Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke is a nationally recognized civil rights leader and a member of USA Today’s Inaugural Leaders of Change. As President & CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and Founder and Principal of Arum Group, LLC, she brings nearly 25 years of experience working in political campaigns and specializes in political/non-profit fundraising and political training.
After returning from the ’96 campaign, Ms. Mielke worked for the Co-Executive Director at the Presidential Inaugural Committee and later to Vice President Gore’s team. Ms. Mielke started fundraising while working at the New Democrat Network PAC and she returned to her roots as the Training Director for the Ron Brown-Paul Tully Institute (BTI), the training arm of the DNC. In 2002 Ms. Mielke started her political consulting firm, specializing in fundraising and political training. Madalene has collaborated with the NAACP National Voter Fund, John Kerry for President, Democratic National Committee Asian American Leadership Council, Mike Honda for Congress, Friends of Hillary, CHC BOLD PAC, Akaka for US Senate, Xavier Becerra for Congress, Mazie Hirono for Congress, Honda for Congress, America’s Opportunity Fund, Asian American Action (AAA) Fund and Young Democrats of America to raise millions of dollars to empower communities of color.
Throughout her career, Madalene has been a featured speaker or trainer at many conferences and trainings including the American Medical Association (AMA), the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, Virginia Leadership Institute, Netroots Nation, Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), and numerous other organizations and non-profits.
She has spent her entire professional political career working to bring diversity to the political process and nurturing candidates and staff as they move forward in bringing political change. The Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce awarded Ms. Mielke with its National Community Service award for her work in mentoring and promoting Vietnamese American civic participation.
Madalene is a proud graduate of Tulane University, Newcomb College. She serves as a mentor through a variety of collegiate mentoring programs including the Newcomb College Institute Women to Women Mentoring Program and Georgetown University’s Politics Mentorship Program.
Heejin graduated from Georgetown University (COL’ 20) where she majored in Women and Gender Studies and developed a passion for issues at the intersection of race and gender. Outside the classroom, she co-founded the Georgetown University Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Forum (APILF) to educate and mobilize AAPI students for greater racial equity on campus. In 2019 APILF created the first Asian American residential space at Georgetown to serve as a hub for AAPI community building and organizing. As one of the founding residents, Heejin organized educational events on AAPI issues and facilitated dialogues on racial and ethnic identity. Her time as a student organizer confirmed her passion for Asian American political engagement and brought her to APAICS as a Programs Assistant.
Alex is the Director of Programs and Community Engagement at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). In this capacity, he leads the development and implementation of programming to advance the leadership, representation, and participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the political process. Prior to APAICS, Alex most recently served as the Senior Legislative Assistant in the Office of Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) where he was responsible for developing the Congresswoman’s legislative strategy and advising the Congresswoman on a range of issues including appropriations, education, labor, energy, interior, environment, and housing policy.
Alex started his career as a second grade teacher in Detroit as a Teach for America Corps Member. From 2015-2016, Alex was selected for the APAICS Congressional Fellowship where he worked in the Office of Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07) and continued to work on Capitol Hill after his fellowship. He sits as a Board Member of the Grassroots Education Project, APAICS Alumni Association, and previously as Vice President of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association. In addition to his current role, Alex runs a volunteer tutoring program at an elementary school in his Washington, D.C. neighborhood. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of Michigan and is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Medha Krishen graduated from the University of Michigan (LSA’ 20) with a B.A. in History and International Studies. While at University of Michigan, she was the Vice President of Michigan Foreign Policy Council, an undergraduate-run foreign policy think tank, and was the Director of Outreach for [RE]vive: a refugee education initiative, to provide professional development resources to refugee students. During the 2020 Presidential election, she worked on multiple Get Out To Vote (GOTV) campaigns in order to increase the civic participation of historically marginalized communities including Asian Americans in Michigan by developing the leadership, organizing, and power-building capacity in communities of color.
Anthony Maglaqui graduated from Florida State University with his Undergraduate degree in International Affairs and Political Science (SU ’18) as well as his Master’s degree in International Affairs (FA ’19). Throughout his college career, Anthony spent his time facilitating a sustainable AAPI network in Florida. In his current endeavors he is the Operations Director for the Florida Asian American Student Union comprised of 8 major universities in Florida. He served as the executive director of the South East Regional Conference for Asian American Leaders (SERCAAL) and garnered students from North Carolina to South Florida allowing them to utilize this opportunity to network between another. Anthony also served as the National Internal Vice Chairperson of the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue. FIND is a 501c3 non-profit consisting of all Filipino Student Associations across the east coast from Maine to Florida. Anthony is committed to fostering a well-educated and inspired generation of young Asian Americans, acting as a resource for potential opportunities. In his spare time Anthony coaches high school debate students and plays video games.
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.
Helen also served as Office Manager/Finance Manager for The Interface Group, Ltd. in Washington, DC, an executive recruiting firm that placed presidents, CEOs and vice presidents with Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations.
Previously, she was Office Manager for the North American Marketing Office of HD International, Inc. in New York City, a London based investment firm. Prior to her affiliation with HD International, Helen was Office Manager for Kortright Market Systems, Inc. in New York City and Assistant Controller/Office Manager at the Harvard Club of New York City.
Helen is a graduate of Katherine Gibbs School of Business.