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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.