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 and technical assistance on sexual assault and domestic violence issues in general and API-specific trauma-informed services.
Nina believes in collective wellness beyond self-care and has led/facilitated trainings on organizational sustainability, multicultural wellness, sustaining activists and activism, and genuine security for survivors, activists, and women human rights defenders in Asia, the Balkans, and the United States.
In addition, Nina has experience leading an experiential learning-based youth organization and overseeing the Home Based Childcare Center and Federal Nutrition Program. She can be reached at [email protected]
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]
Hieu Pham is a Program Associate at the National Association of Asians & Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence. She was formerly a Co-Director of Programs and Community Outreach at Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, where she administered the Campus Advocacy Program and launched Yoni Chats, a support group for API sexual assault victims focused on healthy sexuality and healing through the arts and culturally-rooted practices. Hieu is a former journalist who worked as a government reporter for the Iowa City Press-Citizen and covered presidential campaigns for Agence France-Presse. She immigrated to the United States as a child and refugee from Vietnam and is passionate about issues such as Asian American identity, community health, and the immigrant diaspora experience. 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 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].
A proud bisexual second-generation Filipino-American, Meg Sunga (she/her) is the Program Associate for NAPIESV. She is currently the host of ElevateUplift's Rooted in Healing podcast and is the owner of the podcast production company, Idea Pig Productions LLC. She earned her B.A. in Sociology at the University of Arkansas and received her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Central Florida. With ten years of experience across three different industries: higher education, ed-tech, and social advocacy, Meg passionately invests in work that enhances diversity, equity, and inclusion. In her spare time, Meg travels, sings karaoke, and serves as a Big for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She can be reached at [email protected]
Lisa is a U.S. Army veteran who has been a primary caregiver, farm hand, musician, teacher, and engineer across multiple consumer electronics manufacturers. Born to Chinese-Malaysian parents, she is their third of four daughters. Following the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, she accepted a Singapore government grant, earned an Electronics, Computer, and Communications Engineering diploma, and spent eight years there. The neurodiverse Lisa went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, sponsored by her Singapore employer. There, she learned how worldwide cultures use movement, sound, music, and technology to survive, connect and heal. In 2010, Lisa was accepted into the Military Accession Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) pilot program and became a naturalized citizen. Prior to being a Program Assistant with NAPIESV, Lisa volunteered with the San Francisco Asian Women's Shelter in 2019 to engage with her host culture while studying at Presidio Graduate School. She holds a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems. Lisa can be reached at [email protected]