ABOUT US

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), founded in 1996, is a coalition of 36 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)

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

Policy/Communications Associate

young@ncapaonline.org

Young is the Policy/Communications Associate at the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans where he supports the coalition work.

Young is from Los Angeles, CA and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies. Following graduation, he came to DC as a CKA-KALCA Public Service Intern through the Council of Korean Americans, where he was placed as an intern at the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans.

Young is passionate about creating equitable cities, international relations, 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

Digital Communications and Tech Fellow

annie@ncapaonline.org

Annie is the Tech and Digital Communications Fellow at the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, researching tech and telecommunications policy 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.

Committee Co-Chairs

Civil Rights

  • Marita Etcubañez, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC)
  • Mahnoor Hussain, Policy and Partnerships Manager, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Education

  • Rita Pin Ahrens, Executive Director, OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates (OCA)
  • Anna Byon, Education Policy Manager, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Health

  • Adam P. Carbullido, Director of Policy and Advocacy, The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
  • Iyanrick John, Senior Policy Strategist, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

Housing & Economic Justice

  • Kristina Romines, Program Manager, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)
  • Anjan Chaudhry, Director of Community Empowerment, 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)

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Sign up for the latest from NCAPA, including press releases, AAPI breaking news, and more.

Our Voices Only Count If We Speak Up. Count Us In.

The 2020 Census is critical for more than 22 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). We all need to participate in the Census if we want good jobs, education, and healthcare for our communities.

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