- BOARD OFFICERS - 

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ELLEN KAMEI
President

Ellen Kamei has been involved in SVAPADC since 2013 and President since 2015. Ellen currently serves as District Director for a Member of the California State Assembly. Prior, she worked for the Board of Supervisors at the County of Santa Clara, City Manager’s Office in the City of Fremont, and a Congressional Aide in Washington, D.C. for Members of Congress. She serves on numerous nonprofit boards and is on the City of Mountain View's Environmental Planning Commission.

Ellen is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy, Harvard School of Government State and Local Government Program. She completed her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Ellen attended the University of California, Santa Barbara as a student athlete on the rowing team. She received a B.A. in English.

Ellen participated in the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Institute Academy. In 2016, she was  selected by the American Council of Young Political Professionals as part of a bipartisan delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She is a graduate of the U.S.-Japan Council Emerging Leaders Program, Emerge California, De Anza College APALI Civic Leadership Program, and New Leaders Council-Silicon Valley.


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MONICA TONG
Treasurer

Monica was born and raised in Cupertino and is looking forward to a career in public service. She graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in Political Science. During her time at UCR, she participated in the UCDC Program and studied abroad in Rome. Monica received her Master’s from Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy in 2014. In DC, Monica interned on Capitol Hill and with the Department of Justice. She is a legislative aide at the California State Assembly. Monica enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to musicals, and attending Bay Area sports games. Monica joined the SVAPADC Board in March 2016 and currently serves as the Board Treasurer.


ANDREW KNAACK
Secretary


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ANDRAE WARA-MACAPINLAC
Vice President, Political Affairs

When he was in the seventh grade, the young Wara-Macapinlac decided he wanted to get into politics, and he hasn't looked back. He founded his first Young Democrats club in high school, and went on to become president of the Democratic Caucus at San José State University. He made a name for himself on the campus political scene, organizing rallies against budget cuts and for quality higher education, and lobbying for the California Faculty Association. His efforts did not go unnoticed; he worked for the Office of then-Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico as a Field Representative in 2010. He also worked on Torrico's campaign for California Attorney General in 2010 as well. After that, he went on to work for Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski.

Now, he is a Senior District Representative for State Senator Bob Wieckowski. He served as the Secretary of Santa Clara County Democratic Party (2011-2017), VP of Programs, Silicon Valley Asian Pacific-American Democratic Club , Treasurer, Tri Cities Democratic Forum (2012-Present), and Delegate to the California State Democratic Party Central Committee (2009-Present), and Political Director & President of the Silicon Valley Young Democrats (2010-2012).

Andrae was previously President, Silicon Valley Young Democrats (2011-2012) and Campus Organizer, Students for Barack Obama- San Jose State University Chapter. (2008). He graduated from SJSU with a BA in Political Science in 2009. His focus in politics includes campaign strategy, legislative advocacy, event planning, labor organizing, and constituent services.  


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MASON FONG
Vice President, External Affairs

Mason acts as the club’s Vice President of External Affairs and interfaces with other community organizations to collaborate on our relevant issues. He currently serves as a Council Aide to San Jose City Councilman Chappie Jones of District 1 specializing in transportation policy, and he is also a City of Sunnyvale Library Board Trustee. Previously, Mason served as a Congressional Aide to both Congressman Ro Khanna and Congressman Mike Honda in California’s 17th Congressional District, which is the only API majority district in the continental U.S. In these roles, he managed the issue areas of API outreach, commerce, defense, energy, housing, labor, technology, and transportation. In his free time, Mason enjoys playing basketball, watching comedy shows, going to concerts and traveling. Mason’s side dream is also to become a famous YouTube-r, and he has developed the club’s past two annual dinner videos, 2016 and 2017.


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ANGELICA CORTEZ
Communication Co-Chair

Angelica has been an active member with SVAPADC since 2015 and became the Club's Communication Co-Chair in 2017. In this role, she develops and distributes the Club's quarterly newsletter, manages social media content, and mass communication to the Club's network of 400+ members. Angelica currently works as a Senior Associate at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Her professional background blends local government, policy advocacy, and research, where she has worked for various legislators and statewide policy organizations. In her spare time, Angelica organizes with several San Jose/South Bay grassroots groups around issues of public interest and human rights, with LEAD Filipino, FANHS Santa Clara Valley, and the League of Women Voters. She is an alumna of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) and holds a BA from SJSU and MPA from USF. 


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KATHY TRAN
Co-Communication Chair

Kathy Tran is a senior expected to graduate this spring at San Jose State University, majoring in political science and minoring in philosophy. She is an alumna of the SJSU Humanities Honors Program. In 2016, she was selected to represent SJSU as a Congressional Fellow for the Panetta Institute of Public Policy where she interned for Congressman Jared Huffman in Washington D.C. She currently works as a field representative for Assemblymember Evan Low. She has been involved with the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club since May 2017.

Her passion is to empower youth to civically engage, and she cares deeply about the environment and sustainability. In her spare time, she sits on the board of the Silicon Valley Young Democrats and is working on an outreach campaign that aims to pass a comprehensive suicide prevention policy in San Jose. When she isn’t talking about politics, she enjoys yoga, going to concerts, hiking, and reading. 


- BOARD MEMBERS - 

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VIVIANE NGUYEN
Board Member

Viviane Nguyen currently serves as a SVAPADC Board Member at large. She works at the City of San Jose Housing Department for the Rent Stabilization Program, specializing on developing rent control policies for renters and landlords. Prior to joining the Housing Department, Viviane was a fellow for the AmeriCorps program JusticeCorps, working at pro bono Housing Law Clinics to assist low-income residents being evicted. For her education, Viviane studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC Berkeley. She is also an alumna of the programs: New Leaders Council Silicon Valley (NLC SV), Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA), and Asian Pacific American Islander Congressional Studies (APAICS). During her free time, Viviane is developing a program called Project Transfers, a mentorship resource she created for community college transfers and young Southeast Asian professionals. 


EDWIN TAN

Board Member

Edwin has served on the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club since 2015. He currently serves as the Director of Advocacy and Development at Asian American for Community Involvement (AACI).  AACI is the largest direct services provider for the AAPI population for the last 44 years in Silicon Valley.  From his position, he advocates for API issues, healthcare access for low income and immigrant communities, and empowering those communities.  Prior to his current position, he served under Congressman Michael M. Honda as his District Director and Senior Chief Advisor.  Under Congressman Honda, he worked on issues of educational equity, transportation, judicial issues, human trafficking, and local issues.  

Prior to his time in DC and Silicon Valley, Edwin was a lecturer and researcher at the University of California, Irvine (zot zot!).  It was at UCI that he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior.  

Within the community, he serves as a mentor to local youth through the LEAD program and has a personal passion for youth mental health.  He continues to mentor and guide young people of color as they become community leaders.  Additionally, as a result of this work on human trafficking with Congressman Honda, he now serves on the Board of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coaltion.