APAICS | Office Interns
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Office Interns


Soo-Yeon “Marie” Kim


Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

School: UC Berkeley

“It’s important to build the AAPI representation in the political pipeline so that voice of our community is heard and our interests are reflected in the political system. By doing so we will increase our community’s visibility and bring positive influences for the future generations.”

Timothy Tumbokon


Hometown: Montville, NJ
School: Suffolk University
“Philosophically, Its is never a good idea for our nation to become an echo chamber. So building up people with new and different approaches can help our countries progress.”


Jaclyn Marmol


Hometown: Falls Church, VA
School: Virginia Tech
“I think it’s necessary to have a political pipeline for the AAPI community, because it ensures that there will be continued interest and participation from AAPIs in all levels of government. By showing AAPI representation, it can inspire and influence future generations to run for office and to create positive changes in society.”


Leah Han


Hometown: Springfield, VA
School: Virginia Tech
“It’s important to build the AAPI representation in the political pipeline in order to better prepare future leaders who will encourage more AAPI involvement with the rest of the community. With increasing involvement, it will create a more harmonious society.”

Mary Lou Akai-Ferguson


Leadership for Educational Equity Intern
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Education: Wellesley College Class of 2016; TFA 2016 Corps Member in Greater New Orleans
“The American people deserve candidates and elected officials who look like us and reflect the diversity of our country. Without AAPI representation, we are easily and often looked over in decision-making processes. It’s necessary that we are represented in order for our voices to be heard and respected.”

Justin Ongchin


Hometown: Los Altos, California
Education: Los Altos High School
“I think it’s important to increase AAPI representation in the political pipeline as doing so would provide a greater amount of diverse views and perspectives on proposed policies of which can potentially have a huge impact on society, both politically and economically. Additionally, I think building a solid team of AAPI’s in government will have a positive effect on the community, making it more interconnected.”




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