2011 Asian American and Pacific Islander Summit

Start: May 24, 2011 1:00 pm
End: May 25, 2011 12:00 pm
May 6, 2012


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Confirmed Congressional Speakers Include:

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32), CAPAC Chair
Senator Daniel K. Akaka (HI)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (GU)
Rep. Hansen Clarke (MI-13)
Rep. John Conyers (MI-14)
Rep. Eni Faleomavaega (AS)
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (HI-1)
Rep. Mazie Hirono (HI-2)
Rep. Al Green (TX-9)
Rep. Mike Honda (CA-15)
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-9)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-16)
Rep. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-3)
Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-12)
Rep. David Wu (OR-1)


Education Panel

Neil Horikoshi President and Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Neil Horikoshi joined the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) in 2008 as the President & Executive Director. APIASF is the country's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships to Asian American and Pacific Islanders.  APIASF manages two scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans and has distributed more than $40 million to help deserving students pursue higher education. APIASF strives to ensure that all Asian American and Pacific Islanders have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin or financial means. Prior to joining APIASF, Neil completed a distinguished 30-year career at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), where he served in a variety of legal and executive management positions in the United States and Asia Pacific.

Ryan Edgar Advisor on Education Policy and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Affairs, White House Inititiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Ryan Edgar joins the Initiative from the Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs (OIA), where he is a Policy Analyst.  At OIA, Edgar works on special projects in the areas of education, youth, and health and serves as an Emergency Coordinator responsible for liaising between Federal agencies and local governments in the insular areas. At the Initiative, Edgar is responsible for education policy and developing an outreach strategy for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Prior to the Initiative, Edgar was a Legislative Assistant for Headquarters Air Force and later a National Outreach Coordinator for the Gates Millennium Scholars, a $1 billion scholarship program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is also privileged to be selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar during the program's second year. Edgar received a M.S. degree in Engineering Management, Environmental and Energy Management from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice with two minors in Mathematics and Environmental Science from Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Larry Shinagawa Associate Professor and Director of Asian American Studies, University of Maryland Asian American Studies
Larry Hajime Shinagawa is an Associate Professor of American Studies and the Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland. For the past 30 years, he has been involved in the fields of sociology, American Studies, multicultural education, ethnic studies, and Asian American Studies. Most recently he received the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, he was the Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity and Associate Professor of the Sociology Department of Ithaca College.
Roberto Rodriguez Special Assistant to President Obama for Education, White House Domestic Policy Council
Roberto was Chief Education Counsel to United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. In this capacity, he managed the Democratic education agenda for the Committee and led policy development and strategy for legislation addressing early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, higher education, and adult education. Roberto began his tenure on Capitol Hill working for the Senate HELP Committee on the development of the No Child Left Behind Act. He has worked on various reauthorizations of federal legislation, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Head Start, Child Care, Higher Education, and the America COMPETES Act. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Roberto worked as Senior Education Specialist at the National Council of La Raza, where he conducted research and analysis of federal and state education reform issues, as well as the development and evaluation of community-based education programs. He is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a graduate of the University of Michigan and of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Robert Teranishi Associate Professor of Higher Education, New York University and National Commission on AAPI Research in Education
Robert Teranishi is associate professor of higher education and co-director for the Institute for Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings at New York University. Teranishi’s research on racial inequality and the stratification of college opportunities has been influential to federal, state, and institution policy. He has a new book published by Teachers College Press titled, Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education. Teranishi is the recipient of the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award from NYU and was named one of the nation's top "up-and-coming" leaders by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. He was recently appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission.

Healthcare Panel

Corinna Dan 
Hepatitis B Policy Fellow, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
Corinna Dan, RN, MPH, is the Hepatitis B Policy Fellow at the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations in Washington DC where she educates policymakers and their staff, builds community consensus and capacity, and develops materials and presentations on hepatitis advocacy and policy. Ms. Dan was the Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator for the City of Chicago where she developed a city-wide hepatitis program under a cooperative agreement with the CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis. As a community health nurse at an FQHC, Ms Dan supervised outpatient clinic activities and provided direct care for family planning, obstetric, and pediatric patients. Ms Dan received a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a B.S. in Nursing from Rush University, also in Chicago. She lived and studied in Japan, at a program at Doshisha University, and received a B.A. in Asian and Japanese Studies from Connecticut College. 
Priscilla Huan Associate Policy Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Priscilla Huang, JD, is the associate policy director for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Priscilla directs the organization's policy work on expanding access to health care, improving quality of care, increasing data on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander health, and increasing investments in community-driven health strategies. She also works to develop and build the organization's national network of community based organizations and health leaders. Prior to APIAHF, Priscilla served as the policy and programs director at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum where she oversaw the federal policy advocacy and government relations for their immigrant rights, anti-trafficking and reproductive justice programs. She has also worked with women and children in domestic violence and emergency homeless shelters. Priscilla holds a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, where she was one of ten Public Interest/Public Service Scholars. She received a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College.
Sadena Thevarajah Office of External Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services
Sadena Thevarajah works in the Office of External Affairs, Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this position, she helps educate constituencies about provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Her portfolio includes Women and Families, AAPI, Consumers, and Public Health and Prevention communities. She came to HHS from an internship in the White House Office of Public Engagement, working with AAPI, young adult and arts constituencies.  She previously worked with the American Cancer Society, where she assisted newly diagnosed cancer patients navigate the health care system and worked on public health programming for their South Atlantic Division, focusing on health disparities. She earned her B.A. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
Dr. Dale Hu, MD MPH Epidemiology Research Team Leader, Division of Viral Hepatitis, CDC
Dr. Dale Hu is the Epidemiology Research Team Leader in the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he has worked for over 19 years.  Prior to joining CDC, he worked on hepatitis B vaccine implementation at the World Health Organization. Dr. Hu was the principal investigator on a collaborative prospective vaccine-preparedness cohort study of HIV seroconvertors in Thailand and was involved with the first two HIV vaccine efficacy trials.  He has authored over 95 scientific publications and is the past President of the Association of Asian Pacific Islander Employees at CDC.
DJ Ida, Ph.D. Executive Director, National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association  
Dr. D.J. Ida received her doctorate in clinical psychology and currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association, NAAPIMHA.  She served as a peer reviewer for the 2001 Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity and was a contributing author for the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Transforming the Mental Health System  subcommittee chapter on Cultural Competency and Reducing Disparities.  She served on the U.S. Dept HHS, SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services’ National Advisory Council, Mental Health America, the Annapolis Coalition on Behavioral Health Workforce Education, the National Alliance of Multi-ethnic Behavioral Health Associations, the Hogg Foundation, the UC Davis School of Medicine Center for Eliminating Health Disparities and the Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health at the University of South Florida.  As a member of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), she works closely with other national organizations to address key issues facing AANHPI communities with the primary focus on integrating mental health into the broader health agenda.  She served as the Principal Investigator to develop the first national curriculum to train clinicians on how to provide culturally and linguistically competent mental health services to AANHPIs,  wrote the follow up curriculum on children, youth and families, and will be working with consumers to develop leadership training and advocacy for AANHPI consumers.  She works closely with API serving organizations around the country including the Khmer Health Advocates, Inc. and other Cambodian serving agencies and the Vietnamese community in New Orleans and was asked to facilitate the statewide network for the API California Reducing Disparities project.   Like others, she understands the importance of language access and helped develop a curriculum to train interpreters to work specifically in the mental health setting.

Economic Development and Housing Panel

Jamie Borromeo
 President, The E&J Commission, LLC
Ms. Jamie Borromeo is President of The E & J Commission LLC (www.eandjcommission.com), a federal contract marketing & strategies firm based in Washington D.C. She is also co-founder and CEO of GenerationDrive Entrepreneurs Network--a national non-profit that mentors young adult start-up firms.
As an established business woman and community advocate, Borromeo has consulted over a dozen Fortune 500 senior executives, CEOs and community-based organizations on issues of economic development, public contracting, supplier diversity and public policy. Ms. Borromeo is the former Executive Director of the National Council of Asian American Business Associations (NCAABA) in Silicon Valley. She also has extensive knowledge in public policy, with her background as former aide to San Jose Councilwoman Madison Nguyen and former intern to Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-15), where she drafted Hurricane Katrina legislation on Capitol Hill. She was recently named one of “America’s Top Women Mentoring Leaders” in the 2011 issue of Women of Wealth Magazine. Borromeo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Management Development for Entrepreneur’s Program. Borromeo was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently resides on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Lisa Hasegawa Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Lisa Hasegawa is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD). National CAPACD is the first national advocacy organization dedicated to meeting the housing and community development needs of low income Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the country. They focus on four key community development areas: affordable housing development; economic development - including workforce and business development; community empowerment and cultural preservation; and neighborhood revitalization.  Most recently, National CAPACD has partnered with the National Council of La Raza, the National Urban League and other housing advocacy and civil rights organizations to respond to the foreclosure crisis and ensure that the voices of civil rights advocates are heard as the nation considers sweeping housing and financial services reforms.  She currently serves on the boards of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and the American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation and has provided leadership for the National Council for Asian Pacific Americans for over a decade, serving as the Chair from 2006 through 2007.  Prior to joining National CAPACD, Ms. Hasegawa was the Community Liaison for the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).  While at National CAPACD, as one extension of her work at the White House Initiative on AAPIs, she spearheaded efforts to introduce and eventually pass legislation in 2008 creating the newest designation for a minority serving institution of higher education: Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions.  Prior to joining National CAPACD, Lisa was the Community Liaison for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She is a fourth generation Japanese American from California, and is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Francey Youngberg Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Francey Lim Youngberg is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  She is responsible for strategic engagement between the Secretary of HUD and state, local and regional governmental constituencies as well as stakeholders.  Her office helps build support for HUD’s departmental priorities and ensures that the public’s input is taken into account in the public policy making process. Prior to joining HUD, Francey Lim Youngberg advised clients on cultural competency, research into Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues, diversity management, minority recruitment, grant writing, grant management, and fundraising. Ms. Youngberg has been named as one of the “25 Influential Minority Women in Business” by the Minority Business and Professional Network, “25 Most Influential Asians in America” by A. Magazine: Inside Asian America and the “15 Washingtonians of the Year” by Washingtonian magazine.  She graduated from Wellesley College and Harvard Law School.
Ronnie Chatterji Senior Economist, White House Council of Economic Advisers
Ronnie Chatterji works on small business, entrepreneurship, and innovation policy at the Council. He is on leave from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he is an Assistant Professor.
Nicole Woo Director of Domestic Policy, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Nicole has worked on domestic hunger policy as the Associate Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Food Research and Action Center, as well as on international hunger policy for an Indian non-governmental organization based in Bangalore. She has also worked as a fundraiser and director of finance and administration for several non-profit organizations in New York City and Washington, DC. She received her B.A. from Harvard University, where she concentrated in Government.

Civil Rights Panel

Floyd Mori 
National Executive Director, Japanese American Citizens League
S. Floyd Mori was born in Murray, Utah, and grew up in the Salt Lake Valley. He attended Brigham Young University from which he received a Bachelors Degree with a duo major in Economics and Asian Studies and a Masters Degree in Economics and Political Science.  Mori then taught Economics at Chabot College in Hayward, California, for ten years.  In 1972, he was elected City Councilman for the City of Pleasanton, California, and became Mayor Pro Tem and later Mayor of Pleasanton. Mori was then elected to the California State Assembly in 1975 and served for six years in the Assembly.  He worked on civil rights, agricultural, and business issues, working with many Asian American and government organizations.  Mori is currently National Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).  He also has served eight years on the National JACL Board with four of those years as National JACL President.
Talat Hamdani Mother of a New York Police Department cadet and EMT, Mohammad Salman Amdani
Talat G. Hamdani is the mother of Mohammad Salman Hamdani, a 23-year-old New York Police Department cadet and EMT who sacrificed his life trying to save others on 9/11.  She speaks in a variety of public forums about the need for Americans of all faiths to reject Islamophobia. Like other American Muslims, Ms. Hamdani fearlessly criticized the fundamental unfairness of hearings by Rep. Peter King of New York, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which targeted adherents of only one faith tradition: Islam. On March 10, she sat in the front row throughout the one-day hearing. Its emotional high point was the testimony of Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives. He wept openly as he told the story of the suspicion and innuendo that the media published, hinting that Salman was somehow involved in the attacks, even as his family endured the unspeakable pain of a fruitless search for him. His remains were found in the rubble of the World Trade Center, and his heroism was later recognized officially in the USA Patriot Act. His mother, an educator, tells his story wherever she speaks in public, as a difficult but essential lesson about valor, sacrifice, fear and intolerance. Ms. Hamdani, an activist for human rights and interfaith understanding, is a SC member of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and New York Neighbors for American Values.
Rajdeep Singh Director of Law and Policy, Sikh Coalition
Rajdeep joined The Sikh Coalition in December 2009. As Director of Law and Policy, he focuses on developing and promoting policy solutions for civil rights issues through an interdisciplinary combination of government affairs, media relations, and interfaith coalition building.  Rajdeep has a background in bank regulation and is the author of The Application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to Appearance Regulations that Presumptively Prohibit Observant Sikh Lawyers from Joining the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, which was published by the Chapman Law Review in 2007, and contributes articles to several online publications, including the Washington Post.  He received his law degree in 2006 from William & Mary Law School and his undergraduate degree in philosophy in 2003 from the University of Miami.
Curtis Chin Producer, “Vincent Who?”
Curtis Chin is an award-winning writer and producer based in Los Angeles. A member of the Writers Guild, he has written for ABC, Fox, the Disney Channel and more. In 2009, he wrote and produced "Vincent Who?", a documentary that looks back at the historic hate crime murder of Vincent Chin and the current state of Asian American political empowerment. Since then, he has personally toured the film to over 200 colleges, corporations and federal agencies around the country. Chin is on the board of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, a national network of progressive Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and allies, and served on the Obama campaign's Asian American and Pacific Islander Leadership Council. He has also appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, the Washington Post, Newsweek and more.

Immigration Panel

Victoria W. Lai
 Counselor to the Director, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
Victoria Lai is Counselor to the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the Department of Homeland Security.  Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Denny Chin in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked as an associate at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.  Victoria graduated from Wellesley College and received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.  Before attending law school, Victoria served as the National Director of Asian & Pacific Islander American Outreach for the Democratic National Committee and John Kerry’s presidential campaign. 
David Shahoulian Democratic Chief Council, National Immigration Policy and Enforcement
David Shahoulian serves as Democratic Chief Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.  As Chief Counsel, he advises Democratic Committee Members and the larger Democratic caucus on general immigration policy issues, including employment- and family-based immigration, temporary visa programs, border and interior enforcement, and asylum and refugee resettlement.  Prior to joining the Committee, David was an attorney at the law firm of Holland & Knight, where he practiced in the immigration and white collar criminal defense fields.  He has a law degree from Yale University, a Masters in creative writing from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelors in film from Florida State University.
Emily Tulli Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Ms. Tulli’s advocacy focuses on maintaining and expanding the rights of low-wage immigrant workers; she monitors and analyzes federal legislative developments affecting immigrants in the workplace.  Prior to joining NILC, Ms. Tulli served as a staff attorney at Change to Win in Washington, DC, and, prior to that, at Legal Services of New Jersey in Bridgeton, NJ.  While at Legal Services, she represented low-wage immigrant clients in a variety of wage and hour cases, including a class action, and participated in a significant amount of farm labor camp outreach and community education.  Ms. Tulli holds a juris doctorate from The College of William and Mary.

Erin Oshiro Staff Attorney, Asian American Justice Center
Erin Oshiro is the Staff Attorney for the Immigration and Immigrant’s Rights Program at the Asian American Justice Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.  Ms. Oshiro’s work focuses on federal immigration policy.  After graduating law school, Ms. Oshiro was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Welfare Law Center in New York, where she worked to protect language access for Limited English Proficient individuals receiving public assistance.  Previously she did clerkships with the Southern Center for Human Rights and the ACLU.  Immediately prior to joining 
AAJC, Ms. Oshiro was in private practice in New York.  Ms. Oshiro holds a juris doctorate and bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from UCLA. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.

Mohammed Abdollahi Activist, National Immigrant Youth Alliance
Mohammad is an undocumented youth organizer, his family moved here from Iran when he was three years old. Mohammad is co-founder of DreamActivist.org - a growing network of undocumented student organizers and allies across the United States who are working on the passage of the DREAM Act and immigration reform. DreamActivist.org is an active member of the newly formed National Immigrant Youth Alliance.