Advancing Minority Health through Engagement & Communications
George C. Wu is the managing partner of the
VENG Group, a public affairs firm headquartered in
Washington, D.C. George has over a dozen years’ experience
in non-profit management, organizational development, and coalition
building and social justice advocacy. George was previously the
executive director of OCA and chairperson of the National
Council of Asian Pacific Americans. George also taught at the
University of Maryland, College Park and served on the Board
of Directors of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship
Fund, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational
Fund, Equal Justice Works, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.
Prior to joining OCA, George was a staff attorney in the Immigration and Immigrant Rights Program of the Asian American Justice Center and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Partners and In-house Counsel Community Law Fellow. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University, George began his career at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center. George is also a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he received the Justice Thurgood Marshall Civil Liberties Award for outstanding performance in the field of civil rights and civil liberties. George is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland. Born in Taiwan, George speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese and basic Taiwanese.
Amina Abbas is the Director at the VENG Group, providing
guidance to the firm’s policy, outreach and government
affairs clients on health policy matters and beyond. She
serves as the firm's lead policy advisor on issues including
racial and ethnic health and health care disparities, women’s
health and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. With a
background in law and experience in public policy, she
supplies her clients with substantive policy analysis, grassroots
and grasstops coalition outreach and direct lobbying. Combining
content expertise with communications, Amina develops strategies
that help her clients navigate external communications, message
their policy portfolios and accomplish their goals in and out of D.C.Prior to joining the VENG Group, Amina was a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy/Law Students for Reproductive Justice Fellow at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). At the VENG Group, Amina continues her health focus, serving as the firm’s lead policy advisor on issues including racial and ethnic health and health care disparities, women’s health and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Amina holds a B.S. in Biology / B.A. in Chemistry from East Carolina University. She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and is admitted to the Commonwealth of Virginia state bar.
JR Kuo is the project coordinator at National Asian
American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association.
He received his Master of Nonprofit Management from
Regis University. He assisted in creating Friends DO
Make a Difference program, a mental health awareness
campaign. Since then, he has been facilitating Friends DO
Make a Difference workshops at various college campuses
across the country.