Christopher Kang, National Director
As National Director, Kang leads the coalition in developing policy and communications strategy and advancing a joint agenda to address the needs of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.
Kang most recently served as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to President Barack Obama in the Office of the White House Counsel, where he was in charge of the selection, vetting and confirmation of the President’s judicial nominees and advised on commutations and executive clemency. Kang began at the White House in January 2009 as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, and he also held several positions for U.S. Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Richard Durbin.
Nisha Ramachandran, Policy and Operations Manager
Nisha oversees NCAPA's development and operations as well as policy work in the above areas. She was a 2013-2014 APAICS Fellow in the office of Congressman Ami Bera, M.D., where she handled U.S.-India and Indian American community issues, as well as civil rights, veterans' affairs, and science and technology issues.
She graduated with a Master’s in Public Policy from The George Washington University, and her previous work experience includes policy and advocacy work with World Food Program USA and a women’s safety research project related to water and sanitation in India.
Mary Tablante, Communications Associate
Mary works to build NCAPA's internal communications capacity and manages the organization's social media, website and written materials. She was previously the administrative and communications assistant for NCAPA. Mary has covered immigration, health and entertainment for Asian American & Pacific Islander publications such as Asian Fortune and INQUIRER.net.
She has also worked for USA TODAY's Your Take initiative and has been published in AOL's Patch and several local Maryland publications. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.
Photo credit for photos of Nisha and Mary: Angie Tran