Millennials | Asian-Americans | civic leaders
WE ARE AAMUnite
Helena Berbano (Boston, MA) is a nonprofit professional with various experiences in both the public and nonprofit sectors. She currently works as the Director of Special Projects for Nonprofit VOTE, where she works collaboratively with nonprofit partners across the U.S. on their voter registration and education activities. Apart from her work at Nonprofit VOTE, she is very passionate about representative parity in public office. Most recently, she presented her research on women of color public office initiatives at the Northeast Conference on Public Administration. She also serves as a board member for YNPN Boston, Mass NOW, and the AAPI women focused organization, ASPIRE. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Marian Guerra (New York, NY) is the Program Associate at The New American Leaders Project, where she supports a national pipeline of pan-ethnic progressive leaders who are diversifying American government. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Columbia University, she is excited about advancing the political leadership of minority communities -- particularly women of color. As a first-generation Filipina American, Marian has always been committed to the needs and interests of the Fil-Am community. At Columbia, she presided over Liga Filipina, Columbia’s Filipino student organization, on its Typhoon Haiyan fundraising and relief efforts. Currently, she volunteers as Social Media Manager for creative media company NextDayBetter, a platform that uplifts the stories of trailblazers in diaspora communities and inspires social innovation.
Kate Bartel (Boston, MA) is an activist, poet, and aspiring political journalist. California-born and Connecticut-raised, Kate now resides in Boston, and is working towards a degree in Journalism and Postcolonial Global Studies from Emerson College. She has past experience in nonprofit work and interning for the Massachusetts State Senate. Kate is extremely passionate about civic engagement, and aspires to create spaces for better representation of Asian-Americans at both the local and national levels of government.
Britina Cheng (New York, NY) is currently an Online Editorial Intern at New York Magazine. She studied English Literature and Film Theory and Criticism at SUNY Geneseo. During her time there, she worked as an Assistant Gallery Coordinator at the Lederer and Lockhart Galleries in Geneseo, NY. Her experience in the arts and media has created a medium to understanding race politics in a particular facet of representation, performance and artifice. She is particularly invested in the power of storytelling, visual and textual, as a means to explore different truths, creating pathways to understanding and relating to other people. Recently, she has been dabbling in cartooning and illustrating graphic novels, marrying texts and visuals as a way to analogize ideas that she sometimes can’t manage to articulate in words alone. She is interested in centering the narratives of women of color by women of color.
Allegretta Mattison (Boston, MA) is a creative professional, working as a graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and video producer. She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with an Illustration BFA and relocated to Boston to integrate political activism into her art career. As a queer, Asian-American adoptee, she is inspired to utilize her artistic abilities with various non-profit organizations that empower and unify marginalized communities through the arts. Her transnational adoption from South Korea has been her personal, creative focus, and you can follow her journey on Instagram @thechoirgirls.