Who We Are

Staff

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Timmy Lu

AAPI FORCE-EF
Executive Director

Timmy Lu is the founding director of AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund. He brings 11 years of experience in community organizing, political campaigns, and voter data management. Prior to this role, Timmy was the State Organizing Director at Asian Pacific Environmental Network, where he led the organization’s integrated voter engagement programs in contacting tens of thousands of voters. A second-generation ethnic Chinese refugee from Vietnam, he’s also a new father.

Jennifer Phung

Jennifer Phung

AAPI FORCE-EF
Field Director

Born and raised in Oakland, Jennifer was first introduced to movement work through youth organizing. Jennifer brings a wide range of experiences including organizing healthcare workers at AFSCME 3299, working with low-income tenants on anti-eviction campaigns, and leading civic engagement mobilizations. In her most recent role as the Youth Organizer at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, she organized youth of color around transit and environmental justice issues and won expanded youth access to free transit. Through political education and leadership development, she also mobilized youth leaders to participate in door knocking/phone banking for local ballot issues. Jennifer is now the Civic Engagement Manager at AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund, where she helps coordinate and implement statewide voter outreach efforts.

Lan Nguyen

Lan Nguyen

AAPI FORCE-EF
Communications Manager

Lan is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and grew up in Cambodiatown, Long Beach. Lan has a background as a filmmaker, educator, and grassroots organizer. She is most passionate about issues regarding immigration and incarceration.

Steering Committee

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Lian Cheun

Khmer Girls in Action, Executive Director

Lian Cheun is the Executive Director of Khmer Girls in Action. She is a 1.5 generation refugee from Cambodia. She grew up in the Bay Area and has spent 2 decades working in low-income communities of color. Lian started out as a youth organizer on the Kids First! Campaign and has since worked for funding for youth programs, fought for educational and health justice, volunteered and trained for numerous GOTV efforts with the Alameda County Labor Council, and fought for workers’ rights regionally and internationally. In 2007, Lian helped Migrant Forum in Asia organize the very first regional, migrant domestic workers’ assembly.  Lian believes in fighting for our self-determination as women, as workers, and as creators of knowledge and culture in our communities. She was also the former director of the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) at the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO). In 2014, Lian was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Visit Khmer Girls in Action at http://kgalb.org/

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Amy Horn

Khmer Girls in Action, Community Organizer

Amy started off as a member in 2003-2004 and continued to participate and volunteer with KGA after graduation. She was born and raised in Long Beach and is an active member in the Khmer Community. She is the daughter of a first generation refugee from Cambodia who still faces struggles every day. The connection she has to her people is her relationships she builds with the youth. She believes that there is nothing more powerful than to be guided and set up for success. As a member, Khmer Girls in Action saw so much potential in her and believed that she could make a change and by setting her up with the right tools, she was able to be who she is today!

Visit Khmer Girls in Action at http://kgalb.org/

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Le Tim Ly

Chinese Progressive Association, Deputy Director

As Deputy Director of the Chinese Progressive Association, Le manages and supports the organization’s expansive program work, organizational development, strategic planning, and finance and operations. Le provides oversight for compliance for CPA’s lobby activities and relationship with the Center for Empowered Politics (c4). He also leads CPA’s earned income strategies including techvida and the management of fiscally sponsored projects.

Visit Chinese Progressive Association of San Francisco at http://www.cpasf.org/

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Karen Yeung

Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Civic Engagement Coordinator

Karen was born and raised in Hong Kong. She has a strong community and volunteering organizing background as a member of HKJPC Western District Council. She has started volunteering with APEN since high school. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Architecture and minor in Sustainable Design. One of her hopes is that everyone would be able have a nice environment to live in. She discovered her passion for environmental justice for AAPI people since she became an APEN state team canvasser during her last semester in school. As an immigrant, she knows about Asians’ culture and AAPI voters’ lack of information about elections. After that, she became a CEP canvassing team leader for two years, and now the Civic Engagement Coordinator to continue developing the connection with voters and voter education.

Visit Asian Pacific Environmental Network at https://apen4ej.org/

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Laiseng Saechao

Asian Pacific Environmental Network, State Organizer

Laiseng Saechao is the State Organizer at Asian Pacific Environmental Network. Born and raised in Richmond, California, Laiseng grew up noticing the deep inequalities that existed in her community. A serendipitous enrollment in the course “Ecological Justice” taught her about APEN’s work and their organizing efforts in her own backyard. This inspired her to become engaged with on-campus organizing and intern with organizations like the Labor/Community Strategy Center and APEN. In order to tie academia to her passion for equity, Laiseng graduated from Scripps College with a degree in Politics and International Relations where her concentration was Power and Justice. She is currently the state organizer at APEN, helping build local power in the Central Valley and Los Angeles to win statewide civic engagement and public policy campaigns. She is a self proclaimed data enthusiast, and is looking forward to building out APEN’s civic engagement data. Laiseng is extremely excited to have APEN as a political home and is looking forward to working alongside members and allies for healthy communities we can live, work, and play!

Visit Asian Pacific Environmental Network at https://apen4ej.org/

Cha Vang

Cha Vang

Hmong Innovating Politics, Executive Director

Cha Vang is the co-founder and Executive Director of Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP), whose mission is to strengthen the power of disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization. Founded in 2012, HIP set out to address the lack of representation and voices at the decision-making table. Prior to being the Executive Director of HIP, Cha works tirelessly as a community organizer to improve outcomes for children and families in the Sacramento region. Cha has worked on issues ranging from education to food justice. She has volunteered on multiple local campaigns working toward building political power for underserved communities. Cha has done extensive work in empowering and cultivating leaders amongst her peers and the youth. Cha holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento. Cha was born in the refugee camps of Thailand and raised in South Sacramento. Cha is one of 14 children in her family.

Visit Hmong Innovating Politics at http://hipcalifornia.com/

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Arvin Garcia

Filipino Advocates For Justice, Civic Engagement/Immigrant Rights Organizer

Arvin was born in Toronto, Canada but grew up moving around in the East Bay. He went to James Logan High School learning about Asian American issues because it was a high school requirement.   He graduated from Cal State East Bay in 2017 in Political Science w/ a focus in Public Administration and minor in Ethnic Studies.  While in college, he helped out with APALA Alameda County and interned with FAJ & Assemblyman Bonta’s office.  Right now he’s FAJ’s Civic Engagement & Immigrant Rights Organizer, in charge of field campaigns of civic engagement and immigrant rights advocacy through various coalition building.

Visit Filipino Advocates For Justice at at filipinos4justice.org

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Tiffany Ng

Chinese Progressive Association, Lead Civic Engagement Organizer

Tiffany Ng is the Lead Civic Engagement Organizer at Chinese Progressive Association. Tiffany grew up in San Francisco and has engaged in community organizing and advocacy since high school. She is a founding member of CPA’s youth organizing program, Youth MOJO. As a Lead Organizer, she currently coordinates civic engagement field programs to mobilize immigrant voters and trains organizers through CPA’s Eva Lowe Fellowship. Her passion for environmental justice has led her to grow and manage Sisterhood Gardens, a community garden and education center located in the District 11.

Visit Chinese Progressive Association San Francisco at cpasf.org