I'm currently the Assistant Director for AAPI Data and the Center for Social Innovation at the University of California, Riverside. In previous positions, I served as a policy advisor to the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and also worked to engage and activate AANHPI voters at Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote). Prior to a few years in DC, I studied Sociology and Government at Wesleyan University, where I chaired the Asian American Student Collective and taught a course on Asian American history. I'm proudly born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley outside of Los Angeles.
In the News
"It can perceived that politics may not be something that is a safe field to be engaging in, but the reality is that in order to advance the needs our communities and to help shape the future of this country, we have to get politically active."
"He wants his fellow classmates, and the students who come after him to better understand the stories of racism and discrimination woven in the fabric of Asian-American history."
Angry Asian Man
"I believe our histories, while they may not always be as inclusive as they need to be, ground us in where we stand today and guide us as we look to the future. This is why Asian American history has been so important to the development of my racial and social consciousness."
This week we’re coming at you sonically from three directions with Marvin in LA, Minji in NYC, and our guest Alton Wang (of APIAVote) from DC! We chat with Alton about the importance of civic engagement and getting out the vote, especially in the API community.
The American Prospect
Will Asian Americans Vote?
"What’s more important is that it’s erasing the stigma of being engaged in the political process, while also building the next generation of leaders."