Board of Directors, Chair

Gar Yeung
gar.yeung@ecaasu.org

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Hometown: San Francisco, CA
School: Georgia Tech '12, UNC Chapel Hill '17

Gar Yeung is currently serving on the Board of Directors after joining ECAASU as an intern in 2012.Gar began his involvement in the Asian community at Georgia Tech to help cultivate a more cohesive and united community so that the students could leverage for resources and have their voices heard in larger Tech community. Gar was part of the revival team that brought back the Asian American Student Association.

Gar remains in spaces like ECAASU because he wants to be available to students who want help and advice. For many schools like Georgia Tech, resources and programs specifically for AAPI students are sparce and he recognizes the need for organizations like ECAASU to exist and be the resource that their institutions may not provide.

He received his B.S. in Environmental Engineering in 2012 from Tech and is now in graduate school pursuing masters degrees in environmental engineering and city & regional planning. His work is centered around issues of environmental justice and at the intersection of environmental health, public health, and public policy.

 

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June Kao
june.kao@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Paramus, NJ
Pronouns: She/her
School: New York University '12

June Kao is on the Board of Directors of East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU). During her first three years with ECAASU, she volunteered as the Executive Director of the National Board. During the day, she is a marketing consultant at AARP, where she works in the Multicultural Leadership Department for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience marketing and outreach. She was on the Board of Directors of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL). Prior to being a consultant, she was an OCA AARP 50+ Fellow at OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates and AARP. She previously interned at Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and as an OCA Summer intern placed at AARP. June was raised in New Jersey and soon moved to Washington, D.C. after graduation. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Psychology.

 

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Catherine Wong
catherine.wong@ecaasu.org

Current City: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
School: University of Miami '13,  University of South Florida '15, University of Florida '19

Catherine Wong is currently serving on the Board of Directors and previously served on ECAASU as the Director of Development in 2014. She began her involvement in the AAPI space through the Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) since 2011, to being on the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) Youth Advisory Council in 2012, to interning for Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIA) Vote in the summer of 2012, and more recently serving as an E3! Ambassador at the White House Initiative for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) in 2015.

Catherine's interests include the integration of health policy, medicine, public health, and wellness. After obtaining her MPH in 2015, she worked as a clinic manager at a private primary care practice in an area of critical medical need and helped find and launch Be Well Plus, a patient education and resource center. She is currently matriculating into a Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of Florida.

She hopes to serve as a mentor to students who are in STEM and are looking for pathways into public service. She is passionate in bringing more scientific minds and expertise to the table when it comes to the political process.

 

 

 

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Jim Chan
jim.chan@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
School: Harvard University ’16

Jim Chan is a recent graduate of Harvard, who is excited to continue his work in Asian American advocacy through serving on the ECAASU Board of Directors. Prior to serving on the BoD, Jim was the Executive Director of the ECAASU National Board 2016-2017 and helped plan the 2015 Boston Conference. There, Jim witnessed how connecting the AAPI community across the United States both highlights the diversity inherent in AAPI backgrounds, and encourages unity within the AAPI community.

As part of the BoD, Jim is excited to continue to foster these collaborations and connections across our national community, and support our peers in the journey towards a more equitable future. In his free time, Jim loves to eat breakfast foods, travel, play recreational water sports, meet new people, or go on the occasional Netflix binge. 

 

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Maria Jia Ling Pitt
maria.pitt@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Cooper City, FL
School: University of Florida

Maria identifies as a 1.5 generation mixed race Chinese English American woman, as an artist and a community organizer. Maria is passionate about utilizing storytelling, creativity and active communication to deconstruct binaries and allow people to lead more engaged, honest and whole lives.

Maria is a graduate of the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Asian American Studies. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Maria served on the ECAASU National Board as Associate Director, Director of Outreach, and Bid Coordinator.

Maria hopes to encourage students to embrace their full selves while recognizing the value that they bring to different institutions, giving them ownership of their experiences and the ability to fight for more resources and representation. Maria is interested in examining sustainable organizational structures and archiving the past, present and future of underrepresented communities. Maria hopes to create safer spaces for AAPI folx, QTPOC and our Black, Brown and Indigenous family.

 

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Al-Rashad Ali
alrashad.ali@ecaasu.org

Hometown: New York City, New York

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Dan Tran
dan.tran@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
School: Baruch College '15

Dan Tran is a New York native who graduated Baruch College with a degree in marketing and a double minor in communications and psychology. During his undergraduate career, he co-founded and served as the president of the Vietnamese Student Association, enabling his involvement in the Asian Pacific Islander American community.

Dan served on the national board of the East Coast Asian American Student Union as the Director of Outreach in 2014. During his tenure, he has engaged numerous students and young professionals on pertinent sociopolitical issues through the Campus Tour program and facilitated stronger coalitions between Asian collegiate communities across the east coast. He also volunteered for Kollaboration New York, spearheading and developing sourcing strategies to attract local talent.

His progressive background in organizational building and community organizing led him to pursue a career in Human Resources, where he currently works as a recruiter at Squarespace in New York City.

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Other

General Counsel

Nicole Fink, MSW, JD
nicole.fink@ecaasu.org

Hometown: Brookfield, CT
Schools: New England Law | Boston '15, University of Connecticut '10/'12

Nicole Fink, MSW, Esq. is an Associate Attorney at Foley Law Offices, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts.  She is a 2015 graduate of New England Law | Boston and admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She also holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing (’12) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Asian Americans in the U.S. Legal System (’10) from the University of Connecticut.

While Nicole is currently serving as ECAASU’s Legal Counsel, she has held multiple positions within the ECAASU Organization. She served on the Board of Directors (2013 – 2016) and has also held the positions of Advocacy Coordinator (2011-2012) and Associate Director (2012-2013) on ECAASU National. 

Nicole has been awarded many prestigious awards and fellowships. In 2012, Nicole was awarded the UCONN Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, and the Outstanding Senior Woman Academic Achievement Award by the UCONN Provost’s Office, Women Center and Alumni Association for her contributions to the University of Connecticut School of Social Work community and AAPI community. In 2013, Nicole was awarded the Rappaport Fellowship in Law and Public Policy from the Rappaport Center at for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University Law. She was placed at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee where she advocated for individuals with mental health disabilities. This past summer, Nicole was a 2014 Law Clerk at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC in Washington D.C., 2014 Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund Community Service Fellow and 2014 Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) Scholar.

Nicole’s goals are to help the AAPI community finds its political voice and become more involved in the political system. She wants to help students recognize that even though each and every individual has a different background, we are one community, and that it is a strong and powerful community.