EunSook has been with the National AAPI Power Fund since its establishment in 2020. Previously she was the Executive Director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, Senior Deputy to Congressmember Karen Bass, and Executive Director of Korean American Women In Need, a domestic violence agency in Chicago. She is formerly the founding president of the National Immigration Forum Action Fund and Member of the City of LA’s Board of Neighborhood Commission. EunSook began her career in radio broadcasting in Toronto, Canada first as a volunteer news programmer at CKUT radio before becoming the News Director and later Station Manager at CKLN radio.
Carrie Pugh, Senior Advisor
Having just finished a stint as the Director of External Affairs in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Carrie has started her own consulting firm, 8821 Strategies. Prior to joining the Administration, she served as the Senior National Political Director for the National Education Association, the nation’s largest union, with 3 million members who live in every single congressional district in the country. During her tenure, she successfully launched the See Educator Run training program to create an entry point for Educators to run for office at the state or local level and was a key behind the scenes catalyst in shaping the national progressive infrastructure widely recognized today, such as For Our Future, the Strategic Victory Fund, the New American Majority Fund and Progress Now.
Prior to joining NEA in 2007, she served in Service Employees International Union’s Political Department as the national field director and Midwest political director. She first began her work in social justice movement building and electoral politics as a grassroots organizer for the Jessica McClintock Justice for Garment Workers campaign, Associate Director at Chinese Mutual Aid Association, and Policy and Advocacy Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Carrie also served as the Chair of the Board of the New American Majority Fund, a project of the Democracy Alliance, Progress Now, AAPI Progressive Action, the Democratic Attorneys General Association, and the Democracy Alliance’s State Victory Fund Investment Committee.
Luna Yasui, Chair
Luna has over 25 years of experience in the philanthropic, law and advocacy, and civic engagement sectors. She advises donors and projects that seek to build the leadership and power of women, people of color, young people, immigrants, and LGBTQ people. As a Senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation Luna helped launch the foundation’s first LGBT rights program and led grantmaking strategies to deepen the civic engagement of young people, women, immigrants, and people of color. She also developed new initiatives to support state-level social justice infrastructure and multi-year institutional investments in Black-led organizing. While at the Open Society Foundations she oversaw portfolios on gender justice, LGBT rights, and low-wage workers’ rights. Her public interest legal work includes launching the Immigrant Day Labor Program at the National Employment Law Project, and serving as a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid. She serves on the boards of the Amalgamated Foundation, National AAPI Power Fund, and re:power.
Luna received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where she was a Public Interest Fellow and BA from Brown University. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, their twins, and Tater, the guinea pig.
Connie Cagampang Heller
Connie Cagampang Heller is a biracial Filipina American textile artist and cofounder of the Linked Fate Fund for Justice.
In 2004, Connie cofounded the Linked Fate Fund for Justice with her partner to support grassroots organizing, power building and to transform systemic inequity into systemic inclusion and belonging. From 2005 to 2018, Connie played a critical role as a volunteer leader and consultant to design strategic interventions and racial equity learning spaces for organizations such as the Democracy Alliance, Women Donors Network, The California Endowment, Bioneers and the Othering and Belonging Institute.
Since 2016, Connie has focused on using collage art to explore race in America–capturing both what is beautiful and inspiring about people and disturbing about the continually evolving system of marginalization. Her art has been shown at the Northern California Museum of Art, the National Academy of Medicine and the East Bay Community Foundation, and is in the permanent collections of The Charles Houston Hamilton Institute at Harvard Law School, the California Historical Society and Tufts University’s Tisch College for Civic Life. Her art is featured in World Trust film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity and on the cover of the late Dr. Lani Guinier’s The Tyranny of Meritocracy.
She serves on the boards of the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund and the East Bay Community Foundation. Past board service includes Groundswell Fund for Reproductive Justice, Groundswell Action Fund, Women Donors Network, Perception Institute, and the Center for Social Inclusion.
Quanita currently directs Groundswell Action Fund, 501(c)(4) public foundation which strengthens U.S. movements for reproductive and social justice by resourcing intersectional electoral organizing led by women of color, low-income women and Transgender and Gender Expansive (TGE) people of color. Prior to this role, she led Groundswell Fund’s 501(c)(3) Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) program, a capacity building program that equips Reproductive Justice (RJ) groups with cutting edge voter engagement skills and technology to implement year-round organizing. Quanita began organizing for social justice alongside her parents in her native South Africa. She joined her parents as they voted, for the first time in their lives, for Nelson Mandela in 1994. Quanita and her family immigrated to Florida in 1997. She found her political home at the Miami Workers Center and was involved in MWC’s first non-partisan civic engagement campaign in 2008. In 2009, she was a founding staff member of New Florida Majority and led the creation of statewide, data-driven electoral campaigns to advance social change until 2014. She holds a B.A. in Political Theory, Economic Development, and African Studies from Hampshire College