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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.
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.
Fun Fact: Juliana “Juli” Park was born the same year that SVAPADC was founded! Juli was born and raised in the D.C. Metro Area and moved to Orange County in 2008. She has a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of California, Riverside. At UCR, Juli participated in the UCDC Academic Internship Program and had the opportunity to intern for Congressman Mark Takano, the first openly gay person of Asian descent in Congress. When she returned from Washington, D.C., she interned in Congressman Takano’s District Office, which is when and where she grew especially fond of the hard work and hustle of district staffers.
During her undergraduate years, she gained her first campaign experience while volunteering for a city council campaign, worked opening shifts at Starbucks, and became a gallon+ blood donor. After graduation, she was selected to be a Ronald O. Loveridge State Capitol Fellow. As a Loveridge Fellow, Juli was one of the last Constituent Affairs Interns for then-Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. She is currently a Field Representative in the District Office of Assemblymember Evan Low. Since moving to Santa Clara County, Juli has completed the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) Civic Leadership Program at De Anza College, gotten involved with Silicon Valley Young Democrats, and joined the SVAPADC board!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Gilbert Wong Board Member
Gilbert Wong was born and raised in the Santa Clara Valley and developed his commitment to public service through years of involvement in the city of Cupertino and the Foothill-De Ana Community College District. Prior to his election to the city council and currently on the College Board, Gilbert served as a Cupertino Planning Commissioner, on the Board of Directors of the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the West Valley Elementary School Site Council. He has also been a staunch advocate for civil rights through the Organization of Chinese Americans since 1997. In recognition of his commitment to the community, Gilbert was honored with the Cupertino’s CREST community award and Santa Clara County Asian American Hero’s Award which was presented by President of the Board of Supervisors Liz Kniss. In addition, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaimed Gilbert Wong Day in the City and County of San Francisco on February 9, 2006.
On November 4, 2007, Gilbert Wong was elected into the Cupertino City Council. He serves or has served on the Valley Transportation Authority Policy Advisory Committee, the Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Cupertino Audit Committee, and the Cupertino Economic Development Committee. Furthermore, he is active member in the National League of Cities and League of California Cities. On December 7, 2010, Councilmember Wong was appointed by his colleagues to serve as Mayor. He got re-elected in 2011 and re-appointed as Mayor in December 2013 before terming out in December 2016. On November 8th, Gilbert Wong was elected to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. He is a strong advocate for student education as he also serves a member of the De Anza Commission and as board member of the FHDA Foundation.
Gilbert graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in Political Science from San Jose State University. In addition to his public service, Gilbert is also the owner of family run property management and investment company which has been in business for fifteen years. He enjoys traveling to new places, eating different kinds of food and spending time with his family.