The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) is proud to announce its first class of E3! Ambassadors, 32 young leaders from across the nation committed to improving the quality of life and opportunity for young AAPIs.
Launched earlier this summer, the E3! Ambassadors Program aims to “Educate, Engage, and Empower” young leaders and to highlight key federal programs and resources in which AAPIs may be underserved. The selected E3! Ambassadors will conduct outreach within their campuses and communities from September 2014 to May 2015.
2014-2015 E3! Ambassadors
All ambassadors are listed by region based on WHIAAPI’s Regional Interagency Working Group. Affiliations are for identification purposes only.
Karen Chen, Colby College- Waterville, Maine
Hasher Nisar, Middlebury College- Middlebury, Vermont
Kanwar Singh, Harvard University- Boston, Massachusetts
Sonia Sujanani, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court- Boston, Massachusetts
Benjamin Fang, Syracuse University- Syracuse, New York
Catharine Mariampillai, St. John’s University- Queens, New York
Trip Yang- Brooklyn, New York
Krystle Canare, Philippine American Foundation for Charities- Waldorf, Maryland
Krishna Ghodiwala- Frederick, Maryland
Meredith Peng, Georgetown University- Washington, District of Columbia
Viet Hoai Tran, University of California, San Diego- Arlington, Virginia
Priyanka Varma, University of Pennsylvania- Washington, District of Columbia
Sadhvi Batra, University of Alabama at Birmingham- Mountain Brook, Alabama
Kathryn Quintin, Florida State University- Tallahassee, Florida
Sagarika Das, University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, Michigan
Manpreet Kaur Teji, John Marshall Law School- Chicago, Illinois
Alissa Sheftic, Mental Health Authority- Berrien County, Michigan
Patlindsay Catalla, Lone Star College- Houston, Texas
Nicholas Chan, University of Texas at Austin- Austin, Texas
Zhibin Hong, New Mexico Asian Family Center- Albuquerque, New Mexico
Saba Nafees, Texas Tech University- Lubbock, Texas
Manisha Paudel, City of Dubuque, Iowa- Dubuque, Iowa
Jeffery Almeda, University of Colorado at Denver- Denver, Colorado
William Chan, Denver Public Library- Denver, Colorado
Naureen Singh, University of Colorado at Boulder- Boulder, Colorado
Aldrin Carreon, University of California, Berkeley- Los Angeles, California
Franalyn Galiza, University of Hawai’i at Manoa- Waianae, Hawaii
Jonathan P. Loc, East Los Angeles College- Rosemead, California
Romyn Sabatchi, Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival- San Diego, California
Michael Tam, University of California, Irvine- Irvine, California
Josephine F. Villanueva, De Anza College- San Jose, California
Yolanda Eng, Urban Impact- Seattle, Washington
Over the next nine months, these talented young leaders will complete various outreach activities, whether it’s setting up a table to share resources at a campus or community event, facilitating a workshop during a conference, or even utilizing social media. Through these efforts, we look forward to helping advance and sustain the next generation of AAPI leaders.
Jason Tengco is a Senior Advisor at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.