OCA 2018 Spring Interns
Nathaniel is a soon-to-be graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is pursuing a major in History and minor in Education. Alongside a group of friends, he operates the Bike Coop, an on-campus bicycle shop, which serves the students and under-served communities of Santa Cruz. He manages personal relations, facilities volunteer opportunities, and organize monthly bicycle rides, gatherings, and how-to workshops. He also recently studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan.
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Nathaniel was involved in park programs since his childhood. His involvement gave him opportunities to learn, mentor, and teach – ultimately leading to his discovery of a love for education. He aspires to be a high school teacher that guides and ensures students achieve a higher education. Working with the Young Writers Programs and the UCSC Education Department, he has shadowed teachers as well as work with middle school students to publish their poetry into a printed book.
His parents are first generation immigrants who followed stereotypical Chinese pathways to success. Their struggle and perseverance ties him to his AAPI heritage and inspires him to make critical changes for the Asian American community. As a history major, he studies Asian American history as well as the history of various foreign Asian countries.
In his free time, Nathaniel loves to travel, take photographs, and engage in forest meditation (or anything outdoorsy). He hopes to grow more connected and learn more about domestic Asian American issues as well as gain a scope into policy making through living in D.C. and interning with OCA.
Henry is a graduating senior at the University of California, Santa Cruz majoring in Politics with an emphasis on International Relations and minoring in Legal Studies. Henry attributes his interests in technology, the environment, and immigration policy to his upbringing in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, California. At school, Henry was the Inter-Org Retreat Coordinator for the 8th Annual Inter-Org Retreat for the UCSC Sustainability Office and an Undergraduate Reader for the California Water Policy and Law course. In the past, Henry has interned at the office of Assembly member David Chiu, the Office of Assembly member Fiona Ma, and the Santa Cruz County Immigration Project.
As a second generation immigrant, Henry is accustomed to the hardships faced by immigrants of all backgrounds. With this humble background, Henry has developed a stalwart work ethic to persevere against challenges. With his ability work effectively in both independent and team settings, and his immersive experiences as an intern in the California Legislature, Henry is eager to apply and share the skills that he has accumulated at OCANational.
In his free time, Henry enjoys musicals, reading, exercising, hiking, and trying new restaurants.