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The National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics and Public Affairs (NAAPPPA) is proud to present the 2017 list of the top 40 AAPI political operatives and public affairs professionals under 40. NAAPPPA established this list to highlight the growing number of AAPIs who are beginning to dominate the professional unelected side of politics.  These honorees represent groundbreaking AAPI campaign strategists, lobbyists, legislative staff, and corporate public affairs professionals that work behind the scenes to elect and advance AAPI electeds and the AAPI community.  These elite individuals are breaking the meek Asian model minority stereotype by excelling in the rough and tumble, rule-bending, bare knuckle world of American politics.


NAAPPPA is a non-partisan non-profit national organization dedicated to promote and develop Asian American and Pacific Islander career advancement and excellence in political consulting, public affairs, and legislative advocacy through networking, innovative training, and professional development programs.  NAAPPPA’s members include legislative staff and professionals specializing in political campaigns, direct mail, polling, communications, opposition research, political compliance, fundraising, public and government affairs, media relations, and legislative advocacy.

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Updated 04.28.16 - 1:01 AM PST - List by alphabetical order:

Matt Alonsozana: Managing Partner, Percipient Strategies

Ambika Bist: Account Manager, Google

Ed Chen: Director of Government Affairs, Athens Services

Jay Cheng: Senior Account Director, Imprenta Communications

Edmond Cheung: Chief Consultant, California Assembly Communications & Conveyance Committee

Steven Cheung: Special Assistant to the President & Asst. Communications Dir., The White House

John Choi: Southern California Policy Manager, Airbnb

Anna Chu: Vice President for Income Security & Education, National Women’s Law Center

Evan Corder: Chief of Staff, California Assemblymember Rob Bonta

May Davis: Assistant Staff Secretary, White House

Michael Escoto: Digital Strategist, Republican National Committee

Ninio Fetalvo: Assistant Press Secretary, White House

Amanda Gualderama: Regional Government Relations Director, Sentry Insurance

Christine Hironaka: Asst. Dir. for Policy Development, California Dept. of Resources, Recycling & Recovery

Elliott Yoshio Hulse: Associate Research Director in the White House Communications Department

Christina Kuo: Senior Strategist, Grassroots Solutions

Genevieve V. Jopanda: Chief of Staff, California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma

Krystal Ka’ai: Executive Director, Congressional Asian Pacific American Congressional Caucus

Gene Kim: Senior Account Director, Imprenta Communications

Peter Kim: Regional Outreach Services Manager, California State Board of Equalization

Annie Lam: Principal, Lam Consulting

John Lee: Chief Technology Officer, NGP VAN

Joy Lee: Associate Counsel, Americans for Prosperity

Olivia Lee: Public Policy Manager, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Liao: Press Secretary, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

Luigi Luciano: Policy Advisor, Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do

Nithin Mathew: Political Director, California Republican Party

John Nam: Chief of Staff, California Assemblymember Kansen Chu

Chris Nguyen: Founding Partner, Western American Public Affairs

Ha Nguyen McNeill: Chief of Staff and Vice President of Operations, BSA

Kenton Ngo: Director Analytics, Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Raj Shah: Deputy Communications Director, White House

Chandra S. Sharma: Executive Vice President, Meridian Pacific

Stacey Shin: Political Compliance Attorney, Kaufman Legal Group

John Tang: Senior Manager of Public Affairs & Communications, Coca Cola Company

Jessica Vu: Public Information Coordinator & Assistant General Counsel, Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Annie Wang: Director of Analytics, The Analyst Institute

Stephen P. Wong: Director of Asian Engagement, Republican Party of Texas

Sharon Yang: Global Politics and Government Outreach, Facebook 

Jared Yoshiki: Policy Consultant, California Assembly Republican Caucus

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