Aryani Ong married into a Lin family from Taiwan who now resides in Houston and New York, and exults at seeing "Lin” on a Houston Rockets NBA jersey. Outside of these coincidences, she has no connection to basketball star Jeremy Lin.
Aryani is a writer, consultant and civil rights advocate. She has worked with national and local nonprofits or government agencies for the past 24 years.As a consultant, Aryani has worked with several community organizations and universities. Among her projects was a national report on Chinese Americans that was jointly published by OCA and the University of Maryland’s Asian American Studies Program.
Aryani’s work spanned different areas, ranging from organizational matters as board governance, strategic planning, nonprofit management, facilitation and conflict resolution, to issues related to English as an Other Language, immigrant integration, race relations, media representation and hate crimes. Formerly, she served as OCA’s Deputy Director. Also, Aryani worked at the now-Asian American Justice Center, on Capitol Hill, and at the National Women's Law Center; several government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and the Human Rights Commission in San Francisco; and, various media such as Newsweek.
Aryani holds a law degree from George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. She has graduated from or participated in programs sponsored by the Georgetown University's Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, ChevronTexaco Management Institute, BoardSource, Learning as Leadership, Strozzi Institute and Leadership Montgomery.