Founded in 2006 by Junelle Cavero, Regine Biscoe, Namrata Mujumdar, Bryan Jung, Victoria Tung, Carmela Clendening, and Tristan Nery, the AAA-Fund Young Professionals (YP) are young professionals in the public, private and non-profit sector who support the mission of the AAA-Fund. Together with the AAA-Fund, the YPs develop a bridge for young APAs to participate in our political process. We raise funds for young APAs to participate in the campaigns, organize APA volunteers to assist DNC and AAA-Fund endorsed candidates, and this year we plan to also provide campaign training to APAs.
Executive Committee Biographies
Régine M. Biscoe (Treasurer). Ms. Biscoe currently is an associate at NVG, LLC., a government affairs firm, in Washington, DC. A native of the Pacific Island of Guam, Ms. Biscoe served as an intern in Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo’s office in 2003. Upon moving to the D.C. area, she worked for a non-profit organization in Alexandria, VA and has volunteered at several APA organizations. Ms. Biscoe has a B.S. in Biochemistry as well as a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. Aside from her job and her work for AAA-Fund YP, she is a student at the Washington Ballet Company.
Wylie Chen is the Senior Manager for Operations and Accountability in the Freedom Schools Division at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC. Wylie was an Angie Martin Public Interest Fellow at the Advocacy Institute, directed a summer English program at Da Hua High School in Taiwan, worked for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, and has contributed to numerous local, state and national political campaigns. He presently serves as a Commissioner for the D.C. Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, and is a member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Wylie served as Student Body President at the University of Oregon, and received a M. Ed. from Harvard in Administration, Planning and Social Policy.
Jennifer Dizon first volunteered with AAA-Fund in 2006, when she helped canvass for Del. Kris Valderrama’s successful campaign in Maryland’s 26th district. She is also a member of the Filipino Young Professionals of Washington, D.C. and the Filipino American National Historical Society in Hampton Roads, as well as an associate member of the Asian American Journalists Association chapter in Washington, D.C. Jennifer is currently an assistant account executive at the Washington, D.C., office of Edelman, a global public relations firm. She graduated from Old Dominion University as a communication major and business administration minor, and was president of the Filipino American Student Association.
Shankar Duraiswamy presently works as a litigation associate at Covington and Burling, and is a member of the South Asian Bar Association in Washington D.C.. He received a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He was Chair of the Harvard Political Union and Executive Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights, Civil Liberties Law Review, and also resided on the Student Advisory Committee. For the last year, Shankar has volunteered his time on communication projects to the AAA-Fund and the AAA-Fund YP.
Jenny Jiang is the Political Brand Manager for Julian Mulvey Group. In the 2006 election cycle, Jenny managed the message development, media strategy and production for candidates including Congressional candidate Chris Carney (PA-10), Massachusetts Lt. Governor candidate Deborah Goldberg,and State Rep. Kurt Granberg (IL-107). In addition to her work with Julian Mulvey Group, Jenny serves as a managing director for Artin Arts, a marketing and communications firm based in New York. Prior to joining Julian Mulvey Group in 2005, Jenny was a reporter for The Boston Herald, The Boston Globe, and the New England Press Association. Jenny graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in journalism and international affairs.
Erica Lai is a Chinese-Canadian second year student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. As an undergraduate at Pomona College, she headed the Asian American Mentor Program, training Asian American student leaders and putting on campus-wide workshops on a variety of social justice issues. She also helped to plan this year’s Asian Pacific American Law Students’ Association Conference at Penn, which drew hundreds of APA practitioners and law school students from across the country. She plans to be involved in civil rights, immigration, and election law litigation.
Irene Lin serves as Agriculture L.A. for Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum. She received her master’s in international affairs from the Institute of Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her BA is from Amherst College, where she majored in American Studies. A former intern at People Magazine and PBS, Irene spent a year living in Zimbabwe working as a journalist and later for an NGO that advocates for Africa in the World Trade Organization. Irene spent another year on the road in the U.S., driving 20,000 miles across the country for a nonprofit educational website called the Odyssey US Trek, that explores facets of American history often overlooked by traditional textbooks.
Lawrence Liu serves as Counsel at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China where, since 2006, he has focused on freedom of expression issues in China. Before joining the CECC, Mr. Liu worked for three years at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as a corporate lawyer. Mr. Liu attended Columbia Law School in New York where, as a law student, he assisted the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) with exit polling in Asian neighborhoods. Mr. Liu graduated with a degree in public policy from Brown University in 1996. After graduation, he lived in Taiwan for four years. He spent his first year researching elementary school English education as a Fulbright scholar. He spent his last year as a reporter covering Taiwan politics for an English newspaper.
Mat McCullough has strong outreach, communication and organizational skills that he has used in service to both the federal and non-profit sectors. At present, he serves as Grants Manager and Program Specialist for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP). NSIP is a training and technical assistance provider that advocates on the behalf of individuals with disabilities to fully participate in service and civic-minded programs within their communities. In addition, he offers his expertise on areas of cultural competency, diversity and abuse and neglect issues. Mat’s background is in public administration and education with Bachelor and Master degrees from James Madison University and American University.
Tanya SuJong Tarr currently serves as a political analyst at the International office of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in Washington, D.C. Previously, she served as Data Manager for Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Tanya studied at Carnegie Mellon University on full scholarship, and received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Policy and Managment. For the last seven years, Tanya has managed and worked on dozens of political campaigns, for offices ranging from Dog Catcher to President. Tanya enthusiastically supports promoting women in technology, Asian American coalition building and outreach, and is a member of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA).
Clarence Tong currently serves as Congressional Affairs Specialist for the National Nuclear Security Administration and Congressional Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy
Before that, he served as a Legislative Aide, handling domestic policy issues, for Congressman Joseph Sestak (PA-7). Prior to moving to Washington in January, he worked on the Sestak For Congress campaign, where he served in key roles including Assistant to the Finance Director, Deputy Research Director, Press Aide, and member of the Transition Team. He has also served as a Research Associate at the Pennsylvania Economy League : Southeastern Pennsylvania, a non-partisan, regional economic development thinktank. He holds degrees from the Harvard University JFK School of Government, the London School of Economics, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Malcolm Amado Uno has experience working on national, statewide and local organizing efforts. More recently, he was the National Organizing Director with Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), where he was responsible for implementing their national voter mobilization program. Prior to relocating to Washington D.C., Amado worked on a ballot initiative that sought to create a universal preschool system in California and worked on the campaign to elect Ron Dellums as Mayor of Oakland. Amado is a graduate from the U.C.:Santa Cruz and received his M.P.P. degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a recipient of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship as well as the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs.
Chuq Yang currently serves as the Deputy Director of Technology at the Democratic National Committee (DNC). He formerly served as the Senior Systems Administrator and Director of Infrastructure at the DNC, designing, setting up and administering 60+ servers during the 2004 Presidential election cycle. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science at the University of Rochester. While at Rochester, he was the Social Chair and Webmaster at the Korean American Student Association, and had various other webmaster positions. He also was a Macintosh lab technician and a member of the Meridian Club (Admissions Volunteer) Chuq was also a member of the Alpine Slalom and Giant Slalom Ski Team. He has participated on the Kerry campaign and enjoys scuba diving, softball, biking, skiing, technology and billiards in his spare time.
Jian Iza Custodio Zapata is a recent graduate of George Mason University, and currently serves as a staffer on the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Prior to Capitol Hill, she worked as a finance associate on the campaigns of Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (HI), Rep. Michael M. Honda (CA-15), and several other APA congressional candidates. Jian has been active working within the APA community in her hometown of Virginia Beach, VA, her college alma matter, and in the D.C. Metropolitan area, particularly through the campaign for justice and full equity for Filipino WWII veterans.