PO Box 101268
Arlington, VA 22210
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 620
Oakland, CA 94612
Christine Chen, the founding executive director from 2006-2008 has returned to APIAVote in January 2011 to serve as its current Executive Director. During her previous tenure she had strengthened and expanded APIAVote's partners in various states. She also served as the national coordinator of the APIAVote Presidential Town Hall.
Norman Y. Mineta Institute Leadership Institute
Pakou Hang is Principal of WGH Consulting. She is a seasoned consultant with particular expertise in strategic planning and civic and voter engagement in New American communities. Prior to consulting, Pakou served as the Voter Protection Director for the Minnesota Democratic Party and Deputy Vice President of National Field Operations for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. She has also served as the Minnesota Field Director for America Votes, Deputy Political Director for Senator Paul Wellstone’s 2002 re-election campaign, Campaign Manager for State Senator Mee Moua’s historic 2002 special election, and a community and political organizer with Progressive Minnesota.
Events and Logistics Coordinator
Vicki Shu is the President and Founder of VS Planning, a company that provides event and logistic planning services to non-profit organizations and small businesses. Vicki started VS Planning to combine her love of the restaurant business with her support for Asian American non-profit organizations. Vicki’s intimate knowledge of the Asian American community is a result of her many years working as the Legislative and Special Projects Manager for the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) in Washington DC and as the Special Projects Manager for the Asian American Federation of New York.
National Field Director
Viva Mogi is the National Field Director for APIAVote. She has experience in both political campaigns and constituent organizing. Prior to APIAVote, she was the Deputy Field Director for San Francisco Board of Supervisor David Chiu who ran for Mayor of San Francisco in 2011. From 2009 – 2011, She was working as a Legislative Aide and Campaign Coordinator for San Francisco Board of Supervisor Jane Kim.
Hometown: Fairfield, Connecticut
University of Connecticut Class of 2014
I am a junior at the University of Connecticut. I am currently a Political Science major with minors in both Business and Asian American Studies. I have lived in Fairfield, CT for about five years now, but an interesting fact that I have is that including my current home I have moved eleven times throughout my life. Because of this I believe that I am very social and outgoing to new people and to new places. I decided to take this intern position at APIA Vote because I thought what a great opportunity to meet so many people in the APIA community as well as try to stimulate more involvement of Asian American students when it comes to voting and voter registration. It is also a great opportunity to work in the nation's capital!
Caroline Sina Fifita
Hometown: Hawthorne, California
El Camino College Class of 2014
I am part of the Tongan community residing in Hawthorne, California. I am 20 years old and a second year student at El Camino College. I am a volunteer for the Tongan Community Service Center in Southern California as a youth organizer/advocate and a youth leader at the Lennox United Methodist church. I have always been interested in political matters that affect the lives of the population, especially my community. This experience will not only broaden my horizons with voter activity, but also how political work is done. As a voter myself, I believe this will be a great opportunity to expand my knowledge which I can contribute to different Pacific Islander communities around the country.
Hometown: Upper Arlington, Ohio
The Ohio State University Class of 2012
As a recent graduate of Ohio State University, I decided to intern with APIAVote as I've always been fascinated with congressional policy and voter registration. As a student leader in my respective campus in organizations including Asian American Association, Midwest Asian American Students Union, and Pi Delta Psi Fraternity to name a few, I have experienced many issues within the APIA community and have gone on to personally understand that these issues span across the Midwest, as well as the nation. To intern with APIAVote means to me to work backstage and in the front lines of APIA activism. Interning with APIAVote this summer culminates the leadership experiences I've had these past four years of undergrad.
Hometown: Vienna, Virginia
Penn State University Class of 2014
I am a rising junior at Penn State majoring in economics with a business minor. I consult with local nonprofits to solve their business problems and have volunteered at a local transitional housing shelter for five years. In recognition of my work, I was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 2010. I have always been interested in advocacy work to better the society as a whole. The internship opportunity with APIA will allow me to apply leadership skills from past professional experiences to raise voter awareness. I hope to gain additional skill set that will help me inform the communities of the necessity of voting to overall enhance their participation and expand their knowledge on the voting and electoral process.
Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia
Virginia Tech University Class of 2013
I am a rising senior at Virginia Tech studying Economics and Finance. Growing up in Blacksburg, Virginia, my initial passion for the APIA and public service came after the 4/16 tragedy at Virginia Tech. In the subsequent weeks, Virginia Tech found a strong and united community that embraced all socioeconomic and ethnic groups. This sentiment of mutual understanding motivated my involvement in student leadership and continues to inspire my work every day. I am blessed to further pursue this passion with APIAVote. APIAVote’s efforts in voter participation and education are mediums towards strengthening national solidarity as we try to further integrate APIA populations. I hope this work will one day result in a culture that fosters mutual support among all groups and cultivates a national sense of unity. I owe any success I have had to God, my family, friends, mentors, and colleagues who gave me the opportunity to chase my dreams.
College of William and Mary Class of 2011
I am from Richmond, VA and a graduate of William & Mary '11 with a BA in International Relations. Being orginally from the Philippines, I didn't feel the label of being Filipino-American applied to me. That all changed after I went into college and joined the Filipino-American club of my school. My perceptions changed, and I learned to embrace both my Filipino heritage as well as my new American life. I am honored to be part of APIA vote and to help other AAPI youth find their voice in themselves and their community. This is an exciting time for APAs as we are only beginning to come together, and it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to contribute to this cause through this internship.
Hometown: Miami, Florida
University of Miami Class of 2013
I am a rising senior at the University of Miami studying Microbiology/Immunology and Health Sector Management and Policy. I currently reside on the youth advisory council at the Asian American Justice Center and the Asian American Federation of Florida youth council. I took on this internship at APIAVote because after learning and teaching about various current issues regarding our country’s policies, I feel that it is imperative for the population to vote, especially the voting youth and other underrepresented populations. Mobilizing voters is one step closer to obtaining the right voices to push our nation toward the right direction and I hope to provide the right push through this internship.
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
DePauw University Class of 2014
I am a rising junior at DePauw University studying Conflict Studies with a double minor in Chinese and Economics. I saw the internship with APIAVote as an opportunity to increase my knowledge about the electoral and public policy processes, as well as to organize and implement voter activities to increase APIAs’ participation in these processes. This internship is an excellent opportunity for me to learn hands-on tools to better serve my Hmong American and APIA communities. As a leader in my community and a life-long learner, I hope to gain the skills set to educate my community about the importance of civic engagement, to empower potential leaders to recognize their stake in social issues, and to execute a plan that fosters active participation in the voting and electoral processes.