Crystal is an administrative assistant at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. A previous Arts major, she's submitted pieces to many events, including the Beijing Olympics and a presidential inauguration, and she's taken several classes in architecture and civil engineering. Crystal has her Healthcare Certificate and is currently enrolled at Gwinnett Technical College to get her Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology.
In her spare time, she works at her parents' restaurant and spends time with her Shih-Tzu, Sammi; Maltese, Toto; and Shepherd-Akita mix, Aki.
Raymond Partolan is the Program Associate for Advancing Justice – Atlanta. In his role, he plans and executes the organization's major program components, namely civic engagement, public policy advocacy, and community organizing.
Having faced adversity for the greater part of his life as an undocumented student who moved to the United States from the Philippines when he was one, he brings with him a wealth of experience as an activist and advocate for his peers in the immigrant community. Raymond graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. At Mercer, Raymond’s peers elected him to be the President of the Student Government Association as a junior. He also competed competitively in oral advocacy competitions on the intercollegiate mock trial team and mentored freshman students as a Peer Advisor.
He enjoys listening to music, playing the piano and violin, and being outdoors. He can often be seen and heard talking about his love for the State of Georgia and his hometown of Macon. He stands heavily committed to immigrant rights, voting rights, sound education policy, and economic justice. Raymond speaks Tagalog and Spanish.
Nicole Phan is the part time Vietnamese Legal Intake Specialist at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit MI. She is an entrepreneur, running her own small marketing and printing business, Simple Marketing, as well as actively working as a real estate agent. Nicole has over 8 years of experience working in marketing, advertising sales, creative and design field.
In addition to her creative and design skills, Nicole has a passion for civic engagement and a deep love of her local Vietnamese community. She is an active member of the Vietnamese-American Community of Georgia and she has volunteered her time with Advancing Justice for years because she believes in the mission carried by the organization, supporting our voter registration and community outreach work with her friendly personality and Vietnamese language skills. Recently, Nicole has come on board to assist Vietnamese speaking legal clients who rely on Advancing Justice – Atlanta. She performs client intake in a caring and culturally sensitive manner.
Sonjui L. Kumar is a founding member in the law firm of Kumar, Prabhu, Patel & Banerjee, LLC. She has been a practicing attorney for the past twenty one years, originally practicing in Hartford, Connecticut and since 1995 in Georgia. Attorney Kumar is a frequent speaker on issues relating to women and minorities in the profession, small and solo firm practice and business development. She is an active member of the South Asian community in Georgia and nationally. She is the Immediate Past President of the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA), having served on its Executive Committee for the past four years.
She is also a founding Trustee of the NASABA Foundation. Ms. Kumar is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), Atlanta Chapter. She has previously served as an at-large representative on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia. She was awarded the State Bar of Georgia’s 2008 Commitment to Equality Award and later served on the selection committee for that award. She is a Past President and Board member of the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia (SABA-GA) and an active member of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL). In addition, Ms. Kumar is a member of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.
Ms. Kumar graduated with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in West Hartford, Connecticut. She lives with her husband in Roswell, Georgia and has two daughters.
Mayu Arita is Electronic & Creative Media Director at Georgia Power, where she oversees all the advertising, sponsorships, social media and creative services of the company which also include design, web development, photography and videography. She is responsible for leading the brand strategy and building awareness and demand for Georgia Power’s products and services. Her efforts have resulted in multiple advertising and design awards including a 2017 UCI award for Communicator of the Year.
Prior to joining Georgia Power, Mayu spent over 10 years working on digital, web and social media marketing strategies for Fortune 500 brands across a wide array of industries including Food & Beverage, Consumer Packaged Goods, Home Improvement, Automotive and Financial Services.
Mayu was born in Toronto, raised in Hawaii and now resides in East Atlanta. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Hawai’i. She enjoys cooking, traveling, volunteering and spending time outdoors with her dog “Ebi.”
Kimberly Bourroughs is a chief senior assistant district attorney at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. In the Public Integrity Unit, Kimberly works with a team of other senior level prosecutors and experienced investigators to handle the investigation and prosecution of cases involving public officials, corruption in County or City government, and law enforcement officers, as well as the review of all law enforcement-related shootings or incidents involving injury to civilians. Prior to joining the Fulton County DA’s Office, Kimberly was an associate in the Atlanta office of Schiff Hardin LLP where she practiced in the General Litigation Group and on the firm’s National Appellate Team. At Schiff, Kimberly also worked closely with former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears as Chief of Staff. Kimberly began her legal career in public service as a prosecutor in DeKalb and Clayton Counties, and previously worked at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Department of Justice, as well as several policy organizations in Washington, DC before attending law school.
Raised in the Atlanta area, Kimberly obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Howard University in Washington, DC, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia. As a long time competitor and supporter of mock trial programs for students, Kimberly volunteers her much of her time as an attorney-coach for the DeKalb Early College Academy mock trial team and works with other college and law school teams. She is also active in the leadership of several professional and non-profit organizations, including the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Gate City Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar, the Georgia Asian and Pacific American Bar Association, the Metro Atlanta Youth Football League, and other organizations throughout Georgia. Kimberly enjoys running, tennis, SEC college football, cooking, traveling, and her dog, “Harry Winston.”
Tressa Copenhaver is Assistant General Counsel for Equifax Inc. where she provides business-focused legal advice to senior leadership in sales, marketing, and operations on all aspects of commercial law and support for day-to-day business matters, including legal analysis on the rights and obligations of the corporation.
She provides strategic direction and leadership on sophisticated, complex enterprise deals and her flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and organizational needs makes her a trusted business partner. Serving as an integral member of the business team, Tressa enjoys the creative process of structuring deals and developing innovative contractual agreements in support of sales, sourcing, teaming, and alliance activities.
Prior to joining Equifax, Tressa was a well respected member of the legal departments at ADP, Inc. and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Tressa earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law where she was a Notes and Comment Editor for the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law. Tressa received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona in Philosophy. She is an active member of the Georgia Asian and Pacific American Bar Association and enjoys volunteering with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.
Ambreen Delawalla is Assistant Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel with AT&T Services, Inc. She advises the business on compliance matters. Ambreen has previously served on the boards of the Georgia Pacific American Bar Association, the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. She lives in Decatur with her husband and two boys.
Ms. Le Dam Doan has served as the Chair for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Gala from 2010 to 2016 and Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC-GA) since 2013 to 2014. APAC Georgia is a federation of over 15 multicultural Asian organizations in metro Atlanta that was established to increase pride in the Asian culture, promote civic engagement of Asian Americans, and protect the interest of Asian Americans. In addition to her leadership at APAC Georgia, she currently holds the following positions. Ms. Doan has dedicated a lifetime of service to the immigrant and refugee community. Prior to coming to Georgia, Ms. Doan provided assistance to immigration humanitarian programs for refugees throughout California for more than 30 years. She was part of a taskforce on hate crimes and affirmative action in California. When Vietnamese refugees arrived in California from 1975 to 1996, Ms. Doan volunteered for Red Cross and Food for the Hungry. Further, she volunteered at Camp Pendleton and Camp Weimar Medical Center “Hope Village,” relocation camps for Vietnamese refugees. Her service work in refugee camps extended internationally to countries throughout Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Ms. Doan was born and raised in Vietnam, and now lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia with her 18-year old son Nam, her husband Tinh Doan, and her mother.
Shuaib Hanief is the CEO of Solmation LLC, a technology consulting firm. Along with providing software and hardware solutions for fortune 500 companies and small businesses, He works with nonprofit organizations to diagnose and improve their organizational and leadership performance. He has a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering and dropped out of his PhD program to finish his Master of Public Administrator in Non-Profits.
His accomplishments in the non-profit and entrepreneurial area include being a founding member a Charter school in Roswell, founding a popular cruise travel agency, a partner in a non-profit consulting firm, running a media company that benefits the local community, providing software as a service products for physicians, leading a midsize non-profit organization as an Executive Director and serving a few organizations in advisory and board capacity. Shuaib is a long-time resident of Atlanta, and he live with his wife and four children in Lawrenceville, and also serves as a Boy Scouts committee chair.
Dan Huynh is a senior associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group of Alston & Bird LLP. He has been recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for Intellectual Property Litigation every year since 2015. Dan received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and his B.S. in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dan is on the Board of Directors for Tapestri Inc., a non-profit combatting human trafficking in the Southeast and the Board of Governors for the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys. Dan is also a member of the Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, the ArtsATL advisory council, and the University of Georgia School of Law Young Alumni Committee. Dan was selected to participate in the LEAD Atlanta class of 2015 and was recognized as Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 in 2016. An Atlanta native, Dan currently lives with his wife in Decatur.
Marian Liou is the Founder of We Love BuHi, a social enterprise whose mission is promoting the economic and community development of the Buford Highway corridor. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia University School of Law.
Marian is a long-time resident of Atlanta and a mother of two In addition to serving on the board of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta, she volunteers with the Cross Keys Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative and The Children's School, an independent school in Midtown Atlanta.
Bryan Ramos is dedicated to Georgia’s working class. He is the founding attorney of the Ramos Law firm who prides itself on delivering highly attentive and results-driven legal representation to those injured on the job. Mr. Ramos is recognized by Martindale‑Hubbell as AV Preeminent, an industry ranking at the highest level of ethical and professional excellence. He was also selected as one of “Georgia’s Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine.
Together with his highly qualified legal professionals, Mr. Ramos carries a client rating of 10/10 – Superb by Avvo, and he was acknowledged as a “Georgia Top Attorney” by Law.com. Mr. Ramos is a frequent legal lecturer and is often quoted by national publications on workers’ compensation law. In 2016, he served on a national effort to benefit the Filipino Veterans of World War II and secure the Congressional Gold Medal for their service to the United States of America. Mr. Ramos has served as the Vice-President of the Fil-Am Association of Greater Atlanta, and he has served two terms as the President of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia.
Mr. Ramos currently serves as the Director of Human Capital for the National Association of Filipino American Associations, as well as the Co-Chair of Membership for the National Filipino American Lawyer Association. Most recently, he established the Georgia Filipino-American Bar Association and serves as its President.
Sara K. Sahni is Associate General Counsel of RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc. where she oversees the company’s litigation, labor and employment, and licensing matters. Prior to working at RaceTrac, Sara was a Senior Associate at FordHarrison LLP, a national management-side labor & employment law firm. Prior to working at FordHarrison LLP, Sara was an Assistant Attorney General with the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. Sara earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky, and her Law Degree from the University of Louisville.
Cassandra is the Senior Director, Supply Chain Management at Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises in Atlanta, Georgia. Cassandra is responsible for assisting with the development of supply chain management strategies to optimize Cox Automotive’s third party spend. She is also very heavily involved in the organization’s supplier diversity initiative. She has brought the same level of commitment and collaborative spirit to this position as in her previous position with Cox Communications as a full time employee in the Finance Process Improvement group.
Prior to joining Cox as an employee, Cassandra spent over 15 years working as a consultant primarily focused on systems implementation, best practices, project management, and process improvement. In her consulting role, Cassandra’s track record of superb client orientation included focusing on delivering results to her clients using change management strategies, leadership, and systematic thinking. As a system thinker, she has been able to drive decision making by understanding the interconnectedness of issues and focusing on the impact that her solution may have on other parts of the system.
Cassandra earned her Bachelor’s in Business with honors from Clark Atlanta University. She received her Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University. She holds certifications in accounting (CPA) and project management (PMP). Cassandra has been living in Atlanta for almost 30 years and is committed to improving her community. She participates in various community activities from Habitat projects, Special Olympics projects, Project Open Hand and more recently with Trees of Atlanta. She is also a Year Up mentor, and enjoys traveling with her family.
Ben Yin is the Co-Founder and Principal of Generations Financial, a company that provides individuals and families with estate planning, financial planning and risk management strategies. Born and rasied in Dunwoody, GA, Ben is a true native Atlantan. He received a dual concentration BBA (Marketing, Communications) from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a dual concentration MBA (Marketing, International Business) from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.
A member agent of the Million Dollar Roundtable (the top 1% of financial services professionals), New York Life’s prestigious Chairman’s Council (2014), and the Nautilus Group® a service of New York Life Insurance Company, Ben seeks to understand each client’s specific goals. Then he develops customized plans to help businesses flourish, to give families security and assurance, and to build enduring legacies.
He is honored to be a part of New York Life’s Agent’s Advisory Council (AAC) where he has been elected by his fellow agents to discuss the state of the company with New York Life executives.
Ben is married to his middle school sweetheart, Jennifer, and they have a three-year-old son, Matthew, and newborn, Matty.
Stephanie Cho is the Executive Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. She brings over 15 years of experience in labor and community organizing, strategy planning, and fundraising at the local and national level.
Originally born in South Korea, Stephanie grew up in Oregon. After University, she started her career in organizing and movement work. She has been a community organizer, program director for LGBTQ youth programming, director of training for a national fellowship program, a labor organizer, and organizational consultant. Before coming to Advancing Justice, Stephanie was the Los Angeles Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC-LA) where she worked to raise industry standards and wages for LA's restaurant workers.
She believes in creating more space for new leadership, developing healthy and sustainable ways of working towards justice for all, and is moved by transnational forms of expressions of solidarity and movement building.Stephanie can be reached at email@example.com or 404.585.8446.
Tammy Lu is the Administrative Assistant at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. She was born in Atlanta and raised in Lawrenceville, GA. At a young age, she had a sense of duty to contribute back to the Gwinnett community, which she grew up in. Tammy believes that no matter how small of a contribution is made, every minute a person serves can only influence change. She hopes to connect with members of the community through service and empower involvement. In 2016, she was recognized with the Volunteer GGC Humanitarian Award.
Currently, she is enrolled at Georgia Gwinnett College and studying to achieve her Bachelor's Degree in Cell Biology and Biotechnology. As a student leader, she has had the privilege to serve as the 2016 - 2017 Student Government Association President, Resident Assistant in the GGC Grands Community, and also a member of the USG Student Advisory Council.Tammy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.585.8446.
Aisha Yaqoob is the Policy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta. Aisha became familiar with Advancing Justice in 2016 during her work as the founder of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, an initiative to increase voter registration and turnout in the Muslim community in Georgia. She completed her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia in May 2016 after completing her undergraduate degree in Journalism/Public Relations in 2013. Aisha has worked and volunteered with various Atlanta area nonprofit organizations. She is involved in her local community through various initiatives and has served advisory roles in civic organizations.
Aisha is excited to join Advancing Justice as the new Policy Director and looks forward to defending the rights of Asian Americans at the local, state, and national level. She is passionate about voting rights, access to healthcare and education, and immigration. Aisha believes in upholding the civil rights and civil liberties for all people, especially those whom have been historically underrepresented.Aisha can be reached at email@example.com or 404.585.8446.
Javeria Jamil is a staff attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta and leads the direct immigration services program.
Prior to joining Advancing Justice – Atlanta, Javeria worked as a Government Watchlist Fellow for the Council on Americans Islamic Relations in Washington D.C., where she assisted clients who had been wrongfully places on the U.S. government’s terror watchlist.
Javeria graduated from the George Washington University of Law. During law school, she was an active member of the GW chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, where she led a team of students in helping Afghan and Iraqi interpreters and refugees apply for Special Immigrant Visas in the U.S. Javeria received her B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles in Middle Eastern and North African Studies.
Javeria is admitted to practice in California, Georgia, and Washington D.C.Javeria can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.239.6556.
Nathalie Levine is Advancing Justice - Atlanta's paralegal and administrative assistant. Having led queer and feminist groups throughout high school and college, she now brings her commitment to social justice to the struggle for immigrant rights. Previously, she worked in an archive of Holocaust testimonies and as a research assistant for an urban sociologist.
Nathalie grew up in the Bay Area and Central New Jersey, and lived in coastal Connecticut, northeastern China, and Taiwan before coming to the South. She speaks Mandarin, French, and a bit of Yiddish. She loves Manchurian history, making music and zines, and girls rock camp.Nathalie can be reached at email@example.com or 404.585.8446.
Phi Nguyen joined the Advancing Justice-Atlanta team as litigation director in 2017. In this role, Phi focuses on impact litigation in the areas of voter rights, immigrant rights, and anti-discrimination law.
Phi graduated from Georgia State University School of Law in 2006. She practiced as a medical malpractice defense attorney for eight years, during which time she continuously sought opportunities to serve the Atlanta community outside of her legal practice. Phi was introduced to Advancing Justice in 2016 when she partnered with them to lead Vietnamese Voices, a voter registration drive targeting Vietnamese Americans; this became a jumping point for further grassroots efforts to politically mobilize AAPI communities.
Phi draws her passion to protect and promote the civil rights of the AAPI s from her experience of growing up in the South as a progressive Vietnamese American with refugee parents. As litigation director, Phi looks forward to combining her litigation and trial skills with her commitment to advocacy for underrepresented communities.Phi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.818.6147.
Amy was born in Hong Kong and lived outside of London before moving to the United States a few months shy of 6 years old. They grew up in Louisville, KY and graduated from Butler University in 2008, with degrees in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies. Amy lived overseas in the Czech Republic and South Korea for several years before attending law school at Suffolk University in Boston. Amy graduated from there in 2015 and has spent the past two years developing and running a free eviction defense clinic in Fulton County Magistrate Court.
Amy believes in the power of community organizing to create meaningful social change and is looking forward to using the law to support building power in the South.Amy can be reached at email@example.com.
James Chan Woo is the Communications and Outreach Associate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. James obtained his B.A. in International Affairs at the University of Georgia and his Master’s in International Peace Studies from UN Mandated University for Peace. Prior to working for Advancing Justice – Atlanta, James worked for The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Category II organization, Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding in Seoul, South Korea. He has also spent time studying and volunteering abroad in countries including China and Costa Rica. James is committed to building peace from the bottom up and advocating for the rights of all the people.
James enjoys watching movies, listening to alternative music, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. James speaks Korean.James can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.239.6632.
Esther Lim is the Program Coordinator at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta. She got her start in organizing and advocacy in college as an intern with Advancing Justice-Atlanta. Moved by the potential for change she saw in grassroots activism and civic engagement, she spent her remaining time in undergrad working with movements on campus, focusing primarily on racial and economic justice, immigrant rights, AAPI issues, and LGBTQ rights. Following graduation, she hopped on presidential and down-ballot campaigns in Miami and Philadelphia, after which she worked as a community organizer on the Planned Parenthood Summer of Defiance campaign in Indiana. Having returned to her home turf for her position with Advancing Justice, she is excited to be able to give back to the communities that raised her.Esther can be reached at email@example.com or 404.585.8446.
Samantha joined Advancing Justice as the civic engagement coordinator in August 2017. Prior to this, she worked with Advancing Justice as a campus organizer and field intern. She is a fourth-year student at Emory University, where she is double majoring in Gender & Sexuality Studies and History. At Emory, she serves as co-chair of the NAACP Political Action Committee and is a member of a student coalition advocating for sanctuary campus status and protections for undocumented students. Currently, she is collaborating on a zine about radical Chinese American history within the labor, housing rights, and racial justice movements.
She is passionate about Asian American history education and strives to be intentional about mobilizing her Chinese American community to work in solidarity with other folks of color.Samantha can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.585.8446.
Monica S. Kinene, Esq. serves as Advancing Justice – Atlanta’s Of Counsel, Immigration Attorney. Monica is a licensed Georgia attorney who has been practicing immigration law since 2010 as a solo practitioner. She is a first generation immigrant from Uganda who is extremely passionate about helping other immigrants as they continue their journey in the United States. She has successfully handled all types of immigration cases including family-based petitions, waivers, filings of T, U, and VAWA petitions, unaccompanied minors and deferred action for childhood arrivals. She a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Georgia. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Division and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She has also served as the Co-chair of the State Bar of Georgia Family Immigration CLE for the past two years.Monica can be reached at email@example.com or 770.239.6556.