Faith Lee is the California Policy Manager at Advancing Justice – CA. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Faith moved to the United States at the age of 17. She received her Journalism degree from California State University, Long Beach, and began her career as a Cantonese Reporter and Anchor for a Skylink TV, a TV station based in Los Angeles, where she got to know her communities and found her passion for politics.
She joined Assemblymember Holden’s office as a Field Representative and eventually moved to Sacramento to work for State Senator Richard Pan. Some of Faith’s responsibilities as Dr. Pan’s Policy Analyst include Asian Pacific Islander (API) issues and Census, a committee that Dr. Pan co-chairs. Faith is also the immediate past Chair of California Young Democrats, API Caucus, where she led the Caucus to elect young API women to office. Outside of work, Faith loves spending time with her 10-year-old Shih-tzu Poodle mix, Baby, and exploring Sacramento.
Angela Chan is the Policy Director and a Senior Staff Attorney managing the Criminal Justice Reform Program at Advancing Justice–Asian Law Caucus. Angela began her work at the ALC in 2006 with a Soros Justice Fellowship, challenging language and cultural barriers impacting immigrant youth and families in the juvenile justice system. Since 2008, Angela has focused on defending and passing Sanctuary Ordinances to limit local and state law enforcement entanglement with immigration enforcement. She co-authored and collaborated with the ICE out of CA statewide coalition to pass the TRUST Act to limit responses to ICE hold requests, the TRUTH Act to require local law enforcement to provide consent forms prior to interviews with ICE, and most recently the CA Values Act (SB 54), which is the strongest and broadest Sanctuary state law in the country. Angela was named a Local Hero by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, given a Monarch Award by the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition, selected for a 40 Under 40 Leadership Award from the New Leaders Council, and named a Best Under 40 attorney by the National Asian Pacific Bar Association.
Angela served on the San Francisco Police Commission for four years, which is a chartered city civilian commission that adjudicates officer disciplinary cases and sets policies for the police department. Angela also was an instructor for the Raza Department at San Francisco State University, teaching courses on race, crime, and justice. In addition, she was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Napoleon A. Jones in the Southern District of California. Angela earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Occidental College.
Victoria "Nikki" Dominguez
Victoria “Nikki” Dominguez is the Education Equity Director | Interim Policy Strategist for AJSOCAL. Victoria oversees policy initiatives, advocacy, and collaboratives on the areas of education, immigration, health access, and others. She has worked with parents, youth, and community advocates for over 10 years to change policies that impact student access, retention, and completion of higher education - with a special focus on low-income students, English Learners, foster youth, opportunity youth, and racial minorities. In addition, she is the coordinator of the College for All Coalition, a multi-racial and multi-sector statewide coalition working to support all Californian students in achieving their highest potential; and currently provides strategic development support to a small group of partner organizations as part of the Nonprofit Center.
Victoria developed her passion for education policy at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she received her bachelors of arts in Politics, and Legal Studies. During her time there she was the lead intern in charge of developing and designing the University’s Undocumented Student Services unit - a project that still continues to this day.
After college Victoria served for 5 years as the Education and Policy Coordinator at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). Leading on areas of education policy, program development and implementation, and fundraising.
Victoria is also an advocate for LGBTQ+ issues, often volunteering her time to speak to youth about her experience as a bisexual women of color (WOC), and how this has made her a better advocate for her community.
Benjamin Tran joined AJSOCAL's policy team as the Policy Strategist. He has taken the important role of leveraging AJSOCAL’s community connections into equitable and justice-focused policy. He will work on local, state, and federal policies to advancing the civil rights and well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community alongside other marginalized communities.
Before joining AJSOCAL, Benjamin Tran started as an intern with Assemblymember Ed Chau in 2014, where he learned how to do constituent casework and resource navigation. In 2018, Benjamin interned with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment placed, in the Office of State Treasurer John Chiang. Later that year, he became a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow in the Office of Assemblymember Phil Ting. Through mentorship in the Assembly Fellowship, Benjamin gained a stronger understanding of the state legislative and budget process. In 2020, Benjamin became a lobbyist with the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) as their Policy Coordinator. In his capacity with CPEHN, Benjamin helped to organize legislative visits and provide support for CPEHN’s policy priorities for the goal of health equity.
Benjamin received his B.A in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Benjamin has always had a strong connection to an API community. Benjamin is the child of a Vietnamese Teochew refugee and a Teochew immigrant parents.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California is a partnership of two non-profit organizations:
Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice – ALC) was founded in 1972 as the nation’s first legal and civil rights Asian American organization. Recognizing that social, economic, political and racial inequalities continue to exist in the United States, Advancing Justice – ALC is committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all sectors of our society, with a specific focus directed toward addressing the needs of low-income, immigrant and underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California (AJSOCAL) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, AJSOCAL focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.