Chavi Khanna Koneru (she, her)
Executive Director, Chavi@ncaatogether.org
Chavi Khanna Koneru is co-founder and Executive Director of North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT). Koneru moved to North Carolina in 1989 and has spent the majority of her life living in the state, including attending college and law school locally at the University of North Carolina. This has allowed her to gain a deep, personal understanding of what it means to be Asian American in the South. Additionally, her legal background in voting rights law has given her the opportunity to interpret and enforce laws impacting the Asian American community, including during her time in the Voting Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she focused on language access for Asian American voters.
Olivia Zalecki (she, her)
Deputy Director, Olivia@ncaatogether.org
Olivia is a proud Chinese adoptee, and grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended NC State, where she studied Political Science and Foreign Languages and Literatures. She also received her MA in Sociology from Columbia University. Olivia’s passion for Asian American advocacy and social justice started as a student organizer; giving her insight into the power of community. Since then her professional experience has spanned qualitative research, organizational DEI, and nonprofit management. She cares deeply about empowering and learning alongside teams to build a more just and equitable future. In her free time she can be found cuddling with her pug, Peach.
Sarah Yopp (she, her)
Operations Director, Sarah@ncaatogether.org
Sel Mpang (she, her)
Program Director, Sel@ncaatogether.org
Sel is Bunong-American from Vietnam, and has found refuge in Greensboro, NC since 2002. She studied Community and Justice Studies at Guilford College. Her work with the Greensboro Housing Coalition built a bridge between healthcare systems and housing through a health equity lens. Sel enjoys cooking and creating content to show people how to cook and preserve cultural dishes. To keep her indigenous roots, she instructs a classical Montagnard traditional dance class.
Jimmy Patel-Nguyen (he, him)
Communications Director, Jimmy@ncaatogether.org
Jimmy was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and attended NC State University before starting his marketing career. He specialized in digital communications at Under Armour and the NC Museum of Art before joining local creative agencies where he served clients like Crocs, Sherwin-Williams, UNC Health, and UNC School of Medicine. Moved by candid conversations with his parents about their journey as Vietnamese refugees, Jimmy launched an international storytelling project to equip the refugee community to record their own experiences. This initiative showed Jimmy the transformative power of conversation to bridge generational gaps and to uplift underrepresented histories. In his free time, you can find Jimmy and his wife chasing around their two young boys and sweet dog.
Phian Tran (they, them)
Programs Specialist, Phian@ncaatogether.org
Phian is an NC State alum from Raleigh with a background in community engagement. As an event curator, they specialize in combining efforts of young creatives, activists, and local organizations to propel collaborative initiatives for justice and equity. In their free time, they like to play music and go to concerts.
Shruti Parikh (she, her)
Head of Education and Political Engagement, Shruti@ncaatogether.org
Shruti was born in India, but immigrated to the US at a young age and grew up in the Midwest. She attended the University of Michigan, where she studied Mathematics and Art History and received her MS in Management from NC State. She has been an active volunteer in the Triangle community since moving to North Carolina in 1993. After the 2016 election, Shruti was inspired to become more involved in voter outreach and engagement specifically in the Asian community. As a mother of three young adults, Shruti enjoys cooking and sharing Indian food and culture.
Samuel Lynn (he, him)
Field Specialist, Samuel@ncaatogether.org
Sam comes to NCAAT with a passion for creating the capacity for change through enhanced civic engagement. He’s a life-long resident of North Carolina, growing up in Johnston County just outside Raleigh before moving to obtain his Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from UNC – Chapel Hill. With a background in grassroots organizing and political fieldwork, Sam is dedicated to building political power and leverage for marginalized communities through solidarity and social justice. In his free time, you can find Sam spending time with loved ones, playing video games, going on walks, or playing with his cat Sally.
Vicky Cheng (she, her)
Development and Operations Manager, Vicky@ncaatogether.org
Giselle Pagunuran (she, her)
Digital Communications Manager, Giselle@ncaatogether.org
Su Cho (she/her)
Senior Data Coordinator, Su@ncaatogether.org
Abi Ranganathan (she/her)
Voter Engagement Manager, Abi@ncaatogether.org
Matthew Ng (he/him)
Digital Communications Coordinator, Matthew@ncaatogether.org
Jeremy Roca (he/him)
Youth Engagement Manager, Jeremy@ncaatogether.org
Jennifer Yu (she/her)
Youth Engagement Coordinator, Jennifer@ncaatogether.org