Theresa Tran, 31

Executive Director
Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote - Michigan

Theresa TranAs the first executive director of Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote-Michigan, Theresa Tran led the organization in a crucial period for the fastest growing racial demographic in Michigan. Since taking the position in 2014, she led the organization to its first Coulter Community Partner Award, a national honor presented to an Asian-American community-based organization working on advocacy and public policy for that community. Tran helped create Michigan's Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus, a bicameral caucus that advises lawmakers on issues of importance to the Asian-American community.

Tran is a frequent speaker on Asian-American civil rights and civic engagement, including recent speaking engagements with the National Association of Social Workers, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and Asian-Americans Advancing Justice national conference, among others. In 2014, she was awarded a three-year fellowship with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, becoming an inaugural class member of the foundation's Community Leadership Network Fellowship. She is active in Michigan United, the Council of Asia- Pacific Americans, Detroit City Council Immigration Task Force and the Detroit Historical Museum. In 2015, Tran was honored by New Detroit, Inc. as the Young Leader in Action for her work in addressing race relations. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2016.