Andy Bui

Graduating Senior from University of California, Los Angeles | Intern at the Office of County Supervisor Hilda Solis

Andy Bui

Andy Bui majored in Political Science.

  • Former intern at the Asian Pacific Coalition
  • Worked for the Department of Political Science
  • Peer-tutor for Political Science

Andy is extremely excited to begin a new chapter of his life in political and civic engagement. He is looking forward to experience his first step into community engagement and working towards the betterment of the Asian American experience in California.

Benjamin Tran 陈嘉花

Graduating Senior from University of California, Irvine | Intern at the Office of State Treasurer John Chiang

Benjamin Tran

Benajmin Tran majored in Political Science with an emphasis on American politics, law, and racial justice.

  • Former member of Gabrielino High School Youth-in-Government Mock City Council
  • Former intern at the Office of California Assemblymember Ed Chau
  • Former member of the Elections Commission for the Associated Study Body of UCI
  • Former member of the Teochew Student Association

Benjamin is excited to embark on his adventure with the CAUSE Leadership Academy and working within the Los Angeles area. He is looking forward to seeing what ideas he can help implement to further mobilize people to participate in civics and in the political process.

Christine Tran

Rising Junior at University of California, Los Angeles | Intern at API Forward Movement

Christine Tran

Christine Tran is double majoring in International Development Studies and Asian American Studies.

  • Former intern at the Office of Senator Ed Hernandez
  • Former fellow for Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez’s Ready for Women Fellowship
  • Campus Organizing Director of the External Vice President’s Office
  • UCLA Representative at the University of California Student Association
  • Camp Counselor for UCLA Unicamp
  • Community Organizer Intern for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

In the future, Christine wants to dedicate her life’s work to being a public servant that helps uplift the voices of marginalized communities, such as women, people of color, and first-generation children. She is passionate about grassroots organization and determined to hold governmental bodies responsible to the needs of students. Christine is a strong-believer in the power of the people and has participated in protest marches against tuition hikes and in sit-ins on Capitol Hill for a CLEAN Dream Act.

Hesu Song 송해수

Rising Sophomore at Johns hopkins University | Intern at the Office of Congressmember Jimmy Gomez

Hesu Song

Hesu Song is planning to double major in International Studies and Political Science.

  • Former volunteer for LA Councilmember David Ryu’s campaign
  • Former intern at the Office of LA Councilmember David Ryu
  • Eagle Scout
  • Member of the Humming Jay Korean music interest acapella group
  • Member of the Johns Hopkins University Parliamentary Debate Team
  • Public Relations Chair of the Political Science Steering Committee

Hesu’s academic interests lie in East Asian geopolitics and Asian American politics. He hopes to work in international law upon graduation. Having been fortunate to gain early exposure to public service, in the future, he also hopes to involve himself in non-profit work that helps high school students connect to politics as well. Having observed issues of political apathy and inaccessibility surrounding Asian Pacific Americans, Hesu is excited to intern at the CAUSE Leadership Academy and learn how he can help his community.

Jae Jin Lee 이재진

Rising Freshman at the University of California, Los Angeles | Intern at the Office of Congressmember Judy Chu

Jae Jin

Jae Jin is majoring in International Development Studies.

  • Former Student Board Member at South Pasadena High School to the South Pasadena Board of Education
  • Former Sophomore Class President and Commissioner of Internal Affairs at South Pasadena High School
  • Founder and Former President of the Liberty in North Korea Club at South Pasadena High School
  • Former Community Engagement Intern for Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE)
  • Mission trip member for LA Open Door Church

Having previously interned with Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment as a Community Engagement Intern, Jae Jin wants to expand his experience and knowledge of how he can assist and positively impact the Asian American community. He is greatly looking forward to working as an intern for the CAUSE Leadership Academy and gaining the practical skills that will assist him in his goals for impacting his local and international communities.

Jenny Feng 馮佳瑜

Rising Senior at the University of California Berkeley | Intern at Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)

Jenny Feng

Jenny Feng is majoring in Political Economy with a minor in Education.

  • Works in the Residence Affairs Unit of the Office of the Registrar
  • Research Assistant for the Department of City & Regional Planning and the Urban Displacement Project
  • Policy Management & Development fellow for the bridges Multicultural Resource Center
  • Mentor at the East Bay Asian Youth Center after school program

Jenny is very excited for the opportunity to be an intern through the CAUSE Leadership Academy. She hopes to gain firsthand experience in public service and policy in order to learn how to better advocate for marginalized communities and the Asian American community.

Jocelyn Chi 季珏汝

Rising Sophomore at Santa Clara University | Intern at the Office of Senator Ed Hernandez

Jocelyn Chi

Jocelyn Chi is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Public Health.

  • Former ASB Performing Arts Commissioner at Arcadia High School
  • Former Volunteer for Asian Pacific Islanders of Disabilities of California conference
  • Founder and Former President of Voices of Ability at Arcadia High School
  • Former Student Ambassador for the Tournament of Roses parade in 2017
  • Violinist in the Santa Clara University Orchestra
  • Event Coordinator for Psychology Club
  • Volunteer for Santa Clara Community Action Program

In the future, Jocelyn hopes to become a psychologist and work with those with special needs as well as breaking down the stigma associated with disabilities in the Asian Pacific Islander community. She is very excited to be in the CAUSE leadership academy so she can learn more about the other issues that affect the community and make a difference.

Jordan Agricula

Rising Junior at Wesleyan University | Intern at the Office of Congressmember Grace Napolitano

Jordan Agricula

Jordan Agricula is majoring in Sociology and a certificate in Civic Engagement.

  • US Army Veteran, served four years as a Satellite Communications Operator/Maintainer; Awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
  • Posse Veteran Scholar
  • Peer Tutor for Sociology
  • Member of the Wesleyan Democrats
  • Member of the Asian American Coalition
  • Member of the Wesleyan Student Veterans Organization

Jordan is inspired by the opportunity to be an intern to the CAUSE Leadership Academy to gain firsthand political experience, learn about the civic process, develop an understanding of the Asian Pacific American community’s historical experience and current political issues, and collaborate with fellow cohort members to promote political empowerment within the APA community.

Katherine Hsu 许子凌

Rising Sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania | Intern at the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Katherine Hsu

Katherine Hsu is a prospective Political Science major.

  • Co-external Chair for Penn Sangam
  • Member of AAPI Politics
  • API High School Student Mentor at ASPIRE
  • Research Fellow through Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES)
  • Consultant at Wharton Global Research & Consulting

In the future, Katherine hopes to pursue a career in law or public policy. She’s excited to intern at the CAUSE Leadership Academy this summer and understand how policies crafted by our government translate to sufficient resources in our communities. She looks forward to continuing to serve her communities through better understanding the causes and answers to issues faced by the API community in Los Angeles.

Leann Pham Thuy-Huong Thai

Rising Senior at the University of California, Los Angeles | Intern at Nakatomi & Associates

Leann Pham

Leann Pham is majoring in Political Science & Asian American Studies with a minor in Cognitive Science.

  • Former Junior and Senior Class President at Adolfo Camarillo High School
  • Founder of a United Nations Girl Up club at Adolfo Camarillo High School
  • Research Assistant at the Asian Studies Department
  • UCLA Undergraduate Representative on the Systemwide UC Title IX Board

Leann is extremely thankful for the opportunity to be an intern for the CAUSE Leadership Academy. She is looking forward to being surrounded by a community of empowered Asian Americans and continuing to forge a path between gender and racial and ethnic identity.

Pranett Chhunpen

Graduating Senior at California State University, Dominguez Hills | Intern at Imprenta Communications Group

Pranett Chhunpen

Pranett Chhunpen is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

  • Research Assistant for the South Bay Economic Institute
  • Former intern at the Office of Congresswoman Susan Davis
  • Former intern at the Office of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer
  • Former volunteer for the International Rescue Committee
  • Former volunteer for Therapeutic Recreation Services

Through advancing her education, Pranett hopes to assist developing countries to create policy that would benefit disenfranchised women and children and to help raise the standard of living in these areas. As the daughter of refugees, she wishes to prevent unnecessary suffering due to war and genocide. Pranett is excited to start the CAUSE Leadership Academy and she is delighted to learn more about how she can help the Asian-American community succeed.

Yumei Lin 林宇玫

Rising Freshman at Tufts University | Intern at the Office of Assemblymember Ed Chau

Yumei Lin

Yumei Lin will be majoring in Public Policy or Political Science.

  • Former cross country member at Arcadia High School
  • Former quiz bowl team member at Arcadia HIgh School

As a result from growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, Yumei has developed an interest and passion for social issues, especially those that affect minority communities. Yumei is thrilled to be a part of the CAUSE Leadership Academy and hopes that she can use what she learns to further her desire to create change through effective policy.