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.
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.
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.
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.
Shahana Hanif, Public Housing Organizer
Shahana is a Brooklyn-born Bangladeshi Muslim and a recent Brooklyn College graduate with a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, TV/Radio minor. She joined CAAAV in January 2014 as a public housing organizing intern. She was previously the Brooklyn Community Outreach Advocate at Sakhi for South Asian Women, an anti-domestic violence organization. Shahana currently organizes the Muslim Writers Collective, an initiative that brings together Muslim writers in a safe space and encourages creativity and diversity. She is the producer and host of #3BrokeGurlz (tune in Wednesdays, 1o-11AM), a feminist radio show that runs once a week from the Brooklyn College radio station. She aspires to continue exploring gender, sex, sexuality, disability, and love through writing and amplifying the voices of marginalized groups.
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.
Jeff Lau, Staff Intern
Born and raised most of his life in NYC Chinatown, Jeff moved back after graduating from high school in Brookline, MA to attend college in NYC, and has been interning with CAAAV since January 2014. Jeff previously organized as a high school staff member with the Chinese Progressive Association in Boston, and is excited to help coordinate CAAAV’s youth program Asian Youth in Action.