NAPAWF National Governing Board (2019)
Former Senior Public Policy Associate
Sneha is a Senior Policy Manager in the Washington, DC office of the Guttmacher Institute where she provides policy analysis on a range of sexual and reproductive health and rights issues in the United States and internationally. A lawyer by training, she has almost two decades of experience working to advance the rights of women, low-income populations, immigrants, and others domestically and globally. Prior to joining Guttmacher in 2008, Sneha was Acting Director and Senior Program Manager at the Asia Division of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative where she managed programs to promote justice, democratic governance and human dignity. She has also lived and worked in New Delhi with local women’s rights organizations and in New York with several public interest and human rights groups, including the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Urban Justice Center. Sneha graduated with honors from the University of Florida and earned a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Vice President, Public Affairs
Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC)
Christina is Vice President for Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood of New York City, overseeing its communications, legislative, and community organizing efforts to advance the agency’s strategic priorities and policy agenda to assure access to sexual and reproductive health and educational services. She works closely with city, state, and federal elected officials, policymakers and community partners. She also directs the advocacy and electoral activities of PPNYC’s Action Fund and Political Committee.
Prior to that, Christina served in various capacities at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene including as Chief of Staff and as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and External Affairs. She worked closely with divisions across the agency to improve operations as well as develop and implement policies and programs in priority health and mental hygiene areas, such as the NYC Smoke-Free Air Act, elimination of trans fats in restaurants, calorie posting, and mental health service coordination for high-need individuals.
Originally from New York City, Christina holds a Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. In addition to serving on NAPAWF’s board, she also serves as Secretary on the board of Public Health Solutions.
Vice President, Strategy and Policy
National Women’s Law Center
Anna Chu serves as the Vice President for Strategy and Policy. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Chu served as the Vice President of Policy and Research at the Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund, leading its economic justice advocacy work, and was previously the Director of CAP’s Middle Out Economic Program. Ms. Chu has also served as the Policy Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and has spent time on Capitol Hill as Policy Advisor for the House Democratic Caucus. After attending the University of Southern California Law School, Chu began her career as a law clerk to former Chief Judge Jane A. Restani in her sittings before the U.S. Court of International Trade and in six different federal appellate courts. Following this, Chu spent time as an attorney at Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.
Anita Dharapuram, Chair
Vice President, Community Relations Officer
Los Angeles, CA
Anita Dharapuram is a leader of nonprofits, having spent the last 20 years volunteering with young women and girls, creating radical political trainings, implementing culturally relevant programs for low-income immigrant women, activating communities to participate in the electoral process, and building a school-to-jobs pipeline in technology. Anita brings her experience from the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors to take grand visions to successful implementation. She creates aligned staffing plans for new projects, builds bench strength by growing leaders from within organizations, and ensuring peripheral infrastructure is well-planned to support organizational growth. Her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco solidifies her abilities as a strategic thinker and implementer. Anita successfully maneuvers the delicate balance between dedication to mission, the need for bold entrepreneurial initiatives, and the application of sound business management. Anita is currently the Vice President, Community Relations Officer BBVA Compass.
Chief Operating Officer
Center on Halsted
Kim Fountain, PhD, has helped to advance the LGBTQ movement in both rural and urban spaces for over twenty years. As the Chief Operating Officer at Center on Halsted, the largest LGBTQ multiservice community center in the Midwest, she works on policy issues through programing and community engagement and collaboration. As the daughter of a survivor of war and immigration and as a biracial lesbian from a working-class background, early on, she developed a strong interest in the sociocultural demands of the processes of sustaining normativity in the production of identity, particularly where those processes can be dismantled and re-imagined. To this end, she centers collaboration, transparency, and accountability used in the struggle toward liberation and equity.
Kim has served on many committees, both community and systems based, taken to the streets in protest with a bullhorn she kept in her desk drawer, listened to and advocated for survivors, helped to write and implement policies to mend the safety nets of the communities affected by violence, testified in front of legislative bodies, and took seats at some tables to speak truth to power and at others, to hear and absorb truth spoken. In her career, she has spent five years as an Executive Director, ten as an adjunct lecturer, twelve in community organizing and advocacy, as well as time in fast food, factories, and gas stations.
One of her favorite quotes, which she gathered during her training as a cultural anthropologist, is from Reverend Bob Brashear, who said, ‘I will fight like hell for what I believe in and go to bed humbled by the fact that I could be wrong.’
Building Movement Project
Marissa Graciosa is joining the Building Movement Project as Senior Advisor, bringing her many years of experience in community organizing, coalition building, and racial justice to the organization. Prior to joining BMP, she played several roles at Planned Parenthood Federation of America — as the the Director of Strategic Initiatives, spearheading the internal racial equity transformation work for the advocacy division, and as the National Director of Organizing through unprecedented attacks at the state and federal levels. Before joining PPFA, she worked for over a decade in the immigrant rights movement, as the Director of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) at the Center for Community Change and in the national efforts led by the Alliance for Citizenship and the Reform Immigration for America Campaign. She played key roles in the mass immigrant mobilizations of 2006 and 2010, and has helped to build organizing and electoral capacity in key states through training, coaching, and strategic consulting. She has also led numerous issue and political campaigns, including a Chicago aldermanic race and the non-partisan voter registration and mobilization work of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Marissa received her BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Chicago with her beautiful blended family, including a fiesty toddler, Emiliano.
Kao Ly Ilean Her
Hmong Elders Center
St. Paul, MN
Kao Ly Ilean Her is Hmong American and resides in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was born in Laos and came to the USA as a child with her family in 1976 as refugees from the Vietnam War. Her family was resettled in Clinton, Iowa via a Lutheran church. In 1985, the Her family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota to be closer to a strong and vibrant Hmong community.
Ms. Her is the chief executive officer of the Hmong Elders Center, an adult day center serving Hmong seniors in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area. She is responsible for the administration and operation of the center, providing vision, passion, and guidance to a growing program area of service and need.
Ms. Her comes to this role having led and worked in a variety of organizations in government, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors. As the former executive director of the State of Minnesota Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, Ms. Her was at the forefront of establishing legislation, policy, and programs to address the critical needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Well versed in the legislative process, public policy, and civic engagement, Ms. Her is power broker in building the dynamic and thriving Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Minnesota.
As a champion of community voice and civic engagement, Ms. Her has been a staunch advocate of the non-profit sector and it’s vital role in empowering and growing leadership in ethnic and underserved communities. She has founded several non-profits, Allies for Mentoring Asian Youth, Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together, and the Heritage Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
She has served as a trustee of the Minneapolis Foundation, the Asian Pacific Endowment of The St. Paul Foundation, and Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Ms. Her played instrumental roles in establishing the Hmong Women’s Endowment at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the Chad Vua and Bee Her Fund at the St. Paul Foundation.
Ms. Her is a graduate of Hamline University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and the School of Law, University of Minnesota.
Lisa Lee, Secretary
Head of Diversity, Inclusion, & Community
New York, NY
Lisa Lee is the VP of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at DoorDash. She joins DoorDash from Squarespace, where she led the creation of its first diversity and inclusion strategy. Before Squarespace, Lisa served as Pandora Media’s first Director of Diversity and Inclusion Strategies, where she led Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Experience and Marketing, Giving, and University/EDU programs.
During her tenure, she built and executed Pandora’s overarching diversity strategy. Balking the norm, Lisa led the company to publish its workforce demographic data as one of the first ten publicly-traded tech companies to do so, and just three years later, was one of the few companies to publicly announce measurable diversity goals.
Numbers aside, Lisa architected a winning employee culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion at its core, and it reflects outwardly in Pandora’s business strategy. Pandora’s employee resource groups, known fondly as Pandora Communities, flourished and grew to become one of the most powerful employee channels that advocates for an equitable workforce, and and they continue to play a key role in differentiating Pandora from its peers. Pandora’s diverse and inclusive culture has also been ranked as one of the top themes by employees when asked “What do you love about Pandora’s culture and what are we doing well?”
Prior to joining Pandora, Lisa was at Facebook where she led initiatives in User Operations, Product Operations, and Diversity Programs. She served as the publisher of Hyphen magazine, an award-winning publication about Asian American arts, culture, and politics, co-founded Thick Dumpling Skin, a positive body image community for the Asian American community. Most recently, she co-launched The Margin, making space for people of color at conferences around the world.
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Son Ah Yun
Son Ah Yun has over 17 years experience building movements across social justice issues. She is proud to say ten of those years were the most important, caring for her children Jae Mi and Kalvin.
Son Ah previously served as the Deputy Director of Programs and Policy for NAPAWF. Prior to joining NAPAWF, Son Ah worked at the Center for Community Change (CCC), a national social justice nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. in various leadership capacities. She began her career at CCC as an intern and soon joined the staff team to launch the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support, a coalition of over 1000 anti-poverty groups. It was through the National Campaign that CCC launched its work on immigration and immigrant rights and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). As co-director, she was instrumental in FIRM becoming a leading voice for grassroots immigrant rights organizations across the nation. In addition, Son Ah served as lead organizer to reform health care on behalf of the Campaign for Community Change, spearheading their effort on immigrant inclusion in the Affordable Healthcare Act. She also served as Senior Campaign Organizer for CCC’s retirement security campaign. In addition to national campaigns, Son Ah has experience in management, leadership development, capacity building, coalition building, and organizational development.
She is currently a board member of the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Georgia and also served on the boards of the National Korean American Service Education Consortium and Cliff Valley School.
Son Ah was born in Seoul, Korea and now resides in Smyrna, Georgia with her two children and a loving partner. She received a B.S. from Emory University and a M.S.W. from Washington University.