Who We Are

Executive Director
Laura Misumi

Laura is a fourth-generation Japanese American who believes strongly in building the capacity for people to come together to exercise their collective power, grounded in their history and identity. She seeks to apply her skills as a lawyer and interest in food and storytelling to move the projects of RVAAF forward.

Email: laura@risingvoicesaaf.org
Field Director
Regina Tsang

Regina is a Chinese/Cantonese American interested in developing stories; she believes that they are the key to our individual and collective power. Through Rising Voices, she aims to help provide the spaces for these stories to be discovered and shared, and for us to rewrite the existing narrative of our communities, build solidarity, and take collective action.

Email: regina@risingvoicesaaf.org
Digital Communications Organizer
Jasmine Rivera

Jasmine was born in Detroit to an immigrant Filipino-American family, where she was raised by her activist parents to always engage in action and speak truth to power. Jasmine graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in International Relations at James Madison College and from Columbia University with an MFA in Film Directing. Jasmine will apply her skills in narrative storytelling and communications to help build APIA community and empowerment.
Civic Engagement Fellow
Dim Mang

Dim is the Civic Engagement fellow at Rising Voices of Asian American Families and an APALA Fellow. Born in Mandalay, Myanmar, Dim grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was raised by two Zomi immigrants who personified radical politics and actions in their everyday lives. At the University of Michigan, Dim studies History and Political Science with a minor in Asian Studies. She's passionate about serving Asian American communities with new ways to engage and organize.
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Our Team

President
Laura Misumi

Laura is a fourth-generation Japanese American who believes strongly in building the capacity for people to come together to exercise their collective power, grounded in their history and identity. She seeks to apply her skills as a lawyer and interest in food and storytelling to move the projects of RVAAF forward.

Email: laura@risingvoicesaaf.org
Vice President
Fatema Haque

Fatema is a Bangladeshi American who loves sharing knowledge and facilitating learning. A lifelong learner and long-time educator, she seeks to cultivate educational experiences that encourage reflection, healing, and empowerment.
Secretary
Fiana (Syeda) Arbab

As a Bangladeshi-Muslim-American woman, Fiana sits at the intersection of several complex identities. Rising Voices allows her to engage in authentic conversation with people who are most directly affected by identity politics and systemic oppression. She is committed to uplifting our communities, locally and globally, and addressing the root causes of marginalization.
Treasurer
Sheela Lal

There are few things in life more rewarding than watching folks realize their own power. Sheela loves creating the resources - political research templates, book clubs, holistic bootcamps, audio based interviews - for these opportunities to flourish. She is experiencing her own resurgence in powerbuilding through Rising Voices; learning about other AAPID histories helps unlearn a whitewashed historical and political narrative designed to keep us separated.
Board Member
Aamina Ahmed

Aamina was born in the Midwest and has straddled between living in primarily Michigan and Pakistan. A deep commitment to wanting to help create spaces where everyone feels like they truly belong drives her. She believes in the power of RVAAF to give Asian American women and families in Michigan a "home".
Board Member
Mehruba Akhtar

Mehruba is a Bangladeshi-Muslim American passionate about amplifying the stories of AAPI communities. Along with engaging in conversations about the importance of participating in the political process, she is committed to being an ally in collective power and equity building across marginalized communities. She believes that if AAPIA narratives were a sea, we have only skimmed the surface.
Board Member
Senator Stephanie Chang

Sen. Stephanie Chang is the daughter of Taiwanese American immigrant parents. She believes that lifting up the voices of Asian American women and families in Michigan is critical to a thriving future for all of us, and that our organizing and activism will help make the difference.
Board Member
Kristin Dayag

Kristin Dayag is a second generation Filipino American born in Chicago, Illinois, and currently residing in Auburn Hills, Michigan. She is committed to the empowerment of women and families of the Asian American community through civic engagement, coalition building, and service. One of her missions in life is to preserve the dialect, culture, and traditions of the Yogad tribe of Echague, Philippines.
Board Member
Mai Xiong

Mai Xiong is a Hmong-American artist, activist and entrepreneur. Her family escaped war and persecution in Laos during the Vietnam War era. As a result, Mai was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. In 1987, at the age of 3, Mai and her family were sponsored and relocated to the United States. She founded Mai&Co, a modern women’s clothing brand inspired by her cultural heritage and traditional ethnic wear.
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Our Board for Directors

Advisory Council
Aditi Bagchi

Aditi Bagchi was born and raised in the metro-Detroit community. In 2017, she co-formed SAMOSA (South Asians of Michigan Organizing for Serious Action), a group of almost 500 who have organized monthly meetings, canvassed over 2000 Asian American homes, hosted a town hall for our 2018 congressional candidates with over 300 South Asian attendees and have future plans to support Asian American candidates throughout the Novi/Northville area.
Advisory Council
Branden Snyder

Born and raised on Detroit's East Side to a working-class union family, Branden Snyder has been involved in faith, electoral and community organizing projects throughout the United States for over 10 years. His commitment to democracy and racial justice is fueled, in great part, by his experiences as a Detroiter and that of other Detroiters who have endured poverty and the criminal justice system. He believes in the power of bringing our communities together and challenging leade
Advisory Council
Theresa Tran Kouo

Born, raised and educated in Michigan, and now residing in Missouri, Theresa is fiercely dedicated to ensuring AAPIs have power and equity in our democracy. As an educator, organizer, and mother, her passion for this work is informed by a midwest Asian American context and fueled by both her family's history as Vietnamese refugees and our collective humanity as global citizens, deserving of dignity and justice.
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Our Advisory Council

Tsuru For Solidarity

Tsuru For Solidarity

482 forward

482 forward

Detroit Action

Detroit Action

Election Protection

Election Protection

Michigan Voice

Michigan Voice

Mothering Justice

Mothering Justice

New American Leaders

New American Leaders

We The People

We The People

UAW

UAW

Our Community Partners

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Mailing Address:

440 Burroughs St.

Suite 643,

Detroit, MI 48202

contact@risingvoicesaaf.org

Digital Communications Organizer

Jasmine Rivera Jasmine was born in Detroit to an immigrant Filipino-American family, where she was raised by her activist parents to always engage in action and speak truth to power. Jasmine graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in International Relations at James Madison College and from Columbia University with an MFA in Film Directing. Jasmine will apply her skills in narrative storytelling and communications to help build APIA community and empowerment.

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