Staff

Cathy Dang, Executive Director
With roots in New York City and Los Angeles, CA, Cathy has been a community and worker center organizer leading campaigns for just living and working conditions in immigrant and communities of color for over a decade.  Her former work in the labor movement organizing restaurant and retail workers for racial, gender, and economic justice is what sustains her true love and passion for community organizing in working-class Asian immigrant communities. She is originally from Ridgewood, Queens and Los Angeles, California, and a daughter of Chinese-Vietnamese refugee parents who raised her in their nail salon in Downtown Brooklyn.

Naved Husain, NOP Lead Organizer
Naved has a background in labor organizing with UNITE HERE (Local 2, San Francisco) as well as with the National Union of HealthCare Workers(NUHW). He worked on consumer legislative advocacy in New Jersey and co-founded a community organization that pushed police accountability measures in Oakland. He has lived in Queens, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Bay Area and received his BA in Political Science with a minor in Religion at Hunter College. He is also a member of the Asia-Pacific Forum on WBAI where he produces content on Muslims and social justice issues in the US.

Seonae Byeon, NOP Korean Organizer
Seonae Byeon is Korean public housing organizing fellow at CAAAV. She is also a senior Honors student at John Jay College majoring in BA International Criminal Justice and minors in writing. Seonae is also an artist and writer using her artistic skills to advocate human rights.  To give firm voice to immigrant youth and their family regardless of their status, she also staffed at 2016 Immigrant Youth Empowerment conference (IYECon). She is currently conducting capstone research on Native American reservations including housing issues, massive incarceration, and violation of various treaties.

Roxy Chang, Community Neighborhood Leadership Fellow
Roxy is a first generation Hong Kongese-American who joined CAAAV in 2015 as a volunteer doing outreach with the Chinatown Tenants Union, where CAAAV helped to win the first rent freeze for NYC rent stabilized tenants. Through her education at the University of Vermont, she grew passionate about environmental justice, interracial solidarity and community organizing. This motivated her to work with other organizations, such as WE ACT for Environmental Justice in Harlem, the Land Justice League in Hong Kong, as well as the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) in the Bay area. Roxy has worked most closely with Chinese immigrants and is determined to continue to empower Asian immigrant communities that are currently living in New York City public housing.

Zhi Qin Zheng, CTU Tenant Organizer
Ms. Zheng has been a member of CAAAV since 2005 and is one of the founding members of the Chinatown Tenants Union.  She became part-time staff in July 2010.  Ms. Zheng has lived in Chinatown for more than 20 years, and prior to becoming involved with CAAAV has worked in the garment industry for 20 years.

Melanie Wang, CTU Tenant Organizer
Melanie made the move from her native Massachusetts to New York City to join CAAAV in 2016. She has worked in both the domestic worker and retail worker organizing movements and studied labor history and gender studies as an undergraduate. Raised in a first-generation, Mandarin-speaking Chinese family, she believes deeply in intersectional feminism, multilingual justice, and the immense power of organizing to create social change.

Carol Lin, AYA Program Coordinator
Born and raised in Taiwan, Carol 修安  brings fluency in Mandarin and English to their work organizing Asian immigrants and youth. Carol graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Prior to being the AYA coordinator, Carol was an artist in residence at Proyecto Algarabia in Costa Rica and Panama cultivating youth engagement with community history through storytelling, maskmaking, and mural design. They also served as a teaching artist at East Side Community Arts in California and RISD. Carol weaves their organizing efforts with arts as a Project Co-Founder of the initiative Artists Against Police Violence.”

Ruben An, Program Associate
Ruben joined the CAAAV staff in the summer of 2013 after graduating from college. As a former youth educator at Philadelphia’s Asian Americans United and facilitator for NYC’s Chinatown Youth Initiative, he is firmly dedicated to empowering Asian immigrant communities and ensuring organizations like CAAAV get the resources to create social change.

KahEan Chang, Volunteer Staff
KahEan first became involved in CAAAV’s youth program in 2001 while she was a sophomore in high school.  Over the years she became a trainer and is currently volunteering her time as leadership in CAAAV’s programs.

 

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