Following a nationwide search, the Executive Director Search Committee is pleased to announce that Priya Purandare has accepted the position as NAPABA’s executive director.
The Committee, chaired by President-elect A.B. Cruz III, fielded resumes from 15 candidates and narrowed the group to four semi-finalists. Interviews with those individuals resulted in two finalists, who went through another round of interviews.
Also serving on the Committee were Avanti Bakane, Vice President for Communications; Thy Bui, Southern California Regional Governor; Kristin Haugen, At-large Member, and David Sohn, Northeast Regional Governor.
Priya has enjoyed a long tenure with NAPABA—serving in various roles—dating back to 2009 when she joined the NAPABA Law Foundation as its sole staffer. After a hiatus of three years, Priya joined NAPABA in 2014 to transition the NAPABA Convention from a volunteer-driven model to one wholly planned by staff. As the architect of the NAPABA Convention, she re-imagined the attendee experience, expanded the sponsorship base, and strategically placed future-year Conventions to align with NAPABA’s business needs.
Priya steadily advanced through the ranks, having most recently served as NAPABA’s Interim Executive Director. Priya brings a passion for NAPABA’s mission, a proven track record of sustainable growth via strategic and innovative leadership and management, and strong relationships that bridge across leaders, members, and industry partners. The breadth and depth of her experience at NAPABA equips her with unparalleled institutional knowledge that will immediately allow her to lead the organization with diplomacy, intention, and purpose.
Priya is dedicated and committed to advancing the standing of Asian Pacific American lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students. Her vision for NAPABA is grounded in membership services and maintaining a relentless focus on our members. Priya is uniquely situated to lead NAPABA into the future.
NAPABA is welcoming a new Membership & Marketing Manager, Abram Garcia, and a new Membership Specialist, Joseph Lash.
As manager, Abram will focus on creating membership acquisition and retention messages that communicate NAPABA’s value to a diverse audience of APA legal professionals. He also will be developing new products and programs to encourage members to interact with the association and each other.
Abram comes to us from ASUG (Americas’ SAP Users’ Group) where he was the marketer in charge of membership. Abram developed the company’s first-ever membership marketing plan to drive growth, engagement, retention and awareness.
Apart from his membership and marketing duties at ASUG, Abram was responsible for creating a powerful member experience for 24,000 attendees at SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference. He also assisted in the company’s rebranding and helped revamp the ASUG website to be more member-friendly.
Before ASUG, Abram worked at the American Bar Association for four years. During his time there, he created several successful campaigns to meet the ABA’s membership acquisition, retention and engagement goals.
During his free time, Abram does contract work for several small businesses in Chicago to help build their social media presence and grow revenue. Away from the marketing world, he is an amateur photographer, an avid reader and an enthusiastic traveler.
Joseph’s focus is on maintaining and improving the membership databases, website and member support. He develops new initiatives, including the NAPABA Patrons Program, designs promotional materials and enhances our membership processes.
Before he joined NAPABA, Joseph was putting miles on his car driving from one state to another as a campaign staffer. Joseph has been a call-time manager, a field organizer, a field director and a campaign manager in Texas, Virginia and Washington DC.
He is behind tens of thousands of political door-knocks, emails and phone calls, and is grateful for everyone who ever listened to his pitches across all media platforms. He is proud to have beaten at least one self-funded multimillionaire incumbent.
Since he has settled in DC, Joseph has explored an excess of comedy nights, art museums and restaurants. Currently he is working on listening to more folk music, petting more dogs and practicing his Spanish. Joseph is your day-to-day contact and ready to answer your NAPABA questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using the terms “Chinese virus” and “Wuhan virus” to describe the coronavirus and COVID-19 is inaccurate and unacceptable. This disease does not discriminate. We cannot allow racism to rise as we come together to take on this challenge. NAPABA calls on the President and other leaders to stop using this harmful and xenophobic language.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, NAPABA Lobby Day 2020 has been canceled.
Before the nation’s attention turned to the challenge posed by coronavirus, NAPABA was hard at work in Washington advocating on behalf of the Asian Pacific American community and the legal community of color.
Earlier this year, the NAPABA Board adopted additional organizational positions. They included strengthening our statement in support of LGBTQ equality, supporting licensing for military spouses, and calling on Congress to restore rights for Filipino veterans of World War II by repealing the Recission Act of 1947.
NAPABA President Bonnie Lee Wolf and President-Elect A.B. Cruz III joined the leaders of the Coalition of Bar Associations of Color (CBAC) for their annual meeting and to meet with Congressional leaders in Washington, DC. Together with our hosts, the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA), and our sister bars, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and the National Bar Association (NBA), we shared how we can work with Congress and shared issues that matter to our communities.
NAPABA continued to work with our partners, the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice, to develop resources for lawyers and bar associations as part of Census 2020. Find resources and more at napaba.org/census.
On Capitol Hill, Congress entered appropriations season, writing the budget for FY2021. NAPABA is working with our partners to ensure our priorities, like legal aid programs, are fully funded. We continued to advocate against proposed deportation of Southeast Asian refugees, in support of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and on the expected vote to address the Muslim Ban, via the NO BAN Act.
Name: Liani Reeves
Job/Position: Shareholder and President, Bullard Law, Portland, Oregon; also currently serving as 2020 President of the Oregon State Bar
Affiliation with NAPABA: Member and Co-Chair/Founder of the Asian American Adoptee Network of NAPABA, former President of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association
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