The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Alumni spotlight is on Ms. Lan Nguyen, an associate at The Raben Group, working on Move to End Violence, an exciting project of the NoVo Foundation.
Move to End Violence is a 10-year initiative designed to support the movement to end violence against girls and women by building capacity and investing deeply in individual leaders and organizations.
This upcoming February, Lan will be traveling to India with Move to End Violence to meet with activists who are leading the charge in strengthening women’s rights, and ending sex-trafficking, domestic violence, and other violence against women. Lan is honored to be a part of such a visionary program.
As an APAICS fellow in 2008, Lan split her time between two national Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations. At the Asian American Justice Center, she worked with staff attorneys on immigrant rights advocacy. At the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Lan worked on health care reform and immigration issues through the lens of racial and gender equality.
“The experience I gained at NAPAWF and AAJC as an APAICS fellow has been invaluable to my growth and has helped me gain an intersectional approach to issues affecting underserved communities,” said Lan.
After her fellowship, Lan worked at OCA, another national AAPI organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well being of the community. As the program manager for advocacy and member engagement, Lan represented OCA at a number of policy tables and worked with OCA chapters to spearhead community initiatives, including her work with the Japanese American Citizens League and the White House Initiative on AAPIs to assist Vietnamese American fishermen that were affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill.
Inspired by her tenure as an APAICS fellow at NAPAWF, Lan served on the local NAPAWF-DC chapter board for two years. Most recently, she was asked to join the NAPAWF national governing board and now serves as a board member for the organization. She was also a New Leaders Fellow for the Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL).
“It’s so exciting to see APAICS continue to expand and strengthen. APAICS is often the gateway for APAs who are passionate about effecting change to gain a foothold in DC and provides them with the critical experience necessary to do impactful work.”
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies is a national non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.