APAICS | Meet The Staff
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Meet The Staff

S. Floyd Mori | President & CEO

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Floyd Mori is the President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. Previously, Mori served as the National Executive Director/CEO of the Japanese American Citizens League.  He was chair of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans and has been on the Executive Council of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.  He served four years as National President and four years as a National Vice President of the JACL.



Ahmir Rashid | Chief of Staff

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Ahmir Rashid assumed the role of Chief of Staff at APAICS in September 2017. Ahmir has a diverse background spanning more than a decade that includes work for and proven results at non-profit organizations, engineering companies, private firms, large corporations, and political campaigns. He has led successful projects in many states and several countries.  Ahmir was born and raised in Michigan and earned a BSE and MSE in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.



Helen M. Ruggiero | Chief Operating Officer

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Helen Ruggiero has over 20 years of experience in office administration and finance. In her current position, she is in charge of financial responsibility, fundraising, grant writing and event planning.  She is also liaison for APAICS Board and Advisory Council.


Anthony Reyes | Program Associate

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Anthony currently serves as the Program Associate at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). In this role, he supports the APAICS mission through its various programs such as the Summer Internship Program, Congressional Fellowship Program, Young Leaders Summit, Regional Leadership Academy, and National Leadership Academy. In his free time, Anthony enjoys following politics and testing Filipino recipes.



Nashwah Akhtar | Communications Associate

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Nashwah Akhtar currently serves as the Communications Associate at APAICS. Nashwah was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA and attended the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she earned her BA in Communication, and Master’s in Public Diplomacy. Following graduation, Nashwah studied the refugee crisis in Paris, France, and also worked with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in a communications and outreach capacity, facilitating hundreds of voter registration drives before the 2016 Election. In this role, Nashwah will be working to build relationships with press, create and distribute content for APAICS’ social media and website, and provide general support of APAICS’ programs. In her free time, Nashwah enjoys traveling, reading, and practicing Arabic calligraphy.



Denise Diokno | Staff Assistant

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Denise  is a recent graduate of George Mason University with a BA in Global Affairs.  In college Denise was heavily involved with the Asian-American community at GMU, she served as Vice President of the GMU Asian-Pacific American Coalition and a representative for the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue Inc. (FIND Inc.). As a staff assistant Denise handles administrative duties and supports  APAICS’ programs and initiatives. In her free time Denise likes to binge watch TV shows and drink copious amounts of overpriced coffee.







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