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Friday, October 27 • 10:15am - 11:30pm
1b The AAPI Community and You: How to Affect Positive Change at the Ballot Box
According to the 2015 U.S. Census, approximately 21 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders currently live in the United States and the number is only growing. However, this group is not yet accurately represented in public office.  In 2012, only 36 Asian Americans launched a campaign for Congress. The term “Asian” is used to cover a broad range of cultures and ethnicities, but it is the “Asian” group that is the fastest growing population and fastest growing voting sector. But how do we represent the voices and needs of the AAPI community in public office?

Moderators
avatar for Chris Chanyasulkit, PhD, MPH

Chris Chanyasulkit, PhD, MPH

Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health, Simmons College
In addition to currently co-chairing the Brookline Commission for Women, Chris Chanyasulkit was also a gubernatorial appointee to both the Massachusetts Asian American Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women. In that capacity, she advocated for the needs of Asian Americans... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Puja Mehta, JD

Puja Mehta, JD

District Director, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees of Brookline, Office of State Senator Karen E. Spilka
In her professional life, Puja works in the Massachusetts state legislature. Puja joined the office of State Senator Karen E. Spilka (current Chair of Senate Ways and Means) in 2009 and serves as the District Director, addressing operating and capital budget needs for the Senator's... Read More →
avatar for Amy Mah Sangiolo, JD

Amy Mah Sangiolo, JD

City Councilor, Ward 4 At-Large of the City of Newton, MA
Amy Mah Sangiolo is an attorney, at-large City Councilor for the City of Newton serving for 20 years, and is the longest serving Asian American elected official in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Amy is a progressive Democrat who grew up in New Jersey - her father, an American... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Lau

Jenny Lau

Director of Scheduling and Special Projects, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
Jenny Lau is a civic leader in the Greater Boston area, where she serves as the Director of Scheduling and Special Projects at the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General. Previously Jenny advanced women in national and local politics at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation/Political... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:15am - 11:30pm
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