ABOUT US

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), founded in 1996, is a coalition of 38 national Asian Pacific American organizations around the country. Based in Washington D.C., NCAPA serves to represent the interests of the greater Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for AA and NHPI issues.

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

MISSION: We are a coalition of national Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander organizations striving for equity and justice by organizing our diverse strengths to influence policy and shape public narratives.

VISION: We envision a world where Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders work together to shape our own future as part of the broader racial justice movement and advance our communities and country towards a common purpose of progress, prosperity and well-being for all.

NCAPA is a project of Tides Center.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

John C. Yang

Co-Chair

President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC

Alvina Yeh

Co-Chair

Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)

Sung Yeon Choimorrow

Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

Becky Belcore

Co-Director, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

Jeffrey Caballero

Executive Director, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)

Tavae Samuelu

Executive Director, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

Seema Agnani

Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans Community Development (National CAPACD)

STAFF

Gregg Orton

Gregg Orton

National Director

gregg@ncapaonline.org

Gregg is the National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans where he 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.

Gregg joins NCAPA after spending nine years working on Capitol Hill for Rep. Al Green (D-TX). He has served as a dedicated advocate for the AAPI community, as well as a mentor for many AAPI staffers in Congress.

Gregg hails from Arcadia, CA and attended Vassar College where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. Following graduation, he came to DC as an Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Housing Fellow and joined Rep. Green’s office. He most recently served as the Congressman’s Chief of Staff.

Young Noh Jung

Young Noh Jung

Senior Policy Advisor

young@ncapaonline.org

Young is the Senior Policy Advisor at the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans where he supports the advancement of the coalition’s housing and economic justice, civil rights, and education policy priorities.

Young is a first-generation Korean American from Los Angeles, CA. He is a proud transfer student from Santa Monica College, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies. He is passionate about creating equitable cities, learning about history, and making great cups of coffee.

Sina Uipi

Sina Uipi

EPIC Policy Associate

suipi@empoweredpi.org

Sina Uipi is the Washington, DC-based Policy Associate for Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC). In this role, Sina leads EPIC’s national policy and advocacy efforts towards the organization’s mission to advance social justice and increase the political power of NHPI communities. She is thrilled to bring greater awareness to Pacific Islander needs at the national level.

Sina earned her BA at SFSU in Political Science, including two minors in Counseling and Women and Gender Studies. She was raised in the LA area, and is a first generation Tongan American daughter to her parents and a community who has helped shape the advocate she is today.

Prior to joining EPIC, Sina was a Senior Civil Rights Fellow at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, where she focused on policy priorities such as Education, Immigration, Census, and Technology/Workforce Development. EPIC is one of NCAPA’s newest members, which allows for Sina to work on behalf of both organizations as a joint effort. In addition to leading a national network for a NHPI policy platform, she will also be supporting NCAPA’s coalition work.

Annie Yang

Annie Yang

Policy and Communications Associate

annie@ncapaonline.org

Annie is the Policy and Communications Associate at the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, assisting the coalition’s civil rights, immigration, and tech/telecom policy advocacy and supporting NCAPA’s communications work.

Annie is a second-generation Chinese American from New York, NY. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in History and minors in Sociology and Global Cultural Studies. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her cat, reading, and playing video games.

Emma Shainwald

Emma Shainwald

Communications and Coalition Associate

emma@ncapaonline.org

Emma is the Communications and Coalitions Associate at the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and works to support coalition-building between AAPI organizations.

From Princeton, NJ, Emma came to D.C. after graduating from William & Mary with a B.A. in Asian Pacific Islander American Studies. Studying in Virginia acquainted Emma with AAPI spaces in D.C. and Virginia, where Emma later moved to pursue greater work with the AAPI community.

Emma’s experience as a transnational-transracial adoptee heavily influenced a passion for immigration and AAPI issues. When given the opportunity, Emma enjoys drinking tea, sewing, and cracking jokes with friends.

Chase Mekdara

Chase Mekdara

Laotian American National Alliance Fellow

chase@lana-usa.org

Chase is the Laotian American National Alliance (LANA) Fellow for 2021-2022 at the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. In this role, Chase works to continue LANA’s mission to advance the social and economic well-being of the multi-ethnic Laotian Americans in the United States through civic engagement and public policy advocacy. Joining LANA in 2019 as a volunteer, Chase continued his work by coordinating LANA’s programming and outreach for the 2020 Census. Chase is excited to continue representing and advocating for SEAA communities at the national level through NCAPA’s work.

Chase is a second-generation Laotian American from Spartanburg, SC. He graduated from Furman University with a B.M. in Viola Performance and a B.A. in Asian Studies. In his free time, Chase enjoys performing and teaching music in the greater metropolitan area of Atlanta with various string ensembles.

Committee Co-Chairs

Civil Rights

  • Marita Etcubañez, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC)

Education

  •  Young Jung, Interim Co-Chair, Senior Policy Advisor, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

Health

  • Adam P. Carbullido, Director of Policy and Advocacy, The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
  • Azizah Ahmad, Policy & Community Advocacy Manager, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

Housing & Economic Justice

  • Kristina Romines, Program Manager, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)
  • Naomi You, Policy Manager, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development National (CAPACD)

Immigration

  • Kham S. Moua, Director of Immigration Policy, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
  • Megan Essaheb, Director of Immigration Advocacy, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC)

Civic Engagement

  • Vivian Chang, Civic Engagement Manager, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)
  • Chris Phan, Field & Programs Associate, Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

Communications

  • Kristine Alarcon, Associate Manager, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
  • Mary Tablante, Assistant Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC)

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