Previous Fellows’ Experiences with ILF’s Civic Fellowship
“ILF’s true value lies not simply in the internship that it provides, but also in the unique opportunities for each student to learn something new every day, have lunch with prominent officials and inspiring leaders, explore a city that is teeming with our country’s history and culture, and make incredible friends for life. Today, three years later, I have started my own company and continue to work very closely with the government, and am in contact with the network I built in 2005. Regardless of where you choose to live, I feel that ILF empowers you with transferable knowledge and skills you can leverage in any field. ” Jennifer is the co-founder of Clairvoyant Technologies, Inc., an innovative research company serving the Federal Government and commercial clients with a focus on systems engineering and design, scientific services, and information management solutions.
“ILF gave me, and every past fellow, more than just our first job, it opened for every one of us the first doors of opportunities any young man or woman can ask for in today’s competitive world.” Yen is currently a consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP, working on strategy and operations projects in our financial industry. His clients include some of the world’s largest global banks and insurance companies.
In 2007, I had the privilege of serving as an ILF Fellow in the office of Congressman Al Green (TX-9). The fellowship was my first job after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, and it helped launch my career in public service. After the fellowship, I was hired on as a Legislative Staffer for Congressman Green and went on to serve as the Research and Policy Director of a Congressional campaign, as the Director of Communications and Program Development for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, as Chair of the Board of the Directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, and now as Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Like hundreds of other young people throughout this country, I benefited greatly from the resources and opportunities that ILF provides as it works to develop the next generation of Asian Pacific American civic leadership.”
“ILF gave me an opportunity by placing me in an environment completely different from my usual surroundings. Overall, the ILF D.C. Civic Fellowship taught me how to get ahead in the business world, an appreciation for government organizations and the knowledge needed to promote APAs (Asian Pacific Americans) in today’s America. After I finish my career as an active duty army officer, I hope to work for the government aiding in its relations with China.”
“ILF changed my life by giving me the social network and support I needed to get started in D.C. and experience how a government agency operates. This opportunity has meant so much to me, and will be vital to my future advocacy work for the APA community. ILF fellows are some of the most intelligent, ambitious peers I have ever met, and I look forward to working with them and ILF leadership in the future.”
“Having been an ILF fellow, I can proudly call myself a part of the ILF family. From the very laid back and casual life in California, I landed up in the heart of government of the United States of America. I adapted quickly to my new high-paced and energetic environment in Washington D.C. and learned the ins and outs of how our government really works. I also met so many people in powerful places who were willing to show us the way to the top. Being an ILF fellow made me see government in a new and very approachable light. After I graduate, I would not hesitate in serving our country and joining our government. ILF gave me an enlightening experience and made me a more confident individual.”
“My fellowship with ILF indeed has allowed me to experience a world of professionalism and prestige; it has given me the opportunity to interact and learn from some of the greatest people in and out of our nation. ILF’s most important service to me was helping me to discover and embrace my own potential, to recognize my own amazing capabilities. I think back on my summer in DC with a sense of pride and empowerment.” Currently interning at Superior Communications in Irwindale California, in the Product Design and Development Department.”
“The internship experience with NASA, in the office of Strategic Integration and Policy Division was helpful in teaching me more about the federal government and the extensive benefits of work in the public sector. I had interned with federal organizations in the past and they were task focused in nature, and not near as enjoyable as the internship I had this summer, which can be attributed, in part, to the fact that I got to work and exchange ideas with peers my age. I strongly recommend to anyone that they should endeavor to intern in a similar working environment.”
“I thank ILF for exposing me to the many career opportunities within government agencies and advocacy groups. My experience this summer has been integral to not only improving my interpersonal skills but strengthening my desire to serve our AAPI communities, as well. Most importantly, I have developed many great relationships with fellows, young professionals, and industry leaders, which I hope to continue many years ahead. I strongly support ILF’s aim to promote civil service and will look forward to furthering their cause.” Thomas Mui has launched his own company Tom & John’s Chocolate Factory, formerly known as Dona Auris.”
“I got a better understanding of what it means to be an Asian American and what challenges we all have today.”
“I learned the importance of trying to understand the government and regulatory environment, as they really do affect all parts of our lives.”
Where Are Our Alumni Now?
Lana Buu Schanz, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security (2011 Fellow)
Jacqeuline Jin, Foreign Service Specialist, U.S. Department of State
Karim Farishta, Former Program Manager, the White House (2015 Fellow)
Alex Wu, Former Senior Legal Assistant, Office of the White House Counsel (2013 Fellow)
Ma’Ayn Johnson, Senior Housing and Land Use Planner, Southern California Association of Governments (Los Angeles) (2004 Fellow)
Michael Wu, Special Agent, Special Inquiries Division, USPS Office of Inspector General (Virginia) (2011 Fellow)
Jing-Lan Lee, Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office (2006 Fellow)
Carolyn Ho, Operations Research Analyst, Food & Drug Administration (2011 Fellow)
Jon Magsaysay, Analyst, U.S. Department of State (2006 Fellow)
Letitia Wu, Former Staff, U.S. Department of Justice (2009 Fellow)
Benjamin Chou, Former Staff, U.S. House of Representatives (2013 Fellow)
Joanna Tonini, U.S. Department of Labor (2009 Fellow)
Gene Kim, Former Executive Director of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (2007 Fellow)
Roger Cheng, Operations Coordinator, Sonder Inc. (San Francisco) (2012 Fellow)
Neal Bakshi, Investment Banking Associate, Goldman Sachs (New York) (2012 Fellow)
Daniel Kung, Supplier Business Manager, Boeing (Oklahoma) (2011 Fellow)
James Mao, Ph.D. Candidate (Politics), Princeton University (2010 Fellow)
Juliette Chen, Experienced Strategy Consultant, PwC Strategy& (2014 Fellow)
Eunice Roh, Teach for America (2014 Fellow)
Chris Liao , M.D. Candidate, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (2014 Fellow)
Kenny Chen, Program Director, Ascender (Pittsburgh) (2011 Fellow)
Yang Yang Zhou, Ph.D. Candidate (Politics), Princeton University (2009 Fellow)
Hahn Liu, Assistant Professor, Tsinghua School of Law (Beijing) (2009 Fellow)
Daniyal Ali, Engineer, Boeing (Irvine) (2009 Fellow)
Henry Huang , CEO of California Healthcom Group (Los Angeles) (2008 Fellow)
Crystal Chen, Doctoral Research Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University (2008 Fellow)
Iljeen Jo, Provost Writing Fellow at University of Central Florida (2007 Fellow)
Jennifer Dearth, Manager, Pivotal Labs (Boulder) (2005 Fellow)
Scot Matayoshi, Associate, Schlack Ito LLC (Honolulu) (2005 Fellow)
Erica Lee, CEO and Founder, Sponsorshipping (Los Angeles) (2006 Fellow)
Michael Lee, Manager, Grant Thornton LLP (Arlington, VA) (2008 Fellow)
Ed Chen, Director of Governmental Affairs, Athens Services (Irwindale, CA) (2002 Fellow)
List of ILF Civic Fellows
Manjula Andukuri is a rising junior at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering Honors. Her interests lie in the intersection of Chemical Engineering and Management Consulting, as well as Food and Water Sustainability. On campus, Manjula is involved in undergraduate research on the Fate and Transport of Nanomaterials, with an independent project on Transport Mechanisms of Halloysite and Kaolinite Nanoparticles. Additionally, she is involved in the UT Austin Entrepreneurship/Startup Scene as an analyst for the Genesis Program, a student-led organization that provides non-dilutive pre-seed capital to student startups. Manjula is also a member of Texas Raas, a nationally recognized South Asian dance team that practices 10 hours a week and travels to competitions around the country. In her spare time, Manjula also enjoys CrossFit, watching Bollywood movies, and eating sweet potatoes.
Jaime Martin Ko Atilano is currently a rising junior at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he is studying Marketing at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and pursuing an LGBT Studies Certificate. Jaime enjoys dedicating his time to advocate, serve, and represent underserved communities. On campus, he assisted in multiple projects to raise media awareness on Asian American Pacific Islander issues from being an author on a blog post on AAPIData.com to even organizing a rally to support immigrants in the United States. Jaime has also volunteered as a panelist educating students in 20-200 person lectures about LGBTQ issues and how to fight against homophobia and sexism. Best practices like these are what Jaime believes have value and he looks forward to bringing his passion for civic engagement to the public and private sectors.
Charles Castillo is a rising senior at American University, who is majoring in international affairs with focuses in global/comparative governance and international development, and is minoring in sociology. Charles recently studied abroad two semesters in a row in Nairobi, Kenya, and in Brussels, Belgium, to learn about various approaches to international development in sub-Saharan Africa and how the European Union and NATO function, respectively. While in Nairobi, Charles interned with the Action Network for the Disabled, which seeks to raise awareness among the Kenyan general public that people with disabilities are no different from able-bodied people and to reassure people with disabilities of their own individual agency. In Brussels, Charles interned with the Quaker Council for European Affairs, where he helped gather research for a report on the effects of social media-based hate speech on migrants coming into Europe. In his spare time, Charles enjoys listening to music and trying new foods.
Kristen Chang is currently a student at Wellesley College studying International Relations with a focus in Political Science. Her gravitation towards service and love for community has shaped her political ambitions. In 2015, Kristen founded a non-profit called Love Buds that has since donated over 300 wedding flower arrangements to hospitals, hospices, and nursing homes across New York City. Last summer, she worked with the campaign team for Councilwoman Margaret Chin, collaborating with constituents on issues such as affordable housing and government accessibility. It’s long been a dream of hers to work in D.C. and Kristen is thrilled to take her grassroots experiences to the federal level as a legislative intern at the office of Senator Charles E. Schumer. Through every experience, she is grateful for the never-ending new opportunities to connect with people. She is also grateful to ILF for the opportunity to explore her Asian-American identity alongside her love for civic engagement. On a less contentious note, Kristen is a classically trained vocalist and overly excited to be living within walking distance of The National Mall!
Monica Chen is a rising senior at Brandeis University studying Health: Science, Society, and Policy. She spent her past semester studying public health in Copenhagen at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, which focused on comparing health systems in the United States, Denmark, Finland, and Estonia. Monica is interested in studying the barriers to accessing health care and promoting equity in our healthcare system. After completing her undergraduate degree, she would like to gain experience in the field and work before returning to graduate school. Outside of academics, Monica loves playing piano, performing with her improv group, practicing yoga, and visiting museums.
Albert Ha is currently an undergraduate student at Boston College, where he is studying Political Science. Born in the United States, but raised in Korea, Albert became interested in international relations. Along with that, he is also interested in immigration, education, and other areas. Previously, he worked at a non-profit organization in Boston that provides ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programs to immigrants. Through his experience with ILF, Albert wishes to gain an insight into the inside workings of the federal government.
Kevin Han is a rising senior at the University of Virginia, studying politics and foreign affairs. Born and raised in northern Virginia, Kevin enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures and languages. After studying abroad at Seoul National University, he has grown passionate in East Asian affairs and hopes to work in Asia in the future. Other topics he is interested in are international development, diplomacy, sustainability, and Asian American issues. This summer he is a health equity fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, working on research and communications. He is excited for a productive summer as well as going to Geneva next semester to study abroad and intern at an NGO.
Elena Jiao is a rising senior at Cornell University, where she studies Fiber Science and Apparel Design and minors in Business. Her academic interests extend to e-commerce, consumer behavior, international business, and consulting. Previously, she has worked in digital marketing and sales at Tom Ford, alice + olivia, and Harper’s Bazaar China. She hopes to shape meaningful experiences and empower business innovation in the global retail landscape in her professional career. At her time with ILF, she hopes to learn more about the government’s roles, contribute a positive difference in society, and meet diverse individuals. In her free time, Elena enjoys reformers pilates, reading, and traveling with her family.
JoAnn Jung is a rising junior at Wellesley College, pursuing a major in international relations with a concentration in political science and a minor in education studies. During her first year of college, JoAnn founded Wellesley’s campus chapter of She’s the First, an organization dedicated to providing quality education in developing countries through various forms of scholarship and mentorship, as well as advocating for girls’ right to education around the world. JoAnn has also researched at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Education Redesign Lab, exploring and studying ways to mitigate the effects of poverty and equalize opportunities for all students through education. She is passionate about education because she firmly believes that it is the key to sustainable development and upward mobility, and aspires to implement international education policies in the future to normalize education as a fundamental human right for all individuals. In her spare time, JoAnn enjoys journaling, spending quality time with her family over meals, and playing sports with her friends.
Nuha Khalfay is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley studying Public Health and French. This summer, Nuha is a Health Equity Fellow at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. At UC Berkeley, Nuha serves as the External Affairs Vice President for the 30,000 strong student body representing Cal students at local, state, and national levels of government. After graduation, Nuha is interested in working in the health policy field with a focus on prevention and equity for underserved communities. In her free time, Nuha enjoys reading, exploring museums, and discovering new brunch spots.
Isaac Kim graduated magna cum laude and with honors from Brown University in May 2018 with a degree in Applied Mathematics-Computer Science. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior at Brown, he also served as President of the Korean American Students Association and Co-President of the Korean Adoptee Mentoring Program. He will be matriculating into Brown’s MD/PhD program this coming academic year with a focus on biomedical informatics. As an ILF Civiv Fellow, he will be conducting research on the opioid crisis for the Department of Health and Human Services as well as interning at Senator Tim Scott’s office. Isaac is from New Jersey and likes to hike, swim, and play poker.
Dorothy Lee is a rising senior at Rutgers University studying Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources. She is interning with the Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Community Revitalization. She is passionate about environmental justice, food security and waste issues, soil/water contamination, sustainable urban/community development, marine conservation, and the relationship between society and our environment. During her first year of college, she founded the RU Compost Club on campus and strives to help her peers understand the cycle of the food we eat and why we should care about it. At the beginning of her third year, Dorothy studied abroad in Queensland, Australia for a semester to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s role in caring for our environment. At times you may see Dorothy eating all kinds of food or attempting to cook them, running around the neighborhood, laughing a little too loudly, listening to funky music, or searching for matcha vegan desserts.
Jessica Li is a rising junior in the Dual Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po. Hailing from the metro-Atlanta area, she has spent two years studying economics and political science in France on Sciences Po’s Eurasian-focused campus in Le Havre and will complete her undergraduate studies in New York City at Columbia, where she will major in Economics-Philosophy. Outside of class, Jessica is very active in the arts. Since starting college, she has taken on many critical leadership roles as an elected representative in the Bureau des Arts, communications manager, media specialist, stage director, dancer, and choreographer.
Louis Lin is a rising Junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Health and Societies & Political Science and minoring in Asian American Studies, Education Policy, and Environmental Studies. He is passionate about health and education policy and plans to pursue a career addressing inequalities in these areas for low-income, AAPI, and immigrant communities like his own. In Philadelphia, he is an active member of Penn’s first-generation, low-income student community, and in 2017 he was elected as his precinct’s Judge of Election and is serving a 4-year term on its Election Board. Louis hopes to continue to work in public service in Pennsylvania and continue at the federal level. He is excited to be a part of the ILF family and will be interning in the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel.
Drew Nguyen-Phan is currently a rising junior at Virginia Tech, where he is double majoring in Business Information Technology and Management. He developed his interest in politics and desire to work for the government through his father, who works for the government in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This summer he will be interning with the Department of Transportation, in the Federal Aviation Administration. In his free time, Drew enjoys playing the piano, cooking, working out, or playing video games.
Stanley Shaw is a rising fourth-year student at U.C. Berkeley with a double major in History and Conservation & Resource Studies, along with a minor in Forestry and Natural Resources. Stanley currently interns with the Office of Conservation and Resource Recovery at the EPA. He formerly interned as a law clerk with the California Department of Justice. At school, Stanley serves as President for the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and history honor society Phi Alpha Theta. In his free time, Stanley watches all things motion pictures, volunteers around the community, or hones his photography and videography skills.
Rachel Su is a rising senior at Vanderbilt University, where she studies Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Political Science. Rachel is originally from Saratoga Springs, NY and she is passionate about discussing climate change and its impact on species conservation and minority communities. Rachel currently interns in the EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs, working specifically in the Asia-Pacific & Europe Program. At Vanderbilt, she is the president of the Asian American Student Association and serves as a resident adviser for first-year students. Outside of her internship, she is looking forward to exploring DC’s many events, restaurants, and museums this summer.
Cynthia Sun is a rising junior at Georgetown University in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is currently studying International Politics and minoring in Chinese. She is interested in studying international relations with a focus on international law and human rights. On campus, she is involved in Georgetown University Women in Leadership (GUWIL), Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, and the Asian American Student Association (AASA). She has previously interned in the Office of Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06) and on several political campaigns. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys traveling, reading, and exploring museums.
Casey Wang is a rising junior at Georgetown University studying global business and Asian studies. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she is interested in economic development and US-China relations. Casey serves as the Chair of the Walsh Exchange, an undergraduate international relations research forum, and the Director of Communications for the Georgetown Alexander Hamilton Society, a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting constructive debates on campus in contemporary issues in national defense, economic statecraft, and foreign affairs. This summer, she is interning at the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and exploring restaurants and museums throughout DC.
Daniel Warner is a rising junior at the University of Michigan, studying Public Policy with a minor in Political Science at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He’s interested in pursuing a career as a lawyer upon completion of his undergraduate degree and currently aspires to practice criminal law. As part of his time at ILF this past summer, Daniel interned in the Federal Aviation Administration, within the Department of Transportation. At Michigan, Daniel is very active in his fraternity and philanthropy clubs. While serving as an executive board member of his fraternity, Daniel also participates in various student organizations such as Autism Speaks. In his time off from school, he resides in Los Angeles, California and enjoys playing with his dog and two cats.
Alex Wiederkehr currently studies Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, where he develops his interests in consulting, data science, and human integrated systems. He currently interns in the Treasury’s DataLab, a team responsible for turning overlooked data into transformational insights and publications. As Regional Vice President of Analytics for The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Project Manager for the tech consulting syndicate, Purdue Solutions, and Corporate Representative for Purdue University Dance Marathon, Alex helps students, faculty, businesses, and charities achieve their goals. A spikeball beach bum and avid hammocker, Alex hails from the South Bay where he loves to spend his summers with family and friends.
Angela Wu is a rising senior at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is passionate about making sure that government policies serve constituent needs, especially the needs of underserved and underrepresented communities. On campus, Angela manages events programming for the undergraduate LGBTQ+ community, tutors incarcerated individuals, and advocates for issues related to reproductive justice. She interned in the Illinois State Senate last year and is currently interning at the Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth.
Michael Chang is a twenty-year-old from Palos Verdes Estates, a suburb of Los Angeles. He graduated from Bard College at Simon’s Rock with a double degree in Engineering and Computer Science, and is an aspiring data scientist. He enjoys coding, soccer, video games, and producing music in his free time. He hopes to gain valuable civic engagement and leadership skills during his time at ILF and is excited to finally become more involved with the Asian-American community and in government.
Trenton Chang has just finished his freshman year at Stanford University. He plans on majoring in American Studies, concentrating on representations of Asians in the media, with a minor in Computer Science. Trenton will be working as a communications intern at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Assistance. This year, he served as a research intern at Stanford’s Chinese Railroad Workers in North America project. He was also a staff writer in the music beat at the Stanford Daily, Stanford University’s independent, student-run newspaper, traveling around the Bay Area occasionally to cover concerts by electronic music acts. Trenton is also an accomplished pianist and electronic music producer. In his free time he enjoys playing chess and jamming with his friends on the piano.
Joy Chiu is a student at Yale University studying Global Health and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. At school, she is involved with wet lab research to test for novel and potent antimalarial drugs. In this position, she has coauthored two papers about the biochemistry of promising new compounds. She has also founded a Music for Healing program at her local hospital, bringing therapeutic music to the Children’s Oncology ward. This summer, she is excited to be taking a step back and looking at health from a broader policy perspective. She will be interning at the Environmental Protection Agency, and hopes to learn a lot from this experience to then pursue a career in health and sustainability. In her free time, she likes playing the carillon (an instrument consisting of heavy, metal bells) and exploring her surroundings on foot.
Patricia Choi is from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is currently a third year student at the University of California, Berkeley studying Political Economy with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She aspires to have a career centered on international development through agriculture. She hopes that her time in the capital will give her a clear understanding of the different ways in which government works to promote greater access to sustenance so that she may apply the knowledge when cultivating agricultural development programs in the future. Patricia loves being in unfamiliar places and is looking forward to her nine-month trip to Senegal, during which she will be studying and working on a sustainable land development project.
Natasha Cox, hailing from Washington, D.C., is a rising junior at Barnard College of Columbia University studying Political Science. At school, she plays a key role in shaping campus discourse as an editor and project manager for Columbia Daily Spectator’s editorial page. She is also a gender equality activist and serves on the executive boards of Columbia University HeForShe and Smart Women Lead. Having previously worked as an intern for Hillary for Virginia as well as for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in New Delhi, India, she is excited to immerse herself in ILF’s program to learn more about work in the public sector through the angle of celebrating her Asian American heritage in a way that is unique to her previous experiences. This summer, she is working as a Health Equity Fellow for HHS’ Office of Minority Health where she will be collaborating with her mentors and peers to improve and devise more effective policies. In her spare time, she enjoys working with kids as a volunteer reading tutor, exploring new places, hanging out with friends, and curling up with a good book.
Yijun “Tom” Feng, from Nanjing, China, has been playing table tennis for 12 years and represented Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in table tennis. In the years of 2015 and 2016, Yijun captured several titles including 2015 U.S. Men’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles Champion; 2016 US Olympic Team Captain; and 2016 North American Cup Champion. Yijun also attended the White House Reception and was honored by Former President Barack Obama last October. Currently ranking number one in the U.S., Yijun is an incoming sophomore at New York University studying Sports Management. Yijun’s goal is to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games while developing great leadership skills as a full-time college student.
Sean Gu was born in Toledo Ohio and grew up in Troy Michigan. He is currently a rising junior at the University of Michigan studying computer science. He travels to Beijing frequently and has native proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. He is very passionate about issues concerning China and U.S./Chinese relations. In his free time he likes to play electric guitar, play video games, and do olympic weightlifting.
Angela He is double-majoring in history and economics with an interest in politics and law. She spent her underclassmen years at Fordham University in New York and will be attending Washington University in St. Louis in the fall of her junior year. Thanks to ILF she is looking forward to working in the International and Foreign Language Education office of the Department of Education as she continues to explore different aspects of public service. In the past, she has interned under Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and shadowed JAG officers at the Newport Naval War College, and plans on attending law school when done with undergraduate education.
Sophia He was born in Buffalo, New York, and did most of her schooling and growing up right outside DC in Chevy Chase. She is currently a rising junior at Boston College studying economics and English. Having always been passionate about public service, she hopes to be a part of Teach for America after graduation and pursue a degree in law after that two-year program. She hopes that her career may push minority issues to the forefront of discussions and help provide solutions to those problems. This summer, she hopes to gain a better understanding of the workings of the government that specifically impact minorities.
Heidi Hsiao is a rising junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in supply chain management and marketing. Born and raised in Naperville, IL, a Chicago-suburb, she is excited to be interning in Washington D.C. after spending her spring semester studying abroad in Hong Kong. On campus, Heidi is dedicated to her role in Illinois Enactus, a project-driven organization that strives to help solve local and national problems by using entrepreneurial and sustainable solutions. In her free time, she likes to go running, play the violin, eat chocolate, and take pictures of everything she finds beautiful!
Preston Huang is currently a rising junior at Duke University pursuing a major in financial economics with a certificate in PPE (politics, philosophy, and economics). Growing up in South Florida, Preston developed a passion for finance and investment, particularly in the media industry; he has co-authored two journal papers while exploring topics in this field. Outside of academics, Preston enjoys playing tennis, reading political philosophy texts, and cheering for the New England Patriots. In the future, Preston hopes to apply financial valuation techniques in the entertainment industry to promote investment in higher-risk creative projects.
Kathryn Jian is a rising sophomore at the University of Southern California, majoring in the World Bachelor in Business program. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Through her unique program, she will be traveling to Hong Kong and Italy in addition to studying in Los Angeles, earning three bachelor degrees at the end of her four years. She is interested in exploring U.S.-China relations, and bridging the gap between the two countries. She has interned for ILF in the past and is inspired by its mission to advocate for the AAPI community. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys playing the piano, traveling, and dancing, previously having performed on America’s Got Talent with her dance team.
Hana Kim is a rising junior at George Washington University and is majoring in International Affairs and Economics. Her interests include economic development and immigration issues in the United States. Last summer, she had the opportunity of learning more about the immigration process by interning at the International Rescue Committee, where she helped immigrants and refugees with the application process. She hopes to pursue a career in the government in an area that combines her background and interests.
So Jung Kim is a rising senior studying public policy with a minor in political science at the University of Michigan. On campus, she is involved with the Vice President for Student Life’s Student Advisory Board, The Michigan Daily, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. Pursuing her academic and career interests in transportation policy, she interned at the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General during the winter semester of her junior year. So Jung is excited to learn within the legislative branch of our federal government as she interns on Capitol Hill this summer.
Arria Lakha is from Norfolk, Nebraska and attends school at Brown University. She is majoring in Ethnic Studies and Education Studies and has participated in a human rights study abroad program. On campus, Arria is involved in creating and facilitating social justice workshops for various peer groups through the Brown Center for Students of Color. In addition, she works at an educational non-profit that empowers youth of color through debate. This summer, Arria is interning at the Department of Education in the International Foreign Language Education Office.
Brian Le was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is a rising sophomore in the Dual Degree program between Harvard University and New England Conservatory and is seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Statistics at Harvard and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance at New England Conservatory. At Harvard, he is involved with the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations, which organizes two conferences for hundreds of international delegates to discuss Asian political, economic, and social issues, and will be going to Sydney this August as part of the conference’s organizing committee. He is also the Director of Sponsorships for the Village to Raise a Child program of Harvard’s Social Innovation Collaborative, a program which brings five high school entrepreneurs from around the world to Harvard for free to incubate their ideas. In high school, Brian received first prize in the Eastman International Young Artists’ Piano Competition and the International Young Artists’ Piano Competition and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He will be interning at the U.S. Treasury this summer, and is looking forward to an exciting time with the International Leadership Foundation!
Ryan Lee is a recent graduate of Brown University, where he studied International Relations on the Political Economy track. Ryan is interested in the intersections between macroeconomic policy and socio-political inclusion. This summer, Ryan will be working at USAID’s Global Development Lab on the Applied Innovation team. In the past, Ryan has worked at a Paris-based think tank and at a local school in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Beyond his intellectual interests, Ryan loves to dance, and he strongly believes in our shared moral responsibility to stand up for our values and convictions.
Alexander Li is a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar at UC Berkeley, where he studies electrical engineering and computer science (EECS). He is passionate about using technology to improve our lives—most notably, as part of the Machine Learning @ Berkeley organization, he created machine learning applications that nonprofits can use to more effectively deliver humanitarian aid. This summer, Alex is interning with the Department of Treasury, and is excited to see what he can accomplish at the intersection of government and tech. In his spare time, Alex enjoys listening to music, reading, and playing volleyball and basketball.
Sean Liu is a rising senior at Rice University majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. During his time as an undergraduate, he has gained experience in health care settings as well as in research focusing on ecology and hematology. He is interested in a career in health care and is excited to connect his interests to the public service aspect of government. This summer, Sean will be working in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.
Neha Manu is a rising third-year student at the University of Virginia. She intends to double major in Interdisciplinary Computer Science and Cognitive Science and minor in Psychology/Religious Studies. In the past, Neha has conducted research in the Neuroscience department of Children’s National Medical Hospital. She has also done an internship in graphics and corporate communications. Through ILF, she will be working at USAID in the Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Na-Yeon Park is a proud native of South Korea and current resident of Ridgefield, NJ. She recently graduated with honors from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Douglass Residential College with a B.A. in Political Science, Chinese, and International and Global Studies. Na-Yeon was an Eagleton Undergraduate Associate, Institute for Women’s Leadership Scholar, Gilman Scholar, Taiwan-United States Sister Alliance Scholar, UN Youth Representative, and one of ten college women who was selected to be on the American Association of University Women (AAUW) National Student Advisory Council. Lauded by the Clinton Foundation, Na-Yeon’s organization, One Step- 한 걸음, which focuses on a sustainable education and leadership development curriculum for North Korean refugees around the world, was selected as one of fifty semi-finalists internationally for the 2017 Clinton Global Initiative University’s Social Venture Challenge. As a member of the Working Group on North Korean Women, One Step- 한 걸음 also co-organized a parallel event on North Korean women’s rights for the first time ever in the 70-year history of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. After taking a gap year, Na-Yeon plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy and a rewarding career in the Foreign Service.
Madison Schumacher is a rising junior at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has a major in American Studies with a concentration in Urban Studies and minors in Geography, Environmental Studies, and Women’s Studies – so she has a little bit of everything going on! She has researched extensively and written the study guide for the artistic documentary Rice: A Filipino Love Story, as well as interned for several small non-profit organizations – including Helping Hand Incorporated, Rondo Avenue Incorporated, and HeyMiss Progress. Born in Tippecanoe, Indiana, she has lived in Phoenix, Arizona and Madison, Wisconsin, where her parents and three younger siblings currently reside. In the little free time she has, she also volunteers with the Asian American Organizing Project, RadAzns, and TakeActionMN.
Jin-Mi Sohn is a first-generation, rising senior at Middlebury College. She majors in International and Global Studies (East Asia Concentration) and minors in Education Studies. Outside of academics, she has been involved with the Student Government Association (SGA) throughout her time at Middlebury College and was elected to be the SGA President for 2017-2018. Her passions in empowerment of underrepresented voices, innovation and creativity, and exchanges between different languages/cultures have led her to seek a career in international development and humanitarian aid. This summer she will be interning at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She is beyond grateful for the people, experiences, and opportunities in her life!
Benjamin Soong, an aspiring father of five, explores new perspectives in order to learn something new everyday. Graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2016, he majored in Psychology and minored in Leadership Studies. Currently, he is working in Chicago as a behavioral health counselor, helping people with mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. Ben is doing what he can to make sure he provides a better life for his friends, family, and that bus driver he befriended on his way to work.
Megha Torpunuri is from Irvine, CA and is an incoming second-year at UC Berkeley. She is currently studying business administration and political economy, and hopes to pursue a career that combines her interests in business and public policy. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of how to aid businesses in the current economic climate, especially those owned by minority executives and entrepreneurs. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and surfing.
Vaimalu Vaiau is from Pago Pago, American Samoa. She is a recent graduate from the American Samoa Community College with an Associate of Arts in Pre Law and Political Science. She will be attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa this coming Fall where she will major in English and minor in Political Science. Upon receiving her Bachelor Degree, Vaimalu hopes to attend law school with the intention of becoming an attorney. As for the kind of law she wants to practice, Vaimalu is keeping her options open. She is interning with the Office of Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen of American Samoa.
Rebecca Wang graduated cum laude from Stony Brook University with a major in Health Science and a minor in Business Management. She is interested in pursuing a career in Environmental Health and Safety after interning at Rockefeller University’s Lab Safety and Environmental Health Department. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places around New York City, finding places to eat, and painting. She likes traveling, photography, and learning about new cultures.
Hank Wu is pursuing a degree in business and finance at NYU. In coordination with the ILF Civic Fellowship, Hank will intern at the Department of Treasury this summer. At NYU, he currently serves as the team lead for NYU Hyperloop. Along with his team, Hank has advanced to the Hyperloop One Global Challenge semifinals and has received the NYU President’s Service Award. In his free time, he enjoys watching tennis and reading about finance, biotech, and consumer technology.
Kevin Yen grew up in Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas. He is currently a junior studying accounting at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. Currently an intern at the Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Fiscal Service, Kevin hopes to gain insight into the workings of public service. In the future, Kevin aspires to become a certified professional accountant.
Kion You is a rising sophomore at Brown University, majoring in English. At Brown, he writes for the College Hill Independent and the Brown Political Review, where he enjoys writing about arts and culture. He is also passionate about education, spending much of his freshman year in a classroom with fifth grade students. Over the summer, You is working with the office of Congressman Ted Lieu. In his free time, You enjoys reading, fishing, and playing basketball.
Jinchen Zou is an Economics and Global Affairs major at Yale University, originally from Houston, TX. Her interests lie at the intersection of global governance, development, and climate change. As an Edward A. Bouchet Fellow, Jinchen conducted research in the small island states, Fiji and Kiribati, and in Ethiopia on economic and political implications of climate migration. On campus, Jinchen leads the pre-orientation program Culture Connections and advocates for the experience of first-generation students in her role as Recruitment Coordinator at the Yale Admissions Office. She has helped shape the social entrepreneurship community at Yale and explored the field in practice through an internship with USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures. This summer, Jinchen is excited to be part of the Office of Economic Policy at the Treasury Department.
Mina Brien is a current senior at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics, with a minor in Business. Growing up in a military family, Mina has had the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people and develop a love for hearing their stories, particularly forming a passion in wanting to capture the voices of the Asian-American community. She is looking forward to working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Fall/Winter intern, and to continue to explore the many opportunities of public service.
Safiyah Bharwani is a rising third-year Robert W. Woodruff Scholar at Emory University double majoring in Economics and Mathematics/Political Science. She is alight with passion for public policy, economics, and unravelling social inequality through human rights advocacy and social entrepreneurship. In pursuit of these interests, she actively works to combat global poverty as a fellow with the Vision in Action program, a servant leader with Emory’s Forum program, and a writer with the Emory Wheel. Even more, she recently led a team to Shanghai to compete in the regional finals for the Hult Prize, a 1 million USD startup social entrepreneurship competition. In addition, Safiyah is co-authoring a research paper with Dr. Emily Bianchi and leading a research project under the mentorship of Dr. Sabino Kornrich. However, Safiyah is defined most personally by her creativity both as a musician and as a writer of poetry and prose. In her spare time, she immerses herself in reading everything from astrophysics to news publications, practicing her viola and guitar, and solving puzzles.
Lilian Chan is a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in biochemistry and minored in fine arts. During her four years at Penn, she worked as a research assistant at the Wistar Institute, studied abroad in Singapore, and volunteered at the local Ronald McDonald House. Originally from Georgia, she loves to paint, cook, play with dogs, and spend time with friends and family. In the fall, she is off to the Perelman School of Medicine and hopes that this experience in DC will set the ground-work for a meaningful career that connects her work in the healthcare field with the public sector.
Olivia Chang is a Junior at Michigan State University studying Marketing and Communications. She enjoys working with others and doing group activities. She hopes to work with large companies helping large groups of people in the future. Olivia loves coffee, health, and fitness and hopes to be able to have a career relating to health and fitness.
Amanda Chen is a current student at Harvard College. She is pursuing a degree in philosophy and a secondary in statistics. In addition to her academic work, she enjoys writing for the Harvard International Review and serving as a vice president for the Harvard College Debating Union. Being especially interested in crime, international aid, and legal systems, she is excited to continue exploring a career in public service and the federal government this summer.
Julia Duong is an incoming junior at the University of Michigan studying business. She is involved in the Vietnamese Student Association along with the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) Spring Conference. Julia learning and discussing social justice issues in order to build inclusive communities. Her passion for education motivates her to spread awareness of social justice issues, especially those affecting the Asian/Pacific Islander American community. This summer, Julia will be interning at Minority Business Development Agency and is very excited for this new experience!
Sean Fisher is a student at Boston College, majoring in International Studies with a focus in Political Science and minoring in both History and Chinese. He has had extensive experience in public policy, serving as a Legislative Intern for the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and a Congressional Intern at the District Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu. He will be working in the Secretary’s Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this summer through the ILF Civic Fellowship, helping to develop proposals and organize events while coordinating with other departments to ensure things run smoothly. He hopes to continue developing his knowledge of national and international politics and eventually pursue a career in consulting.
Christopher Gao is a freshman Business Administration undergraduate at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. He was raised in San Jose, California with two brothers. Chris enjoys playing sports, video games, and music. He plays the guitar, piano, french horn, and he sings. Chris hope to double concentrate in Information Systems and Accounting.
Isabella Gatti is a junior at Georgetown University majoring in Chinese Studies and minoring in Biology. She hails from Bethesda, Maryland and lived in Taipei, Taiwan, and Hangzhou, China in 2015. She has channeled her love for research both in China, where she conducted independent research on students and environmentalism, and more recently in DC where she worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council on environmental health issues. She enjoys oil painting, witty puns, hiking, and all kinds of Asian street food.
Kevin Gwen is a rising junior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in Data Analysis. At school he is involved with the Lion’s Club International, focusing on helping international refugees adjust in Texas. He is passionate about inequality and plans to become more proactive in local government to address these issues.
Michelle Hoang is a rising junior at Hofstra University, majoring in marketing with a minor in international business. She is currently involved in 180 Degrees Consulting and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. In these clubs, Michelle has found a fulfillment in her passion for non-profit organizations, participating in local community events and consulting for a few local organizations to help them overcome challenges and have a greater social impact. In the summer of 2015, she held an internship with Senator Bob Huff and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs organization. Aside from academic involvement, Michelle loves traveling and learning about different cultures. In the future, she hopes to be able to travel the world and live in different places for months at a time.
Kabir Hossain is a recent graduate from Franklin & Marshall College with a BA in Government. Kabir was born in Bangladesh but spent most of life in Saudi Arabia before moving to the United States in 2001. He is very interested in government and politics and spent most of his college career helping conduct research in various capacities. During his free time Kabir enjoys watching Bollywood movies and experimenting with new food. He intends to take at least two gap years to gain some work experience before applying to Law School. In the future, Kabir hopes to stay involved with the government and public service while giving back to his community.
Annalie Jiang is a junior at Northwestern University studying International Studies and Cognitive Science, with interests in Europe, the Middle East, and cognitive neuroscience. In the fall of 2015, she also had the incredible experience of studying abroad at Sciences Po in Paris. On campus, Annalie has been involved with the Northwestern Community for Human Rights and various community service initiatives, as well as working as a French tutor. She currently performs research on public opinion and foreign policy. A native of Atlanta, she is passionate about learning languages and exploring the world.
Caroline Kim is a Political Science – International Relations major with minors in Creative Writing and Asian American Studies. She is from Bakersfield, CA. At Penn, Caroline serves as a member of the Asian American Studies Program Undergraduate Advisory Board and builds multimedia stories for the Wharton School and the University.
Esther Kim is a fourth year at the University of California, Berkeley, studying political science. She is specifically interested in international relations in East Asia. Involved as a research assistant on her campus, Esther is interested in exploring political science research and pursuing a Ph.D in International Relations to continue exploring issues developing in East Asian politics. As a Korean American, she has a passion and interest in Asian American activism and hopes to become a role model for other young Asian American women.
Liu Lafaele is a U.S National from American Samoa. He was born and raised in American Samoa and currently studies Criminal Justice at the American Samoa Community College. In 2013, Liu was elected as Junior Class President for his high school and became the School President of Samoana High School the next year. In the Spring of 2016, Liu received his two-year degree at the local college of ASCC in Criminal Justice. While there, Liu helped establish and lead the Law & Justice Club, which focused on the functions of the Criminal Justice System. Aside from education, Liu works back home as an anchorman and news broadcaster for local radio stations V103 and 93KHJ. During the ILF Program, Liu hopes to better identify issues facing the nation and learn how to effectively lead and serve the greatest nation on the face of the earth.
Lyndsay Lee is a rising junior at Elon University majoring in exercise science, minoring in biology, and on the pre-med track. Lyndsay’s interest in healthcare and volunteer work at the Open Door Clinic near her university has inspired her to learn more about differing patient populations and their healthcare. With a growing passion for human physiology, Lyndsay enjoys being a teaching assistant for physiology labs and tutoring her peers in the subject. Additionally, pursuing her interest in nutrition, Lyndsay will begin undergraduate research in nutritional supplementation in the upcoming fall semester. As a heritage speaker of Cantonese, Lyndsay looks forward to learning more about Chinese culture when she travels abroad to China during the upcoming winter semester. Outside of academics, Lyndsay enjoys practicing gymnastics, running, and going to the gym.
Nathan Lo is a rising junior attending Northwestern University, majoring in Piano Performance and Economics. Some of his favorite hobbies involve going to car shows, exploring new restaurants in downtown Chicago, and attending electronic dance music festivals and concerts. At Northwestern University, Nathan is a member of the Taiwanese Student Club as well as an initiated member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. In addition to playing piano, he has also been playing cello at the chamber program here at Northwestern University since his freshman year.
Kyle Lui is an NYC native and a rising sophomore at Tufts University. He is majoring in American Studies with minors in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies and Urban Studies. At Tufts, Kyle is a Tisch Scholar at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, which has helped him pursue his passion in public service. He is also a dancer for Blackout, Tufts All male premier step team. He hopes to pursue a career in urban and environmental planning and policy. In his free time, Kyle enjoys reading, listening to music, singing, dancing, cooking, and exploring cities.
Victoria Ma is currently a rising senior undergraduate student at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. She majors in Healthcare Management and Policy on the Administration track. Victoria is interested in the intersections of social determinants of health, mental health, and minority health, and hopes to work closely with public sector efforts in solving health disparities and inequities. At Georgetown, she is involved in student government mental health policy and awareness teams, student advocacy, and heath promotion, as well as online peer resource support for fellow Hoyas.
Sumaia Masoom is a rising junior at Northwestern University majoring in Social Policy and minoring in Political Science as well as Middle Eastern & North African Studies. Originally from rural Platteville, Wisconsin, growing up as one of just four Asian students and the only Muslim student in her high school’s graduating class shaped made her particularly interested in the role Asian Americans play and the issues we face in society on a day-to-day basis. An internship with the Muslim Public Affairs Council in the summer of 2015 and an independent project compiling hate crimes as a writer for Muslim Girl have driven her interest in studying the effectiveness of cultural education and anti-discrimination campaigns, which she will be assisting with this summer at the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. On campus, Sumaia tries to engage in international affairs as much as possible both inside and outside of the classroom as the Undersecretary General of Outreach for Northwestern University Model United Nations and an active organizer of the annual NU Conference on Human Rights. Outside of school, some of Sumaia’s favorite moments are spent with her friends and family, particularly when she gets the chance to visit them in Bangladesh.
Janel Mendoza is a rising junior at Wellesley College, where she majors in political science with a focus in international relations. At Wellesley, she is deeply involved in an organization called Club Filipina as well as a United Nations campaign, called Girl Up, which promotes the health, education, and leadership of women and girls in developing countries. Both her academic and extracurricular work inspires her to explore a career in global health and development. This summer, she is excited to continue learning about development within the contexts of health and socioeconomics at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
George Park is a Korean-American, born and raised in Northern Virginia. Growing up in Fairfax Station, VA, he attended South County High School, where he played varsity soccer, qualified for All-State band for four consecutive years, and served as SGA and Class of 2013 President. Currently, he studies at Washington and Lee University on a full-merit based leadership scholarship, known as the Johnson Scholarship, and is majoring in Economics with a minor in Poverty Studies. On campus, he is involved with many activities, but most of his efforts have been dedicated to leadership initiatives such as designing and facilitating LEAD, his school’s brand new leadership development program. George has also used much of his time in college to help others. In the summer of 2015, he spent two months doing economic development volunteer work in Belize and during the year, he serves as his fraternity’s philanthropy chair. Although he is still unsure as to what he wants to do after college, George is extremely excited about the ILF Civic Fellowship and is hopeful that the experience will guide him going forward.
Victoria Peng is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying psychology and consumer psychology. At Penn, she works as a research assistant in the experimental evolutionary psychology lab, serves as a peer mentor for incoming freshmen, and competes in collegiate competitions with the Latin and Ballroom team. In her free time, she enjoys reading the Wall Street Journal and NY Magazine, exploring urban cities on foot, and practicing Bikram yoga. In the future, Victoria hopes to brush up on her Spanish and Mandarin Chinese through extensive traveling.
Kelly Song is a student at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service, graduating in 2017. Her major is Science Technology and International Affairs (STIA) with a concentration in Global Health and Biotechnology, and she is interested in the intersection of law, science, and public health. Kelly frequently travels to China to visit family and brush up on her Chinese. She is committed to advocacy and hopes to make a difference in as many lives as possible both in the U.S and the rest of the world.
Yifan Song was born in China, but grew up mostly in Oklahoma. Yifan is currently a rising junior studying economics and history at Duke University. He is passionate about history, dedicated to economic development in emerging markets, and also interested in foreign cultures, the arts, and environmentalism. Yifan enjoys traveling in foreign countries and outdoors recreation. He will be interning at the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency.
Sarah Tang is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and minoring in Computer Science. She is passionate about international development issues and education policy. Sarah is eager to learn more about social entrepreneurship and innovation as an intern at USAID’s Global Development Lab.
Gracie is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Health and Societies with a concentration in Public Health. At school she is involved with the Critical Writing Center tutoring fellow students in writing courses. She is passionate about public health both internationally and nationally, working as a certified application counselor for the ACA and studying public health systems in India, South Africa and Brazil. Recently, she connected with her Asian heritage by studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea and hopes to connect her interest in her heritage with public health.
University of Virginia
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health
Jing-Shuan Chen is a rising 3rd year at the University of Virginia double majoring in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. He has also been working at a neuroscience lab for the past two years and wants to integrate his studies of how the brain works with his knowledge of computers. He is also a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese and worked as a volunteer teaching English to disadvantaged children in Taiwan. For this coming year he will also have the privilege of leading his school’s Taiwanese Student Association as president and look forward to spreading cultural awareness.
United States Agency for International Development, Asia Bureau, Office of Strategic Planning and Operations
Wayne Chen is a rising junior at Georgetown University majoring in International Economics. At Georgetown, Wayne is a violinist in the chamber music program and a volunteer at a local homeless center. Wayne has been on multiple missions trips to countries around the world, such as Taiwan, Mexico, and Turkey, as he longs to see the nations impacted for Christ. A passionate advocate of social justice, Wayne hopes to pursue a MPP degree with a focus in international development
George Washington University
US Agency for International Development, Office of Inspector General/Investigations
Karim is a student at The George Washington University, majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. In Fall 2014, he studied comparative human rights in Chile, Jordan, and Nepal, where he got the opportunity to meet with civil society leaders who were finding local solutions to pressing challenges. Farishta is a John F. Kennedy School of Government Public Policy and Leadership Conference Fellow. Most recently, he has worked at the Alliance for Peacebuilding to create a narrative around the work of innovative peacebuilders from around the globe. Karim is also the founder of the youth-led Global Issues Summit in Sugar Land, Texas.
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Administrator
Aaron is interested in foreign policy and diplomacy (more specifically U.S.-China relations) and hopes to work for the State Department in the future. Currently, he is a research assistant at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, writing policy analysis pieces for their official blog and researching U.S.-China space cooperation. In terms of work, he enjoys event planning, fundraising, budgeting, and scheduling. With APA issues, he hopes to raise voter turnouts and community involvement in the APA community. In his free time, he enjoys watching Game of Thrones, Modern Family, and House of Cards.
United States Agency for International Development, Asia Bureau
Stella Huang is a rising junior at Brown University, concentrating in Economics. Born and raised in Georgia, Stella has also developed a passion for the interdisciplinary study of the arts and sciences. Outside of the classroom, Stella is a part of two publications, a national literary arts magazine and a daily local newspaper. In the future, Stella hopes to find a career in the public sector or a consulting firm.
Washington University in St. Louis
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Executive Services
Adya is a rising sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis in the Olin Business School. Raised in both New York and Kentucky, she identifies closely with her Indian heritage and speaks fluent Hindi. Because of her interest in international business, she is currently learning Mandarin Chinese and plans to study abroad in Hong Kong. Additionally, she is involved with the Washington University Political Review and Community Organized Rape Education club and hopes to combine her business and public policy interests in the future.
New York University
Office of Congresswoman Grace Meng
Selina Jan is a rising senior at NYU majoring in Politics and Psychology. She is interested in political science, human development, and law. She hopes to attend law school after graduation as well as graduate school for psychology. She enjoys traveling and immersing herself in other cultures. She is fluent in English, French, Chinese, and has a working proficiency in Japanese with hopes of learning another language soon!
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education
Joyce Kim graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 majoring in Political Science and minoring in Korean Studies and Urban Studies, where she served as the first popularly elected female Student Body President. She is also the founder of a intercultural dialogue and civic engagement program called the Fellowship for Building Intercultural Communities, for which she won the Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship. She has worked for the United Nations and USAID This summer, she will be working at the Department of Education. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, biking, photography, and traveling. Upon graduation, she will conduct research in South Korea as a Fulbright fellow on how citizenship education affects integration of North Korean defector youth.
Federal Aviation Agency, Aviation Safety Organization
Samuel is a rising senior at Yale University studying Psychology, with a background in Economics. He has taken a gap year (2013-2014) to study Chinese abroad in China through the generosity of the Richard U. Light Fellowship and now speaks fluent Mandarin. At Yale, he serves on the Yale College Council and works at the Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications. His contributions have included co-founding Yale’s first official job shadowing program and writing top stories on YaleNews. Looking forward, Samuel seeks to combine his passions of leadership, service, and communication in the fields of government and business.
University of Michigan
Federal Aviation Agency, Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention
Jocelyn Lai is a Taiwanese American born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She studied Materials Science and Engineering as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan and will continue her studies for a Master’s degree in the same field in the Fall of 2015 at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. She wishes to study in the field of electrical materials. She was an active member in the APIA community at the University of Michigan as a dancer and choreographer in rxn, a subgroup of CSA (Chinese Student Association). She also participated in the University of Michigan Solar Car Team, racing in the American Solar Challenge in the summer of 2014.
National Defense University
JJ is a rising senior at Cornell University, majoring in Government and Asian Studies with a concentration in International Relations and Law & Society. Elected to judicial boards on campus, and as an officer of her Class Council and the first minority elected Executive Director of one of oldest student unions in the country, she is deeply involved in governance on campus and enjoys empowering students to engage in greater citizenship and meaningful leadership in service during their time at Cornell. Her interest lies in foreign affairs and diplomacy, specifically that of East Asia, and she looks forward learning as many languages and traveling to as many countries as possible. In her free time, she likes to paint, canoe, mix drinks, wine-taste, and mentor younger classmen.
Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
Jessica Liang is a rising junior at Yale University, where is she an Education Studies Scholar majoring in Political Science. She is entering her second year as Head Coordinator of the Asian American Cultural Center. Her other campus commitments include being an editor for The Yale Historical Review, a member of the Yale club badminton team, and a former flyer on the Yale cheerleading squad.
University of Maryland, College Park
Program for Public Consultation
Jessica Liu is a rising senior with double majors in Political Science and Economics and double minors in Piano Performance and Business Analytics. This spring, she interned at a small consulting firm performing economic analyses and transfer pricing for multinational corporations. She is also a research assistant for Professor Croco, focusing on international conflict and data analysis, and is working on publishing an academic article. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and hopes to become a U.S.-China relations specialist or data analyst in the future. In her free time, Jessica is a freelance piano accompanist and is involved with the Taiwanese American Student Association on campus.
University of California, Berkeley
US Agency for International Development, United States Global Development Lab
His ancestors hid in muggy tunnels, braved relentless storms at sea, fouth off bloodthirsty Thai pirates, and traveled thousands of miles by foot, boat, car, and helicopter to reach safety, to reach freedom. As the son of Vietnamese refugees, André has grown up with not only eyes wide open, but also aspirations as limitless as the sky. He has worked for local politicians, coordinated volunteers for political campaigns, and even debated peers at Model United Nations conferences. Yet, his appetite for international diplomacy is insatiable, for someday, he will be the world’s ambassador. On a less serious note, here are some fun facts about André: he’s been vegetarian since birth; he was destined to become a Buddhist monk (that clearly didn’t work out); he was born in California, moved to Maryland when he was two, and then finally moved back to California when he was 14; and most importantly, André is obsessed with House of Cards, Game of Thrones, and The Office.
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Vy Luu is a rising junior at Stanford University, studying Sociology with a minor in Computer Science. Vy was born in Vietnam and lived there until she was seven, when she and her family immigrated to the United States. She is one of the first people in her family to go to college. At Stanford, Vy is involved with Stanford’s First-Generation and/or Low-Income Partnership (FLIP), the Stanford Asian American Activism Committee, and the Alternative Breaks program.
Department of the Treasury, Office of Economic Policy
Michelle Mui is a junior majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
University of Southern California
National Defense University
Jonathan is a senior majoring in Business Administration at the University of Southern California. Currently, Jonathan is a research assistant at his university. His primary research focuses on how organizations house innovation in order to enhance their products and services. Jonathan is also researching on the complex relationship between the U.S. Patent Office and organizations to see how they can work together to better society.
He is a recent graduate from UC Santa Cruz majoring in Economics and Mathematics. He has an interest in how data can be used for healthcare, so he is interning at the Office of Minority Health in the department of Health and Human Services. He hopes to learn about how Epidemiology and actuarial science can be useful tools in shaping policy, as well as the health disparity among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He hopes to learn how he can be involved in the solutions for these problems.
Pew Research Center
Sofi Sinozich is a rising senior at Columbia University from Silver Spring, MD. She is majoring in Political Science and Statistics. Last summer, she interned at the Bureau of Justice Statistics as a JPSM Junior Fellow and co-authored the agency’s special report on rape and sexual assault among college-aged women. This experience led her to focus on survey analysis and methodology during her junior year. Outside of academics, she is active in a variety of activities at Columbia, including the Columbia Political Review, Columbia Undergraduate Law Review, and residential life. She hopes to return to the DC metro area after graduation and pursue a career in survey research.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency
Calvin Su is from Atlanta, Georgia and is currently a student at Georgia Tech. He will graduate in December 2015 with a Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing and a certificate in Film Studies. While in college, he worked as a facility assistant at Georgia Tech’s renowned Campus Recreation Center as well as served on the board for GT China Care. He also was able to combine his passion for marketing and film in his most recent internship at the Atlanta Film Festival. Upon graduation, he hopes to work in the entertainment marketing field.
Michigan State University
Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service
Andrew Wang is a rising 3rd year at Michigan State University, where he is majoring in Criminal Justice. On campus he is currently involved in a wide variety of activities, from critiquing movies to organizing conferences. He enjoys intellectual conversations, chess, and painting in his free time. Born to a Taiwanese-American family, Andrew has been able to travel across the Pacific, become fluent in both English and mandarin, and dine with many foreign politicians. Andrew will be interning at U.S. Department of the Treasury this summer and hopefully will be able to use this experience to further improve upon his skills as a politician so that one day he can become the President of the United States of America.
New York University
US Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
Henry is a junior at New York University, studying economics and minoring in producing and business studies. He was born in the United States and grew up in China, so he is fluent in both English and Chinese. While at school, he served as the Vice President of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, and focused on planning and coordinating major social events. Outside of school, Henry interned at the Asset Management Department of Yinhua Fund Management in Beijing, composing investment structure for entrusted loans of real estate companies. He also worked at a luxury retail brand, Moncler, as a support associate, facilitating the operation of the stockroom of the French originated high-end boutique. In the future, Henry desires to pursue a graduate or PhD degree in economics to further enhance his knowledge and interest in economics.
University of Pennsylvania
Environmental Protection Agency
William Yang, a Los Angeles native, is a rising Junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying bioengineering. Although he can sometimes be a science geek working in a research lab at school, he is also actively involved in Greek life serving as philanthropy chair and an executive board member of his fraternity. In his spare time, he enjoys jamming out on the piano or experimenting with sounds on music production software. He also loves meeting or bonding with others especially if it is over really good food. Along with his love for science, he hopes to serve others down the road, possibly pursuing a medical degree.
University of Southern California
Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency
Tiffany Yue is a sophomore at the University of Southern California, double majoring in Accounting and Business Administration. Her campus involvements include Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honor society, where she serves as Controller, as well as USC’s Undergraduate Student Government, where she oversees a $130,000 budget allocated to student-hosted campus events. Upon graduation, Tiffany is interested pursuing a career in public accounting, specifically within Fraud Investigation. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, traveling, and marathoning the Barefoot Contessa.
University of Pennsylvania
Department of the Treasury
Emily is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying business at the Wharton School and life sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences. This summer, she is working at the U.S. Department of Treasury doing work on performance management, operations strategy and implementation, and continuous process improvement. She is most interested in integrating business and healthcare with public policy, and she believes that a public policy internship and the ILF Fellowship will help her learn more about the public sector and grow as a leader. A native of the Chicago suburbs, she loves to swim, run, and make music in her free time. Last summer, she interned in the consulting division at PwC (a professional services firm) in Hong Kong. Through her trip to Hong Kong and her Chinese family heritage, she has started to explore her cultural roots. She is excited and grateful for the opportunity to learn more about her heritage and grow as a leader who can positively change the world politically, socially, and economically.
Hamin “Daniel” Jung
Department of the Treasury
Hamin is a senior at American University double majoring in International Studies and Asian Studies and minoring in Chinese. During his years at American University, Daniel has pursued studies related to U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, focusing primarily on South Korea, China, and Japan. Passionate about the topic, Daniel co-founded the student organization, Peace of East Asia in Creative Engagement (PEACE) in which students from these three countries came together to learn about one another, build relationships, and discuss key regional issues. This past summer Daniel has interned with the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS as a Program and Research Intern. He is grateful and excited to be part of the International Leadership Foundation this Fall, interning at the Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Fiscal Service.
Department of the Treasury
Karilynn graduated American University’s Kogod School of Business with BA in in Business Administration with a concentration in international finance. She is currently working at Financial Markets Associate at PwC. Karilynn is gosei, a fifth generation Japanese-American, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She interned at the U.S. Treasury Department as an ILF Fellow.
Nikhil Bontha, Emory University
House of Representatives, Office of Congressman Xavier Becerra
Nikhil is from Houston, Texas and is currently a rising senior at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He studies political science and is also a member of Emory’s policy debate team. Nikhil is also a writer and editor for the Emory Journal of International Affairs and a student research fellow at the Emory Center of Law, Politics, and Economics. After college, he intends to work for a few years before going to law school.
Justin Chang, Baylor University
Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency
Justin Chang is a rising senior at Baylor University, enrolled in the Business Fellows honors program and pursuing degrees in economics, finance, and mathematics. He is an analyst for the Baylor Angel Network and is active in his local Christian fraternity Phi Kappa Chi, currently serving as the alumni relations chairman. Last summer Justin studied abroad in Hong Kong and China while working on a consulting project for Oso Technologies. After graduation he plans on pursuing a master’s degree and working in the international development field.
Norman Chang, Furman University
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Norman Chang is a rising senior at Furman University majoring in Accounting. He was born in Dallas but currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Norman was a member of the Furman Men’s tennis team for his first two years, but in his junior year he served as the head stringer. While in college he has worked at various accounting firms and businesses, but in the future intends on working for a public accounting firm.
Juliette Chen, Columbia University
Department of the Treasury
Juliette Chen is a rising junior at Columbia University majoring in Economics and minoring in Psychology. She has previously worked with several nonprofit organizations; most recently, she worked with the marketing and development team at No Longer Empty, a New-York based arts organization that aims to widen public accessibility to art by curating exhibitions in overlooked public spaces. Last summer, Juliette traveled to Uganda to design for Musana Jewelry, a nonprofit that aims to empower impoverished women through employment and education. She is incredibly excited to be working with the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Financial Stability this summer! In the future, Juliette hopes to apply her knowledge of economic growth and investment to aid in the decrease of inequality.
Jeffrey Chien, California State University, Los Angeles
Department of State, Agency for International Development
Jeffrey Chien is a senior at California State University, Los Angeles pursuing a double major in Political Science and Business Administration. He is a member of the Early Entrance Program at CSULA who was admitted to the university at the age of 15. He also has been active in student government and was the Representative for the College of Business & Economics during the 2012-2013 administration. He also has interned for Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39) in the summer of 2013 and is the treasurer of the Mock Trial Club. He plans to attend law school after receiving his undergraduate degrees.
Melinda Chou, University of Chicago
Department of Health and Human Services
Melinda Chou is a rising junior at the University of Chicago, studying Economics with a minor in Computer Science. At the University of Chicago she serves on the board of the Asian Students Union, as well as APPUP as a mentor to neighborhood high school students. Her past internships including working with a technology start-up company, as well as a student consultant to a local nonprofit specialized in educational equality. This summer she is interning with the Office of Minority Health and Resource Center. Upon graduation she hopes to pursue an MBA and start a career in consulting.
Hau Chu, George Mason University
Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency
Hau Chu is a rising senior at George Mason University and majoring in government and international politics. This is his first internship in a government field. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Fourth Estate, George Mason University’s student news outlet. He is responsible for the publication of the weekly issue and managing the website, gmufourthestate.com. He leads a staff of fifteen students to guide them to create content that covers and informs the Mason community. In his time working for Fourth Estate, the outlet has been featured in a New York Times story about the changing face of college media. He is still trying to find exactly what suits me for a professional career, but he’s hoping to find a job that combines his passion in writing and interest in media and public service.
Joanna Chua, University of California, Berkley
U.S. Agency for International Development
Joanne Chua is a rising junior in the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Political Science alongside a Public Policy minor. In the past she has interned for the Finance Department in the City Hall of Baldwin Park and for the Law Firm of Juliette T. Sarmiento in Berkeley. She has also been involved in the Asian Pacific American community in U.C. Berkeley, specifically within the Pilipino community by serving as the Co-Director of Marketing for The Partnership for Pre-Professional Pilipinos. For the future, Joanne is currently aspiring to be a lawyer and to engage in the public and non-profit sectors with the goal of empowering and helping minorities and women.
Kimberly Dao, University of Maine
U.S. Agency for International Development
Kimberly Dao is a 2014 graduate from the University of Maine where she majored in biology and minored in child development and family relations. As an undergraduate, she took part in various extracurricular activities including All Maine Women, Student Government (Student Body President), Class Council of 2014 (President), Asian Student Association, Alternative Breaks, Club Field Hockey, Phi Beta Kappa, Black Bear Mentors, Partners for World Health, Vagina Monologues, and participated in the International Dance Festival for three years. During the summer of 2013, she studied abroad through Semester at Sea. In the fall of 2014, Kim will matriculate to Tufts University School of Medicine and participate in their Maine Track MD program. Her career goals include becoming a family physician, a public health administrator, and participating in Doctors Without Borders or Physicians for Peace.
Jason Hong, University of California, Los Angeles
Department of State, Agency for International Development
Jason Hong is a rising junior at University of California, Los Angeles, pursuing majors in both History and French and Francophone Studies (concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies). He will be spending the 2014-2015 school year abroad studying at Lumière University Lyon 2. Jason has served as an editor on various journals, including Quaestio (history), Aleph (humanities), and Law. Additionally, Jason is also on the boards of Phi Alpha Theta (history society) and Le Cercle Francophone (French society), along with serving as a research intern for a law professor and a UCLA Law Fellow. He aspires to eventually attend either law school, pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer, or obtain a doctorate in Francophone literature.
Yuna Kim, University o Southern California
U.S. Agency for International Development
Yuna Kim is a rising senior at the University of Southern California pursuing a double degree in International Relations, with an emphasis on East Asia and security, and Biological Sciences. At USC, Yuna served as the director of Philanthropy Fund and Professional-Academic Funds in Undergraduate Student Government. Currently, she serves as the supplemental instruction leader for General Biology courses and the president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, USC’s premedical honor society. She has also worked as an administrative assistant for USC’s East Asian Studies Center to advocate East Asian studies. She hopes to serve as a public servant before pursuing medical school to become a pediatric surgeon in the future.
Emily Kong, Georgetown University
U.S. Agency for International Development
Emily Kong is a rising junior at Georgetown University majoring in International Politics with a concentration in Foreign Policy and getting a certificate in Asian Studies. However, she spent her freshman year at Boston University, and then transferred to Georgetown University. She is currently serving as one of the Political Awareness Chairs for Asian American Student Association at Georgetown, and has interned at the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. This fall she will be studying abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Leona Lam, Fordham University
Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency
Leona Lam is a rising junior at Fordham University majoring in Public Accounting. As a member of the Global Business Honors Program, she has traveled to London, Paris, and Beijing, visiting multinational corporations and speaking to experienced industry professionals. On campus, Leona actively participates in Smart Woman Securities serving as the Chief Investment Officer and leading the equity research team. Due to her involvement, she was recently invited to meet Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska. Leona has previously interned in the Rackets Bureau at the New York County District Attorney’s Office and participated in the Global Business in Asia study abroad program at The University of Hong Kong. In the future, she hopes to become a licensed CPA working at one of the Big Four accounting firms and to eventually attend law school.
Connie Lee, University of California, San Diego
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
Connie is a rising junior at the University of California, San Diego majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Interdisciplinary Computing and Arts. Though born in Hawaii as a United States citizen, Connie has traveled extensively with her family from an early age. Nationally, she identifies most strongly with her Taiwanese heritage and considers Taipei to be her hometown. However, she has also spent many years in Prague, Czech Republic. At UCSD, Connie tutored math and science at the Preuss School, a secondary school for low-income and minority students in San Diego. In the future, Connie hopes to study abroad in Japan and secure a stable career in the public sector after graduation.
Justin Lee, Cornell University
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Justin is a rising senior at Cornell University’s College of Arts and Science majoring in Government and minoring in History. After doing research on New York City’s Asian immigrant communities and learning about the legislative process while interning at the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, he is interested in learning about and making a difference for immigrant communities at the federal level. A heritage speaker of Cantonese, he has worked hard to develop Mandarin language skills as well (with limited success).
Annie Li, Harvard University
Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency
Annie is a recent graduate from Harvard University with a B.A. in Social Studies and Secondary in Economics. Last year, she spent a summer in China researching university student politics for her senior thesis. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is immensely interested in U.S.-China relations. She has interned at the Law Offices of Vinca Jarrett in Boston and plans to attend law school in the future.
Belinda Li, Pomona College
House of Representatives, Office of Congresswoman Grace Meng
Belinda Li is a rising sophomore at Pomona College majoring in International Relations and minoring in Chinese. Belinda’s greatest passions are for singing and public service. She is a part of an acappella group on campus, and has recently taken a year leave of school to learn Chinese folk singing in Beijing. Summer 2013, she interned for California Assemblyman Richard Pan and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs organization. She is fluent Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese.
Christopher Liao, University of Southern California
Department of Agriculture
Christopher Liao, born and raised in the Los Angeles County by Taiwanese immigrants, is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering as an incoming 4th year at the University of Southern California. In the Fall, he will continue to work as a bioengineering lab research assistant and to teach as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for organic chemistry, and he will serve as the Vice President to the university’s premier pre-medical honor society. Before deciding to become a physician, he hopes to first thoroughly explore his interests in healthcare policy-making and corporate strategy consulting. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing the piano, trying popular restaurants, reading books and articles, and hiking.
Amy Muramoto, University of Southern California
Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Agency
Amy Muramoto will be a senior at the University of Southern California, pursuing a major in Communication and minor in Consumer Behavior. On campus, she is the research assistant director at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative where she is heavily involved in projects that aim to spread awareness of the gender and racial disparity present within the film industry. In addition, Amy is the Director of Finance for the Annenberg Student Communication Association. She has also been awarded membership into the National Communication Honour Society—Lambda Pi Eta, and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Aside from her on-campus activities, she is an active vocalist, who has received honors from the Music Teachers Association of California. In the future, she hopes to volunteer with the Peace Corps and continue her studies by obtaining a Masters in Business Administration.
Tin Nguyen-Phan, Virginia Commonwealth University
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Tin Nguyen-Phan is a rising junior at the Virginia Commonwealth University where he is currently seeking his degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology. He is aspiring to be a physical therapist in the future in the hopes of helping people recover from their injuries as he has recovered from his. At the Virginia Commonwealth University, he is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and holds a leadership position in recruitment. His past work experiences includes professionally coaching private tennis lessons, as well as, interning for HUD (Housing and Urban Development) for two summers.
Tarlochan Rakhra, California State University, Fullerton
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Tarlochan “Tar” Rakhra is a second year Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) Tar is a President Scholar at CSUF, which is a prestigious four-year full-ride merit scholarship given to a select amount of students each year. Tar currently serves as the President of the campus Rotaract club, and has been elected District Governor of District 5320. He is fervently committed to serving his community and believes that the character built from selfless service will develop well-rounded young professionals. Tarlochan plans to attend law school after completing his undergraduate at CSUF with dreams of a career in politics.
Linda Ren, College of Saint Rose
U.S Agency for International Development
Linda Ren is a recent graduate from The College of Saint Rose with a major in political science and minor in business administration. Recently, she has studied and worked in Shanghai, China for a semester. After graduation she traveled to Germany to study German and plans to receive her masters there in political science. Upon her graduation in 2016, she seeks to have an international career working in government or at a non-profit.
Eunice Roh, Vassar College
Center for American Progress
Eunice Roh is a rising senior at Vassar College, where she majors in sociology and minors in education policy and practice. During her time at Vassar, Eunice has been heavily involved in both student government and education outreach. Her tutoring and mentoring work with youth inspired her to pursue a career in education policy and research. Previously, she has interned for the Massachusetts Governor’s Office, D.C. Public Schools, and an education research laboratory in Strasbourg, France. This summer, she will be interning with the education policy team at the Center for American Progress. She is originally from Andover, Massachusetts.
Rohan Shetty, Georgetown University
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health
Rohan Shetty is a rising junior at Georgetown University majoring in Finance and Accounting with an English minor. At Georgetown, Rohan is involved with The Corp, a student-run business, through which he contributes to its internal investment fund and external Catering service. He is also a member of the Hilltop Microfinance Initiative, a non-profit that serves the financially underprivileged in the D.C. area through small business loans and personalized consulting. Rohan will be studying abroad in Hong Kong in the fall and hopes to continue exploring opportunities at the intersection of finance and public service.
Bee Vang, Brown University
Department of the Treasury
Bee Vang attends Brown University where he is independently majoring in “Politics, Philosophy and Economics” (PPE), which, in his iteration, dovetails political economy and theory with critical race, gender/sexuality and cultural studies. He spent two summers in Guizhou and Beijing, China, as well as Hong Kong, investigating rural development and Chinese cultural economy, and where he was enrolled in Project IMUSE to learn about China’s geopolitical future. Beyond his intellectual pursuits, he also works on projects to advance social justice through media, performance, organizing, and writing, especially on issues related but not limited to Asian America. Previously, he worked at two non-profit organizations in New York City, Asian Cinevision/Asian American International Film Festival and WhyHunger, while volunteering part-time at the United Nations and Parliamentary for Global Action.
Prama Verma, Rutgers University
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
Prama Verma is a rising senior at Rutgers University, double majoring in Political Science and Economics and minoring in South Asian Studies. She is President of the Rutgers University Campus Coalition Against Trafficking, which works to raise awareness about and fight human trafficking, and Treasurer of the Rutgers Democrats. She is also involved with the Rutgers University Student Assembly and is part of the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Undergraduate Associate Program. She has interned at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children and wants to work on policy advocacy to advance gender equality and help strengthen laws regarding gender-based violence in the future.
Christopher Wu, Colorado College
Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
Chris Wu is a rising junior at Colorado College, majoring in Studio Arts and minoring in Asian Studies. He is an art director for the Colorado College Chinese Student Association, and just returned from studying abroad in Shanghai, China. He plans to continue his overseas travels during the rest of his college career. With an additional interest in the sciences, Chris hopes to take the learned fundamentals of visual art and apply them to further studies and a potential career in medical illustration. He has truly enjoyed learning at the base of the rocky mountain foothills and has naturally learned to love hiking, rock climbing, and snowboarding.
Li Zhu, Cornell University
Department of the Treasury
Julie Zhu is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Fine Arts and a minor in Business in Cornell University. Born in Shanghai, China and having moved to California in 2005, she is equally fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. She recently studied abroad in Italy in the spring and interned in a film studio at American Academy of Rome. As an aspiring artist, she has one of her works exhibited in a gallery in Rome. She is also involved in an investment club at the university and has interned in a startup company in San Francisco in the past summer. After graduation, she is interested in pursuing a career in finance or consulting.
Benjamin Chou, Rice
Catherine Vo, UC Berkeley
Remi Sun, Duke
Carmen Ye, UC Berkeley
Kevin Chen, NYU
Jessica Lee, UPenn
Cynthia Lam, Washington and Lee
Sally Shin, Syracuse
Clare Mao, Grinnell College
Arthur Chen, UPenn
Hurlie Yang, Pennsylvania State
Julie Chen, Wellesley
Melody Wu, Harvard
Ailin Lu, Cornell
Joyce Chang, U of Michigan
Neilson Don’t, USC
Jonathan Nguyen, Chapman
Amanda Nguyen, California State, Fullerton
Alan Fu, USC
Christina Yuan, Johns Hopkins
Joy Liu, Duke
Alta Li, U of Chicago
Priya Kamath, U of Florida
Jenny Huang, Georgetown
Alexander Wu, William and Mary
Michelle Cho, UVA
Dora Tao, Harvard
Thomas Antony, UVA
Brian Pham, Virginia Tech
Jeremy Hsiao, U of Maryland
Alexandria Liu, Peking
Weimin Chen, U of Maryland, College Park
Caitlin Fong, Stanford
Cynthia Wu, UC Berkeley
Yiran Peng, U of Georgia
Michelle M. Lee, Harvard
Hannah Lee, U of Texas at Austin
Ellen Lee, Trinity College
Betsy Yang, UNC
Julie Kim, Yale
Yang Zhou, Columbia
Sylvia Zhao, Cornell
Andrew Chang, State U of New York at Albany
Lauren Kim, Cornell
Neal Bakshi, NYU
Diane Bak, Loyola U Maryland
Anthony Wang, NYU Stern School of Business
Priscilla Goon, SUNY Binghamton
Neal Jawadekar, Tufts
Michael Wang, Harvard
Daniel Sung, Harvard
Andrew Yen, UCSD
Janet Guan, UCLA
Aaron Yao, U of Illinois
William C. Yang, Northwestern
Nikita Razeghi, U of Maryland, College Park
Annie Chiang, Georgetown
Alina Jamil, UPenn
Thi Ho, UPenn
Maya Sankaran, UVA
Shannon Liu, Emory
Daniel Tien, Princeton
Van-Anh Su, Claremont McKenna
Kimberly Hui, Cornell
Deanne Chen, UC Berkeley
Jennifer Kuang, Stanford
Michelle Chiu Lee, UC Davis
Edward D. La Cava, Claremont McKenna
Wilfred Chan, Columbia
Kiana Kobayashi, U of Washington
Wilson Gu, U of Chicago
Eric Sun, Brown
Kenny Chen, UC Berkeley
Alicia Zhang, Princeton
Bryan Tom, Arizona State
Katherine Chu, Stony Brook
Ming Cheung, Harvard
Jeewon Lee, U of Chicago
Lisa Zhang, Cornell
Esther Lee, Harvard
William Ye, Tufts
Catherine Yang, Princeton
Stefanie S. Chan, Carnegie Mellon
Lina Yi, U of Michigan Ross School of Business
Maya Bhardwaj, Northwestern
Daniel Kung, Arizona State
Jonathan Yang, Yale
Audrey Cheng, UC Riverside
Arthur Chen, UCSD
Jessica Li, UC Berkeley
William Wei-Hsun Wang, USC, Los Angeles, CA
Lily Yin, USC
Jessica Tse, UCSD
Lana Buu, Georgetown
Louise Giam, Stanford
David DyTang, Cornell
Tiphanie D. Gammon, Stanford
Howard H. Chang
Ammar Mian, UPenn
Jennifer Y. Chong, U of Maryland-College Park
Diana Lee, Johns Hopkins
Carolyn Ho, U of Maryland College Park
Willie Joe A. Marquez, UC Berkeley
Gregory Iwahashi, UC Berkeley
Jeanette Ling, UC Berkeley
Benjamin Lee, Ohio State
Philip Hsu, Georgetown
Nicholas Zhao, NYU
Jay Tai, NYU
Nirant Gupta, Claremont McKenna
Diane Wong, SUNY Binghamton
Vivian Truong, Brown
Jason Chen, Baruch College
Jane Sun, Hunter College
Kaiyang Gao, Syracuse
Fan Kung, Michigan State
Kevin Wu, USC
Hassan Mukhlis, Orange Coast College
Leila Shauk, Sarah Lawrence College
James Mao, Swarthmore
Elaine Chen, U of Pittsburgh
Hewon Yook, Williams College
James Xi, Cornell
Hung Vu, UVA
Michael Ting Wum, George Mason
Analicia Carpio, George Mason
Nguyen Pham, Stanford
Daniyal Ali, UCLA
Varun Balan, UPenn
Jessie Chen, CUNY Baruch
Sharice Cheng, U of Maryland
Graham Feldman, College of Williams and Mary
Joy Guo, Columbia
Gary Hu, NYU
Kathleen Ju, UC Riverside
Jean Kim, College of the Holy Cross
Tiffany Lam, Tufts
Andy Lee, Purdue
Harriman Lee, U of Michigan
Tiffany Lin, Emory
Christine Liu, Brown
Hahn Liu, UVA
Esther Mia, Rutgers
Thomas Mui, UIUC
Shirley Pan, Johns Hopkins
Christine Peng, Stanford
Valie Sanmugalingam, American
Eric Shu, Brown
Jo Anna Tonini, UPenn
Jason Tsai, Johns Hopkins
Amy Wang, Columbia
Handi Wu, Boston
Letitia Wu, Georgetown
Rena Xie, Williams
Raymond Yen, Penn State
Yillin Zhang, U of Michigan
Yang Yang Zhou, NYU
Alda Chan, Williams College
Stephanie Chan, Cornell
Cathleen Chen, James Madison
Cyrstal Chen, Rutgers
Edward Chen, Columbia
Elisa Chen, Rice
Tiffany Chen, Columbia
Steward Ho, Pepperdine
Henry Huang, UCSD
Elaine Kuo, UC Berkeley
Erika Lam, Boston
Michael Lee, James Madison
Virginia Lee, UC Berkeley
Jasper Lo, Boston
Khiet Nguyen, Dartmouth
Marcus Tjondro, U of Washington
Justina G. Tong, U of Notre Dame
Emily Wang, U of Michigan
Chanda Wong, Wellesley
Hetty Wong, Johns Hopkins
Chris Xu, Princeton
Ching Young, UCSD
Yuan Zhou, Columbia
Mirza Refai Arefin, Brown
Jieun Baek, Harvard
Anjali P. Chavan, Ohio State
Will Chen, UC Berkeley
Christina Chung, UCSD
Loreal Crumbley, George Mason
Willa Dong, UC Berkeley
Nicole Wu, St. John’s Univ
Kristina Yang, Stanford
Bona Gwak, U of Georgia
Vicki Hsia, Cornell
Tina Hwa, Harvard
Iljeen Jo, U of Illinois
Gene Kim, UC Berkeley
Jyoti Kuvelker, U of Maryland
Jeffrey Kwong, Harvard
Allen M. Chiu, UC Irvine
Gilbert Giang, San Jose State
Jason Y. Lee, UPenn
Ricken Li, UCLA
Terry Li, UPenn
Gary Luo, St. John’s Univ
Amy Ma, NYU
Bilal Noor, UVA
Divya Musinipally, UC Berkeley
Jaimie Pham, Stanford
Jonelyn Planillo, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Vivake Prasad, Carnegie Mellon
Shivan Sarin, Stanford
Quynh Vu, UVA
Katherine Wu, U of Michigan
Tonia Bui, UC Berkeley
Frankie Chen, Harvard
Yen-Fu Chen, NYU
Esther Cheng, Stanford
Ruo Yang Jin, UCLA
Yurianna Kim, U of Notre Dame
Cheeyoung Lee, Harvard
Elizabeth Le, U of Maryland, Baltimore
Andrew Lee, Claremont McKenna
Eric Lee, Harvard
Erica Lee, Boston University
Jessica C. Lee, Columbia
Melissa Lee, UCSD
Jing-Lan Lee, U of Washington
Eric Li, U of Michigan
Catherine Lii, Cornell
Regina Liu, Duke
Jon Magsaysay, UC Berkeley
Sathish Naadimuthu, UPenn
Nabanita Pal, Brown
Jenny Pelaez, UPenn
Jennella Sambour, Brown
Keerthika Subramanian, Emory
Alan Wang, UC Berkeley
Di Wu, Cornell
Janice Yonn, Eastman School of Music
Christine Tsao, Santa Clara Univ.
Teresa Thanhtam Bui, UC Davis
Leo Tang, San Jose State
Miyuki Iwahashi, UC Davis
Garrett Morimoto, UC Berkeley
Ansen Zackary Pei, Rutgers
Jenny Ta, Stanford
Cynthia Bien, Vanderbilt
Clifton Yin, Claremont McKenna
Alexander Yu, Johns Hopkins
Elizabeth Chan, UVA
Louis Giam, MIT
Iris Liaw, U of Georgia
Layne Nakagawa, California Lutheran Univ.
Christine Sol, UCLA
William Wang, UVA
Louisa Chan, Syracuse
Jessica Chang, Georgetown
Peter Chang, Stanford
Elisa Chen, Syracuse
Jessica Chen, Georgetown
Alicia Dai, UPenn
Quyen Dinh, UC Berkeley
Nghia Nguyen, West Valley
Christina Hoa Thai, CSU East Bay
Omar Asghar, U of Maryland
Yuhan Dong, Harvard
Jennifer Hsu, Emory
Katherine Jan, Yale
Vivian Lee, UC Berkeley
Ted Lim, Harvard
Sandra Liu, UC Davis
Linda Lou, UPenn
Scot Matayoshi, Claremont McKenna
Christina Feng, MIT
Genesis Guanga, Calvin
Kristina Ordanza, UC Berkeley
Hye-Young Park, UMAA
Anupama Prasad, Johns Hopkins
Chris Tong, UC Berkeley
Christina Whang, Wellesley
Diane Wu, Rice
Elaine Wu, Stanford
Rebecca Yang, UIUC
Asma Maroof, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Michelle Nguyen, UVA
Kristen Yee, George Washington
Shane Chang, San Francisco State
Christopher Do, San Jose State
Christopher Finuliar, San Jose State
Jessica Liu, UC Davis
David Ozoa, San Jose State
Jennifer Waldman, George Mason
Kristopher Anderson, Claremont McKenna
David Chao, Harvard
Linda Chau, UC Berkeley
Amy Cheng, UC Berkeley
Vanessa Garcia, UMCP
Nancy Gong, Stanford
Andrienne Hong, UCSD
Timothy Hou, Cornell
Ma’Ayn Johnson, UCLA
Julike Kim, Northwestern
Richard Kim, UIUC
Warren Ko, Stanford
Byron Koay, Claremont McKenna
Jamie Lee, UMCP
Rengyee Lee, UWM
Stephen Lew, UCSD
Jonathan Lii, MIT
Yin-Shuan Lue, UC Berkeley
Hasan Minhaj, UC Davis
Mason Ng, Santa Monica
Krishna Parekh, Yale
Katherine Park, UWM
Simon Que, CIT
Taara Rangarajan, UMA
Arthur Tam, UC Irvine
Michael Tsia, UC Berkeley
Mian Rachel Wang, MIT
Hartman Wong, Claremont McKenna
Jeanne Yang, UMCP
Andrew Chiang, Wesleyan
Anh Huynh, George Mason
Jonathan Hwang, Stanford
Marrissa Liew, UCLA
Kristy Matsuda, UCSD
Hua Ni, UC Berkeley
Erik Ong, Arizona State
Marcus Ong, Arizona State
Catherine Rhy, Bryan Mawr
Joyce Shen, UC Berkeley
Stacy Shi, UPenn
Ruth Sue, Wellesley
Long Tran, UC Irvine
Eric Treu, UCLA
Nhu Truong, Kenyon
Peng Wu, Brown
Jian Zapata, George Mason
Julia Zhang, Georgetown
Rita Zhang, UC Berkeley
Edward Chen, UC Santa Barbara
Rose Chen, Johns Hopkins
Andy Ho, UC Berkeley
Jeff Li, UC Santa Barbara
Diaur Rahman, U of Maryland
Susan Taylor, U of Maryland
Andy Ho, UC Berkeley
Lisa Ho Tran, UC Berkeley
Susan Lee, Stanford
Chan Fin Saeehao, CSU Sacramento
Alvin Shen, UC Davis
Jamie Wong, UPenn
Darren Yee, CSU Chico
Edgar Chen, UC Davis
Jessica Chan, Columbia
Jalin Hsu, Pomona
Takkim Kwong, CSU Sacramento
Joanna Oh, UC Berkeley
Brian Tran, UC Davis