House Democratic Caucus and CAPAC Host Roundtable with AAPI Leaders

May 22, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chairwoman Judy Chu (CA-27) hosted a roundtable between House Leadership, CAPAC Members, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Leaders on issues that impact the AAPI community. The conversation touched on several topics including immigration reform, the 2020 Census, voting rights, and the Muslim ban. Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05) addressed the groups on key topics of concern to the AAPI community. Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21), Rep. Al Green (TX-09), Rep. Ro Khanna (CA -17), Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-03), Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03), and Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) also participated in the discussion. 

The following AAPI Leaders participated in the House Democratic Caucus and CAPAC Roundtable:

  •  John Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
  • Madelene Mielke, President and CEO, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
  • Christine Chen, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Islander American Vote
  • Quyen Dinh, Executive Director, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
  • Lakshmi Sridaran, Co-Executive Director, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
  • Jennifer Wang, Deputy Director of Programs, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
  • Brendon Kalei’aina Lee, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • David Inoue, Executive Director, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
  • Walter Tsou, Chair, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
  • Rita Pin Ahrens, Executive Director, OCA
  • Tina Matsuoka, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)


The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.