Our Staff

Sung Yeon USOW headshotSung Yeon ChoimorrowExecutive Director
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Sung Yeon leads the overall strategic direction and sustainability of the organization as well as serves as NAPAWF’s main spokesperson.

Sung Yeon first joined NAPAWF as the National Field Director, brought on to develop a robust grassroots organizing strategy for NAPAWF.

Before working at NAPAWF, Sung Yeon was the Director of Organizing Organizing at Interfaith Worker Justice leading collaborative work with various partner organizations, unions and faith communities on worker organizing and worker justice public policy. She also provided support to Interfaith Groups and Worker Centers across the country through providing technical assistance. Prior to IWJ, Sung Yeon was a Community Organizer at Asian American Institute where she helped organize the pan-Asian American community in Chicago to work together on presidential and mayoral elections, immigration reform, the state budget, and redistricting.

Sung Yeon was born in South Korea and spent her childhood in Singapore and India. Sung Yeon is a first generation immigrant who came to the U.S. to study Political Science and Urban Studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and earned an M.Div from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Sung Yeon is a Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.). Sung Yeon is a board member of Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, a Korean American Immigrant Rights organization in Chicago.


Satyam headshot - CopySatyam BarakotiGeorgia Director
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Satyam brings over 18 years of experience facilitating community dialogue on bringing diverse groups of interests and people to build coalitions. She has facilitated refugee women’s groups to create local campaigns and be a part of national women’s rights agenda. She has organized immigrant and refugee communities to create a media campaign to respond to the anti-immigrant media coverage and to put stories that highlight strengths that immigrant and refugee communities bring.

She is an entrepreneur who established a non-profit consulting firm that provides fundraising and development services to community based non-profits. She brings years of experience working with women, immigrant and refugee communities, underserved urban and rural communities. Her past experiences include working at Refugee Women’s Network, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Legal Momentum, Asian and Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVRP) in Washington D.C., Janakpur Women’s Development Center (JWDC) and Women’s Foundation of Nepal.

Her volunteer community involvement have been at facilitator for Men Stopping Violence’s Because We Have Daughters Campaign, Board Member at Raksha, volunteer fundraiser with United 4 safety and lead organizer of college prep. program at the Clarkston Community Center for refugee and immigrant youth.

Satyam has a M.A. in International Development from American University, B.A from University of Maine in Interdisciplinary Studies on Political Science, Sociology and Women Studies and a B.Sc. in Home Science from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Anantapur in India. Satyam is an immigrant to the United States from Nepal.


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Mohini Lal graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. During law school, Mohini interned with the Criminal Defense Clinic at Chicago-Kent where she worked on cases ranging from drug offenses to murder. She has also worked with the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, where she represented clients in Order of Protection matters, and at the Domestic Violence Team at the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services, where she represented clients in family law cases where domestic violence was a factor. During her final semester at law school, Mohini worked for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, where she worked on cases regarding ethical violations in the legal community.

Mohini volunteered with the Self-Help Web Desk at the Daley Center in Chicago where she assisted pro se litigants in housing and small claims matters. During her six years in Chicago, she worked in interfaith efforts through Interfaith Youth Core and One Chicago, One Nation, where she spoke on panels alongside faith representatives from all over the country, including Eboo Patel. She also volunteered regularly as a clinic escort for Illinois Choice Action Team. As a law student, Mohini founded Chicago-Kent’s chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and served as Vice President of the American Constitution Society. She also served on the executive boards of the South Asian Law Students Association, the Philosophy Board, and the Kent Justice Foundation. She was an active member of Chicago-Kent’s Trial Team, and won two regional competitions. Mohini earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Shimer College in Chicago.


422105_10151919181444498_1079866239_nAnique Singer, Finance and Operations Associate
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Anique Singer is a fourth-generation Okinawan American woman who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been living in New York City for three years. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University in Sociology and Peace and Justice Studies with concentrations in gender and social change. Prior to working at NAPAWF, Anique worked as a Public Benefits Paralegal for The Legal Aid Society, staffing a community help desk and representing Public Assistance and SNAP recipients. She is passionate about working with and for AAPI women and trans folk on social justice issues.


fellowRoula AbiSamraGeorgia Organizer
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Roula supports NAPAWF’s AAPI community members in Georgia in movement-building, growing their leadership, and organizing for change. Raised in New Orleans and based in Atlanta, Roula is passionate about sustaining Southern change-makers by strengthening the fellowship and resources we need right here at home. She has made her career in public health and reproductive justice, focused especially on improving the conditions in which people experience abortion, through direct service, advocacy, research, and culture change. She currently serves as board chair of Access Reproductive Care – Southeast, manages the Gum Log Retreat for Southern activists, and is part of a CoreAlign Innovation Lab project to optimize the workplace for human beings.


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Ashley Moy-Wooten, National Field Director
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Ashley Moy-Wooten has been organizing grassroots immigrant leadership in communities across the Midwest and Illinois suburbs for ten years. She worked for many years with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) as a Suburban Organizer and then the Director of their 2010 Statewide GOTV campaign in which they successfully registered over 10,000 new voters across Illinois. She also served as the Midwest Regional Organizer with the Center for Community Change (CCC) in 2013, where she developed and managed partnerships in six Midwestern states to pass immigration reform legislation through the Senate. She most recently served as the Director of Organizing for a grassroots community organization (P.A.S.O.) where she spearheaded the development of their education and Black-Brown solidarity organizing.

Ashley is also the proud product of a single hustler immigrant Mom, and a family of restaurant workers. Her family is from Taishan, China. Her experience growing up in Chicago and its public schools as a Mixed Asian young woman, seeing her family struggle and sacrifice for her & her brother, guides her work and dedication daily. She is a new Mom, cis-gendered and goes by she, her, & hers.


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Vineeta Kapahi, NYC Program Facilitator
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Vineeta Kapahi has worked to promote gender and racial justice through advocacy, counseling, organizing, program management, community outreach and education, and community-based participatory research for seven years. A Georgia native and daughter of immigrants from South Asia, she currently lives in New York where she serves as the Manager, Policy and Volunteer Engagement at Womankind (formerly New York Asian Women’s Center) and as a self-defense instructor at the Center for Anti-Violence Education. Vineeta completed her undergraduate studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Rice University, earning a B.A. in Sociology, and holds an M.S.W. in Community Organizing, Planning, and Development from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

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Jaclyn Dean, 
Public Policy Associate
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Jaclyn was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and is the proud daughter of Taiwanese immigrants. She earned her BA in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities from Rice University. She worked as a campaign staffer on a state representative campaign in Houston through Annie’s List, which helps elect progressive, pro-choice women to office in Texas. She then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, where she ran after-school programs focused on leadership and life skills with adolescent girls in her village. Jaclyn holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government specializing in gender, human rights, and international and global affairs. During graduate school, she helped lead the Gender Policy Union and volunteered with the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition, a global grassroots movement that aims to end violence against women. She also interned with the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), where she tracked US foreign policy on sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide.


VimalaVimala Phongsavanh, Public Policy Director
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Vimala is the proud daughter of Laotian refugees; and was born, raised, and educated in rebellious Rhode Island. She is an organizer, optimist, and rabble-rouser.

Previously, Vimala served at Common Cause Rhode Island organizing successful legislative campaigns for Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) and ethics reform. She was also a policy consultant for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) and led a successful campaign for the All Students Count Act in Rhode Island.

Additionally, she has served at the Center for Southeast Asians, NeighborWorks Blackstone Valley, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Asian Community Development Corporation. She is a founding board member of New Leaders Council Rhode Island, and the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE).

Vimala was the first Lao American elected to a school committee in the country and served as the Woonsocket school committee’s chairwoman. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Providence College.

Her mission is to empower and organize communities to recognize and exercise their own political power through education and civic engagement strategies that embrace democracy, system level transformations, racial equity and social justice.



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Laura Mariko Cheifetz, Deputy Director of Systems & Sustainability
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Before coming to NAPAWF, Laura was Vice President of Church and Public Relations at the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) in Louisville, KY. She helped provide strategic leadership in publishing, edited a quarterly devotional with a circulation of over 80,000, engaged with regional and national church bodies on behalf of PPC, and served as a spokesperson for the organization.Prior to PPC, Laura served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Forum for Theological Exploration (formerly the Fund for Theological Education) in Atlanta, GA, working with new pastors and partner institutions and organizations committed to developing the next generation of Christian leadership. Before that, she was director of the Common Ground Project (formerly the Asian American Discipleship for Vocational Exploration, Nurture, and Transformation Project, or AADVENT Project), expanding a program for Asian Pacific American young adult Christians and pastors to include Latinx and black/African American young adults and pastors in engaging vocational discernment and mentoring for the next generation of diverse Christian leadership.

Laura is multiracial Asian American of Japanese and white Jewish descent. She was the fourth generation of her family to be born in California. She grew up in eastern Oregon and western Washington. Laura has a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Spanish from Western Washington University, an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary, and an MBA from North Park University. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and serves on the Churchwide Coordinating Team of Presbyterian Women, the Strategy Team of NEXT Church, the Board of the Covenant Network, and the Steering Committee of the Jane Spahr Reconciliation Initiative at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

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head shotEmily Short, Communications and Development Associate 
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Emily Short is the Communications and Development Associate for NAPAWF. She is a recent graduate of Vassar College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with concentrations in History and French and Francophone Studies. She spent her senior year writing her thesis, “‘The Refugee Problem’: An Examination of Hmong Refugee Resettlement in Minnesota and its Relevance to the Modern-day Refugee Crisis”. Previously, she was the Immigration Policy intern at the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) where she focused on criminal deportations in the Southeast Asian American community. She was also an intern at OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates where she worked on public policy and civic engagement. Originally from Indiana, Emily is a second-generation biracial Asian American and the proud daughter of a Vietnamese refugee.