NGEC Staff Contact Information and Bios

Capacity Building Staff

Philanthropic Advocacy Staff

AAPIP National Staff

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    Lori Kodama Special Advisor to the Executive Director of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

    lori(at)aapip.org, 415-273-2760 ext. 17

    Lori is the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Lori has over twenty years of experience in non-profit financial and administrative management, with expertise in grants and contracts management. Prior to joining the staff of AAPIP, Lori worked at the Asian Law Caucus for fourteen years and for seven years worked at Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum.

     

  • PEGGY SAIKA    President/Executive Director of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy; and Strategic Advisor to NGEC

    peggy(at)aapip.org, 415-273-2760 ext. 12

    Peggy is the President and Executive Director of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. She serves as the strategic advisor to the NGEC. Spanning a 30-year period of community involvement, Peggy was the founding executive director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network from 1993 to 2000, and from 1983 to 1991, the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus. Peggy is the co-founder of the Asian Women's Shelter, Asians/Pacific Islanders for Choice, the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. She has served on the board of numerous organizations including Equal Rights Advocates, Progressive Assets Management and the Alston/Bannerman National Fellowship Program. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation.

     

  • BO THAO-URABE BRIDGE Director

    bo(at)aapip.org, 415-407-0959

    Bo is the BRIDGE Director responsible for development, implementation, and evaluation of capacity and infrastructure building programs and strategies for the NGEC.  Before joining AAPIP, Bo worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis as Senior Project Manager. She has also served as Executive Director of Hmong National Development, Inc. (HND), a national advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. Her other experiences include developing professional opportunities for communities of color in the housing and economic development field; establishing comprehensive and coordinated communication and accessibility plans for underserved communities for the State of Minnesota; and serving as Executive Director of the Women's Association of Hmong and Lao. Bo has been a long time community advocate, and was named a Pioneering Voice by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and awarded the Newsmakers Award by the Minnesota Women's Press. She is a founding member of the Coalition for Community Relations and the Hmong Women's Action Team.