Commissioners

Ayesha Ghazi Edwin Chair: Ayesha Ghazi Edwin (Asian Indian American, Washtenaw County)
  Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology, Albion College
  Masters in Social Work with a focus on Social Policy & Evaluation, and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt of Engineering from University of Michigan
  Former executive director, American Citizens for Justice/Asian American Center for Justice
  Adjunct Lecturer and Program Manager of ENGAGE at University of Michigan School of Social Work   and Fund Development and Research Specialist of Detroit Disability Power
  Founder & Principal Consultant, AGE Strategies LLC
  Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Ann Arbor

 First Term: 2019-2023


Portrait of Angela Wang Beasinger

 Vice Chair: Angela Wang Beasinger (Chinese American, Oakland County)
President of WeAct Inc.
Board member of New Detroit
Communication Chair for Census 2020 Michigan Nonprofit Complete Count Committee
Past president 2017-2018 of Council of Asian Pacific Americans and current Nomination Chair of CAPA
Past VP of Association of Chinese American
Past VP of Detroit Chinese Business Association
Past EVP of Council of Ethnic Chambers of Commerce
Angela is multilingual and possesses a deep understanding of Eastern and Western cultures and holds a Master's degree in Computer Information Systems and an MBA degree. 

First Term: 2019-2021


Portrait of David HanSecretary: David Han  (Korean American - Wayne County)

Vice President, Seoul Robotics - Autonomous Systems & Strategic Partnerships
Managing Principal, Turtlerock Group: Strategic Advisory and Consulting
Board Director and Chair, Education & Career Development Committee, National -Association of Asian American Professionals Detroit
Global Marketing & Product Management leadership roles at Visteon, Whirlpool, Knoll, Herman Miller; and strategic consulting at PWC
MBA, Ross School of Business; BA Economics, University of Michigan

First Term: 2018 - 2022
 


Portrait of Reggie PacisTrustee: Reginald A. Pacis (Filipino American - Oakland County)
Shareholder of Butzel Long's Detroit office 
Concentrates his practice in immigration law and variety of immigration matters
Board Member of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit 
Member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Samahang Pilipino Ng Oakland Filipino organization 
Speaker on immigration topics at many business, Hispanic and Filipino presentations.
Joined the State Bar of Michigan in 1997
Graduate of Detroit College of Law, Michigan State University; B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University

First Term:  2018 - 2022


Secretary Grace Y. LeeGrace Y. Lee (Chinese American, Oakland County)
CEO/President, Ashford Connex, LLC.
Board of Director, Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE), and the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC)
Member, Eastern Michigan University Investment Committee
Member, Council of Asian Pacific American 
BA in economics from University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University


First Term: 2014-2018
Second Term: 2018-2022
 


Trustee Poowanat Joseph TasmaPoowanat Joseph Tasma (Thai American, Wayne County)
Internal Auditor, DAIFUKU
Accounting Manager, Incodel and ZYNP International
Language Consultant, National Language Service Corps DOD, DOJ, DHS
Member, Lawyers Council of Thailand, Federation of Accounting Professions of Thailand Court Interpreter, Michigan and Ohio
Past President and Board Member, Thai-American Association of Michigan 

First Term: 2014-2018
Second Term: 2018-2022
 


Asim Alavi

Mehruba Akhtar (Bangladeshi American, Macomb County)
Business Analyst (in the process of starting at a new company)
Rising Voices of Asian American Families- Board Member 
Detroit Immigration Task Force Census 2020 Subcommittee- Advisor 
Youth of Ummah- Lead of Youth Outreach/General Board (2016-2019)
Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL)- Fellow (2019)
Muslim Power Building Project- Fellow (2018)
New American Leaders (NAL) - Fellow (2017) 

First Term: 2019-2023


Roland ColomaRoland Sintos Coloma, Ph.D. (Filipino American, Wayne County)
Professor, Division of Teacher Education, Wayne State University
Principal Investigator, Metro Detroit TRUE Project (funded by US Department of Education)
Principal Investigator, Shifting Urban Narratives: Youth Civic Engagement and America's Future (funded by Schultz Family Foundation, part of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Competition)
Principal Investigator, Project MITTEN: Michigan Initiative to Transform Educational and Equity Networks (funded by the National Education Association)
President, American Educational Studies Association (2018-19)
Editor, Educational Studies Journal (2014-17)
Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education and Minor in African American and African Studies, The Ohio State University
B.A. in Liberal Studies and M.A. in Educational Administration, University of California-Riverside

First Term: 2020-2024


Mika McAskillMika McAskill (Chinese American - Livingston County) ​
Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management at Washtenaw Community College 
Master of Science, Administration Leadership & Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations from Central Michigan University 

First Term: 2020 - 2024

 


Dinh Thai HoaDinh Thai Hoa (Vietnamese American, Macomb County)
Engineering Supervisor - Electrified Powertrain engineering, Ford Motor Company President - Vietnamese American Association of Michigan Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University Master of Engineering Management, University of Michigan Team Leader Detroit Chapter - Viet Aid Fund, non-profit organization Soccer Coach U8 - U19, AYSO, 2010 - 2017

First Term: 2018 - 2021

 


Sharon DowSharon Dow (Chinese American, Oakland County)

CEO and Founder, SD3 Connect Studio, LLC.
Data Architect, Information & Communication Technology, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Retired)
Member, Rochester Hills Human Resources Technical Review Committee
Member, Rochester Hills Public Safety Infrastructure and Technical Review Committee
Vice President, Association of Chinese Americans, Inc.
Board Treasurer, Friends of the Asian Arts and Culture, Detroit Institute of Arts
Board of Director, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
Past President, Chinese American Society of Ann Arbor
Past President, Michigan Chinese Women Association
Past Vice President and Communication Chair, Council of Asian Pacific Americans
Past Board and Communication Chair, National Association of Asian American Professionals - Detroit
B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature
M.S. in Computer Science

First Term:  2017-2020
Second Term: 2020-2024


Jenny MaulhlunJenny Maulhlun (Burmese American, Calhoun County)​
Working as Incubation Associate, Coach/Facilitator at SecondMuse
Past chairperson, Serving Burmese Families through Burma Center
Past member of Health Impact Team, United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region
BA in Psychology from Oral Roberts University

First Term: 2020 - 2024

 

 

 

 


Portrait of Leena MalgrulkarLeena Mangrulkar (Asian Indian American, Washtenaw County)
Independent consultant in the nonprofit and philanthropy field
Master's degree, Yale University, and a bachelor's degree in political science, University of Michigan 

First Term: 2018-2022

 


Portrait of Suchiraphon McKeithen-PolishSuchiraphon McKeithen-Polish, Ph.D. (Thai American, Macomb County)
Macomb ISD Bilingual Education Program Director/Title III Consultant. 
Past president of the Thai-American Association of Michigan. 
Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University in Bicultural/Biliteracy Program in Education Department/School. 
Macomb A.C.T. (Diversity) Steering Committee Officer - One Macomb/Macomb County.
Board Member, Council of Asian Pacific American (CAPA). 
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Oakland University.

First Term: 2018-2021

 


Trustee Ryan Rosario

Ramesh Kumar Palepu (Asian Indian American, Wayne County)
Assistant prosecuting attorney for Macomb County's Child Protection Unit
Serves as a First Lieutenant and Air Force Judge Advocate General at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base Legal office and is a veteran of the United States Army
Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

First Term: 2019-2023

 


Trustee Ryan RosarioRyan Rosario (Filipino American, Macomb County) 
Agency owner with State Farm Insurance
Past President, Filipino American Community Council of Michigan 
Past Chairman, Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Michigan Board Member, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce 

First Term: 2013-2017
Second Term: 2018-2021

 


Aditya SathiAditya Sathi (Asian Indian American - Oakland County)
National Director of Asian Pacific American Engagement, Republican National Committee 
Chief of Staff, Young Republican National Federation (YRNF)
Board of Directors, Community Financial Credit Union (CFCU)
Northeast Chair, Young Conservatives for Energy Reform (YC4ER)
2016-2017 Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Legislative Fellow, Office of Senator Orrin G. Hatch - U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore & Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
2015-2017 Vice Chair, Michigan Republican Party (MIGOP)
2013-2014 Executive Director, Association of Big Ten Students (ABTS)
2016 Fellow - Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) - Michigan State University Institute of Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR)
M.S.W. December 2014, Concentration: Community Organization, University of Michigan
School of Social Work, B.A. - May 2013 - Major: Political Science, Minor: Community Action and Social Change (CASC) - University of Michigan School of Literature Science & the Arts

First Term:  2018-2021


Soma Sekhar Suryadevara (Asian Indian American, Oakland County)

Working as Information Technology Consultant at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
Board member of Michigan Indian American Democratic Caucus
ChIPS (Chanakya Institute of Political Science) core committee member to host first Diwali Legacy Dinner
Hosted first ever MLK-Gandhi peace march in Detroit  
Volunteer at Sri Venkateswara Temple & Cultural Center since its inception

First Term: 2019-2023

 

 


Laura Misumi

Laura Misumi, Esq. (Japanese American - Wayne County)
Executive Director and Board Member, Rising Voices of Asian American Families/Michigan Asian American Progressives
Managing Director, Detroit Action, a project of Tides Advocacy
Board of Directors, Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund
Member, Michigan APALA
BA University of Michigan '09; JD Northeastern University School of Law '14

First Term:  2020 - 2023