Our Staff

Sung Yeon USOW headshotSung Yeon ChoimorrowInterim Executive Director
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Sung Yeon guides, implements, and evaluates NAPAWF’s multi-city field organizing strategies. Sung Yeon also serves on the senior leadership team of NAPAWF, which guides the overall strategic direction and sustainability of the organization.

Before working at NAPAWF, Sung Yeon was the Director of 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 Teaching Elder 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. She lives on the north side of Chicago with her partner, Joseph Morrow and their daughter Ella.

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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Stephanie ZhouCommunications and Development Associate
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Stephanie helps implement the strategy for communications and development to articulate NAPAWF’s mission and lift the visibility of AAPI women and girls in the US to our constituents, policy makers, and funders.

Prior to NAPAWF, she worked at Sesame Workshop, creating educational content for elementary schools in China. She has also worked in development for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and has written for Mochi Magazine, an online publication with a mission to empower young, Asian American women.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Media Culture and Communication from New York University. She is passionate about education, travel, dance, and increasing diversity in media. During her spare time, she trains with a competitive dragon boat team.

fullsizerender-1-1Aliya Khan, Communications and Policy Manager
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Aliya supports the advocacy efforts of the organization by representing the needs and perspectives of AAPI women and girls on a local, state, and national level.

Aliya has a strong background in research, writing, and communication. Prior to NAPAWF, Aliya completed her M.S. in Counseling, Family, and Human Services and a Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) certification from the University of Oregon. In addition to training in multicultural counseling, Aliya has a background in curriculum development, teaching, and facilitation. She is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) and has worked with women and girls in a variety of direct service capacities, including as a crisis hotline advocate at the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and a youth worker at Girls Inc. of Monroe County. She is passionate about social justice and ensuring that women and girls have opportunities to be heard and represented.

Additionally, Aliya served on the Leadership and Advocacy Team of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon where she was able to engage in grassroots organizing on behalf of women’s reproductive rights on a local and state level. She completed the Oregon Women’s Campaign School, gaining critical communication, advocacy, and policy skills necessary to help advance legislation and pro-women’s health initiatives. She continues to be an active member of the Association of Women in Psychology, a feminist organization committed to social justice.

Aliya earned her B.S. in Psychology from Indiana State University and her M.A. in Psychology from Chatham University. As a multiracial, second generation Pakistani American woman, Aliya is excited to raise awareness of the diversity of perspectives, experiences, and needs of AAPI women and girls.

bex1Bex Kwan, Senior Organizer
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Bex is a Chinese-Singaporean multimedia artist who comes to the work at NAPAWF through creative practice. Their art making and organizing stem from a need to make mirrors for their communities to see themselves, to know that the ghosts they struggle with are big and real, and to build power in all difficult and magnificent parts of their being. Bex runs NAPAWF’s New York City Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute for AAPI women and trans folks and is thrilled to be working closely with some incredible organizers in the city. When not working at NAPAWF, they are often performing. Bex has been invited to present at theaters/galleries/universities in Singapore and the US, including La MaMa and the National Asian American Theatre Company, and was a part of EMERGENYC—the Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program. Bex has a Master’s of Social Work in Community Organizing, Programming and Development from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College.

mlal Mohini Lal, Reproductive Justice Fellow
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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.


Ashley Moy-Wooten, Chicago Organizer
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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.


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.