Interim Executive Director
Jungsoo is a co-founder, Executive Director, and Chief Teaching Officer at the Michigan Teacher Education Network (MITEN), an organization that asks educators to collaboratively reimagine and create a more just educational experience for children — especially those who go unseen in our racialized society. Previously, she served as the Director of Partnerships at TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan, where she worked with teacher educators (professors, school leaders, and mentor teachers who prepare teachers) all over the United States to disrupt patterns of inequity through teaching. She also was a school leader at a charter school in Detroit, Michigan, and began her career in education as a lower elementary school teacher. Through all these roles, she has been committed to providing children with a much better and far less harmful school experience through improvement of self and improvement with others.
Director of Special Projects
Founding Executive Director
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 Rising Voices forward, of which she is the Founding Executive Director.
Regina was born in NYC into a tight knit immigrant Chinese family headed by her 4 ft, handful of inches paw paw (maternal grandma), a giant of a matriarch who flew halfway across the world to help raise her. Through them, she has been grounded in a strong Asian identity, and taught the value of family, community and the power of continually showing up for each other.
Regina graduated with a BA in Economics & Sociology from the University of Michigan; her professional background includes experiential marketing, fundraising and special events in non-profit healthcare, and communications/volunteer coordination for an AAPI civic engagement org. Through Rising Voices, she hopes to help create spaces that encourage joy, empowerment, and collective learning and liberation. In her spare time, you can find her thrifting, starting books she can’t seem to finish, and telling her 5-year old daughter 500 times a day to “say it again, but in Cantonese”. Her favorite non-English words are exclamatory sounds that can mean a hundred different things with a simple tone change, like “aiyah”. “Kintsukuroi” (golden repair) is a dope word/concept as well.
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. Makibaka! Huwag matakot! ("Fight! Don't be afraid!") is one of her favorite Tagalog phrases.
Dim was the Civic Engagement fellow at Rising Voices of Asian American Families and an APALA Fellow. She is now a Community Organizer for Rising Voices. 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.
CELESTE SHIMOURA GOEDERT
Community Organizer, Tsuru Michigan
Celeste Shimoura Goedert is a yonsei (fourth generation Japanese American) of mixed heritage. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a degree in Social Theory & Practice. She is currently based in Southeast Michigan and in addition to her work at Rising Voices, she spends her time co-curating, alongside Mika Kennedy, the JACL Detroit Chapter’s community history exhibit Exiled to Motown. Inspired by the legacy of Detroiter Grace Lee Boggs, Celeste is interested in understanding how women of color build spaces that help us to heal from cultural assimilation and racial capitalism while building solidarity amongst BIPOC communities. One of her favorite Japanese phrases is 頑張って (ganbatte), which can be both a felicitation of good luck and an encouragement for perseverance.
Field Manager/Language Justice Organizer
Da is a 1.5th generation Chinese-Canadian-American born in Chengdu and raised in Windsor, Ontario. She brings to Rising Voices a passion for language diversity, cultural accessibility, and usability that stems from her background as a linguist and software developer. Da finds inspiration in intergenerational relationships, shared meals, and restoring our connection to the earth and to each other.
Macomb County Community Organizer
Munni Rahman (Shefa) is a Muslim Bangladeshi American woman currently living in Warren, MI. She graduated from Davis Aerospace Technical High School in Detroit and attended Kalamazoo College and Wayne State University. Munni is thankful Rising Voices has given her the opportunity to actively work, knock down barriers, support and uplift Asian American communities. It Munni's asha (hope) to create a better community for ourselves and our children to thrive in.
Miri Kim is a child of immigrants and a disabled organizer based in Ann Arbor, MI. Previously an Organizing Fellow and a Summer Trainer with Michigan Student Power, she has worked in campaigns around racial justice and is now a Field Manager for Rising Voices. She is a trained facilitator who is passionate about storytelling and narrative building as a way to build and reclaim power. In her free time, she loves to read and take naps.
CAITLIN SHIMOURA GOEDERT
Digital Associate/Field Organizer
Caitlin Shimoura Goedert is also yonsei like her older sister Celeste. She graduated from Wayne State University in 2021 with a degree in Political Science. She is passionate about digital organizing and is excited to connect with Asian American community members in Michigan. Caitlin is inspired by her mom, Irenita Shimoura Goedert and her two older sisters. In her free time Caitlin enjoys spending time with her pitbull Jasper and watching Avatar.
Afaf Humayun is a first-generation Pakistani-American Muslim woman and mother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Before joining RV, Afaf was the Administrative Coordinator for Islamic Scholarship Fund and the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Michigan Center for Youth Justice. She serves as an advisory council member for both the Ypsilanti Area Community Fund and the Regional Equity Advisory Committee for Health for Mid-State Health Network. Afaf is an organizer for Narratives of Pain and a member of the NonBlack Persons of Color initiative which aims to abolish anti-Blackness in mosques and Muslim-led spaces.
When not at work, Afaf can be found writing, singing or spending time with her family. Afaf enjoys listening to stories of Sheikhupur, India from her Nani Jan (dear maternal grandmother).