Welcome Our New Board Members

This past year, Ja- Rei Wang and Samar Malik  have shown incredible passion and commitment to advancing AAPI workers’ rights with the DC chapter and we’re excited to welcome them onto the leadership team. Ja-Rei will be serving as our new Vice President of Community Outreach and Samar will be our new Vice President of Membership Development. We also want to acknowledge our former VP of Membership Development, Yu-lan Duggan, who has now been appointed onto our Advisory Board.

Samar Malik is originally from Texas and has a masters in Criminal Justice, Juris Doctorate Degree and is a good standing member of the District of Columbia bar. She is an advocate for children, civil justice and the underrepresented and is a volunteer  at DC Food Solution, Washington Legal Clinic for the homeless.

“As an APA member of this community, I wanted to be more hands on with issues that directly involve us such as workers rights, immigration, and civic engagements. I believe that in order for these issues to garner the most attention, a better, stronger membership is key. I joined APALA for these reasons and and am now very excited to to assist the organization with strengthening our membership and thus achieving our goals for the APA community.”

Ja-Rei Wang works at the AFL-CIO doing Media Outreach.  She landed at the AFL-CIO (and APALA) a year ago after helping to organize Chinese food service workers at Georgetown University as part of a campaign with students and faculty to stand in solidarity with dining hall workers who wanted to form a union (they eventually won!). While she learned about and saw the rich legacy of organizing within African-American and Latino communities that continues to thrive today, she wondered if there was that same history in the APA community and who is standing up for APA workers now? Then she found APALA.

“I’m honored to be a part of an organization that builds on a long history of organizing within APA communities and continues that struggle to be seen and heard in the workplace and in the greater American public. I look forward to working with APALA to educate the APA community and beyond about our rich heritage as well as to continue the fight for economic and social justice.”

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