in 1997. Ken was also honored by "Who’s Who in Asian American Communities” 2006, Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business 2006 and LEAP’s Leadership Awardees in 2009.

Ken was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Ken’s parents and grandparents emigrated from the suburbs of Guangzhou, China in the early 1900s. He now lives in Duluth, GA with Ashley and their daughter, Vincy.

Ken can be reached at KLee@ocanational.org


Kelly Xu Tian, Manager
Finance & Administration


Kelly Tian has been with OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates for 13 years. Born and raised in Beijing, China, she moved to United States in 1996 with her husband.

Currently, Kelly resides in Columbia, Maryland with her husband and younger son, who is a sophomore at Oakland Mill High School. Her older son is re-settled nearby her home. Kelly’s daily job is to oversee the OCA financial books and office day-to-day operating. Kelly also ensures the administration of the organization's invoices, revenue processes, and Tax Auditing.

Kelly can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 112 or KXTian@ocanational.org

 


Kendall T. Kosai, Director
Development

Born and raised in the Great Pacific Northwest, Kendall Kosai graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Japanese language.

Kendall is the Director of Development for OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven civil rights organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs). In his capacity, Kendall manages over $1.7 million of OCA’s corporate relationships, individual fundraising, grant management, the annual National Convention, and the Corporate Achievement Awards.

From 2010, Kendall worked as the senior staff reporter for the North American Post, the largest and oldest Japanese American community newspaper in Seattle, covering issues such as immigration, civil rights, healthcare, elections, race, and budget cuts. Following his graduation, Kendall was a 2011 OCA Summer Intern placed at the Honda Motor Co. Government Affairs office. Prior to becoming the Director of Development for OCA, Kendall was the inaugural OCA Civil Rights Fellow where he worked on public policy issues that affect the APA community as well as the JACL/OCA Leadership Summit.

Kendall is a fourth generation Japanese American and strong advocate for the Asian American community through his dedicated volunteerism to the community in Seattle. He currently serves as Ekoji Buddhist Temple's Youth Advisor and on their Board of Directors. Kendall has also participated in past Japan-United States government relationship exchanges to foster international understanding and friendship. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to new cities, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

Kendall can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 121 or KKosai@ocanational.org


Kham S. Moua, Senior Manager
Policy and Communications

Kham Moua is the Senior Policy and Communications Manager for OCA. In his role, Moua directs and manages the organization’s policy, advocacy, and campaign efforts, as well as all communications within those areas. His policy portfolio includes immigration, Education, military justice, telecommunications and technology, and civic engagement. Moua also sits on the board of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance.

He previously worked for Hmong American Partnership and Hmong National Development. In those roles, he managed programming for low-income and high risk Southeast Asian youth, and he engaged in community outreach and advocacy for the Hmong community. During this time, Moua was also the Board Chair for Shades of Yellow, the only Hmong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) organization in the United States. Issues close to him include LGBTQ rights, Asian Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian equity, and comprehensive immigration reform.

He graduated in 2011 from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in Chinese. While in college, Moua held a variety of leadership roles on and off campus, which included but was not limited to President of the Hmong Student Association, Vice President of the Political Science Association, and community organizer for various grassroots and nonprofit organizations. In his free time, Moua enjoys playing video games, hiking, and writing incomplete poetry and short stories. You can follow him on Twitter @KhamMoua.

Kham can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 115 or KMoua@ocanational.org


Jonathan Ho, Program Manager
APA Y-Advocate, APIAU: Leadership Training, Internship

Born in the Pacific Northwest and raised in the Bay Area, Jon Ho graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology.

While in college, Jon held a multitude of leadership roles both on and off campus. During his college career he was heavily involved with the Health & Wellness Corp. on campus where he held a position as a Research & Development Coordinator. One of his proudest achievements on campus was his role as an organizing member of the Progressive Student Coalition where he helped organize and steer the political party to a monumental win against the opposing party that dominated campus politics for many years.

Jon is the Program Associate for OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates where he manages both of the national college & youth leadership training program. In his current capacity, he also manages OCA’s prestigious Internship Program which is in its 25th year of cultivating the young APA leaders of tomorrow. As a first generation Chinese-American and former intern of the class of 2011 placed at the OCA National Center, Jon always knew that his path would lead him back to the organization that helped shape his passion and purpose for advocacy. In his spare time, he enjoys sketching, listening to music, cooking & entertaining, and playing volleyball.


Jon can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 120 or JHo@ocanational.org


Janet Namkung, Civic Engagement Associate
Civic Engagement

Janet Namkung is the Civic Engagement Associate at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates at the National Center in Washington, DC. She is working to mobilize and engage OCA’s members and the AAPI community in civic participation. She was also the Chapter and Membership Associate, before joining the Policy Team at OCA.

Outside of OCA, Janet also serves as the Service Committee Co-Chair for AmeriCorps Alums DC Board and sits on the Board of Directors for the Conference of Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) on the Programs Committee.

 

Shortly after beginning her undergraduate career, Janet discovered her passion for activism and advocacy for the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. To fuel her passion, she served as a Campus Ambassador for the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) and as the President of the United Asian Association (UAA) on her campus. She was also the leading force in reinstating the Diversity and Inclusiveness goal into her college’s Strategic Plan. This was essential in ensuring that current and future community members of the school would not suffer from further misrepresentation and under-representation.

Following her graduation in 2013, Janet was a 2013 OCA-NY Immigration Reform Intern during the summer. As an OCA-NY Intern, she was able to raise awareness and educate community members about the changes proposed in the Senate Immigration Reform Bill through forums and grassroots mobilization.

After completing her internship, Janet was a Team Leader for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), in the Southwest Region. As a Team Leader, she provided experience and leadership to teams of AmeriCorps NCCC members as they worked to strengthen communities. She led a team of 8-10 Corps Members, in service projects, in areas of natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.

Janet is a first generation Korean-American, who was born and raised in New York City. She is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology. In her spare time, Janet enjoys going on food vacations, craft beers, exploring new cities, and attending live shows. 


Janet can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 119 or JNamkung@ocanational.org


Pajouablai Monica Lee, Program Associate
MAAP, B3

Pajouablai Monica Lee joins us from St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2014, where she received her bachelors of science in human resource development.

During college, Monica held multiple positions in various campus and community organizations, which sparked her interest and passion for developing young leaders. She served as Vice President of the Hmong Minnesota Student Association during her sophomore year to provide meaningful events and resources to enhance Hmong students’ college experience. Last summer she completed two years as the director of youth leaders for the Hmong Culture and Language Program at Concordia University. Monica was also a History Museum Fellow at the Minnesota Historical Society where she worked on the Diversity Profile Project to gauge diversity and inclusion levels within the society; and researched best practices and strategies to improve these efforts.

Most recently, Monica completed her OCA Fall internship at Dewey Square Group where she supported advocacy efforts on a range of issues targeting Asian Americans. She is excited to learn more about how to effect change on issues like education, leadership development, immigration and civil rights.

As a Program Associate for OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, Monica will manage the professional and leadership development programs. In her current role, she’ll be working closely with local host chapters to ensure the successful execution of MAAP-Mentoring Asian American Professionals and B3- Build, Breakthrough, Believe.

In her free time, Monica enjoys watching TGIT shows, Bollywood movies, cooking, playing sports and spending time with friends and family.

Monica can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 114 or MLee@ocanational.org


Nick Lee, Associate
Communications

Nick Lee is the Communications Assistant at the National Center of OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates. He works with OCA’s Policy Department to produce communications materials promoting the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts.

He is a dyed-in-the-wool Californian and though he was born in Los Angeles, he spent most of his life in Berkeley, CA. He is a graduate of the University of California – San Diego where he double majored in Political Science and History.

He first became captivated by public policy by interning in the U.S. Congress in high school, during the passage of the Affordable Care Act. His interest in Asian Pacific American issues developed by serving as President and Vice President of his chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon, the world’s largest Asian-American interest fraternity. In these roles, he partnered with local advocacy organizations on health and voting rights issues.

Nick enjoys weightlifting, reading the New York Times, and watching Futurama re-runs.

Nick can be reached at (202) 223-5000 ext. 118 or
NLee@ocanational.org



Marie Nguyen, Associate

Chapters and Membership

Marie Nguyen is the Chapter and Membership Associate at the OCA National Center. In her capacity, she works very closely with our local Chapter Presidents to provide assistance to with administrative items as well as membership development. Marie also coordinates and organizes OCA's National Board Meetings that occur quarterly in various chapter hosted cities. In her capacity, she hopes to grow OCA as a national organization and continue to uplift and bring visibility to the APA community.  

Rooted in Southern California, Marie is the youngest of nine siblings in her big and boisterous family. Her experience of growing up in a Vietnamese immigrant family has inspired her to build and gain more understanding of advocacy to help future APA generations. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she pursued a degree in Political Science – Public Law.  

Her experience as a past OCA intern has truly helped shape the way sees the world today, for the better. Marie wants to continue to explore and discover more about the APA climate and seeks to learn more about justice and the incredible amount of work it takes to advocate on behalf of the APA community.  

Marie’s interests are cooking, baking, ice-cream, tennis, and binge watching Netflix.  

Marie can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 122 or MNguyen@ocanational.org


 

Kim Hall, Civil Rights Fellow
Advocacy

Hailing from Richmond, VA, Kim Hall graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2016 with a degree in Economics and a minor in Religious Studies. As the Civil Rights Fellow, Kim is responsible for issues areas like education and gun control and working with partner organizations under the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). During her time at UVA, Kim served on the Boards of the Organization of Young Filipino Americans, the Asian Leaders Council, and the Honor Committee. At the end of her undergraduate career, Kim was awarded the Nelson Chow Award for her longstanding commitment to uplifitng the Asian American and Pacific Islander and university communities.

Upon graduation, she interned at the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). Through her work at APALA, she gained a love for cultivating awareness for issues of the labor movement, education, economic justice, and gender, as it pertains to communities of color. In her free time, Kim enjoys exploring new coffee shops, collecting garden gnomes, and catching up on the latest from The Real Housewives franchise.

Kim can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 116 or KHall@ocanational.org.


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