Staff

 

Cathy Dang, Executive Director
With roots in Queens, NY 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 nearly a decade. Her former day job as a labor organizer with unions, worker centers organizing restaurant and retail workers is what sustains her true love and passion for community organizing in immigrant communities. Contact Cathy at cdang [at] caaav.org.

Anj Chaudhry, Lead Organizer
Anj has organized within South Asian, LGBTQ, immigrant, and low income communities in New York City, the Midwest, and the South.   Before joining CAAAV, Anj worked for Chhaya CDC, a South Asian housing justice organization in Queens, NY, and organized to win marriage for LGBTQ communities in rural Minnesota.  Anj serves on the board of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA).   Contact Anj at achaudhry [at] caaav.org.
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Ruben An, Program Coordinator of Asian Youth in Action
Ruben joined the CAAAV staff in the summer of 2013 after graduating from college. He is excited about being back in his hometown of New York and organizing within low-income, immigrant, and Asian communities. Ruben has previously interned with Asian Americans United in Philadelphia as a teacher in their Youth Summer Program and firmly believes youth have a powerful role to play in envisioning and creating social change.  Contact Ruben at ran [at] caaav.org

Wai Yee Poon, Chinatown Tenants Union Organizer
Wai Yee started at CAAAV as a volunteer. Since 2012, she has helped with doing outreach for the Chinatown Tenants Union, mobilizing tenants to vote in the 2013 New York City Mayoral election, and conducting surveys in public housing developments. She is honored to be on staff to support the Chinatown Tenants Union and organize tenants to fight against housing injustice and gentrification. Contact Wai Yee at wpoon [at] caaav.org.

Zhi Qin Zheng, 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. Contact Ms. Zheng at (212) 473-6485.

 

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. Contact KahEan at kchang [at] caaav.org.

Helena Wong, Executive Director.  Helena became a CAAAV member as a high school youth in 1995 and joined staff in 2003 with fellowship from the Open Society Institute. She was a co-recipient of the 2005 Leadership for a Changing World Award sponsored by the Ford Foundation. Under her leadership the CTU was founded and has grown to its current size and capacity.   Helena became Executive Director in July 2010.

Esther Wang, Director of Chinatown Justice Project.  Esther joined staff in June of 2008 after she has been working as an active member of CJP since 2005.  As a CAAAV member, she also represented us in a city-wide coalition working on police violence issues.   Before joining CAAAV staff, she worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights as a Communication Associate and worked as a public school teacher teaching six graders.

Zhi Qin Zheng, 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.

KahEan Chang, Volunteer staff.  KahEan first became involved in CAAAV’s Chinatown Justice Project youth program in 2001 while she was a sophomore in high school.  Over the years she became a trainer, a leader, and is currently volunteering her time coordinating the youth program.