Staff and Board

NQAPIA Staff
NQAPIA Staff (L2R): Glenn, Conor, Khudai, Amanda

NQAPIA Staff

Julia Rhee, Interim Executive Director

Khudai Tanveer, Membership Organizer

Conor Huynh, Operations Associate

Amanda Saich, 赛因儿 Development & Digital Coordinator

Victoria Jeon, Legal Fellow

NQAPIA Consultants

Patrick G. Lee, Grant Writer

Linda Le, Bookkeeper

NQAPIA Board of Directors

NQAPIA Board
NQAPIA Board at Summit

Shilpa Joshi, Renew Oregon, Portland OR – Co-chair

Milap Patel, Open Society Foundations, New York, NY– Co-chair

Navid Ladha, Khush-ATX, Dallas, TX

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

Andrew Chou, Bank of America, New York, NY

Kim Nguyen, Polk Bros. Foundation, Chicago, IL – Treasurer

Chris Pinto, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC

Nicholas Kor, Bush Foundation Fellow, Minneapolis, MN

* Affiliations for identification purposes only.

NQAPIA Full-Time Staff

Julia Rhee (she/her/hers) is the Interim Executive Director at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). As a former community organizer, she brings over a decades’ worth of experience in both the public and private sectors from the SF Bay Area, Southern California, and New York City. Her leadership experience includes ten years of management experience on two LGBTQ nonprofit boards, digital strategy consulting, product management. She was most recently the Co-Chair of the NQAPIA Board of Directors and served as a board member for four years. Julia is currently finishing her MBA with a focus on Data Analytics. 

As Interim Executive Director, Julia will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations,  financial oversight, and development work for the organization as the Board initiates a national search for a permanent Executive Director.


Khudai, Organizing FellowKhudai Tanveer (they/them) is the Organizing Director 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 where they first felt held at the intersections of all of their identities. They then continued as an NQAPIA intern and fellow, and have now grown into being a critical voice for our national movement and hold deep relationships in the community. 

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. Additionally, within the critical work of Queer & Trans API community building, Khudai has been vital in building space for the South Asian diaspora in our API spaces. They are currently working on relaunching DesiQ Diaspora Conference. Their other 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.


Conor Huynh (he/him) is the Operations Associate at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). He received his BS in Psychology and his minor in Asian American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, he was the Director of Programming with UMD’s Pride Alliance, a coalition of campus LGBTQ+ organizations, where he helped organize queer social events and community workshops. Conor believes that anything can and should be made into a spreadsheet. He resides in Washington, DC and enjoys rock climbing, being bisexual, and reading at the park.


Amanda Saich (she/they) is thrilled about working to develop resources and funds to facilitate movement building. She is a multiracial queer immigrant with family from China and England and grew up mostly in cute, cushy, suburban New England. She earned her BA from Vassar College in Chinese Culture and Linguistic Studies and the interdisciplinary program of Science, Technology, and Society. During their time there, they developed their first queer community through their involvement in identity based orgs and the rugby team and has since sought out to build these spaces around them. 

Amanda has experience developing grassroots fundraising programs for dozens of nonprofits during their time at ActBlue as Nonprofit Outreach Associate and working with local groups in the Hudson Valley during her college years. She is passionate about how digital tools can provide instruments to reconstruct power and elevate marginalized narratives. In her free time, you can find them working on local environmental justice initiatives within API and immigrant communities, jamming out to live music, sketching/drawing, or bingeing the latest Netflix series.


Victoria Jeon (she/they) is the Legal Fellow at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). She graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and received her B.A. from Northwestern University in history and legal studies. Victoria has a history of serving underrepresented voices. Between her time at Northwestern and Cardozo, Victoria spent two years in Korea, and has advocated on behalf of North Korean refugees with People for Successful COrean REunification (PSCORE). She has also served other underrepresented members of the LGBTQ+ community such as polyamorous families, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals through her work at the Chosen Family Law Center. Additionally, identifying as Aromantic and Asexual (AroAce), Victoria also engages with AroAce local communities when time permits.

Victoria was first acquainted with NQAPIA during Lavender Law 2019 and NQAPIA’s New York reception, where for the first time, she met both LGBTQ+ law professionals and an Asian-American community accepting of LGBTQ+ identities. She was then inspired to do work with the LGBTQ+ API community and to join NQAPIA as a fellow to promote both community building within the LGBTQ+ AAPI community and to engage in advocacy and policy work on their behalf. Outside of her work, her hobbies are illustrations, comics, and concept art.

NQAPIA Consultants

Patrick, Grant Writer

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.

Former Board Members

Years denote when the individuals stepped off of the Board.

Former Board Members whose terms ended in 2020

Julia Rhee, San Diego, CA – Co-chair

Stan Fong, Atlanta, GA – Co-chair

Kham Moua, SEARAC, Washington, DC

Former Board Members whose terms ended in 2019

Moof Mayeda, Portland, OR

Sharita Gruberg, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC

Kevin Lam, AARW, Boston, MA

Former Board Members whose terms ended in 2018

Vivian Fried-Chung, Palo Alto, CA

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

Amanda Zhang, Harvard University, Madison, WI

Former Board Members whose terms ended in 2017

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

Sasanka Jinadasa, Reframe Health and Justice, Washington, DC

Former Board Members whose terms ended 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

Former Board Members whose terms ended in 2014

Bex Ahuja, Management Center, Brooklyn, NY

Anj 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

Former Board Members whose terms ended 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

Former Board Members whose terms ended in 2012

Rekha Bachwani, Portland, OR

Mala Nagarajan, Creative Collaborations, Rockville, MD

Former Board Members whose terms ended 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

Former Board Members whose terms ended 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

Former Board Members whose terms ended 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