Christine Chen

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Christine Chen is the Executive Director of APIAVote, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes civic participation of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels. She served from 2001 to 2005 as national executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), one of the leading APIA civil rights organizations in the country.

Prior to being appointed OCA executive director, Ms. Chen served as the organization's director of programs for six years. Her track record in building coalitions and working at the grassroots and national levels established her as one of the strongest voices in the APIA community. Ms. Chen is an advisory board member for the Progressive Majority Racial Justice Campaign, and has served on numerous boards such as the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, Youth Vote, Gates Millennium Scholarship Advisory Council, Kennedy Center Community Advisory Board, and Board of Advisors for the Midwest Asian American Students Union, East Coast Asian American Students Union, and the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association. In 2003, she was a founding member of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.

"Building Relationships: Diversifying and Expanding your Base"

On March 19, 2008, Edna Brown, Christine Chen, Andrew Gillum and Kristina Logsdon spoke in a session entitled "Building Relationships: Diversifying and Expanding your Base", at Take Back America.

The description for the session was:

"This session will help participants become more effective at working politically with under-represented communities, including communities of color, young people, GLBT communities, etc.)."

Demos Involvement

Christine Chen was a past member on the Board of Trustees for New York based think tank Demos.[1]