Staff & Fellows

Christine Chen

Executive Director

Christine is the founding executive director of APIAVote from 2006-2008, and returned to APIAVote in January 2011 to serve as its current Executive Director. During her tenure she had strengthened and expanded APIAVote's partners into 22 states. Profiled by Newsweek magazine in 2001 as one of 15 women who will shape America’s new century, Chen served 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.

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Eric Salcedo

National Field Director 

Eric Salcedo has been the National Field Director for APIAVote since September 2014. Previously, he served as the Asian American Liaison and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Illinois Attorney General.

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Alton Wang

Communications and Development Associate  

Alton coordinates APIAVote's communications and media strategy, youth engagement, and organizational development. Outside of APIAVote, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL). 

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Kathryn Quintin 

Programs Associate  

Kathryn Quintin is currently the Programs Associate at Asian Pacific Islander Vote (APIAVote) where she coordinates most of the youth engagement and outreach. 

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Christine Hwang

Florida Field Fellow  

Christine Hwang joined APIAVote as the Florida Field Fellow while attending Florida State University and pursuing a B.S. in Biology and English Literature. 


Helen Li

Virginia Field Fellow  

Helen Li is currently the Virginia Field Fellow, and has lived in Virginia her whole life. She recently graduated in 2016 from The College of William and Mary, where she majored in Computer Science and Sociology. 


Jessica Anne Julio

Nevada Field Fellow  

Known around the office as Jes, Jes has lived in North Las Vegas with since 2000 and is the Nevada Field Fellow. Jes graduated from Georgetown University in May 2012 with a major in English and minor in Performing Arts. 


Tina Maharath

Ohio Field Fellow  

Tina Maharath is currently the Ohio Field Fellow at APIAVote. Presently, she also serves as the Chairman for the Volunteer Commitee for the Asian Festival that is held annually in Columbus, Ohio, and also serves on the Advisory Board for the Lao Volunteer Donation Association. 


James Lai

Research Fellow  

James S. Lai is an Associate Professor who holds a joint appointment with the Ethnic Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at Santa Clara University. Dr. Lai served as the Director of the Ethnic Studies Program from 2008 to 2014.

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Karthick Ramakrishnan

Research Fellow  

Karthick Ramakrishnan is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, where he also serves as Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at Public Policy Institute of California.

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Janelle Wong

Research Fellow  

Janelle Wong is Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland. She is also a core faculty member in the Department of American Studies. She received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at Yale University.

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