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Our Team

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Nancy Dung Nguyen

Co-Executive Director

Nancy Dung Nguyen (she/her) currently serves as one of the co-founders and co-Directors of the Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance. In addition, she is also the Executive Director of VietLead and one of its co-founders. She has 10+ years of experience as an organizer and non-profit leader in Philadelphia and Camden. She has served on the board of Freedom, Inc. a grassroots Southeast Asian organization from 2005-2007 and on the Advisory Board of 1Love Movement, a national organization working to end deportations in the Southeast community from 2012-2014. In 2014, she was presented with the Catherine Bachrach Award, presented by the Philadelphia Coalition of Victim Advocacy, for significant contribution to the lives of victims in the City of Philadelphia. In 2015, Ms. Nguyen was presented the Women of Distinction Award by NOW (National Organization of Women), Philadelphia Chapter. In 2019, Ms. Nguyen was awarded the 2019 Trailblazer Award by Bread & Roses Community Fund. She served on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Asian American Commission and currently is a board member at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance. She continues to organize our community towards a collective vision of self-determination, free from all forms of violence. 

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Mohan Seshadri

Co-Executive Director

Mohan Seshadri (they/he) is the Co-Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance. Previously, Mohan managed electoral and organizing programs for Planned Parenthood across Central and Eastern Pennsylvania. Additionally, they serve as a board member of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates and PAC. From 2019-2020, they served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. He co-founded multiple community and campus organizing programs across Pennsylvania including the Philadelphia chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Lehigh Valley chapter of DSA, and the AAPI PA Power Caucus. In 2018, they were honored to receive Ressurected Life Community Church’s Urban Angel Award. In 2021, they were featured on the National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics & Public Affairs 40 under 40 list. 

Kim Huynh

Coalition & Training Director

Kim Huynh (she/her) is the Coalition & Training Director of the Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance. 

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Kat Bakrania

Asian American Field Organizer – Montgomery

Kat Bakrania, MSW (she/her) is an Asian American Field Organizer in Montgomery County with API PA. Prior to working with API PA, Kat was an Environmental Justice Organizer in Pittsburgh advocating for cleaner air and water in Black and Brown communities. After receiving her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, Kat found her primary passion to be maternal and child health, which led to her receiving a Doula certification in the Spring of 2021. Kat is excited to build powerful, thriving, and healthy communities for years to come through her work as an Organizer and Doula! 

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Malini Ray

Asian American Field Organizer – Bucks

Malini Ray (she/her) is an Asian American Field Organizer in Bucks County with API PA! She was born and raised in Allentown, PA after her parents immigrated to the U.S. from Kolkata, India. She graduated with her B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Lehigh University. A passionate activist for issues like racial equality and accessible, high-quality education, Malini hopes to use her work at API PA to build South Asian political power and representation for her community. 

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Jenny Zhang

Asian American Field Organizer – Montgomery

Jenny Zhang (she/her) is an Asian American Field Organizer in Montgomery County with API PA. Prior to API PA, she worked as a Research Assistant at Public Health Management Corporation, where she was engaged in projects focused on the research and evaluation of educational and public health initiatives. Her work spanned a variety of issue areas, such as early childhood development, media literacy, and food insecurity. Jenny previously served the API community through her work at Asian Americans United, supporting their youth programming and civic engagement initiatives. Having grown up in the Philadelphia area, she is excited to work with API PA to build up and empower the the API community that made her who she is today.

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Katrina Eames

Digital Organizer

Katrina Eames (they/she)  is the digital organizer for API PA. They moved to Pittsburgh, PA as a child and immediately fell in love with the city and the state. After graduating from Point Park University, Katrina worked as an organizer for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s & Secretary Julián Castro’s presidential campaigns in order to advance gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and racial justice. After working on campaigns, Katrina moved back to Pennsylvania to use their expertise to build power with their community.