NAPAWF National Governing Board (2017)
Priya Murthy, Co-Chair
Policy and Organizing Program Director
Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)
San Jose, CA
As the Policy and Organizing Director at Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) in San Jose, CA, Priya develops, manages, and implements the policy advocacy and community organizing programs of the organization. She coordinates policy campaigns affecting low-income immigrants in Silicon Valley and represents the organization in national, state, and local coalitions and before policymakers. Prior to joining SIREN, Priya served as the first Policy Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national immigrant and civil rights organization based near Washington, DC, and as the co-chair of the Civil Rights Committee within the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). Previously, she practiced immigration law representing clients facing deportation, worked for various Immigration Courts, and worked at Amnesty International’s National Refugee Office. She currently serves as Co-Chair for the National Governing Board of National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and is the Advocacy Co-Coordinator for the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Northern California chapter. Priya received her Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is admitted to Maryland State Bar. Priya was born in India and raised in the Bay Area.
(Photo credit: Les Talusan Photography, 2012)
Linda Yang, Co-Chair
San Francisco, CA
Linda Yang is currently the co-chair of the National Governing Board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), this is her ninth year as a member and leader of the organization.
Over the last 10 years, Linda has lent operational efficiency and an entrepreneurial spirit across nonprofit, private and social enterprise sectors. Through her contributions to companies such as Wellington Management, Samasource, ImpactHub, MotherCoders, TheTownKitchen and AeroFS, she relentlessly takes best practices from each industry and applies them to making long term social change.
Linda graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Business and International Relations. She also an alum of Coursera and General Assembly, in pursuit of adding User Interaction Design to her toolbox.
(Photo credit: Les Talusan Photography, 2012)
Kao Ly Ilean Her
Hmong Elders Center
St. Paul, MN
Kao Ly Ilean Her is Hmong American and resides in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was born in Laos and came to the USA as a child with her family in 1976 as refugees from the Vietnam War. Her family was resettled in Clinton, Iowa via a Lutheran church. In 1985, the Her family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota to be closer to a strong and vibrant Hmong community.
Ms. Her is the chief executive officer of the Hmong Elders Center, an adult day center serving Hmong seniors in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area. She is responsible for the administration and operation of the center, providing vision, passion, and guidance to a growing program area of service and need.
Ms. Her comes to this role having led and worked in a variety of organizations in government, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors. As the former executive director of the State of Minnesota Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, Ms. Her was at the forefront of establishing legislation, policy, and programs to address the critical needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Well versed in the legislative process, public policy, and civic engagement, Ms. Her is power broker in building the dynamic and thriving Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Minnesota.
As a champion of community voice and civic engagement, Ms. Her has been a staunch advocate of the non-profit sector and it’s vital role in empowering and growing leadership in ethnic and underserved communities. She has founded several non-profits, Allies for Mentoring Asian Youth, Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together, and the Heritage Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
She has served as a trustee of the Minneapolis Foundation, the Asian Pacific Endowment of The St. Paul Foundation, and Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Ms. Her played instrumental roles in establishing the Hmong Women’s Endowment at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the Chad Vua and Bee Her Fund at the St. Paul Foundation.
Ms. Her is a graduate of Hamline University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and the School of Law, University of Minnesota.
Temple Beth Emeth
Ann Arbor, MI
SooJi Min believes in the power of personal stories. Whether providing direct services, advocating for policy change, or raising money for nonprofit organizations, Ms. Min begins with personal narratives that illustrate the need for programs, policies, and resources that raise the voices of those underserved and underrepresented in mainstream society. A seasoned nonprofit executive with nearly 15 years of experience, Min brings a for-profit mindset to the nonprofit arena. She advocates for strategic partnerships and efficient, effective resource allocation. She puts ideas into action and delivers results.
Currently, Min is executive director of Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor, a 620-member Reform Jewish synagogue with a budget of $1.4 million. Min also is working as a nonprofit consultant, providing strategic thinking, direction, and support to clients in the areas of development, policy, research, advocacy and direct service. Min serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health, Secretary of the Board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and Nominations Chair for the National Reproductive Health Technologies Project. Min served as a member of Governor Quinn’s Illinois Human Services Commission from 2009-2012. She was a member of the Selah Leadership Program’s National Executive Cohort 9, a 2010 Chicago Community Trust Fellow and was also awarded a 2010 Impact Award by the Chicago Foundation for Women. She recently completed a 16-month mindfulness meditation teacher training program sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project.
Previously, Min served as the executive director of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization that focuses on adolescent sexual health and parenting. At ICAH, Min focused the agency’s programming to develop leadership among youth from communities of color; advocate for community, institutional, societal, and policy changes impacting low-income and marginalized communities; and build a grassroots network of allied social justice organizations. While at ICAH, Min strengthened fiscal management to enhance accountability, monitoring, and compliance. She nearly doubled the agency’s operating budget from FY2007 ($560,000) to FY 2009 ($1.2 million), primarily through new local and national foundation grants, and doubled net assets over a 4-year period. Min has a strong network of national contacts in the adolescent sexual health field, including funders, nonprofit leaders, policy makers, and advocates.
Min also served for six years on the board of the Asian Health Coalition of Illinois (AHCI) and chaired its annual fundraiser for four consecutive years. In 2008, AHCI presented Min with its Outstanding Community Health Advocate award.
She is a 2007 Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership delegate and a 2006 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. A graduate of Barnard College, Min also holds master’s degrees from Northwestern University and The University of Chicago.
Los Angeles, CA
Anita Dharapuram is a leader of nonprofits, having spent the last 20 years volunteering with young women and girls, creating radical political trainings, implementing culturally relevant programs for low-income immigrant women, activating communities to participate in the electoral process, and building a school-to-jobs pipeline in technology. Anita brings her experience from the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors to take grand visions to successful implementation. She creates aligned staffing plans for new projects, builds bench strength by growing leaders from within organizations, and ensuring peripheral infrastructure is well-planned to support organizational growth. Her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco solidifies her abilities as a strategic thinker and implementer. Anita successfully maneuvers the delicate balance between dedication to mission, the need for bold entrepreneurial initiatives, and the application of sound business management. Anita is currently the Executive Director of a California Department of Education funded project.
Sneha is a Senior Policy Manager in the Washington, DC office of the Guttmacher Institute where she provides policy analysis on a range of sexual and reproductive health and rights issues in the United States and internationally. A lawyer by training, she has almost two decades of experience working to advance the rights of women, low-income populations, immigrants, and others domestically and globally. Prior to joining Guttmacher in 2008, Sneha was Acting Director and Senior Program Manager at the Asia Division of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative where she managed programs to promote justice, democratic governance and human dignity. She has also lived and worked in New Delhi with local women’s rights organizations and in New York with several public interest and human rights groups, including the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Urban Justice Center. Sneha graduated with honors from the University of Florida and earned a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Senior Diversity Manager
Lisa Lee is the director of diversity and inclusion at Pandora and is a self-proclaimed diversity geek who spends 90% of her time thinking about how to use tech as a vehicle to drive equality. Lisa is the founder and host of Legacy Code, a podcast about upgrading the tech industry by making it more diverse. She is also a frequent contributor to topics related to diversity in tech. Lisa has been featured at SXSW, presented at General Assembly, and interviewed on NPR.
Prior to Pandora, Lisa started her career in tech as one of the early employees at Facebook. During her seven years there, she led initiatives in user operations, product operations, and diversity. Passionate about uplifting the Asian American community, Lisa started the positive body image site ThickDumplingSkin.com and serve on the board of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.
You can follow her at @rrrlisarrr and at misslisalee.com.
Christina is Vice President for Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood of New York City, overseeing its communications, legislative, and community organizing efforts to advance the agency’s strategic priorities and policy agenda to assure access to sexual and reproductive health and educational services. She works closely with city, state, and federal elected officials, policymakers and community partners. She also directs the advocacy and electoral activities of PPNYC’s Action Fund and Political Committee.
Prior to that, Christina served in various capacities at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene including as Chief of Staff and as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and External Affairs. She worked closely with divisions across the agency to improve operations as well as develop and implement policies and programs in priority health and mental hygiene areas, such as the NYC Smoke-Free Air Act, elimination of trans fats in restaurants, calorie posting, and mental health service coordination for high-need individuals.
Originally from New York City, Christina holds a Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. In addition to serving on NAPAWF’s board, she also serves as Secretary on the board of Public Health Solutions.