Dr. Ami Bera, Board Member
Ami Bera is a native of California with over fifteen years of dedicated service as a physician, public administrator and visionary leader. The youngest of three boys, Dr. Bera’s parents immigrated to the United States from India in the 1950s. He grew up in a vibrant household, benefitting from the traditional values of hard work, educational discipline and social responsibility.
He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of California Irvine and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. At age 39, Dr. Bera was appointed Dean of Admissions at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He served as an inspirational administrator, policy reformer and beloved teacher and mentor.
Toby Chaudhuri directs communications at the Campaign for America’s Future’s Washington headquarters. He works with progressive organizations, political campaigns and people in public office to develop messages and strategies to communicate with the public and influence public policy.
A member of “Generation X,” Chaudhuri arrived at college a decade ago disillusioned, doubting politics could make a difference. He studied political science and economics and completed research later used by U.S. Senators to protect sick and hungry children from right-wing budget cuts. As a result, Chaudhuri became involved in local and statewide political campaigns, realizing in his work that he could make a difference. Since then, Chaudhuri has managed more than $30 million total in state and federal campaigns and has worked at the helm of national media operations. He fought corruption to enact historical campaign finance reforms directing strategic communications at Common Cause; took on corporate polluters to provide safe drinking water and clean air as a political appointee to President Clinton; and worked to elect several principled state and federal candidates including serving as deputy press secretary to Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.
Before joining the Campaign for America’s Future, Chaudhuri worked hard to protect children as Marian Wright Edelman’s spokesman and media strategist at the Children’s Defense Fund. Chaudhuri also worked hard to promote multicultural civic engagement leading a campaign to turn out tens of thousands of Massachusetts Asian American voters in the 2002 midterm election. The program he developed was adapted to engage over 1.5-million South Asian American voters across the country for the 2004 elections.
Ms. Hong is a Principal in the Twenty-First Century Group, Inc., a Washington, D.C. based, lobbying firm. She has extensive legislative experience, and was instrumental in the passage of a landmark federal law to clean up radioactive materials, which passed in a record three days. She has also been successful in numerous projects, such as activating a Congressional Oversight Committee to initiate a controversial General Accounting Office inquiry resulting in a strong report and obtaining several policy initiatives in appropriations bills; and obtaining both an authorization and an appropriation for a flood control project in the same calendar year. Ms. Hong was part of President Clinton’s 1992 presidential transition team.
Previously, she was a legislative aide to U.S. Senator John Glenn and Congressman Dennis E. Eckart. She has also worked on several Democratic Presidential and Congressional campaigns. Born and raised in Honolulu, she has cultivated her leadership and management abilities as a leader in several national charitable organizations representing Asian American and women’s interests.
In addition to being a founding board member of the AAA-Fund, she was a spokesperson for a coalition of Korean merchants victimized by violent crime in the nation’s capital, a board member of the Washington Coalition on Comfort Women Issues (WCCW) and a founding board member of the Korean American Coalition, Washington, D.C. Chapter (KACDC).
Delegate Mark Keam, Virginia House District 35
Mark Lee Keam is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. A Democrat, he has represented the 35th District since 2009. His district encompasses a portion of Fairfax County, including the town of Vienna, Virginia, where he resides.
As a freshman Delegate, Mark serves on the House Finance and on the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committees. Additionally, he was appointed by Speaker of the House Bill Howell to serve as a member of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, which the General Assembly created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Mark was also appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to serve on the Leadership and Policy Team of the Virginia Prisoner and Juvenile Re-Entry Council, which was established to improve the correctional system in Virginia.
After earning undergraduate and law degrees in California, Mark moved to Northern Virginia to work for the federal government. He was an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission, and then a policy counsel at the Small Business Administration. There, he fought to create a level playing field for women-owned businesses and minority enterprises. When President Clinton left office, he moved to Capitol Hill to serve as Chief Counsel to Democratic Senator Dick Durbin on the Senate Judiciary Committee. There, he helped fight the right wing agenda of the Bush Administration, including many of their judicial appointments.
Erika Moritsugu serves as Deputy Legislative Director in the office of Sen. Daniel Akaka, Co-founder and Co-chair of the D.C. Democratic Lawyer’s Council, and Acting Staff Director, Policy Director, and Counsel for the Senate Semocratic Policy Committee.
Erika Moritsugu was an attorney at Hogan & Hartson, with a practice that focused on customs and international trade policy and litigation. Previously, Erika was a principal at The Wexler Group, a D.C.-based government relations firm, where she specialized in the coordination of grassroots campaigns and coalition management. She has also interned at the White House in 1995, and served as a legislative assistant at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, clerked at a leading law firm in Honolulu, Hawai’i and the Prosecutor’s Office of the City and County of Honolulu, and interned with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Erika is actively involved with numerous national and local community service and political organizations. Through the DNC’s Democratic Lawyers’ Council and other civic organizations, she advocates for election law reform and voting rights. In 2004 the Tahirih Justice Center recognized her for her pro bono work on behalf of individuals seeking political asylum in the United States. Additionally, she volunteers as counselor to victims of rape and domestic violence for the Victim Assistance Network in Fairfax County, Virginia.