STAFF + BOARD
NQAPIA Staff + Consultants
Glenn D. Magpantay, Executive Director
Sasha W., Organizing Director
Tia Adams, Program Assistant
Tracy Nguyen, Conference Coordinator
Khudai Tanveer, Organizing Fellow
Patrick G. Lee, Grant Writer
Linda Le, Bookkeeper
Janani Balasubramanian, Social Media Consultant
NQAPIA Board of Directors
Andrew Chou, New York, NY
Cathy Chu, Los Angeles, CA
Vivian Fried-Chung, San Francisco, CA
Stan Fong, Atlanta, GA
Sharita Gruberg, Washington, DC
Sasanka Jindasa, Washington, DC
Shivana Jorawar, New York, NY
Navid Ladha, Austin, TX
Kevin Lam, Boston, MA
Kham Moua, Washington, DC
Eri Oura, Oakland, CA
Julia Rhee, San Francisco, CA
Amanda Zhang, Madison, WI
NQAPIA FULL-TIME STAFF
Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq. is Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). He has worked in the movement for LGBTQ rights and equality for over twenty-five years. Before, Glenn had a long and distinguished career as a civil rights attorney as the Democracy Program Director at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), where he worked to protect and promote the voting rights and political participation of Asian Americans. He continues to inspire new legal minds and future advocates by teaching Race & the Law at Brooklyn Law School and Asian American Civil Rights at Hunter College/CUNY.
Glenn is a former co-chair of the Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York and organized the first-ever LGBTQ testimony before the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islander in 2000. He was named as one of INSTINCT MAGAZINE’S “25 Leading Men of 2004”. In 1994, he spoke at the National March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. Glenn attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook on Long Island, and as a beneficiary of affirmative action, graduated cum laude from the New England School of Law, in Boston.
Sasha W. is the Organizing Director at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), and is excited to continue building power with queer API people across the country. Sasha is a founding member of the Queer South Asian National Network (QSANN), a network of QSA organizations across the country; part of the core committee of DeQH, the Desi lgbtQ Helpline for South Asians; and part of the Queer South Asian Anthology Project. Previously, Sasha was also involved with East Coast Solidarity Summer, a political education project for South Asian youth; hotpot!, a queer API organization in Philadelphia; POWER, a Philly youth of color media program; and as a social justice educator & consultant at UW-Madison’s Multicultural Student Center.
Most recently, Sasha has been organizing with Asians for Black Lives (Madison), as part of the larger APIs4BlackLives movement. Asians for Black Lives (Madison) has testified at countless Dane County board meetings, written op-eds and articles for local media in support of #BlackLivesMatter, worked with Young Gifted & Black to support organizing on the ground, and participated in direct actions against state violence. Sasha has written about the need for South Asians to support #BlackLivesMatter, and has been featured on the Aerogram. You can follow Sasha’s writing at www.tospeakasong.com.
Tia Adams is the Program Assistant at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). In 2015, she began her work with NQAPIA as an OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates intern, and in 2013, she was an intern for Planned Parenthood. Her topics of interest include racial justice, LGBTQ equality, and reproductive justice. As a detail-oriented person, Tia’s work with NQAPIA is more behind-the-scenes including working on emails, updating the NQAPIA website and database, and collecting data for events and programs.
Tia has always lived in the Midwest, and living in predominantly white areas, she understands the importance of solidarity and bridging connections. She also enjoys developing young people, notably by planning and facilitating leadership and equality programs and retreats. Tia has presented for students and professionals at the Missouri Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference and Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU) conferences.
Tracy Nguyen was born and raised in San Jose, California. Growing up with refugee parents from Vietnam largely defines who she is today: a driven community organizer with a creative, entrepreneurial spirit. She received a BA in Media Studies and Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, which seeded her activist journey. For the last decade, she has worked within the nonprofit sector to uplift the voices and power of refugees, immigrants, workers, women, youth, the LGBTQ community, and incarcerated individuals. With her passion for visual storytelling, she also started freelancing in film making (sunkissedproductions.com) and graphic facilitation (hellafly.graphics).
Khudai Tanveer is the Organizing Fellow at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). Their relationship with NQAPIA started as a mesmerized Creating Change API Institute attendant in 2015 and 2016, continued as an internship during the summer of 2017, leading to the position of organizing fellow currently. Currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University as an undergrad studying Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies as well as Political Science w/ a minor in Global Education, they hope to continue building collective power through Non-Profit work after graduation. On campus, Khudai can be found having revived a local chapter of the Queer and/or Trans People of Color Collective and serving as a Diversity Ambassador on campus for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Additionally, they are also a part of the inaugural Steering Committee of The Tunnel of Oppression, an interactive auditory and visual tunnel that aims to teach its attendants about oppression on campus in everyday life by walking them through simulations of those experiences. They shape their work on campus to try to help make the lives of marginalized students at their university better.
Previously having attended the Summer Activist Training, NQAPIA’s Direct Action Training, East Coast Solidarity Summer, and having helped facilitate People over Pride Youth Camp (POP!) with NQAPIA, they feel strongly about youth work, learning from those who came before us, and building a healthy/sustainable community for years to come with those that command the future with the lessons of those who came before us. Their personal passions revolve around building accountability and restorative justice for our community and feel excited about doing that with NQAPIA. Their genuine hope is to grow and build with/for the API queer community.
Patrick G. Lee is NQAPIA’s Grant Writer. He got involved with NQAPIA after attending one of their Family Acceptance Workshops in 2016, where, for the first time, he met Asian immigrant parents who openly love their LGBTQ children. He also works as a documentary filmmaker, with current projects on queer Asian history, LGBTQ self-representation, and Asian American coming out narratives. Trained as a journalist, Patrick believes in the power of storytelling to foster community resilience and move people to action.
As a queer Korean American, Patrick serves on the core committee for GAPIMNY, which creates safe spaces for queer and trans API people, and for KQTcon, the inaugural LGBTQ Korean conference happening in April 2018 (www.kqtcon.org). He also helps produce a monthly pan-Asian drag show in Brooklyn, New York.