Our Team

M Araki (They/Them)
Program Associate

M joined the AAPI Fund as a Program Associate, bringing over five years of experience in civic engagement, communications, and project management. They’re committed to increasing AAPI representation across all levels of government and ensuring equitable access to the democratic process. Most recently M worked at ActBlue, supporting nonprofits in the democracy and voting rights space, while leading DEI initiatives. Prior to that, M served as a Project Manager at the National Bureau of Asian Research, where they led research, fundraising campaigns, and the development of student fellowship programs. Representing their Japanese family from Hawaii, M also interned for Senator Mazie Hirono, the first Asian American woman elected to the Senate. They hold a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Washington. A proud hapa from Seattle, M now resides in D.C. where they enjoy baking, yoga, and walks with their dog, Yumi.

Ariagna Cantoran (She/Her)
Executive Assistant

Ariagna joined the AAPI Fund as the Executive Assistant in late 2023. She is a dedicated and multi-faceted bilingual professional skilled in the nonprofit sector. Her expertise spans the realms of executive support, administration, operations, and project management. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a remarkable ability to streamline executive office operations, manage project timelines, and ensure seamless administrative services. With a proven track record, Ariagna has supported high-level executives, efficiently handled contract deliverables, audits, and orchestrated board and leadership meetings, and events. Her ability to act as a liaison to public officials has been instrumental in establishing strong external relationships. Most recently, she was the Special Assistant to the Executive Director at the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation. Prior to that, Ariagna served as an Operations Manager and Executive Assistant for Reach Out, a nonprofit based in Upland, California. 

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ariagna enjoys staying active, attending her boys’ basketball games, and cherishing moments with her family. 

Robin David (She/Her & They/Them)
Resource Mobilization Associate

Robin joined the AAPI Fund in 2024 with ten years of experience in arts non-profits, development, and customer relationship management. Before the AAPI Fund, Robin was the Individual Giving Officer at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Coordinator of Development at SFJazz, and the CRM Operations Manager at SFMOMA. Robin is a Filipinx American born in Oakland, California, and now based in Emeryville, California, Huchiun, in unceded Lisjan Territory on Ohlone land. Robin received a BA in Studio Art at San Francisco State University in 2014. Outside of her work in Resource Mobilization, Robin is a multidisciplinary artist and the co-founder of the art collective Macro Waves. Founded in 2015, Macro Waves produces experiences centered on social practice, conceptual art, new media, and design. As artists, designers, and technologists of color, the collective embraces collaboration in their creative practice of transforming spaces into places for human connection, exploration, and play.

Priscilla Hung (She/Her)
Resource Mobilization Director

Priscilla joined the AAPI Fund in 2023 with 25 years of experience in mobilizing resources for social justice through fundraising, capacity-building, and grantmaking. Most recently, Priscilla served as Co-Director of Move to End Violence, a program of the NoVo Foundation operated by The Raben Group. Prior to that, she was a program director at Community Partners and executive director of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training. She has served on the boards and advisory boards of the Hate Is A Virus Community Action Fund, Los Angeles Asian American & Pacific Islander Giving Circle, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. She has a B.A. from UC Berkeley with a double major in Women’s Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies as well as a Master of Public Administration from USC. Priscilla is the daughter of immigrants from China and the Philippines, and she lives in Los Angeles on Tongva land.

Lori Kodama (She/Her)
Senior Grants and Operations Director

Lori became AAPI Civic Engagement Fund Grants and Operations Director in 2022. She has forty years of experience in nonprofit finance and administration in Asian American community organizations. Most recently, she was Chief Operating Officer at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). Prior to that, Lori worked at Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and Asian Law Caucus (ALC). Lori recently served as Treasurer of the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence (APIGBV).

Lori enjoys travel, nature, books, and puzzles.

EunSook Lee (She/Her)
Executive Director

EunSook has been with the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund since its establishment in 2013. Previously, she was the Senior Deputy for former U.S. Rep. Karen Bass and executive director of local and national organizations serving and advocating for Korean American and immigrant communities particularly in the areas of immigration reform, gender-based violence, and expanding democratic participation.

EunSook was born in HwaSun County, South Korea and immigrated to Canada at a young age. As a teenager, she co-founded Youth Against Apartheid (YAA) with other young activists and organized in solidarity with divestment and liberation movements in South Africa. In Canada, EunSook worked in alternative community radio as News Director and then Station Manager of CKLN radio. She came to the United States from Canada in 1993 and became active in the movement for democracy, reunification, and peace in Korea as a member of Young Koreans United of USA. She has written about her experiences in grassroots organizing and policy advocacy in several published essays including a chapter titled “Women Immigrants” in the Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today released in 2010 and a chapter co-written with Hahrie Han titled “Engaging Korean Americans in Civic Activism” in A Companion to Korean American Studies released in 2019.

Jenny Lee (She/Her)
Grants and Operations Manager

Jenny joins the AAPI Fund to continue her passion for fostering and strengthening communities by supporting the capacities of the grantees, furthering communications amongst diverse networks, and assisting in the groundwork to achieve political and transformational change. She has a background in the arts, research, and educational equity from her time with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education.

Jenny was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia with a double major in American Studies and English. She now resides in North Carolina and is an avid potter, runner, and mom of two cats.

Joty Sohi (She/Her)
Program Manager

Joty is a first generation Indian American, who was born and raised in New York City. Recognizing social injustices from a very early age, Joty is driven to advance social and economic rights. Joty is joining AAPI Fund with over 10 years of experience in grassroots mobilization and international development. Most recently Joty worked at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, organizing with immigrant and refugees for a healthy environment and thriving economy for all communities. Prior to that, Joty was at the Open Society Foundation, supporting efforts to strengthen women’s rights organizations and movements, advancing reproductive rights and justice, and promoting economic rights. Joty also had the opportunity to work as a Peace Fellow in Nepal. Where she worked with a local community organization; she was involved in the development and implementation of a major sustainable child educational project. Joty holds a BA in Sociology and Political Science, and an MA in International Politics and Human Rights.