The International Leadership Foundation’s 2022 Civic Fellows

Thursday, June 16, 2022
Contact: Amy Cheng Tarnoviski / 202-351-0575

Washington, DC – The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) welcomed their 2022 Civic Fellows cohort at the 2 days DC-Fly In on June 7th-8th. Our Fellows met with the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, former Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Labor and U.S. Dept. of Transportation; U.S. Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48); Krystal Ka’ai, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders; Howard Ou, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement at The White House; Andrew Kim, White House Fellow; House Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Maeve Healy, Chief of Staff, U.S. Representative Grace Meng (NY-6).This two-day program proved to be an inspirational one where students continued to hone their leadership skills, received expert advice from national leaders, and discussed policy issues that are important to each of them with government officials. They also participated in an epic tour of all of the National Monuments, guided by ILF’s Founder and in-house historian, Joel Szabat.

This year’s cohort boasts of 27 accomplished and civically minded Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) undergraduate students from distinguished colleges and universities. They will be interning in agencies across the U.S. federal government, congressional offices, and Washington, DC based think tanks. Each Fellow will participate in leadership and professional development seminars as well as have the opportunity to engage with various business, government and community leaders. The program aims to equip Fellows with tools and skills, help them build their networks, and train them to be civically engaged leaders.

“This year’s cohort is an exceptional group of undergraduate college students,” said ILF Chairman, Dr. Paul Hsu, “We look forward to working with each and every one of them. Despite how early they are in their careers, we commend them for their dedication to community service, advocacy for the AAPI community and a desire to be effective leaders in the private and public sectors.”

“The ILF Civic Fellowship program aims to build a pipeline of emerging young leaders who are civic-minded and community-focused,” said Executive Director Linh Hoang and he further added, “ILF Fellows are the future leaders in government and private sectors. The Civic Fellowship Program assists our Fellows by jump starting their work at government agencies, equipping them with skills and a deeper understanding of how the government works to impact change in their communities.”
Summer 2022 ILF Civic Fellows:

  • Ali Husaini, Franklin & Marshall College, U.S. Representative Scott Peters (CA-52)
  • Angela Zhong, Harvard University, UN Capital Development Fund
  • Bailey Shen, Boston University, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Colin Wong, University of Colorado Boulder, Presiding Judge Joe Jefferson, Englewood Municipal Court, Colorado
  • Duke Wu, Temple University, National Institutes of Health
  • Eric Dong, Brown University, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Ethan Yin, Georgetown University, U.S. Department of Education
  • Gabbi Son, The College of New Jersey, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Jacob Chan, Carnegie Mellon University, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Jimmy Murphy, Virginia Military Institute, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Jodi Lo, University of California, Santa Barbara, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • Josh Guo, Yale University, The White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Joyce Zhou, Harvard University, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Kevin Zhang, Georgetown University, Hudson Institute
  • Kyto Batt, University of Michigan, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Lucas Lin, Georgetown University, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Macy Su, Vanderbilt University, U.S. Department of Education
  • Marcus Chang, Dartmouth College, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Paris Nguyen, Georgetown University, Cato Institute
  • Rehman Liaqat, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, DC Attorney General’s Office
  • Richard Shu, University of Michigan, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Samyuktha Sreeram, Duke University, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Sara Olsen, University of California, Berkeley, The White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
  • Seraphine Sun, University of Southern California, U.S. Agency for International Development (AID)
  • Stephen Dai, University of California, Berkeley, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Sujin Lee, Michigan State University, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • Theresa Wu, University of California, Berkeley, U.S. Department of Interior