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Voting Rights

Team

Aashika Srinivas

Aashika Srinivas

Community Advocate, Voting Rights

Aashika Srinivas

Community Advocate, Voting Rights

Aashika (she/her) is a Community Advocate in the Voting Rights Program at Advancing Justice - ALC.

Prior to ALC, she worked as a Voting Rights & Policy Fellow with the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans, an organization that advocates for the rights of immigrants and refugees. Additionally, Aashika participated in democracy-based internship programs at Common Cause and the Center for American Progress.

She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science: Public Policy from the University of California, San Diego.

Aashika was raised in Southern California - during her free time she enjoys playing tennis and trying new food spots.

Deanna Kitamura

Deanna Kitamura

Program Manager & Senior Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Deanna Kitamura

Program Manager & 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

Eileen Ma

National Democracy Initiative Director

Eileen Ma

National Democracy Initiative Director

Eileen has helped lead voting rights strategy at the Asian Law Caucus since 2020. She has worked for over 25 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 as a voting rights staff attorney for the Advancement Project and Advancing Justice LA and serving as executive director for several years at API Equality-LA. 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).

Kimberly Leung

Kimberly Leung

Staff Attorney, National Democracy Initiative

Kimberly Leung

Staff Attorney, National Democracy Initiative

Kim is a staff attorney for the National Democracy Initiative. Kim works with community organizations and nonprofits on voting rights and civic engagement. She has experience investigating, litigating, and advocating against violations of voting rights and election laws. She earned her J.D from the University of Wisconsin, where she interned at the Wisconsin Innocence Project. She received her B.A from the University of Michigan.

Kim grew up in a multilingual and limited-English-speaking household, and is passionate about the intersections of language and disability access, and racial justice.

Kim lives in Chicago, Illinois. She serves on the board of directors for the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC), the professionals board for CARPLS legal aid, and the board for the Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago.

Noah Kim

Noah Kim

Research Assistant, Voting Rights

Noah Kim

Research Assistant, Voting Rights

Noah Kim is a research assistant on the Voting Rights team at Advancing Justice–ALC. Noah is a recent graduate of Pomona College where he double-majored in Politics and English. Prior to the ALC, he worked for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, processing public input data and delineating map submissions on the data management team. As an aspiring attorney, Noah hopes to give back to the AAPI and underserved communities both in and after law school. In his free time, he can be found writing music, volunteering at church, or landscaping his new aquatic snail tank.

Sietse Goffard

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.

Our Focus

Racial justice can’t be achieved without eradicating discriminatory barriers to voting and guaranteeing every person has a say in our democracy. Raising our voices through the democratic process helps us influence governments to deliver what we need, from worker protections to immigrant justice to housing rights. We fight for Asian American, Pacific Islander, immigrant, limited-English speaking, and other disenfranchised people to make sure their voices are heard.

  • With partners across California, we’re empowering Asian American communities to shape state and local redistricting.
  • We fight for better representation of Asian American Californians and other Californians of color by pushing for election systems that give historically disenfranchised communities an equal say in our democracy.
  • We advocate for and pass legislation to increase language access at the ballot box.
ALC Voting Rights Staff and community partners pose in a group photo holding signs that read "Yes on Measure W"

Asian Law Caucus and voting rights partners advocate for Measure W, which will create a Democracy Dollars program in Oakland and increase campaign funding transparency.

Get Involved

In 2022, more than 250 volunteer poll monitors observed voting places throughout Northern and Central California. Sign up for a training and volunteer with your neighbors in 2024!

Our Work

Guides & Reports

Know Your Voting Rights: Resources for 2024 Elections

Asian Law Caucus offers a wide range of voting rights and voter engagement fact sheets and resources. Find the March 2024 CA Primary Election resources and more.

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News

Help Protect Democracy in California: Join ALC's Poll Monitoring Program

Be a part of ALC’s long-running poll monitoring program and help protect democracy here in California.

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Guides & Reports

Report: Statewide Investigation on Voting Rights and Language Access

This report explores the voting experience, federal and state laws, importance of in-language materials, and data limitations for identifying populations in California who use non-English languages.

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