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Voter Engagement

  Nathanel Lowe is the Community Engagement
  Coordinator in the Democracy Project, where he mobilizes
  and educates voters to empower and lift up the voices of the
  Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community.
  Most notable among his accomplishments for Advancing Justice -
  LA is the work he did in November 2012 to recruit, train, and
  manage nearly 300 bilingual and culturally competent volunteers
  to participate in non-partisan voter engagement activities.
  Together, they educated voters, helping to pass Proposition 30
  to fund education and public services.

Prior to joining the staff of Advancing Justice - LA, Lowe was a graduate student at UCLA, where he combined his studies with work on increasing transportation access for homeless persons, public housing policy, and “grass-tops” education to promote awareness of the need for supportive services for formerly incarcerated individuals affected by the Public Safety Realignment law (AB 109). Before graduate school, he worked at the California State Assembly and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency. Lowe’s commitment to community organizing extends into volunteer work, which he undertakes with the Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED).

Lowe holds a bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Development from UC Davis and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.


  Shelly Chen is the Voter Engagement Coordinator at
  Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, where she
  works to empower and mobilize Asian American, Native
  Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander voters. Most recently, she
  worked on Advancing Justice-LA’s Your Vote Matters! June
  2014 campaign, recruiting and training volunteers to conduct
  in-language voter outreach through phone banking. This resulted
  in over 15,000 calls, through which AANHPI voters were educated
  and encouraged to make their voices heard in the June 3rd
  primary. Prior to joining Advancing Justice-LA, Shelly was a
community organizer for the Asian American Drug Abuse Program. She also formerly interned and currently volunteers with API Equality-LA, an organization dedicated to advocating for the rights and fair treatment of LGBT people in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. She is one of the co-organizers of Q&A Space (, the first coming out resource website specifically designed for API LGBT youth, parents, and allies. Shelly is a lifelong Angeleno, a graduate of Scripps College, and the proud parent of an adorable 3.5 year old dachshund/lab mix named Noodle.

                                                      Social Media & Activism

   Ms. Eva Reyes serves as a Program Coordinator for
  AYC's Gang Intervention Program. She has worked on
  various educational and political campaigns on the local,
  state and federal level. Eva works throughout South Los
  Angeles to empower community members in make positive
  decisions in their everyday lives. She is a certified Parent
  Project facilitator and has been working with youth and
  families for 10 years.

                                                            Conflict Management


   Kevin Lian serves as Director of Communications
  on the OCA-GLA Board of Directors. His full-time job is
  Development Manager for the Asian Youth Center, a 501c3
  non-profit based in San Gabriel, CA. He is responsible for
  individual donor development as well as fundraising events
  and public relations. Kevin began a career of service 10 years
  ago as a member of the American Red Cross. He is an active
  Alumnus of their “Leadership Development Camp”, where youth
  attend a one week camp to learn leadership and life skills.
  Previously, Kevin worked as a consultant in the political and
non-profit world. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.



  Ngoc Nguyen is the Activities Director at Long Beach
  Polytechnic High School, in Long Beach, California.  
  Nguyen graduated from UCLA College Honors Program
  with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Departmental Honors)
  with a minor in Educational Studies.  Previously, she taught
  secondary mathematics in the Long Beach Unified School
  District for five years; she taught the first AP Statistics class
  at David Starr Jordan High School.  While teaching full time,
  she completed her Masters in Social and Cultural Analysis of
  Education and was awarded the Graduate Dean's List from
CSULB, all the while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in graduate school.  Her thesis is titled "School-Family-Community Partnerships for Establishing a College-Going Culture".  Her hobbies include: art, badminton, camping, hiking, running, and playing poker.

                                                       Public Narrative:Story to Self

  Jennifer Chau has been actively involved with
  different community organizations and works with
  young people living in underserved communities for
  the past 4 years.  Growing up in poverty as a minority,
  she understands the barriers and obstacles young people
  may confront in their adolescent years.  Therefore she
  has great passion in helping vulnerable young people
  succeed in their future by assisting them in further
  cultivating their leadership development and become agents
  of social change in their community. She served as an
AmeriCorp VISTA for the California YouthBuild Coalition for a year and that is where she grown to truly respect the work that YouthBuild has done to foster youth leadership development.   She currently is the Director of Resources and Youth Development for LEAD YouthBuild where she provides young people with opportunities and resources to help them succeed academically, professionally, and in leadership.  She also mentors a group of YouthBuild graduates to assist them in acquiring leadership opportunities and encourage them to take initiative in the causes they’re most passionate about.  She also serves as a Board of Directors at United Cambodian Community (UCC), a social service organization which focuses on engaging locals to become leaders in their community. 

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