Community in the Capital (CITC)
The foundation of National CAPACD's advocacy efforts is the grassroots leadership of our membership network. Over the last decade, we have convened more than 85 AAPI leaders from across our membership through an annual leadership development program called Community in the Capital (CITC) to do the following:
- Support the development of emerging leadership from its base.
- Provide opportunities to build strategic relationships with other community leaders.
- Deepen their perspectives on critical issues and concerns impacting AAPI communities at the federal level.
- Develop a coordinated national and local advocacy strategy around an identified AAPI policy agenda.
- Study the legislative process, including experiential learning on conducting education and advocacy with congressional representatives, policymakers from federal agencies, and the Administration.
- Build coalitions with allies and partners
Graduates of our CITC program have been promoted to executive directorships and other leadership roles within their organizations, hold roles as policymakers within federal agencies and the Administration, and continue to serve as key representatives on issues affecting low-income AAPIs.
CITC 2016-2017 Cohort
Aly Arnold, Chinese Community Center (Houston, TX)
Aly has been a community advocate for over 8 years working, with most of that time spent in her home state of Texas. Her program specialties have included civic engagement, immigration, public benefits and adult education. She currently works as Senior Program Manager at the Chinese Community Center, where she has the amazing opportunity represent and empower a community that has come to be her home. She has a passion for serving immigrant communities, and working strategically to bring social justice and equal economic opportunities to all.
Andrea Giese, Pacific Consortium in Employment (Los Angeles, CA)
A native of Los Angeles, Andrea has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 16 years, 8 of which she has spent at Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE), a Community Development organization dedicated to serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other diverse communities. As Director of Development and Communications, Andrea is responsible for all fundraising and communication strategies to grow the base of philanthropic support and increase public awareness of PACE. Between 2006 and 2014, she served as the Health Coordinator and, later, as the Early Head Start Manager for PACE’s Early Childhood Education Program.
Daniel Naha-Ve’evalu, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (Los Angeles, CA)
"DannyBoy" is a local to San Francisco, CA and has lived in the Los Angeles, South Bay area since 2009. He moved to Southern California to attend USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in 2013. DannyBoy was a student organizer for a Pacific Islander initiative called Promoting Unity, Liberation and Education or PULE (pronounced pooh-leh) that he created while working with Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS), a department of Student Affairs at the University of Southern California. Since his graduation, DannyBoy has been working with Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) as the Program Coordinator for Pacific Islander Leaders Of Tomorrow (PILOT) program that is a culture-based and community-focused leadership, empowerment, and development program designed to build the leadership within the Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) community.
Debbie Chen, Asian Community Development Corporation (Boston, MA)
Debbie is the Community Planner and Project Manager at Asian Community Development Corporation, a community based organization that has developed over 300 affordable homes for residents of Boston’s Chinatown and the cities of Quincy and Malden. Debbie designs and leads planning and policy projects that empower residents and community members to shape their neighborhoods and combat gentrification and displacement. She oversees the Chinatown community visioning campaigns for public parcels, the SaturPLAY creative placemaking project, and the Chinatown pedestrian safety planning campaign, and she previously led ACDC’s civic engagement work in Quincy. Debbie also works with the Director of Real Estate to manage ACDC’s real estate development projects, as well as prospects and assesses new projects.
Erika Gee, Chinatown Community Development Center (San Francisco, CA)
Erika is a senior planner at the Chinatown Community Development Center, with a focus on creative placemaking and open space projects. She has both breadth and depth of experience in educational programming in a variety of arts and cultural institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York including the LA County Museum of Art, the Museum of Chinese in America, Museum for African Art, and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. As a Program Director at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, she established the Immigration Sites of Conscience Network of twenty museums across the country committed to developing new approaches to immigration by making their museums safe places for visitors to explore and discuss the historic context and contemporary implications of immigration with other visitors.
Jagpreet Khakh, Chhaya CDC (Jackson Heights, NY)
Jagpreet joined Chhaya CDC as a Community Organizer in October 2015. As a Community Organizer, Jagpreet works with Chhaya’s tenants through group workshops, individual counseling, building-wide organizations, and city-wide campaigns. He has worked as an organizer for the New Jersey United Students and Rutgers Student Union, as a field manager for the NJ United for Marriage, as a co-director for the New Brunswick Renters Union. He is currently the co-director at the Jakara Movement NY, a progressive Sikh organization that works to empower Sikh youths and communities, and regularly volunteers with the East Coast Solidarity Summer program, a weekend-long leadership and youth empowerment program for 15-21 years olds of South Asian origin.
Jamie Lee, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority (Seattle, WA)
Jamie is the IDEA Space Manager at SCIDpda. Jamie manages the funding, reporting, and vision for all IDEA Space projects and initiatives. Jamie joined the SCIDpda team in the summer of 2014; before that, she worked in the University District with Sanctuary Art Center, an arts organization for homeless youth and young adults. She has over eight years in fund development and project management, both in her professional and volunteer life.
Kathy Chen, Asian American Community Services (Columbus, OH)
Ms. Chen has devoted last three years in the nonprofit sector, addressing health and human services, social justice, and immigrant and refugee issues. Prior to joining Asian American Community Services in 2013, Ms. Chen was in the financial industry and semi-conductor field, assisting firms with strategic planning and management. At AACS, she began as a Program Director in the Interpreting & Translation Department, where she was responsible for managing the agency’s social enterprise and focused on increasing profitability while improving quality control on their interpreting services to all health providers, criminal justice providers as well as school system. In 2014, Ms. Chen was promoted to interim Executive Director and subsequently to Executive Director in January 2015. Since then, she has leaded the Family Support Program, and helped developing victim services to better address issues which are lacking in the current criminal and social and legal services when working with domestic violence, sexual abused, elder abused and human trafficking victims.
Lei Riedel, Hawaiian Community Assets (Honolulu, HI)
As Program Coordinator for the Americorp VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program with HCA, Lei has been tasked with supporting HCA’s vision to build capacity of other Native Hawaiian serving nonprofits in housing, asset building, and financial literacy sectors that align with HCA’s mission, goals and objectives. By placing VISTAs at organizations such as the Hawaiian Community Development Board and INPEACE, HCA is looking at working collaboratively with other organizations to increase the scope of services available to Native Hawaiian families to encourage stable, affordable housing and build assets within the community to support economic stability toward healthy futures.
Raúl Fernández-Berriozábal, Chinatown Community Development Center (San Francisco, CA)
Raúl is originally from Mexico City and lives in San Francisco, California where he has spent nearly two decades in the fields of education and social services, serving the homeless, people with psychiatric disabilities, those with problems substance abuse, incarcerated youth, immigrants and the elderly. Raúl is the SRO Families United Collaborative a multiracial, multilingual collaboration of 5 community-based organizations dedicated to organizing and empowering families living in Single Room SRO hotels to defend their rights, improve conditions in their buildings, access services, and seek decent housing.
Yaomee Xiong, CAPI USA (Minneapolis, MN)
With a background in Health Care Administration (B.S) and Political Science (B.A) Yaomee Xiong oversees 5 core health and human services program in addition to community engagement work with the refugee and immigrant communities through CAPI, USA, a non-profit, in Hennepin County of Minnesota as a Human Services Manager. Yaomee comes from a working poor class family whose parents are the products of the Vietnam War with little education on their names. Being the oldest out of 10 kids and a first generation college student Yaomee alone navigated the strenuous post education system which took her 6 years to complete. Having to go through the American refugee welfare system in the late 90s and seeing the struggle her parents went through in navigating the system with no culturally appropriate services is what motivates Yaomee to work with refugee and immigrant communities in improving economic and social equity.
Christina Baggao, Pacific Consortium in Employment (Los Angeles, CA)
Ching Chan, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (Seattle, WA)
Wai-Ling Chin, Pacific Consortium in Employment (Los Angeles, CA)
Rosalyn Epstein, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (Oakland, CA)
Sarah Fajardo, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (New York, NY)
Duncan Hwang, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (Portland, Oregon)
Theresa Imperial, Veteran's Equity Center (San Francisco, CA)
Lucy Pyeatt, Chinese Community Center (Houston, TX)
Alisi Tulua, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (Los Angeles, CA)
Choua Vang, Hmong American Partnership (St. Paul, MN)
Lahela Williams, Hawaiian Community Assets (Honolulu, HI)
Sarah Yeung, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (Philadelphia, PA)
Desiree Vea, Hawaiian Community Assets (Honolulu, HI)
Grace Shim, Minkwon Center for Community Action (New York, NY)
Imtiaz Hossain, Chhaya CDC (Jackson Heights, NY)
Kim Train, Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (Los Angeles, CA)
Kimberly Tang, Chinese Community Center (Houston, TX)
Michael Yee, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (Seattle, WA)
Mike Murase, Little Tokyo Service Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Mindy Au InterIm Community Development Association (Seattle, WA)
Sarah Teater, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (Oakland, CA)
Stephen Lee, Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
Yunie Hong, Hmong National Development, Inc. (Washington, D.C.)
Richard Chang, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (Los Angeles, CA)
Carol Wu, Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (Los Angeles, CA)
Linda Yang, Lao Family Community of Stockton (Stockton, CA)
Hieu Lam, Union of Pan Asian Communities (San Diego, CA)
Michael Byun, Asian Service in Action (Akron, OH)
Chi Mei Lin, Chinese Community Center (Houston, TX)
Rosalee Puaoi, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (Kapolei, HI)
Geraldine Mendiola, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (Kapolei, HI)
Jun Yang, Faith Action for Community Equity (Honolulu, HI)
Nam Pham, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Dorchester, MA)
Charles Vang, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce (Milwaukee, WI)
Theresa Mah, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (Chicago, IL)
Noelle Desaki, Hawaiian Community Assets (Honolulu, HI)
Tony Chung, Center for Pan Asian Community Services (Chamblee, GA)
Mamta Gurung, Chhaya CDC (Jackson Heights, NY)
Riamsalio Kao Phetchareun, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (Washington, DC)
Nancy Pomplun, Asian Economic Development Association (St. Paul, MN)
Dae Joong Yoon, Korean Resource Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Genna Byrd, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (Kapolei, HI)
Janelle Chan, Asian Community Development Corportation (Boston, MA)
John Chin, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (Philadelphia, PA)
Phuong Do, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (Washington, D.C.)
Karoleen Feng, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (Oakland, CA)
Jeff Gilbreath, Hawaiian Community Assets (Honolulu, HI)
Hyeok Kim, InterIm Community Development Association (Seattle, WA)
Jeremy Liu, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (Oakland, CA)
Kei Nagao, Little Tokyo Services Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Rosalee Puaoi, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (Kapolei, HI)
Shan Rehman, Chhaya CDC (Jackson Heights, NY)
Nenick Vu, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (Washington, D.C.)
Malcolm Yeung, Chinatown Community Development Center (San Francisco, CA)
Cindy Wu, Chinatown Community Development Center (San Francisco, CA)
Evelyn Bruce, National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth (North Miami, FL)
Shannon Toriki, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (Kapolei, HI)
Lilia Kapuniai, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (Kapolei, HI)
Laura Matsuoka, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (Kapolei, HI)
Shan Rehman, Chhaya CDC (Jackson Heights, NY)
Margaret Iwanaga-Penrose, Union of Pan Asian Communities (San Diego, CA)
Pany Siharath, Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Mark Masaoka, Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (Los Angeles, CA)
Sheng Lee, Hmong Asian Partnership (Saint Paul, MN)
Jeong Yeon Hong, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (Annandale, VA)
Keh Rachanit Trikandha, Thai Community Development Corporation (Los Angeles, CA)
Bruce Blaisdell, VietAID (Boston, MA)
Richard Lee, Asian Americans for Equality (New York, NY)
Joel Jacinto, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (Los Angeles, CA)