Emma Shainwald


May 3rd, 2022

Washington, D.C.— The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans along with AAPI Data are proud to introduce Nehanda Tankasala as the first Senior Fellow in the AAPI Data/NCAPA Data to Policy Fellowship program. This joint venture aims to strengthen the data expertise within NCAPA while building a platform to elevate AAPI Data’s work at the national level. Nehanda joins NCAPA with an extensive background in community-based public health research and advocacy. 

“We are thrilled to embark on this collaborative new fellow position with NCAPA and excited to build both organizations’ capacities in the realm of data and policy to benefit AAPI communities,” said  Karthick Ramakrishnan, Founder and Co-Director of AAPI Data.

“Starting with a conversation years ago, I am delighted to see this Fellowship program finally come to fruition,” said Gregg Orton, National Director of NCAPA. “AAPI Data has always been an invaluable partner and it is exciting to see our partnership continue to grow.” 

“Nehanda comes to NCAPA with a wealth of experience and knowledge that will allow her to be a true asset to our team, as well as the entire coalition. With so much work still left to be done around data equity, her arrival could not have come at a better time.”


Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of thirty-eight national Asian Pacific American organizations that represent the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns.