2017-2018 Congressional Fellows


Bruce Leal | Fellow

Office of Senator Mazie Hirono     |  View Full Bio

As a Teach for America (TFA HI ‘14) alum, Bruce taught U.S. History and Government in a special education resource and inclusion setting at Waipahu High School in Hawai’i. After his first year in the corps, Bruce served as a Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellow (PASF) working for the Hui for Excellence in Education Coalition (HE’E Coalition), where he worked with various local and community education stakeholders to identify best practices for family and parent engagement in Hawai’i DOE schools. View Full Bio



Kota Mizutani | Fellow

Office of Congressman Mark Takano    |  View Full Bio

Kota Mizutani is a recent graduate of Brown University and summer intern at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Born to Japanese-natives and raised in Northern California, Kota identifies as both Japanese and American. After learning about the Japanese American redress movement at the age of 14, Kota became inspired to join the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and currently serves as the JACL’s National Youth/Student Council Chair. Kota has previously worked at the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights Education, Congressman Jared Huffman’s office in Washington D.C., White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is also a former Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) intern. View Full Bio



Manpreet Teji | Fellow

Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu    | View Full Bio

Manpreet Kaur Teji is honored to be joining the Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu.  Manpreet recently graduated from the John Marshall Law School in May of 2017. During her law school career she committed her time to public interest law. She was a Coles Fellow with the Illinois Human Rights Commission working on employment and housing discrimination cases. Additionally, Manpreet interned for the Federal Defender of Northern District of Illinois where her work primarily focused on criminal justice reform. She was a part of team that sought out Presidential commutations for their non-violent drug offender clients. Manpreet was proud to be a part of a team that was able to secure 3 executive commutations by President Obama. View Full Bio


Omar Hossino | Fellow

House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific     |  View Full Bio

Omar Hossino comes to the APAICS Fellowship with extensive experience in policy research and advocacy in Washington. He has worked as a foreign policy researcher in think tanks such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as well as at the Congressional Budget Office. His research has been published in a number of outlets including Foreign Policythe Atlantic CouncilCarnegie, and the Henry Jackson Society. He has also worked as an advocacy professional for a number of different advocacy organizations working on foreign policy issues. View Full Bio






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