We are a group of former campaign staffers who wanted to continue advocating for AAPIs in the progressive electoral space. 

Our goal is to make it easier for AAPIs to claim our power and place in America’s civic and political landscape. If you’re itching to get involved but don’t know how, or simply want to develop a stronger civic vocabulary that is consistent with AAPI cultural styles, habits, norms, we offer several ways to get plugged in. We’ll break down the tools and make it simple for anyone who wants to organize within their own community. 

Rebecca Tjahja
Executive Director

Rebecca is a 2nd-generation Indonesian American with a passion for progressive electoral politics. She started her time in politics working in the Obama White House, and continued to become a Google Policy fellow before working in communications and public affairs consulting. She most recently worked on Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign as the Deputy Data Director for Iowa, and is currently working with high-impact Democratic campaigns with DigiDems.

Jane Lee
Communications Manager

Jane is a 2nd generation Korean American born and raised in Central PA. She went to New York University for her B.A. and M.A., where she studied political science, international relations, and public policy. Her first experience in politics was as high school intern at her local State Representative Office. Before moving to Chicago, she worked in research, public relations, and communications in start-ups, academia, and government in NYC and Singapore. She was the  Deputy Campaign Manager for an IL State Senate race, and is currently working on communications and development for a progressive Asian American organization in Chicago.

Lynne Guey
Policy & Research Director

Lynne is a 2nd-generation Taiwanese American, passionate about building healthy, engaged, and inclusive communities. She got her start in advocacy as an early states field organizer in Nevada on Pete Buttigeg’s 2020 presidential campaign. Previously, she worked in marketing and communications roles across government, tech, and media organizations including the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Venture for America, and Business Insider. She is currently a MPA candidate at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Amani Zara
Digital Manager

Amani is a 1st-generation Pakistani-Kenyan American woman from Chicago. She currently works as the Digital Communications Strategist at the progressive investment firm Higher Ground Labs. Prior to that, she worked on Pete Buttigieg’s campaign and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Amani graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2018.

Calla Carter
Deputy Director

Calla was born in China and raised in Southern California. She studied computer science at Bryn Mawr College and held tech, analytics, and operational roles at Google, Disney, and in government before working on Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign as data engineer and New Hampshire deputy data director. She is currently a data engineer on The Washington Post’s data science and AI team.

Shalini Chilukuri
Community Manager

Shalini is a 2nd-generation Indian American from southern Indiana. She studied public affairs at Indiana University – Bloomington. She was most recently an organizer for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign in southwest Iowa. Currently, she is working in the field of healthcare provider recruitment.