RISING VOICES IS...

When a group of Asian American women decided to fill the gap in the advocacy ecosystem, and is building capacity to host a suite of programming to empower communities throughout the state.

The Team

President
President

Aditi Baghci, DDS I am passionate about giving AAPI women and families a voice because what we have to contribute is important and so often our stories are silenced.

Vice President
Vice President

Laura Misumi, Esq. 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.

Secretary
Secretary

Fiana (Syeda) Arbab As a Bangladeshi-Muslim-American woman, I sit at the intersection of several complex identities. Rising Voices allows me to engage in authentic conversation with people who are most directly affected by identity politics and systemic oppression, with goals to uplift our communities and eradicate the root causes of marginalization.

Board Member
Board Member

Sheela Lal, MBA There are few things in life more rewarding than watching folks realize their own power. Sheela loves creating the resources - political research templates, holistic bootcamps, audio based interviews - for these opportunities to flourish.

Board Memeber
Board Memeber

Sen. Stephanie Chang I am a daughter of Taiwanese American immigrant parents and believe that lifting up the voices of Asian American women and families in Michigan is critical so that our rising numbers translate into thriving futures for all of us; our organizing and activism will help make the difference.

Board Member
Board Member

Aamina Ahmed

Board Member
Board Member

Fatema Haque Fatema 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.

Board Member
Board Member

Fathematuz Chamak

Board Member
Board Member

Kristin Dayag

Board Member
Board Member

Mehruba Akhtar