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Opening Plenary: Issues in Asian Pacific America

 

  Kathy Ko Chin is the president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific
  Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). She spearheads the
  organization's efforts to influence policy, mobilize communities
  and strengthen organizations to improve the health of Asian
  Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. For over 35
  years, she has worked to improve health services especially for
  the poor and underserved. Kathy, recognized as an authority on
  national health policy, is also a renowned voice for the Asian
  American community and serves on the President’s Advisory
  Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Kathy is a
frequent contributor in the media on AA and NHPI perspectives and health issues, including in Huffington Post, mainstream publications and ethnic media. Despite her many work commitments, Kathy is passionate about volunteering and donating her time to it.

 

  Carl Hum is the Vice President of Policy and Programs to
  lead the organization’s research, advocacy and litigation
  efforts at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. Prior to
  AAJC, Carl forged a career in law, policy and management
  spanning over two decades.  As Counsel to Reese Richman
  LLP, he advised the firm and its attorneys on government affairs,
  regulatory matters and litigation strategy.  In 2012, Carl was
  appointed as Executive Director of the New York City Districting
  Commission, leading the Commission to redraw the City Council
  District lines to reflect demographic change. The US Department
of Justice pre-cleared the Commission’s final district plan in May 2013.Carl served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce from 2007 to 2012 where he increased membership, led successful advocacy campaigns and expanded a health insurance program for Brooklyn’s small businesses.Carl holds a Juris Doctor from Fordham School of Law where he was a Louis Stein Scholar for Public Interest and Ethics, and graduated from Wesleyan University (CT) with Departmental High Honors.

  Glenn D. Magpantay is the Director of the Democracy
  Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education
  Fund. He is a recognized authority on minority voting rights and
  Asian American political participation and political opinions. He
  oversees the joint AALDEF / OCA Asian American Election
  Protection.  In 2012, he coordinated the nation’s largest multilingual
  exit poll of 9,096 Asian American voters in 14 states and 37 cities. 
  He organized hundreds of OCA members and volunteer attorneys
  to monitor poll sites. In 2009, he was summoned to testify before
  Congress about anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement. He has
authored a number of reports and has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, CNN, and National Public Radio.  He teaches “Race & the Law” at Brooklyn Law School and “Asian American Civil Rights” at Hunter College/ CUNY. Outside of his professional activities, Magpantay serves as co-director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). Magpantay attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook on Long Island, and graduated cum laude from New England School of Law in Boston – after being admitted as an affirmative action beneficiary. 

 

 

  Iosefa (Sefa) Aina is Associate Dean and Director of the
  Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College. Professionally,
  he has served as an Academic and student-organizational
  adviser, as well as an instructor for Asian American Studies
  programs at UCLA and CSU Fullerton. Sefa has taught courses  
  in contemporary Pacific Islander issues, community engagement,
  and has done countless workshops and talks at colleges and
  universities throughout the country.  In September 2010, Sefa
  was appointed by President Obama to the White House
  Commission on AAPI Affairs. He is also the Chair of the Advisory
Board for EPIC and has been active on the advisory boards of the Pacific Islander Health Careers PIPELINE Project, NHPI Alliance for Health, Pacific Islander Cancer Control Network, Samoan Community Advisory Board, and The AIGA (All Islands Getting Along) Foundation. Sefa is also a Founding member of NPIEN (National Pacific Islander Educators Network).

 

  Christine Chen is the founding executive director from
  2006-2008 and has returned to APIAVote in January 2011
  to serve as its current Executive Director.  During her
  tenure she has strengthened and expanded APIAVote's
  partners in 16 states and is focused on strengthening
  local organizational capacity. APIAVote is also focused
  on developing a pipeline of young leaders engaged in this
  work. In addition she serves as President of Strategic
  Alliances USA, a consulting firm specializing in coalition
building, institutional development, and partnerships among the corporate sector, government agencies, and the nonprofit and public sector. Profiled by Newsweek magazine in 2001 as one of 15 women who will shape America’s new century, Chen served from from 2001 to 2005 as national executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), one of the leading APIA civil rights organizations in the country. Chen is well-known by activists across the county. Her track record in building coalitions and working at the grassroots and national levels established her as one of the strongest voices in the APIA community. She has more than 20 years of experience in organizing and advocating on issues such as immigration, hate crimes, affirmative action, census, racial profiling, voting rights, election reform, and various derogatory and racist media incidents. Chen currently serves on the Kennedy Center Community Advisory Board, Center for Asian American Media, OCA Northern Virginia Chapter, and the advisory boards for the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA), and CAPAL. 

 

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