Ken Lee, Chief Executive Officer
Ken Lee is a former UPSer, having started as a part-time employee while he was in college. Ken retired in 2008 as the Vice President of Security for UPS’ U.S. Operations. He was the first Asian Pacific American (APA) to attain the title of Vice President, and was one of the highest ranking APAs at UPS. A leading activist for Asian community affairs at UPS, Ken served as a mentor and role model for other Asian employees, and served on UPS’s corporate diversity committee.
Ken currently is the immediate past national president of OCA, an Asian advocacy organization that UPS has had a long relationship with. Prior to being elected President, Ken served in several other OCA capacities. Additionally, Ken has served on the Diversity Advisory Council for Georgia Power, one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity and today serves on the Comcast NBC Universal Diversity Advisory Council.
Due in part to his success in his career, his active role in the OCA, and his involvement with many community organizations in the Georgia area, Ken was selected by UPS to be the recipient of the OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award in 1997. Ken was also honored by "Who’s Who in Asian American Communities” 2006, Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business 2006 and LEAP’s Leadership Awardees in 2009.
Ken was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Ken’s parents and grandparents emigrated from the suburbs of Guangzhou, China in the early 1900s. He now lives in Duluth, GA with Ashley and their daughter, Vincy.
Ken can be reached at KLee@ocanational.org
Kelly Xu Tian, Manager of administration
Kelly Tian has been with OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates for 15 years. Born and raised in Beijing, China, she moved to United States in 1996 with her husband.
Currently, Kelly resides in Columbia, Maryland with her husband and younger son, who is a sophomore at Oakland Mill High School. Her older son is re-settled nearby her home. Kelly’s daily job is to oversee the OCA financial books and office day-to-day operating. Kelly also ensures the administration of the organization's invoices, revenue processes, and Tax Auditing.
Kelly can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 112 or KXTian@ocanational.org
Kendall T. Kosai, Deputy Director
Kendall T Kosai is the Deputy Director at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven civil rights organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), touching hundreds of thousands of APAs around the country each year. In his capacity, Kendall manages the organization's operations, an organizational budget of over $1.7 million in corporate grants, foundations, and individual contributions, and OCA's national network of chapters. He also oversees the organization’s national programming, advocacy, finances, executive board, the annual National Convention, and the Corporate Achievement Awards. Since coming to OCA, Kendall has led many major organizational changes including hiring, organizational infrastructure, strategic priorities, and diversification of funding streams.
Kendall previously worked as a senior staff reporter for the North American Post, the largest and oldest Japanese American community newspaper in Seattle, covering issues including immigration, civil rights, local elections, race, and state budget cuts. Kendall was also an intern at the Honda Motor Company Government Affairs office where he analyzed governmental regulations to the auto industry. Prior to becoming the Deputy Director for OCA, Kendall was also the inaugural OCA Civil Rights Fellow where he worked on public policy issues that affect the AAPI community including immigration, education, military justice, and voting rights.
Kendall is a proud 4th Generation Japanese American from the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate from the University of Washington with a BA in Political Science with a Minor in Japanese language.
Kendall can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 121 or KKosai@ocanational.org
Pajouablai Monica Lee, Associate Director of Programs
Pajouablai Monica Lee joins us from St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2014, where she received her bachelors of science in human resource development.
During college, Monica held multiple positions in various campus and community organizations, which sparked her interest and passion for developing young leaders. She served as Vice President of the Hmong Minnesota Student Association during her sophomore year to provide meaningful events and resources to improve Hmong students’ college experience. She served as the director of clan leaders for the Hmong Culture and Language Program at Concordia University for two consecutive summers. Monica was also a History Museum Fellow at the Minnesota Historical Society where she worked on the Diversity Profile Project to gauge diversity and inclusion levels within the society; and researched best practices and strategies to improve these efforts.
Prior to joining OCA full time, Monica completed her OCA Fall internship at Dewey Square Group where she supported advocacy efforts on a range of issues targeting Asian Americans. She is excited to learn more about how to effect change on issues like education, leadership development, immigration, and civil rights.
Monica manages the professional and leadership development programs including MAAP-Mentoring Asian American Professionals, B3: Build, Breakthrough, Believe, and the AAPI Womxn’s Initiative.
In her free time, Monica enjoys watching TGIT shows, Bollywood movies, cooking, playing sports and spending time with friends and family.
Monica can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 114 or MLee@ocanational.org
Marie Nguyen, DEVELOPMENT manager
Marie Nguyen is the Development Manager at the OCA National Center. In her capacity, she works to support the development of the organization through coordinating fundraising and special events. Marie also works very closely with OCA's Business Advisory Council. In her capacity, she hopes to grow OCA as a national organization and continue to uplift and bring visibility to the APA community.
Rooted in Southern California, Marie is the youngest of nine siblings in her big and boisterous family. Her experience of growing up in a Vietnamese immigrant family has inspired her to build and gain more understanding of advocacy to help future APA generations. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she pursued a degree in Political Science – Public Law.
Her experience as a past OCA intern has truly helped shape the way sees the world today, for the better. Marie wants to continue to explore and discover more about the APA climate and seeks to learn more about justice and the incredible amount of work it takes to advocate on behalf of the APA community.
Marie’s interests are cooking, baking, ice-cream, tennis, and binge watching Netflix.
Marie can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 122 or MNguyen@ocanational.org
Andrew Lo, Program manager
A Kansas City native, Andrew Lo is the Youth Programs Manager at OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates. In his role, Andrew engages the next generation of Asian Pacific Americans by coordinating OCA's national Internship, APA Y: Advocate, and APIA U: Leadership Programs.
Prior to joining OCA, Andrew managed programs and operations for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) working to encourage Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in public service. Andrew double majored in Philosophy and Biology at Saint Louis University. Outside of the classroom he served as president of SLU’s Asian American Association connecting AAPI communities and working to promote social justice for all. He also help to establish Forte, an organization dedicated to providing Saint Louis schools with tutors, instruments, and other resources needed to facilitate an education in music.
Growing up in his family's restaurant fostered Andrew's love for creating and consuming food. Andrew can also be found making music, invading the privacy of others with a camera, and generally causing a ruckus.
Andrew can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 118 or Alo@ocanational.org.
Stephanie Wong, Chapter and Membership manager
Stephanie Wong is OCA’s Chapter and Membership Associate. In her role, Stephanie acts as the liaison between chapters, members, and the OCA National Center. She also coordinates OCA’s National Board Meetings and chapter growth and development.
Stephanie previously worked at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies which is a think tank that serves elected officials and communities of color. Stephanie currently serves as the Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Washington, D.C. chapter of Filipino Young Professionals (FYP-DC). In addition, Stephanie is an alumna of the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies and was placed in Congresswoman Bordallo's office, the representative for Guam.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and double minors in English and Asian American Studies. While at UF, Stephanie was very involved on her campus, serving as President of the Asian American Student Union, Senator and Assistant Director for Student Government, and Programming Director for the Southeast Regional Conference of Asian American Leaders. Stephanie also worked to help grow the Asian American community in the Southeast, helping with the formation of the Florida Asian American Student Union (FAASU) and bringing the first Asian American Studies minor to a college campus in the Southeast.
In her free time, you can find Stephanie at the gym, Yelping, or trying to squeeze a trip into her schedule to a new destination that she's never been to before.
Stephanie can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 120 or SWong@ocanational.org.
Thu Nguyen, Communications manager
Thu Nguyen serves OCA National as the Communications Associate. A fresh graduate from Rice University with a degree in Chemistry and Sociology, Thu found her way into the nonprofit sector in college when OCA-Greater Houston invited her to talk about Asian American body image at their TEA Talks. Then, as the president of the Vietnamese Student Association, she partnered with OCA-GH for the VSA’s annual College Leadership Workshop for low-income high school students, fell in love with the organization, and interned there as the social media manager and college programs co-coordinator.
In her capacity, Thu produces print and digital content to keep the community updated and advance organizational objectives. Formerly a freelance content creator, she hopes to bring her artistic direction to OCA’s magazine, social media, and other platforms to push information design for social advocacy organizations.
Her hometown of Houston will always be first in her heart, but she loves to road trip and sight see – mainly to try new food and take minimalist photos. In her spare time, Thu publishes an Asian-Houstonian cultural+lifestyle magazine named Rice Paper. If she has more spare time, she likes to take fashion editorial photos, do nails, or bake. You can follow Thu on Instagram @thudawin.
Thu can be reached at (202) 223-5500 ext. 119 or TNguyen@ocanational.org.
SINA UIPI, CIVIL RIGHTS FELLOW
Sina Uipi is the first Pacific Islander Civil Rights Fellow at OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates. She is a first generation Tongan-American woman from Los Angeles, California, and is passionate about serving and representing her community.
In her capacity, she works in the policy department, assisting with advocacy efforts in Immigration, Education, Census, and Technology/Telecommunications. She hopes to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible, so that it may continue to foster her personal and professional development in strengthening the Pacific voice on a national level. Sina earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science at San Francisco State University, with two Minors in Counseling and Women Studies. Prior to her relocation to D.C., she worked as a Project Specialist in the public health field in LA, where she developed a Tongan specific health curriculum that not only engaged Tongan community members, but impacted Samoan and Asian American communities as well.
Most of her professional experience has been in the nonprofit sector, specifically with Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander organizations, and leadership development programs. She comes from a strong foundation of family and friends, and applies her Tongan values to her work and relationships.
Sina can be reached at (202)223-5500 ext. 116 or SUipi@ocanational.org.