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Timmy Lu, AAPI for Civic Empowerment Education Fund Director

Timmy Lu is the founding director of AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund. He brings 11 years of experience in community organizing, political campaigns, and voter data management. Prior to this role, Timmy was the State Organizing Director at Asian Pacific Environmental Network, where he led the organization’s integrated voter engagement programs in contacting tens of thousands of voters. A second-generation ethnic Chinese refugee from Vietnam, he's also a new father.

Jennifer Phung, AAPI for Civic Empowerment Education Fund Civic Engagement Manager

Born and raised in Oakland, Jennifer was first introduced to movement work through youth organizing. Jennifer brings a wide range of experiences including organizing healthcare workers at AFSCME 3299, working with low-income tenants on anti-eviction campaigns, and leading civic engagement mobilizations. In her most recent role as the Youth Organizer at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, she organized youth of color around transit and environmental justice issues and won expanded youth access to free transit. Through political education and leadership development, she also mobilized youth leaders to participate in door knocking/phone banking for local ballot issues. Jennifer is now the Civic Engagement Manager at AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund, where she helps coordinate and implement statewide voter outreach efforts.

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Cha Vang is the co-founder and Executive Director of Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP), whose mission is to strengthen the power of disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization. Founded in 2012, HIP set out to address the lack of representation and voices at the decision-making table. Prior to being the Executive Director of HIP, Cha works tirelessly as a community organizer to improve outcomes for children and families in the Sacramento region. Cha has worked on issues ranging from education to food justice. She has volunteered on multiple local campaigns working toward building political power for underserved communities. Cha has done extensive work in empowering and cultivating leaders amongst her peers and the youth. Cha holds a Bachelor's in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento. Cha was born in the refugee camps of Thailand and raised in South Sacramento. Cha is one of 14 children in her family.

Lian Cheun is the Executive Director of Khmer Girls in Action. She is a 1.5 generation refugee from Cambodia. She grew up in the Bay Area and has spent 2 decades working in low-income communities of color. Lian started out as a youth organizer on the Kids First! Campaign and has since worked for funding for youth programs, fought for educational and health justice, volunteered and trained for numerous GOTV efforts with the Alameda County Labor Council, and fought for workers’ rights regionally and internationally. In 2007, Lian helped Migrant Forum in Asia organize the very first regional, migrant domestic workers’ assembly.  Lian believes in fighting for our self-determination as women, as workers, and as creators of knowledge and culture in our communities. She was also the former director of the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) at the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO). In 2014, Lian was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Amy started off as a member in 2003-2004 and continued to participate and volunteer with KGA after graduation. She was born and raised in Long Beach and is an active member in the Khmer Community. She is the daughter of a first generation refugee from Cambodia who still faces struggles every day. The connection she has to her people is her relationships she builds with the youth. She believes that there is nothing more powerful than to be guided and set up for success. As a member, Khmer Girls in Action saw so much potential in her and believed that she could make a change and by setting her up with the right tools, she was able to be who she is today!


As Deputy Director of the Chinese Progressive Association, Le manages and supports the organization's expansive program work, organizational development, strategic planning, and finance and operations.  Le provides oversight for compliance for CPA’s lobby activities and relationship with the Center for Empowered Politics (c4).  He also leads CPA’s earned income strategies including techvida and the management of fiscally sponsored projects.  

Tiffany Ng is the Lead Civic Engagement Organizer at Chinese Progressive Association. Tiffany grew up in San Francisco and has engaged in community organizing and advocacy since high school. She is a founding member of CPA’s youth organizing program, Youth MOJO. As a Lead Organizer, she currently coordinates civic engagement field programs to mobilize immigrant voters and trains organizers through CPA’s Eva Lowe Fellowship. Her passion for environmental justice has led her to grow and manage Sisterhood Gardens, a community garden and education center located in the District 11.

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Laiseng Saechao is the Field Director at Asian Pacific Environmental Network. Born and raised in Richmond, California, Laiseng grew up noticing the deep inequalities that existed in her community. A serendipitous enrollment in the course “Ecological Justice” taught her about APEN’s work and their organizing efforts in her own backyard. This inspired her to become engaged with on-campus organizing and intern with organizations like the Labor/Community Strategy Center and APEN. In order to tie academia to her passion for equity, Laiseng graduated from Scripps College with a degree in Politics and International Relations where her concentration was Power and Justice. She is currently the state organizer at APEN, helping build local power in the Central Valley and Los Angeles to win statewide civic engagement and public policy campaigns. She is a self-proclaimed data enthusiast, and is looking forward to building out APEN’s civic engagement data. Laiseng is extremely excited to have APEN as a political home and is looking forward to working alongside members and allies for healthy communities we can live, work, and play!

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