|We are happy to announce that on July 1st, we welcomed 3 new CAPAA Commissioners: Yasmin Trudeau of Pierce County, Chongsun Abbott of Pierce County, and Kendall Kosai of King County.
Commissioner Yasmin Trudeau (Bengali American, Pierce County) currently serves as the Legislative Director at the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. She brings lived experience as a South Asian secular Muslim woman whose mother emigrated from Bangladesh for a better life, which is integral to her life calling to serve as a bridge between different worlds. She is an ardent advocate for human rights, women’s rights, civil rights, and immigrants’ rights, and understands the importance of economic independence, access to state support services, as well as the right for all people to receive equal protection under the law. She has served upon other boards and commissions, including OneAmerica, OneAmerica Votes, and the Seattle Human Rights Commission. She is the first ever Bengali American to serve upon CAPAA.
Commissioner Chongsun Abbott (Korean American, Pierce County) is a first-generation immigrant from Korea with deep community roots in the Pacific Northwest. She has extensive experience providing direct services to community and has helped launch multiple programs bringing relief and support to victims of domestic violence, elders in need of care, families in need of food, and more. She brings an extensive track record of public service, including at the Washington State Lottery, the Department of Financial Institutions, and 21 years of service with the U.S. Army. She currently serves as the Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair of the Korean Women’s Association and has volunteered her time and energy to ensure the well-being of community members in need during the ongoing pandemic.
Commissioner Kendall Kosai (Japanese American, King County) has worked extensively to build the national and local network of Asian and Pacific Islander communities. As Executive Director of OCA National, he worked in collaboration with Asian & Pacific Islander commissions across the nation, as well as national umbrella organizations including Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. Kendall is recognized as a fierce advocate for civil rights and racial justice, with important organizing skills effective in mobilizing and empowering communities. He currently serves as the Associate Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Pacific Northwest Region, where he works to strengthen the organization’s community engagement efforts, respond to incidents of hate, and oversee general legislative strategy. Kendall brings perspective as a “yonsei” – a 4th generation Japanese American.
We are proud to welcome these three proven advocates to join us in statewide service to the APA community as the newest cohort of CAPAA Commissioners. You can read more about our Commissioners on our website.