AAFE has announced a strong lineup of speakers for the 10th Annual Asian American Community Development Conference, which is coming up Oct. 25 in New York City.

Our keynote speakers will be award-winning journalist Juan González; New York City Public Advocate Letitia James; and Carmelyn Malalis, chairperson of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. They will help frame the important issues to be discussed around this year’s theme: Achieving Equality for All.

AAFE has also announced our Equali-Talks speakers, who were nominated by members of the public and selected by our conference committee. This year’s speakers are:

Lee-Sean Huang – Co-founder and creative director of Foossa, a community-centered design consultancy. As a designer, strategist, and storyteller, he collaborates with communities and organizations across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia to solve social innovation challenges.

Vasundhara Kalasapudi, M.D. – Practicing geriatric psychiatrist with over 30 years of psychiatry research and practice experience. She is also co-founder and executive director of India Home, Inc., the largest social service agency in New York City dedicated to South Asian older adults.

Giovania Tiarachristie – Co-Chair of the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter Diversity Committee. Raised in an immigrant, working class household, she sees diversity and cultural competency amongst decision makers as key to achieving more equitable and inclusive neighborhoods.

Fay Hoh Yin & Monona Yin – Author/collaborator of Riding with the Wind, Fay’s recently published book which is a portrait of three generations of her family in rapidly changing 20th century China and the United States. Monona Yin is Fay’s daughter, editor and collaborator on the book.


(Clockwise from upper left) Lee-Sean Huan, Vasundhara Kalasapudi, M.D., Fay Hoh Yin & Monona Yin, Giovania Tiarachristie.

The 10th Annual Asian American Community Development Conference will be held at New York University’s Kimmel Center. Each year, AAFE convenes more than 250 policy makers, advocates, community leaders, philanthropists, and community development practitioners from across New York City and the country to discuss emerging issues facing Asian, Asian American, immigrant, and low-income communities.

For more details — including ticketingscholarship, and sponsorship — please visit the 2017 AACDC website. We hope you can join us! Click here if you’re interested in volunteering.