APA Y-Advocate Facilitators
|APA Y-Advocate Facilitators
Meet the 2014-2015 APA Y-Advocate Facilitators:
Born and raised in the Great Pacific Northwest, Kendall Kosai graduated from the University of
Washington in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a Minor
in Japanese language. Following his graduation, Kendall was a 2011 OCA Summer
Intern placed at the Honda Motor Co. Government Affairs office. 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. Prior to becoming the Development Associate, Kendall was
the inaugural OCA Civil Rights Fellow where he worked on public policy
issues that affect the APA community.
Kendall is a fourth generation Japanese American
and strong advocate for the Asian American community. Throughout his life, he
has been a dedicated leader in his community through his committed volunteer
work at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, serving as
President of the Senior Young
Buddhist Association at the University of Washington, and giving back to his
local community. Kendall has also participated in past Japan-United States
relationship exchanges to foster international understanding and friendship. In
his spare time, Kendall enjoys traveling to new cities, playing sports, and
taking pictures of his food.
Alex Tsao currently serves as the Communications Associate for LIFT, an organization dedicated to combating domestic poverty through holistic measures. He is LIFT’s chief digital ambassador, handling all digital assets including social media, their website, and e-campaigns. He assists the communications team with developing strategies to expand LIFT’s engagement with the public.
Alex is a second generation Asian American who hails from the Midwest. In college, he was heavily involved with the Asian American community where he served as President of the Asian American Association, the umbrella group for all the APA organizations on campus. He was also involved with the Midwest Asian American Student Union. Alex graduated with a Bachelor's of Journalism in Strategic Communication.
He was an OCA intern at the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 and continues to be involved OCA today. In addition, Alex is currently a member of the Young Leaders Council for the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). On the side, Alex is an avid foodie.
Angela currently works at a public interest law firm in Washington, DC that takes on complex impact litigation cases dealing with child welfare and juvenile justice issues. She previously worked at the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), a national advocacy non-profit organization that focuses on the community development and housing needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Angela also served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at Many Languages One Voice, a community based organization that organizes and advocates for limited English proficient immigrants around language access issues. In college, she was a Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service Scholar and was active in the Asian American community on campus and in Boston, working on issues related to the US Census 2010, civic engagement, racial bias, and youth empowerment. One of her most significant experiences was working at the Asian Community Development Corporation and training youth to serve as historical walking tour guides of Boston Chinatown. She is also a former OCA intern. Angela is a graduate of Tufts University where she double majored in American Studies and International Relations. She will be attending law school in the fall of 2014. She grew up in Baltimore, MD and likes food, cats and crafts.
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.