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Our staff, law clerks, and fellows are rooted in the communities we serve and advance legal, policy, and strategic campaigns informed by those relationships. As a team, we strive to be courageous and collaborative in long-term work to reimagine the status quo and drive systemic change.

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Leadership Team

Aarti Kohli

Executive Director

Aarti Kohli

Executive Director

Aarti Kohli is the Executive Director of Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, the first organization in the country to represent and promote the legal and civil rights of Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Aarti leads ALC with a vision of increasing the power of low-income immigrant communities to help advance economic and racial justice in our democracy. She currently leads a national table of Asian American leaders addressing anti-Asian hate with a focus on policy, messaging, and solidarity work. Aarti is committed to advancing local, state, and federal policy solutions that recognize and address the needs of Asian American and Pacifc Islander communities.

Aarti is an experienced leader with over twenty years of experience working at the intersections of immigration, civic engagement, criminal justice, economic equity, and national security. Prior to joining Advancing Justice – ALC, Aarti led her own consulting practice where she advised philanthropy and managed a project on the politics of demographic change and immigration reform at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Aarti also served as the Director of Immigration Policy at the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law where she led the institute’s immigration initiative on issues of equity for immigrant families. Formerly, she worked on a range of issues, from bankruptcy to voting rights, as Judiciary Committee counsel to Representative Howard Berman (D-CA). Before working for Congress she served as Assistant Legislative Director at UNITE union in Washington, DC where she lobbied on behalf of low-income garment workers.

Jacob Smith Yang

Director of Human Resources and Administration

Jacob Smith Yang

Director of Human Resources and Administration

Jacob Smith Yang is the Director of Human Resources and Administration at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. Previously, he was the Senior Director of Capacity Building at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). Jacob is a nonprofit administrator with more than twenty years of experience working on Asian American and Pacific Islander health equity and inclusion, LGBTQ rights, and HIV. Jacob is a certified professional coach.

For 10 years Jacob served as Executive Director of Massachusetts Asian & Pacific Islanders (MAP) for Health in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as a commissioner and chair of the Massachusetts Commission on GBLT Youth and a member and chair of the Boston EMA Ryan White HIV Services Planning Council. Jacob has also served on the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Public Health Association. His first job was a reporter at Boston’s Gay Community News.

Lily Wang

Deputy Director

Lily Wang

Deputy Director

Lily Wang is the Deputy Director at Asian American Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Previously, she was the Deputy Campaigns Director at United for Respect, where she led a national Wall Street accountability campaign that resulted in a $20 million hardship fund for laid off former Toys ‘R’ Us workers and catalyzed the introduction of groundbreaking federal legislation to regulate private equity’s predatory practices.

Lily is an experienced campaigner, strategist and organizer with 20 years of experience in community and labor organizations, and spent more than a decade developing policy, corporate accountability and organizing campaigns grounded in transformative organizing principles, scaled engagement and grassroots leadership of immigrants, communities of color and low-wage workers. She began her movement journey in Oakland’s Chinatown, where she organized with low-wage women workers and youth.

Programs

Glenn Katon

Litigation Director

Glenn Katon

Litigation Director

Glenn Katon is an experienced civil rights lawyer who has tried over 15 cases and argued several appeals. His practice has focused on police misconduct, religious freedom, free speech, and national security. Before joining Asian Law Caucus, he had a civil rights law firm, was Legal Director at Muslim Advocates, and was a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Florida. He began his career as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means in the Northern District of Texas, served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, and practiced commercial litigation as an associate and shareholder at two law firms.

Carl Takei

Program Manager and Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform

Carl Takei

Program Manager and Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform

Carl Takei is a Senior Staff Attorney and the Criminal Justice Reform Program Manager at the Asian Law Caucus. Previously, he was a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he co-led the national organization’s shift toward divesting from police and reinvesting in communities, and fought abuses at the intersections of criminal legal and immigration enforcement systems. He led the ACLU’s successful advocacy work to terminate the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Criminal Alien Requirement” contracts with private prisons, culminating in that agency’s 2016 decision to phase out all of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ private prison contracts.

Carl is also a longtime co-chair of Tsuru for Solidarity, working with other Japanese American advocates and allies to end detention sites and support directly impacted communities. Carl is a graduate of Boston College Law School, and began his legal career as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Paul Barbadoro in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Arianna Cook-Thajudeen

Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Program

Arianna Cook-Thajudeen

Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Program

Arianna Cook-Thajudeen is a staff attorney with the Housing Rights Program at Advancing Justice–ALC. In her previous role at the National Housing Law Project (NHLP), Arianna was a legal fellow focusing on the housing rights of immigrants. Her fellowship project centered on the intersection between immigrant rights, the housing protections under the Violence Against Women Act, and the impact of nuisance and crime-free ordinances on marginalized groups of people. While in law school, she externed at Indiana Legal Services and was a summer clerk at NHLP during her fellowship from the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Arianna graduated from Vassar College in 2011 and Notre Dame Law School in 2018.

Tatiana Cheong

Legal Assistant, Housing Rights

Tatiana Cheong

Legal Assistant, Housing Rights

Tatiana is a Legal Assistant with the Housing Rights Program where she supports legal & administrative work. Prior to ALC, she worked for a law office in Oakland Chinatown, supporting a small legal team and providing Cantonese interpretation to the community.

Since the age of 11, she was involved and supported by local nonprofits, such as Girls Inc and the Achieve Program. Tatiana roots her work in giving back to the people as a way of saying thank you to the community that raised her.

Tiffany L. Hickey

Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Program

Tiffany L. Hickey

Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Program

Tiffany Hickey is a staff attorney with the Housing Rights program at Advancing Justice–Asian Law Caucus. Tiffany joined ALC amid the COVID-19 pandemic, advocating for tenants’ rights and stronger protections against further displacement of the most vulnerable members of the community.

Prior to joining ALC, Tiffany represented subsidized housing tenants and SSI/SSDI claimants at Bay Area Legal Aid. She was actively involved in housing policy advocacy at local, state, and federal levels. Additionally she coordinated the law clerk program – creating training programs and supporting the supervision of law students in all practice areas.

Tiffany has been a passionate advocate for social justice before and during her legal career. She graduated from the University Of San Francisco School Of Law in 2013 and the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action at Saint Mary’s College of California awarded her the Engaged SMC Alumnus Award in 2015. During law school, Tiffany advocated for the rights of children in detention through a position with UNICEF in the Kingdom of Cambodia and acted as Executive Editor of a social justice law journal.

Aseem Mehta

Fellow, Immigrant Rights

Aseem Mehta

Fellow, Immigrant Rights

Aseem Mehta is a Meselson-Liman Public Interest Fellow in the Immigrant Rights Program. His work focuses on supporting incarcerated immigrants and seeking repair for individuals harmed by the state’s violence. Aseem previously advocated alongside immigrant communities against detention and deportation in New York and South Texas as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow. Before joining Advancing Justice – ALC, Aseem clerked for the Hon. Richard A. Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Hon. Edward M. Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Aseem received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. He was awarded the P.D. Soros Fellowship, Reinhardt Fellowship, and Stephen J. Massey Prize in recognition of his excellence in and commitment to lawyering in the public interest.

Jenny Zhao

Senior Staff Attorney and Program Manager, Immigrant Rights

Jenny Zhao

Senior Staff Attorney and Program Manager, Immigrant Rights

Jenny Zhao is a senior staff attorney in the Immigrant Rights Program. She litigates cases challenging the detention and deportation of Southeast Asian refugees and other communities targeted for policing and immigration enforcement. Before joining Advancing Justice – ALC, Jenny was a Liman Public Interest Fellow at the ACLU of Northern California. She received her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic.

Kevin Lo

Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

Kevin Lo

Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

Kevin Lo is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Immigrant Rights Program. Prior to joining Advancing Justice – ALC, he worked on counter-terrorism human rights issues with Reprieve in London, assisted LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers with ORAM, and led labor campaigns in Southeast Asia and the American South with the United Auto Workers.

Kevin grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and after graduating from UC Berkeley, he received a law degree from Stanford Law School. While at Stanford, Kevin worked with the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and the Timor-Leste Legal Education Project, where he co-authored the first textbook on Timorese Constitutional Law. Kevin speaks Cantonese and some French.

So Young Lee

Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

So Young Lee

Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

So Young is a staff attorney in the Immigrant Rights program. She provides direct legal services to immigrants who are detained and facing deportation. So Young first joined Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in 2013 to organize undocumented API youth and rejoined in 2019 as a Bridge Fellow. In law school, she interned with the Immigration Defense Unit of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and at a private public interest firm in its deportation defense practice. So Young received her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law.

Adil Raniwala

Community Rights Advocate, National Security & Civil Rights

Adil Raniwala

Community Rights Advocate, National Security & Civil Rights

Adil Raniwala is a Community Rights Advocate in the National Security and Civil Rights program at Asian Law Caucus. His work involves networking with Masjids and Muslim community centers to provide legal resources and educate Muslim communities about their rights, especially pertaining to police surveillance and other discriminatory practices.

Adil has worked closely with Muslim youth, involving himself in advocacy and religious settings in the Muslim Students Association West nonprofit, where he managed a professional development and mentorship program for Muslim college students. There, he also organized political advocacy trainings and conducted research on Countering Violent Extremism and police abolition programs. Adil also manages a public service program funded by the Strauss Scholarship Foundation dedicated to ending food insecurity in the Berkeley Muslim community. Adil graduated from UC Berkeley in August 2022 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Political Economy.

Caroline Marks

Staff Attorney, National Security & Civil Rights

Caroline Marks

Staff Attorney, National Security & Civil Rights

Caroline Marks is a Staff Attorney in the National Security and Civil Rights program at Asian Law Caucus. Caroline’s work focuses on, among other things, state legislative and administrative advocacy challenging surveillance and counterterrorism programs and narratives that harm Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities and other communities of color, as well as representing individuals facing questioning by federal law enforcement, including the FBI and Dep’t of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Before coming to ALC, Caroline worked on litigation and advocacy with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law, to hold the United States responsible for its extraordinary rendition program—whereby the U.S. kidnapped and transferred individuals to black sites and proxy governments for their subsequent torture and secret detention. Specifically, Caroline participated significantly in litigation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in the case Mohamed et al. v. United States.

Caroline graduated from NYU School of Law and holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University. During her time at Brown, Caroline spent a semester Amman, Jordan learning the Levantine dialect and expanding her knowledge of modern standard Arabic.

Hammad Alam

Staff Attorney & Program Manager, National Security & Civil Rights

Hammad Alam

Staff Attorney & Program Manager, National Security & Civil Rights

Hammad Alam is a Staff Attorney and Program Manager in the National Security and Civil Rights program at Asian Law Caucus. Hammad’s work focuses on, among other things, the federal Countering Violent Extremism program and state of California’s directly linked Preventing Violent Extremism and other similar surveillance and criminalization programs targeting Muslim and other immigrant and communities of color.

Hammad has helped lead coalitions against both of these programs, helping devise strategy engaging policy advocacy, community organizing, and the law to place pressure on government actors to defund and dismantle these harmful programs. Most recently, as part of the NoPVEinCA Coalition, Hammad led a statewide campaign to defund PVE in California, successfully blocking the harmful program from receiving state funding to staff and operate it.

In addition to anti-surveillance and anti-policing work, Hammad also drives NSCR’s work against the Muslim Ban, through both litigation and ALC’s participation as a core member of the No Muslim Ban Ever campaign. Hammad comes to ALC with prior federal litigation experience and served as a law clerk in the Eastern District of California. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and holds a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.

Sanjana Potnis

Community Advocate, National Security & Civil Rights

Sanjana Potnis

Community Advocate, National Security & Civil Rights

Sanjana is a Community Advocate in the National Security and Civil Rights program at Asian Law Caucus. Prior to ALC, Sanjana worked as a community organizer in the Seattle area with college students, immigrant rights and racial justice organizations, and community members focusing on anti-imperialist, surveillance, and racial justice work through community teach-ins, coalition building, and advocacy.

Sanjana graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, with a B.A in International Studies and Law, Societies, & Justice with a specialization in South Asia. As an undergraduate, she took an interest in studying criminal justice, researching post-colonial legal systems, migration patterns, and the politics of spiritual-artistic traditions in South Asia. In her free time she enjoys writing, photography, practicing Hindustani classical music, and reading film reviews on Letterboxd.

Christopher Iyer

Data Analyst, Voting Rights

Christopher Iyer

Data Analyst, Voting Rights

Christopher Iyer is a Data Analyst on the Voting Rights team at Advancing Justice – ALC. Chris recently graduated from Stanford University, where he studied Symbolic Systems, Human Rights, and Music. Previously, he has worked to get people out of prisons and ICE detention centers with several organizations around the Bay Area. In addition, in the Stanford Memory Lab, he studied how racial bias shapes the various cognitive systems that contribute to human memory. Chris is motivated to envision new models of justice, organization, and healing that extend from the interpersonal to the structural, and sees his work at the ALC as addressing key electoral barriers to community flourishing.

Alongside his work at ALC, Chris researches in the Poldrack Lab at Stanford University, studying mechanisms of cognitive control and how to reconceptualize its role in mental health and illness with the tools of modern neuroscience. He also plays the trumpet, in the tradition of Black American and creative improvised music.

Deanna Kitamura

Senior Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Deanna Kitamura

Senior Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Deanna Kitamura is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Voting Rights Program. Her work focuses on protecting the vote and expanding access to the polls for AAPI voters. Before joining AdvancingJustice-ALC, Deanna was a Senior Staff Attorney at Partnership for Working Families where she provided legal support to grassroot organizations. For nearly a decade before that, Deanna worked at Advancing Justice-Los Angeles – first as the Statewide Redistricting Manager and later as Senior Staff Attorney and Voting Rights Project Director. She has filed lawsuits resulting in cities converting from at-large to district elections and has co-authored various reports, including Voices of Democracy: The State of Language Access in California’s November 2016 Elections. Deanna has worked on legislation involving California’s automatic voter registration process, the administration of vote centers, and language access improvements for voters. She has served on several local and state election-related committees and is a member of the California Secretary of State’s Language Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Deanna has dedicated her legal career to working on social justice issues. In addition to the nonprofits listed above, she has worked at Western Center on Law & Poverty, the National Consumer Law Center, and California Rural Legal Assistance. She began her career working on employment discrimination cases at a civil rights litigation firm. Deanna graduated from Pomona College and UCLA School of Law.

Eileen Ma

Director of Affiliation Voting Rights Strategy

Eileen Ma

Director of Affiliation Voting Rights Strategy

Eileen has worked for over twenty years as a community organizer, campaign director and non-profit executive, serving primarily low-income, immigrant and LGBTQ communities of color. Her professional experience includes working for many labor unions and community-based organizations, such as API Equality-LA where she served for several years as Executive Director and contributed to highly-lauded efforts to achieve equality and visibility for API LGBTQ communities. Most recently, she worked as staff attorney for Advancement Project – National Office on voting rights and immigrant rights, and Advancing Justice LA’s National Voting Rights Project. She is originally from Somers, New York, is Chinese American and speaks Mandarin and Spanish. She earned a JD from Loyola Law School (2013) and a BA from Columbia University (1993).

Elisa Chen

Data Analyst

Elisa Chen

Data Analyst

Elisa Chen is the Data Analyst on the National Voting Rights team at Advancing Justice – ALC. Her work focuses on building the technical infrastructure for community based organizations nationwide, and providing data analysis support for civic engagement, voting rights advocacy, and litigation. Elisa previously worked at Coase-Sander Institute for Law and Economics, University of Chicago Crime and Education Lab, and Advancing Justice-LA, using social science research methods and computational tools to support criminal justice reforms and voting rights issues. She is particularly interested in creating disaggregated data to better serve our community, critically examining the production and distribution of data, and making open data accessible to everyone.

Elisa received her M.P.P from University of Chicago, and B.A in Mathematics and History from University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her free time, she can be found doing yoga and reading comic books with her two imaginary cats at her small apartment in Hyde Park, trying to be elegant at the ice rinks, and learning languages in the public library!

Elisa is a first-generation immigrant, and she' more than proud to help her fellow immigrants of color to navigate the complex social and political landscape in America.

Julia Marks

Staff Attorney and Program Manager, Voting Rights

Julia Marks

Staff Attorney and Program Manager, Voting Rights

Julia is a Staff Attorney and Program Manager with the Voting Rights and Census program. Before joining Advancing Justice – ALC, she clerked for the Hon. Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Julia previously litigated civil rights class actions and other high-impact cases at Disability Rights Advocates to expand access to public- and private-sector services. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she participated in the California Asylum Representation Clinic, the East Bay Community Law Center’s Neighborhood Justice Clinic, and the Berkeley Journal of International Law.

Karen Kandamby

Voting Rights and Democracy Fellow

Karen Kandamby

Voting Rights and Democracy Fellow

Karen Kandamby (she/her) is the Voting Rights and Democracy Fellow on the Affiliation Voting Rights Strategy team. Her work includes collaborating with organizations across several states to address–in partnership and coalition–participation in redistricting and advancing national voting rights. Daughter of working class Sri Lankan and Mexican parents, her identity politics have been shaped by the systemic inequities her family and community have faced and continue to face.

Prior to joining the affiliation, Karen was an organizer with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC) where she worked to ensure day laborers, household workers and other low-wage, immigrant workers find safe work at a fair wage and organize and advocate for themselves in relation to policies that impact their lives.During her time there, she also helped build the organization’s civic engagement program from the ground up.

Karen is a first generation college graduate and holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Pitzer College.

Kimberly Leung

Voting Rights Legal Fellow

Kimberly Leung

Voting Rights Legal Fellow

Kim is the Voting Rights Legal Fellow at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Affiliation and Advancing Justice – Chicago. Prior to this role, Kim was the Managing Attorney at the Chinese American Service League, where she coordinated and provided legal services to residents of Chicago’s Chinatown and surrounding areas.

Kim draws from her breadth of experience in the private and public sector. Previously, Kim served as Assistant Attorney General at the Illinois Attorney General’s office, where she served as lead counsel in federal civil rights lawsuits.

Kim earned her J.D. at the University of Wisconsin, where she participated in the Wisconsin Innocence Project, and Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender and Society.

Sietse Goffard

Senior Program Coordinator, Voting Rights

Sietse Goffard

Senior Program Coordinator, Voting Rights

Sietse Goffard is the Senior Program Coordinator on the Voting Rights team at Advancing Justice – ALC. His work focuses on fair redistricting and voter empowerment. Sietse previously worked on affordable housing and Section 8 rental assistance programs for the City of Boston. He also spent several years at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) leading projects to tackle racial discrimination in housing and lending. His research and articles have been published by the Brookings Institution, Cato Institute, US-China Perception Monitor, and National Bureau of Economic Research. In addition, Sietse is an avid public transportation enthusiast and served on the advisory council of Washington D.C.’s transit system to advocate for more equitable metro and bus coverage.

Sietse completed his graduate studies at Harvard Kennedy School and at Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, where he served as class president and co-led a citizenship mentoring program for elderly Asian immigrants.

Ammad Rafiqi

Staff Attorney, Workers' Rights

Ammad Rafiqi

Staff Attorney, Workers' Rights

Prior to joining ALC’s Workers’ Rights team, Ammad worked as a civil rights attorney serving members of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities on a broad range of issues, including employment discrimination/unemployment insurance benefits, religious accommodation issues, law enforcement harassment and anti-Muslim bullying in schools. Through previous roles, Ammad also has experience from his time in New York (and Canada) on immigration matters, including refugee, asylum, and DACA issues. A native of Kashmir, Ammad works with Americans for Kashmir to engage political stakeholders in finding a permanent internationally mediated solution to the Indian-occupation of Kashmir. In his spare time, Ammad plays in cricket/soccer leagues and often finds that most of his planned hikes are far beyond his lung capacity.

Admitted to practice in NY; California admission pending.

Mei Mei Chan

Community Advocate, Workers' Rights

Mei Mei Chan

Community Advocate, Workers' Rights

Mei Mei is a Community Advocate with the Workers’ Rights Program where she supports the legal counseling clinic and works on “Know Your Rights” trainings and materials.

She grew up in Bakersfield as the child of low-wage workers--an assistant cook and a hotel housekeeper. Her experience living in a working class, first generation immigrant household is one of Mei Mei's reasons for her commitment to social justice. In her free time, she maintains her morning pages streak and studies peoples' movements against U.S. imperialism.

Palyn Hung

Staff Attorney, Workers' Rights

Palyn Hung

Staff Attorney, Workers' Rights

Palyn’s legal career spans two legal services programs, the National Employment Law Project, and the New York Civil Liberties Union. She has advocated for disabled clients in administrative hearings and abused clients in protective order, custody, and divorce proceedings. At NELP, she was co-counsel on a class action that recovered back wages and overtime for grocery store and pharmacy delivery workers. Following the 2004 Republican National Convention, as a staff attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union, Palyn represented peaceful protestors caught up in mass arrests, ultimately leading to a large group settlement. Most recently, she was a volunteer at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, helping achieve a trial victory in a national origin discrimination case challenging a hiring question on prior use of other Social Security Numbers. After graduating from Harvard College and Columbia Law School, she clerked for a federal magistrate judge in Brooklyn.

Winifred Kao

Senior Counsel, Impact Litigation & Senior Staff Attorney, Workers' Rights

Winifred Kao

Senior Counsel, Impact Litigation & Senior Staff Attorney, Workers' Rights

Winifred Kao is Senior Counsel for Impact Litigation at ALC. She also leads ALC’s Workers’ Rights Program. She served as ALC’s Litigation Director from 2011 – 2020 during which time she helped provide direction and support on ALC’s impact litigation across program areas. Prior to coming to ALC, Winnie worked at a union-side labor and employment law firm where she primarily represented hotel, restaurant and food and commercial workers and unions in a wide variety of labor, employment, constitutional, and class-action cases. Winnie was previously a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division where she litigated housing and public accommodation discrimination cases. She also served on detail as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, and was an extern for the Honorable Gladys Kessler in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Winnie has worked as a community organizer for labor and civil rights groups. She is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Michigan Law School where she was a member of the Michigan Law Review.

She has won commendations and awards for her work from numerous organizations including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the University of Michigan Law School.

Development & Communications

Andie Zhang

Development Manager

Andie Zhang

Development Manager

Andie is the Development Manager at Advancing Justice-ALC. Previously, Andie fundraised for Oakland public school students with the Oakland Public Education Fund and did development work for KAN-WIN, a Chicagoland-based organization offering services targeted to API survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has a B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University where she also minored in Asian American Studies. She spent eight years competing in speech and debate for which she researched issues including Asian American gender politics and the history of reproductive rights in the US.

Andie is 2nd generation Chinese-American and can speak conversational Mandarin. She spends her free time roller skating, doting on her cat, Choo Choo, and thrifting.

Audee Kochiyama-Holman

Director of Alumni Relations

Audee Kochiyama-Holman

Director of Alumni Relations

Since 1994, Audee Kochiyama-Holman has worked at Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus as the Director of Alumni Relations focusing on individual giving, event planning (in-person and virtual), direct mail and other fundraising activities.

She has been a Board member of EastSide Arts Alliance in Oakland since 2000, which is a community-based arts organization dedicated to advocating for progressive, systemic social change. Currently, Audee is also the Co-Director of the Yuri Kochiyama Archives Project. She has been a social justice activist since the 1960's and has worked for nonprofit organizations in New York and Bay Area throughout her career (including the New York Public Library, the Population Council, the Institute for Food and Development Policy. and the National Center for the Early Childhood Workforce). In 2004 -- she co-edited "Passing It On", a memoir written by her mother Yuri Kochiyama, which was published by UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press). Audee received her Master's Degree in Social Research from Hunter College in New York.

Irene Hsu

Grant Writer and Content Specialist

Irene Hsu

Grant Writer and Content Specialist

Irene Hsu is a Grant Writer and Content Specialist at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Most recently, they were a graduate student worker at Columbia, where they researched and taught Asian American and Transpacific literary studies and visual culture. They have also worked as an editorial reader at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and a reporter-researcher at The New Republic. They presently serve as a poetry mentor for the Asian Prisoner Support Committee’s annual creative writing anthology, in collaboration with Hyphen Magazine.

Outside of ALC, they write, bike, and binge coming-of-age shows. They also hold poetry workshops with South Bay high school students and co-run a zine with friends, to publish experiments in creative writing and cultural analysis at a leisurely pace.

Irma Aronce

Grants and Administrative Manager

Irma Aronce

Grants and Administrative Manager

Irma Aronce is the Grants and Administrative Manager at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. She works on Government and City and County of San Francisco Grants. Prior to joining ALC in 2009, Irma was the Job Cost Accountant at Fisher Development, a general contractor/construction company for 8 years.

Paul Ocampo

Development Director

Paul Ocampo

Development Director

Paul Ocampo started at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus as the Development Coordinator and is currently the Development Director. He remains committed to the work of social justice. In 2006, he assisted Maxine Hong Kingston in editing an anthology of writings by veterans titled Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. While attending graduate school in Arizona, he co-wrote a petition responding to SB 1070 and other anti-immigrant legislation and demanding universities in Arizona maintain the classroom as safe spaces for all students. He also codirected a reading titled Out of Silence that featured Afghan women’s poems and essays found on the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. He comes to Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus with a broad experience in education and the non-profit sector.

Paul was born in the Philippines and came to the U.S. at the age of eleven. He earned a B.A. in English at U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in Asian American Studies at UCLA, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Lauren Nguyen

Communications Associate

Lauren Nguyen

Communications Associate

Lauren Nguyen is the communications associate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. Prior to joining ALC, she led digital strategy at Restoring Justice, a criminal defense organization, and focused on social media and advocacy at the ACLU of Texas. Lauren has also served as an PIVOT Election Fellow for Rise AAPI and volunteered as an ESL teacher in her hometown of Houston. She loves cheering for the Astros and her dog Eddie.

Nashwah Akhtar

Digital Communications Associate

Nashwah Akhtar

Digital Communications Associate

Nashwah has been part of mobilizing grassroots movements on issues including racial justice and civil rights. She was most recently on Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign, conducting digital organizing and fundraising on their digital team. Previously, she was also a Communications Associate at Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) in Washington, DC, where she led social media initiatives to promote programs and events to get more AAPIs into elected office. She was also at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as their Communications Coordinator, where she registered Bay Area community members to vote.

She holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, as well as a Masters of Public Diplomacy.

Niketa Kumar

Communications Director

Niketa Kumar

Communications Director

Niketa Kumar is the communications director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. Previously, she served as director of communications at the Water Foundation, a California-based public foundation focused on water advocacy and policy. Niketa created and led the organization’s first external and internal communications program, and served as a strategic communications partner and advisor to partners across a variety of campaigns for clean, reliable water for people and nature.

Before joining the Water Foundation, Niketa served as a vice president at BerlinRosen Public Affairs where she led comprehensive communications programs for national and local campaigns to reduce income inequality and improve the economic security of families across the country. Niketa also served as deputy press secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy during the Obama Administration, focusing on the agency’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and the administration’s initiatives to address climate change. She received a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Zoha Raza

Communications Associate

Zoha Raza

Communications Associate

Zoha Raza serves as the communications associate at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. Prior to this position, she led and managed communications work statewide for CAIR, coordinated youth leadership programs, and aided different social justice efforts around the Bay Area and beyond.

She has been published by a number of different news outlets including San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Spotlight. She also volunteered as a NextGen Councilmember for ABC7, where she shared insight from local communities to contribute to story development.

Zoha graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Communications. Outside of work, Zoha enjoys writing, playing basketball, and trying new food spots.

Operations

Cameron Lee

Executive Assistant, Special Projects

Cameron Lee

Executive Assistant, Special Projects

Cameron (she/her) is the Executive Assistant, Special Projects at Advancing Justice– Asian Law Caucus. Prior to joining the team full-time, Cameron worked as the Development Intern at ALC during the summer of 2019. In this position, she assisted with fundraising, alumni outreach, and ALC’s housing clinic. She also volunteered at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, where she helped low-income families complete their applications for subsidized housing. During her junior year, Cameron interned for the Office of Senator Tammy Duckworth (D – IL) in Washington, D.C.

Cameron graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Human Geography. As an undergrad, Cameron focused her studies on developing an intersectional understanding of structures of racial and economic inequality. As an Ambassador for Dartmouth’s Office of Pluralism and Leadership, she facilitated workshops for various student organizations to address issues of social identity, power, and oppression. She also researched Justice Alito’s judicial philosophy under the Presidential Scholars program.

Darrell Lee

Operations Manager

Darrell Lee

Operations Manager

Darrell is the Operations Manager at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. He comes to the caucus with two decades of operational experience, touching on various aspects of community engagement and resource building within communities of concern. Hailing from a background of writing and production at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he brings creative problem solving and systemic analysis to the toolset of change within the community. Before joining Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Darrell scaled operations for numerous bay area companies, removing boundaries and creating space for progress and impact.

Fay Li

Director of Finance and Administration

Fay Li

Director of Finance and Administration

Fay is the Director of Finance and Administration for Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. In 2007, Fay is a graduate of San Francisco State University majoring in Finance and International Business. While in school, Fay was a Finance Tutor for 1 year in SF State University and a part-time afternoon teacher for 5 years in a private elementary school. Prior to joining Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Fay was an Outreach Coordinator in San Francisco Elections Department for 1 year.

In 2001, Fay migrated from Canton, China to the United States. She is fluent in conversation in Cantonese and Mandarin and writing in Chinese.

Isabell Wu

Accounting Supervisor

Isabell Wu

Accounting Supervisor

Isabell graduated from Accounting and Hospitality Management from San Francisco State University, and has been working in the Hospitality industry for more than 15 years. She has worked for many different departments besides the Accounting Department in hotels to learn and understand other department operations. Isabell has two boys who love outdoor activities. Her passion is my family. Her favorite quote is 'Where there's a will, there's a way'.

Justin Javier

Executive Assistant

Justin Javier

Executive Assistant

Justin is the Executive Assistant at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. Prior to joining Advancing Justice – ALC, Justin worked to eradicate bullying in schools at No Bully in San Francisco. Justin comes to us with a passion for building unity and to facilitate equality across all marginalized communities. Educated in both the US and Scotland, Justin completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Tourism and Travel Management at Glasgow Caledonian University. In his spare time, Justin likes exploring San Francisco, enjoying gastronomic adventures and traveling to different parts of the world to learn new cultures.

Philip Van

Intake Coordinator

Philip Van

Intake Coordinator

Philip Van has been with ALC for 27 years. His job is to meet with and translate for clients on the front line. Before joining ALC, he worked at another non-profit law firm for eight years. He feels very grounded and happy that his work can help seniors and new immigrants in the community overcome their legal challenges. His favorite hobby is landscape photography, and every year he donates his work to auction at the ALC Fundraising Gala in order to raise donations for the communities we serve.

Sue Williams Kim

Legal Operations Manager

Sue Williams Kim

Legal Operations Manager

Sue Williams Kim is the Legal Operations Manager at Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. Prior to joining ALC, she was the Client Advocate Program Manager at a nonprofit law firm serving the legal needs of human trafficking survivors. There she developed and implemented an interdisciplinary program designed to support survivors with trauma-informed, client-centered, and human-rights based case management services. Her prior work also includes experience providing support to sexual assault survivors, including in her capacity as a volunteer and then Director of Recruitment and Training at San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR).

Sue was raised in San Francisco and received her Masters in Women and Gender Studies from San Francisco State University.