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Tina Matsuoka | Executive Director
Tina Matsuoka is serving in her eighth year as the executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) based in Washington, D.C. Tina is an experienced manager and advisor with over a decade of experience in civil rights, community engagement, and project management. She has worked collaboratively with state and local law enforcement officers, elected officials, and historically marginalized groups — including communities of color and LGBT communities — to prevent and respond to civil rights violations and conflicts. She also has coordinated national communications strategies and spoken about civil rights, hate crimes, and diversity/inclusion issues to media, schools, law enforcement agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community groups.
Tina received a B.A. in Philosophy from American University and a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law, where she was a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics.
Navdeep Singh | Policy Director
Attorney and author, Navdeep Singh serves as NAPABA's policy director. Navdeep leads NAPABA’s civil rights, public policy, and legal advocacy programs. He speaks about current topics in the law, strategic development, and community engagement to government agencies, at universities, and in the media.
Navdeep has worked extensively on issues affecting post-9/11 communities, including hate crimes, racial profiling, and religious accommodation. He served as policy director at the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF). Navdeep co-authored “Turban Myths” – the first study on implicit bias and the Sikh American community – with researchers from Stanford University, advised the FBI on the implementation of expanded hate crimes categories, and developed the first national Sikh American television public service announcement. He was part of the team that responded to the attack on the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Navdeep held positions at the Transportation Security Administration, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and in the private sector. He is a graduate of the FBI’s Citizen’s Academy, and received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and his B.S. in Systems Engineering and Economics with a minor in Asian Pacific American Studies from the University of Virginia.
Priya Purandare | Director of Meetings & Membership
As the director of meetings & membership, Priya Purandare is responsible for managing the NAPABA Convention, membership services, and fostering sponsor and stakeholder relationships.
Before joining NAPABA, Priya was the meetings manager for the American Public Health Association (APHA). She provided meeting planning, logistics management and project management in preparation of APHA’s Annual Meeting & Exposition that boasts 13,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors. Prior to that, she served as the Development & Programs Manager for the NAPABA Law Foundation.
Priya formerly served as the secretary for the board of directors of the A/PI Domestic Violence Resource Project. She holds a master’s degree from the George Washington University in Women’s Studies and an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. Priya is also a certified meeting professional (CMP).
Brett Schuster | Communications Manager
Brett Schuster is NAPABA's communications manager, and is responsible for managing NAPABA’s internal and external communications, including the edit and layout of NAPABA’s quarterly printed and monthly electronic newsletters, managing NAPABA’s website and social media presence, and maintaining NAPABA’s public and media relations.
Before joining NAPABA, Brett was the public relations and members services manager for the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). Brett oversaw all press activities for the nation’s 55 poison centers including the crafting of strategic messages and talking points for press releases, media advisories, and print and broadcast public service announcements. He also published two weekly newsletters distributed to more than 2,200 members and was the organization’s Webmaster.
Brett holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Sports Industry Management — Communications and New Media, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida.
AuriaJoy Asaria | Policy & Programs Coordinator
As policy and programs coordinator, AuriaJoy is responsible for coordinating programs and services to support NAPABA members, promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and further NAPABA’s advocacy work on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans. AuriaJoy works directly with both NAPABA's policy director and the director of meetings & membership.
Before joining NAPABA, AuriaJoy was the communications & administrative assistant at South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). She was responsible for handling media inquiries, coordinating and developing SAALT’s communications projects including social media, email campaigns and press releases, as well as managing website content. Prior to that, she worked for the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).
AuriaJoy received her undergraduate degree in International Studies with a focus on International Development and Asia along with a minor in International Business from American University.
Jonathan Widjaja | Membership & Programs Coordinator
As membership & programs coordinator, Jonathan Widjaja is responsible for database management, membership relations, affiliate and committee support, and other membership development work. Jonathan first joined NAPABA as a McGuireWoods/NAPABA Law Foundation Intern, conducting policy research and drafting memoranda.
Jonathan received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Pang Moua | Meetings Coordinator
Pang is the meetings coordinator at NAPABA and is responsible for providing logistical, programmatic, and administrative support for the planning and execution of NAPABA’s annual conference, in addition to other conferences and special events.
Before joining NAPABA, Pang was a paralegal at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP where she served in both the litigation and corporate divisions. In addition, she is active in the Asian American community in Washington, D.C., having interned with OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates and the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership. She currently serves on the board of National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum - DC Chapter.
Pang received her undergraduate degree in Foreign Language and Communication Media with a focus on French and Film & Media Arts from American University. She was awarded the Harold Johnson Student Achievement Award, which is given annually to the student who has contributed the most to promoting understanding and acceptance of cultural and racial diversity within the school community.
Robin Glenn | Assistant to the Executive Director
As executive assistant, Robin Glenn is responsible for ensuring the NAPABA office runs smoothly, coordinating quarterly Board of Governors meetings, administratively supporting the executive director and NAPABA staff as needed. Robin works directly with Tina Matsuoka, NAPABA's executive director.
Before joining NAPABA, Robin was the administrative assistant for the surveying department of a local Top 20 engineering firm, provided administrative and IT support to Accenture Federal Services (a subsidiary of Accenture), and was the judicial administrative assistant to three Administrative Law Judges with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.
Robin has an undergraduate degree in Office Administration.
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