Carolyn Chou, Executive Director
Carolyn Chou is a queer, mixed race, Chinese American woman who is committed to working in Asian American communities and building grassroots power and solidarity with other communities of color. Carolyn currently serves as the Executive Director of AARW where she supports the programming and organizing work of the organization led by our amazing staff and manages AARW's fundraising and operations with Janet and the Board. Previously, Carolyn served as the Director of Programs of AARW and was a STRIDE Postgraduate Fellowship recipient from Harvard College. Carolyn was politicized as a college student at Harvard College, where she was deeply involved with the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA). At PBHA, Carolyn worked with recent immigrant youth in Dorchester through the Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment (BRYE) program and supported afterschool, summer, and advocacy programs led by students and community members.
Kevin Lam, Organizing Director
Kevin is a queer, Lao and Vietnamese American man who is committed to developing and supporting leadership within Asian American communities in the fight for social transformation. Kevin currently serves as the Organizing Director of AARW where he coordinates the Dorchester Organizing & Training Initiative (DOT-I), a leadership and organizing development program for Vietnamese young adults, and creates opportunities through programming efforts to engage AARW members and the broader Asian American community. Kevin was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY due to his family being displaced from their homelands because of the war in Southeast Asia, “The American War”. His family’s and community’s histories and narratives have created a foundation and grounded him in the way he organizes. Kevin moved to Boston in 2015 after receiving his Master’s Degree in Humanistic & Multicultural Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Previously, Kevin served as the Program Manager with the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), a grassroots community organization developing the leadership and organizing skills of Southeast Asian young people fighting for social change. Currently, Kevin is serving on the Board of Directors for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), and on the Steering Committee for the Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (QAPA). On his off time, Kevin is a part-time drag artist, and full-time foodie.
Janhavi Madabushi, Director of Political Education
janhavi is a caste privileged South Indian immigrant person. Their work spans racial and healing justice in Boston focusing on embodiment, creative organizing and political education. Within AARW, janhavi along with a thriving community of member leaders, help hold and create political education content that includes trainings, workshops, community dialogues and practice spaces. They also support coalition and campaign work that addresses the many ways that we can confront systemic violence and build strategies to create a world that works everyday towards freedom for all of our people.
Janet Gee, Administrative Manager
Janet was born and raised in Boston’s Chinatown in a 3-generation family. For many years, she worked in the Boston Public Schools with bilingual education teachers on curriculum development. In addition to her AARW administrative duties, Janet has been involved in art projects, author events, and the current Caring for Our Parents & Grandparents series. She also assists the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund with administrative and annual fundraiser work. Janet served on the board of Community Works (1993-2015) and remains a volunteer. She and her husband help plan and implement local Japanese American community events. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.
Angelina Hua, Program Coordinator
Angelina is a queer, Chinese Vietnamese American who is committed to building and supporting Asian American grassroots organizing on a local and national level in solidarity with other communities of color. Angelina currently serves as the Program Coordinator of AARW, where they support local community programs and lead the Dorchester Organizing & Training Initiative (DOT-I), a leadership and organizing development program for Vietnamese young adults. Born and raised in Dorchester/Roxbury, Angelina grew up with a strong Vietnamese diasporic network and hopes to maintain and empower their community from further displacement. Angelina had previously interned at the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Matahari Women Workers’ Center. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College, Angelina returned to Boston to work as a summer teacher for the VietAID Summer Program for Youth (VSPY).
Board of Directors
AARW Board members are democratically elected from within the membership. Board Members meet once a month to discuss key decisions affecting AARW’s membership at large, and to maintain fiscal and legal responsibility for organizational operations. AARW's Board members have been pivotal in moving the organization forward over the years.
Nam Le, President