Our Staff

Nina Jusuf

Nina Jusuf has been working on domestic violence and sexual assault issues since 1992, starting as a hotline volunteer before becoming a shelter-based domestic violence advocate and later as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Women Against Rape for five years. She is one of the founders of NAPIESV and has led numerous trainings on sexual assault and domestic violence issues in general and API-specific trauma-informed services, and has provided technical assistance to different API organizations.  In addition, Nina had been providing training on organizational sustainability to different organizations in the United States and internationally.  Nina is a certified trainer on Multicultural Wellness from Capacitar, an international energy-based healing program, and serves as Capacitar’s International Adviser. She has led/facilitated trainings on multicultural wellness, sustaining activists and activism and integrated security for women human rights defenders and has provided training in Indonesia, East Timor, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia, Thailand and the United States.  She can be reached at [email protected]  



Mira Yusef

Mira Yusef is the executive director of Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, formerly Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa, an organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. She is also one of the founders and one of the staff of the National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV). Mira has a Master’s in Social Work, with specialization in Community Organizing, and a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mira was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, 2004-2005, to pursue research in the Philippines on Muslim Filipinas employed as domestic workers in the Middle East. She was also awarded the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David Boren Fellowship in 2006 to study the Indonesian and Malay languages as well as conduct field research in Malaysia and the Philippines.  She can be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]



Shirlynn Perez-Shorter

Shirlynn "Shin" is from the Commonwealth Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). From 2006 - 2013, she was a Program Coordinator for the Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) where she managed Department of Justice grants, specifically the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Sexual Assualt Services (SASP), and Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA) grants. As part of her responsibilities she oversaw grant-funded programs and provided programmatic technical assistance to programs when needed. She also helped plan, organize, and facilitate DV/SA conferences and training in the CNMI. In 2013, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona to obtain her Bachelor's in Business. While living in Arizona, she worked as a Project Program Specialist for the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). From there she became a Policy Specialist, eventually promoted to Policy Analyst. During her time there, she researched, revised, and wrote statewide policies as well as provided technical assistance to staff within the Vocational Rehabilitation program. Shin can be reached at [email protected]



Hieu Pham

Hieu Pham is the Co-Director of Programs at Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, an organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. She is focused on addressing gender-based violence by providing direct services and performing systems advocacy and community outreach. Hieu is a former journalist who worked as a government reporter for the Iowa City Press-Citizen and covered political news for Agence France-Presse. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Iowa. Hieu can be reached at [email protected].



Ann Nguyen

Ann Nguyen is the Social Media Coordinator at National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV) & Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, working remotely from Illinois. She was born & raised in Iowa and identifies as Vietnamese-American, and is conversational in Vietnamese. Ann graduated from Iowa State University in 2021 and received a B.A in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design with an emphasis in Public Relations. She started her career as Monsoon's Community Outreach & Social Media Coordinator based in the Des Moines office where she will led long-form and short-form content that engaged Monsoon’s diverse audiences both online and in-person. She can be reached at [email protected].