NAAAP100, Inspire and Pride Awards
NAAAP recognizes and honors exemplary leaders in the Asian American Pacific Islander community on an annual basis. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to appreciate and celebrate our community’s heroes, game-changers, and inspiration. Nominations are reviewed by the NAAAP 100 committee and the NAAAP National Board. Decisions are based on the nominee’s career achievement and reputation, contribution to the Asian community, and alignment with NAAAP’s vision and mission.
The NAAAP100 award is granted annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to their profession and the AAPI community. Previous award winners include Secretary Elaine Chao, the late Senator Daniel Inouye, MailChimp CEO Ben Chestnut, Superbowl MVP Hines Ward, and actor and activist George Takei.
Padmasree Warrior is the Founder, President and CEO of Fable, a mobile-first company that brings stories for everyone, anywhere. Previously, Padma was the Chief Executive Officer of NIO U.S., Chief Development Officer and Board Member of NIO Inc., a manufacturer of smart, electric and autonomous vehicles. In this role she scaled the company from start-up to a successful IPO NYSE:NIO in 3 years.
Padmasree Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Wireless”. The Wall Street Journal has called her one of “50 Women to Watch.” Fast Company included her among the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” The Economic Times listed her as “the 11th Most Influential Global Indian.”
In 2018 NAAAP Pride was officially launched as a national program to empower, educate, engage, and celebrate the Asian American LGBTQ+ professional community and its allies by providing education, promoting visibility, and developing current and future LGBTQ+ leaders. To celebrate the 1-year anniversary of NAAAP Pride, the NAAAP Pride Award was established to honor an influential leader in the Asian American LGBTQ+ community who has made significant contributions in advancing LGBTQ+ leadership, equality, and visibility.
Urooj Arshad is the Senior Program Manager, Dignity for All, LGBTQI+ Assistance Program at Freedom House. Dignity for All is a consortium of eight leading human rights and LGBTQI+ organizations that provides rapid-response financial assistance, project funding for time-sensitive initiatives, and holistic security support to human rights defenders and civil society organizations under threat or attack due to their work for LGBTQI+ rights. Prior to Freedom House, Urooj was the Director, International LGBTQ Youth Health and Rights Programs at Advocates for Youth, where she built the capacity of organizations working on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the global south. She also designed a project that addresses the reproductive and sexual health needs of Muslim youth. She is the co-founder of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity, which addresses the intersectional impact of islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia.
Urooj has presented about her work globally, including at the International HIV/AIDS Conferences; the European Science Foundation’s conference on Religion, Gender and Human Rights; the Obama White House’s LGBT Pride and Heritage Event; the National Press Club, Capitol Hill, the State Department, Funding Forward, and at national convenings of Muslim leaders including at (re)Presenting American Muslims: Broadening the Conversation organized by Harvard University’s Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program.
Urooj was a member of the Center for American Progress’ Women’s Health Leadership Network and its Faith and Reproductive Justice Institute and a fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. She was on the board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Urooj is the recipient of the Latino GLBT History Project’s annual Mujeres en el Movimiento award, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s Community Catalyst Award, and the Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition’s We Speak award. She was also inducted as an honorary member of the Lavender Leadership Honor Society-University of Maryland, College Park. Urooj served on the U.S. delegation to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2015. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, NBC News, and USA Today.
In 2016, NAAAP created a program to recognize our most promising up-and-coming leaders in the Asian community. Over time, this award has grown to recognize leaders who have made a notable departure from their usual work to utilize their platform in affecting positive change in an unexpected way, in business, government, or nonprofits. Inspire Award winners have been Brian Wong, Nanxi Liu, Aisha Yaqoob, and Nydia Han, and Symington Smith (in 2020)
Tony DelaRosa (he/they/siya) is an aspiring Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Educator, DEI Consultant, Spoken Word Poet, and Coalition Builder. He holds a BA in Asian Studies at the University of Cincinnati and a Masters in Education at Harvard University.
In 2013, he co-founded Pulse Poetry, a school school program which uses spoken word pedagogy and public speaking to empower youth voices in various cities. Because of his youth work, he was handpicked by the US-Phippine Embassy to serve as a delegate and on the board of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO). In 2019, he founded Tony Rosa Speaks LLC which provides DEI motivational speaking services. Tony Rosa Speaks LLC has been selected as an official CatalystEd Network provider, which consults for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the New Schools Venture Fund, and the like. His work has been featured in KQED, Bain & Co, Harvard Ed Magazine, the Smithsonian, Columbia University’s Hechinger Report, Hyphen Magazine, and elsewhere.
Today, he currently works at Teach for America Florida, where he coaches the next wave of Miami’s teacher-leaders and is the cofounder of NYC’s first Asian American teacher support, development, and retention initiative called AATEND under NYC Men Teach, the NYC DOE, and Office of the Mayor.
Alpa Amin is a leading voice in public interest immigration law in the state of Georgia, and serves as the Executive Director of Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN).
A graduate of Virginia Tech University and Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Ms. Amin has worked with GAIN since 2008, during which time she built and managed the Victims of Violence program serving Georgia’s immigrant survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault, and served as GAIN’s first Director of Legal Services before taking on the top executive role.
Ms. Amin oversees all aspects of GAIN’s work, including the provision of pro bono legal services through GAIN’s Asylum and Victims of Violence programs, and has led the organization in an expansion of their legal service model to include holistic services, social service needs assessments and referrals, and client-informed programs. She works closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement and is a frequent guest speaker on issues affecting vulnerable immigrants.
Ms. Amin is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, Leadership Buckhead, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute, and a past chair of the Georgia Immigration Collaborative and the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, where she helped to create the groundbreaking Statewide Labor Trafficking Roundtable and Report. She is the recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association’s 2018 Rita A. Sheffey Public Interest Award and has been recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia’s Top 40 Under 40.
Born and raised in Madison WI, Francesca Hong is a 1st generation Korean American mother, chef and community organizer. In 2016 after the birth of their son, Francesca and her partner Matt opened Morris Ramen Restaurant in downtown Madison. Shortly after, she co-founded the Culinary Ladies Collective (CLC) and currently serves as Board President. CLC is an organization which aims to empower women and non-binary food and beverage professionals through shared resources, networking, and fundraising for non-profit organizations. In 2020 Francesca co-founded Cook It Forward Madison, an initiative that brings healthy meals directly to under-resourced communities while uplifting restaurants and their ecosystems. Francesca is a resident of the Tenney Lapham neighborhood and the Wisconsin State Representative for the 76th Assembly District.