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Sheena is a graduating senior at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she has majored in Environmental Studies. While in college, she has been actively involved with Sikh Student Association and other multicultural and environmental organizations. Her close ties to her cultural community and personal deep rooted interest with the social science aspect of environmental justice has helped her developed a future career path in policy surrounding multicultural issues affecting local communities. She is currently participating in the UCDC program and aspires to continue working with other social and advocacy groups, like OCA, to help improve the lives and protects the rights of young Asian Pacific Americans like herself. She hopes her involvement with OCA will reach out to other Southeast Asians and inspire a wide array of other Asian Pacific Americans to become actively involved and aware of similar cultural, political, economic and ecological issues facing all communities.  Her experiences have shaped her personal and professional goals and she would like to attend law school in the near future.

Local to the Bay Area, Sheena enjoys the warm weather and outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking and paddle boarding. She has also ran multiple half marathons, and continues training in hopes to one day complete her first full Nike Women’s Full Marathon.

Sheena is a Development and Membership Intern at the OCA National Center.





Yesenia is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles pursuing a degree in Sociology and minoring in both Global Studies and Public Affairs. Yesenia was born in Los Angeles, California and is the first in her family to attend a four year university. Her motivation to attain a higher education stems from her passion towards social justice and her willingness to alleviate social, political, and economic disparities that she has experienced first-hand. Coming from a neighborhood that is predominately Latino/a, Yesenia has felt the ways in which minority groups have failed to stand in solidarity towards similar injustices. As an intern at OCA, Yesenia seeks to expand her horizons in learning more about the Asian Pacific American community in hopes that it will serve as a stepping stone to bring awareness to her community back home and groups on campus. She strongly believes in the power of diversity and is excited to immerse herself in a different culture from her own that will give her the tools necessary to pursue her passion towards human rights advocacy and educational youth development throughout her time in Washington DC.

During her free time, Yesenia really enjoys traveling, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Yesenia is a Program Intern at the OCA National Center.  




Nam grew up in D.C. and went away for school in Easton, PA.  He majored in International Affairs and minored in Asian Studies. His focus within International studies was on the changing identities, cultures, and institutions in the 21st century. He spent a semester abroad in Yunnan, China where he immersed into Chinese language and cultural studies. Nam was involved with his school’s Asian Cultural Association and Intercultural Development. He is passionate about the Asian Pacific American community, food, and cars. Nam is most passionate about Dat Nguyen, chicken fried rice with mambo sauce, and Hondas. 

Nam is a Policy Intern at the OCA National Center.



Timmy studied Business Management Economics with an emphasis in accounting at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was first interested in the field of accounting because she knew it is the foundation to getting to know about the language of businesses, but at the same time understood that there is more to a business and had an interest in the other areas that are important to a business including marketing and business development. Before arriving at Washington, DC, she has gained knowledge and experience related to marketing and event preparation of workshops and networking events for chamber members of the community during a quarter when she interned at the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. 

Growing up in San Francisco, there has been an increase of diversity over time in the community, which she became educated in and interacted with. However, as she has become more aware of how most leadership roles are not fulfilled by the API community, she has been interested in why that is and how can there be changes. As a daughter of two Chinese immigrants, she seeks to learn more about the issues that affect not just her community but as much as possible of the overall API community as a beginning to understand where the community is at and where it can go to. She likes to incorporate some mix of what she enjoys everyday, including cooking, listening to music, yoga and exercising generally, and recently watching more of Netflix. She hopes to one day travel more and live abroad in the future.

 Timmy is an intern at National ACE.







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