APIAVote welcomes our four Field Fellows and new Programs Associate to the APIAVote team! Our Field Fellows are placed in Virginia, Florida, Nevada, and Ohio, and will be working with our National Field Director and local community partners through the election, while our new Programs Associate will be based in DC working primarily on youth engagement. Learn more about them below!
Christine Hwang joins APIAVote as the Florida Field Fellow while attending Florida State University where she pursues a B.S. in Biology and English Literature. She has previously served as secretary and co-president of FSU's Asian American Student Union and Korean American Student Association, respectively.
Helen Li is currently the Virginia Fellow at Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote). Helen has lived in Virginia her whole life. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in 2012 and recently, in 2016, graduated from The College of William and Mary, where she majored in Computer Science and Sociology. As part of her senior capstone research, Helen interviewed Korean American and Chinese American students to explore how pan-ethnic Asian American identity was affected by Asian media consumption, specifically Korean pop music. She has also worked with the William and Mary school administration to successfully establish an Asian American Studies minor with the Asian American Student Initiative and she volunteered with the Center for Student Diversity as a peer educator to conduct orientation sessions with incoming students about diversity.
Jessica Anne Julio
Jessica Anne Julio, known around the office as Jes, is our Nevada Field Fellow. She has lived in North Las Vegas with her parents since 2000. Having grown up in a mostly diverse city, realizing the API community had little to no voice in a small to large scale was disheartening. Jes graduated top 11 from Rancho High School class of 2008, with high honors and an academic scholarship from a Filipino American nonprofit organization. She then followed her older sister's footsteps and became a Hoya at Georgetown University. Jes was heavily involved in both Club Filipino and Hawaii Club four all four years as Performance Coordinator. She graduated in May 2012 with a major in English and minor in Performing Arts. Jes has since moved back home and still senses a lack of attention for the API demographic in Vegas. Still, she holds an optimistic mindset because of the APIAVote's Field Fellow Program; she knows things are going to be historically different for her state and her community, along with three other states, come this election season.
Tina Maharath is currently the field fellow for the state of Ohio at APIAVote. Presently, she serves as the Chairman for the Volunteer Commitee for the Asian Festival that is held annually in Columbus, Ohio. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Lao Volunteer Donation Association. She studied Political Science at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Maharath has an active presence advocating for issues that affect the AAPI community in Ohio such as immigration, civil engagement, healthcare, and human trafficking. Outside of APIAVote, Maharath is a Business Analyst for Workforce Management at JPMorgan Chase.
Kathryn Quintin is currently the Programs Associate at APIAVote where she coordinates youth engagement and outreach. She was raised in sunny Kissimmee, Florida right outside of Orlando, and is a recent graduate of Florida State University majoring in International Affairs with a focus on Sociology. On campus, she was the Director for the Asian American Student Union as well on the board for the Filipino Student Association. She currently holds the position as Executive Director of the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) and serves on the Board of Advisers for SERCAAL (Southeast Regional Conference for Asian American Leaders).