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.
Leng Leng Chancey, Deputy Director of Systems and Sustainability
Leng Leng was born and raised in Singapore and came to the United States to attend college, and received her BA in History and Asian Studies from Washington State University. Her longstanding passions revolves around social justice issues concerning AAPI women and beyond, with “equitable access for all” as her motto. In addition to holding numerous senior management positions in nonprofits such as the United Way of Greater Atlanta and Culture Connect, Inc, Leng Leng is a founding member of NAPAWF’s Atlanta Chapter. She is also a trained facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League and facilitates training around cultural competency and diversity. Her spare time includes social change advocacy via the soulful beats of an all-women Korean folk drumming group, which she co-founded.
Satyam Barakoti, Georgia Director
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.
Stephanie Zhou, Communications and Development Associate
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.
Aliya Khan, Policy Associate
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.
Bex Kwan, Senior Organizer
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.
Mohini Lal, Reproductive Justice Fellow
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.
Anique Singer, Finance and Operations Associate
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.
Roula AbiSamra, Georgia Organizer
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.