Staff and Board

NQAPIA Staff

Kenrick Ross, Executive Director

NQAPIA Board of Directors

Milap Patel, MSI Integrity, New York, NY– Chair

Shilpa Joshi, Renew Oregon, Portland, OR- Treasurer

Cathy Chu, GSA Network, Los Angeles, CA – Secretary

Navid Ladha, Dallas, TX

Chris Pinto, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC

Nicholas Kor, Bush Foundation Fellow, Minneapolis, MN

* Affiliations for identification purposes only.

NQAPIA Staff

Kenrick Ross (he/him/his) For the past 15 years, Kenrick has led efforts in building and scaling programs and organizations in social justice and entrepreneurship; urban policy; intersectional diversity, inclusion, and equity; and inclusive sports.

Kenrick has served as Executive Director of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance; Director of Education, Career Services, and Community at the YWCA of Queens; Director of Professional Development and Quality Assurance for The Leaguers, Inc; and Manager of the Small Business Support Project at Brooklyn A;. In 2011 he founded Urban&Out, an LGBTQPOC professional and leadership development network.​

Kenrick has made two short films, spoken and presented at 20+ conferences such as Creating Change and the Out&Equal Workplace Summit (planned and chaired a few, too),  and served on a dozen boards (currently chairing the Board of Diaspora Community Services). He is also deeply involved in and a fierce evangelist for LGBTQ-inclusive sports, especially tennis.

​Kenrick was born in Guyana, raised in the NYC area, and currently lives in Newark, NJ. He holds a BA in Politics from New York University, and an MS in Urban Policy and Leadership from CUNY-Hunter College. You can reach him at kenrick@nqapia.org or check out his LinkedIn.


Former Board Members

Years denote when the individuals stepped down from the Board.

Term ending in 2021

Andrew Chou, New York, NY

Kim Nguyen, Chicago, IL

Term ending in 2020

Julia Rhee, San Diego, CA – Co-chair

Stan Fong, Atlanta, GA – Co-chair

Kham Moua, SEARAC, Washington, DC

Term ending in 2019

Moof Mayeda, Portland, OR

Sharita Gruberg, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC

Kevin Lam, AARW, Boston, MA

Term ending in 2018

Vivian Fried-Chung, Palo Alto, CA

Eri Oura, Oakland, CA / Honolulu, HI – Co-Chair

Amanda Zhang, Harvard University, Madison, WI

Term ending in 2017

Shivana Jorawar, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Washington, DC

Sasanka Jinadasa, Reframe Health and Justice, Washington, DC

Term ending in 2016

August Guang, Providence Youth & Student Movement, Providence, RI

Almas Haider, Washington, DC

Aya Tasaki, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY

Term ending in 2014

Bex Ahuja, Management Center, Brooklyn, NY

Anjan Chaudhry, CAAAV, Brooklyn, NY

Mandy Hu, San Francisco, CA

Alison Lin, Oakland, CA

Michelle Lee, Koreans United for Equality, Los Angeles, CA

Phillip Ozaki, Lambda Legal, New York, NY

Jayden Thai, University of Louisville, KY

Sasha W., Desi Queer Helpline Project, Madison WI

monna wong, API Equality – Northern California, San Francisco, CA

Term ending in 2013

vanessa coe, San Francisco, CA

I Li Hsaio, Invisible to Invincible (i2i), Chicago, IL

Aries Liao, Q-WAVE, New York, NY

Joy Messinger, Invisible to Invincible (i2i), Chicago, IL

Alan Ratliff, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Oakland, CA

Ryan Shen, Q-WAVE, Flushing, NY

Term ending in 2012

Rekha Bachwani, Portland, OR

Mala Nagarajan, Creative Collaborations, Rockville, MD

Term ending in 2011

Lance Dwyer, API Wellness Center, San Francisco, CA

Sel Hwahng, IGLHRC, Brooklyn, NY

Karl Kimpo, Chicago, IL

Asha Leong, Co-Chair, Washington, DC

Rakesh Modi, Trikone, San Francisco, CA

Tawal Panyacosit, API Equality, San Francisco, CA

liz thomson, Invisible to Invincible (i2i), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

NOTE: NQAPIA Incorporates in 2010

Term ending in 2010

Trisha Barua, Chaya, Seattle, WA

Sarav Chithambaram, Queer Asian Pacific Alliance, Boston, MA

Jun-Fung Chueh, Community Health Awareness Council, Mountain View, CA

Alain Dang, API Equality, San Jose, CA

Loren Javier, Lambda Legal, Los Angeles, CA

Gopi Kannabiran, Indiana University, LGBT Student Services, Bloomington, ID

Kit Yan, Good Asian Drivers, QAPA, New York, NY

Tom Yang, Pacific Northwest Queer API Alliance, Seattle, WA

Term ending in 2009

Eileen Cheong, Audre Lorde Project, Brooklyn, NY

Ray Hsia, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, New York, NY

Sam Van, Philadelphia Queer Asians, Philadelphia, PA

Urooj Arshad, Advocates for Youth, Washington, DC

NOTE: NQAPIA Transitions from an Unincorporated Association with a Steering Committee to a Tax-Exempt 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation with a Board of Directors in 2009

Former Steering Committee Members who stepped off in 2008

Pabitra Benjamin, Rights Working Group, Washington, DC

George Cheung, Cheung & Lopez, Seattle, WA

Doreen Wong, Asian Pacific Islander Lesbian and Bisexual Women and Transgender Network (APLBTN), Los Angeles, CA

Alex Fukui, Gay Asian Pacific Support Network (GAPSN), Los Angeles, CA

Mary Quant, QWAVE, New York, NY

Hrishi Sathawane, Trikone- South Bay San Jose, CA

Former National Organization Working Group 2007

Alain Dang

George Cheung

Pabitra Benjamin

Glenn Magpantay

Mala Nagarajan

Rebecca Sawyer

George Robert

Hrishi Sathawane

Ben de Guzman

Suresh Dianand

Alain Dang

Karl Kimpo

Koko Lin

Pauline Park

Jamie

NOTE: NQAPIA Transitions from an Unincorporated Association with a Steering Committee to a Tax-Exempt 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation with a Board of Directors in 2009

Former National Convening Planning Committee 2006

Jun-Fung Chueh, LGBT Resource Center, UC-Davis

Rebecca Sawyer, Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters, Washington, DC

Pauline Guillermo-Togawa, Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Coalition, San Francisco, CA

Hrishi Sathawane, Trikone, San Jose, CA

Pabitra Benjamin, Action Wisconsin

Nikhil Aziz, Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association, Boston, MA

Robert Bernardo, Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, San Francisco, CA

Ben de Guzman, Asian/ Pacific Islander Queers United for Action, Washington, DC

Karl Kimpo, Invisible to Invincible, Chicago, IL

George Cheung, Cheung & Lopez, Seattle, WA

Diana Ming Yin, Exoticize My Fist!, Oakland, CA

Glenn D. Magpantay, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York

NOTE: Roundtable of LGBT API Organizational Leaders agree to found a national organization that become NQAPIA  in 2005

Former National Convening Planning Committee 2005

Jun-Fung Chueh, LGBT Resource Center, UC-Davis

Rebecca Sawyer, Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS) – Washington, DC

Manish Vadiya, Trikone

Stephan Sastrawidjaja, International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)

Khushbu Srivastava, Princeton, NJ

Pabitra Benjamin, Action Wisconsin, WI

Nikhil Aziz, Political Research Associates and Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association

Willy Wilkinson, Transgender Law Center and Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Coalition (APIQWTC) – Oakland, CA

Ben De Guzman, Asian/ Pacific Islander Queers United for Action and National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium – Washington, DC

George Cheung, Cheung & Lopez, Seattle, WA

Diana Min Yin, Exoticitize My Fist

Glenn D. Magpantay, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York

Former QAPL Planning Committee 2004

Jerome Zorrilla

Luna Yasui
John Won

Weiben Wang
Sel Wahng
Irene Villaseñor

Irene Tung
Patty Tumang

Raj Shekar

Pauline T. Nguyen

Frank Mok

Glenn D. Magpantay

Yan Li
Kevin Lee
Doug Lee

Clay Ming Kwong Dollarhide

Alan Khoo

Stephanie Hsu

Ariel Herrera
Kris Hayashi

Monroe France

Mathilda deDios

Trishala Deb

Debanuj Dasgupta

Alain Dang

Conrad Chu

Jih-Fei Cheng

Chris Chen

Nick Chan

Christine Bacareza Balance

Former NQAPIA Staff

Glenn Magpantay, Executive Director – 2020

Sasha W., Organizing Director – 2018

Tia Adams, Program Assistant – 2018

Tracy Nguyen, Conference Coordinator – 2018

Pabitra Benjamin, Organizing Director – 2014

Ryan Viloria, Conference Coordinator – 2015

Mia Nakano, Website/Tech Consultant – 2015

Ben de Guzman, Co-Director of Programs – 2013

Fayzan Gowani, Immigration Coordinator – 2013

Mala Nagarajan, Co-Director – 2012