Stephanie currently serves as the President for the Washington, D.C. chapter of Filipino Young Professionals (FYP-DC). During her time with FYP, Stephanie has worked with organizations such as FilVetRep and NaFFAA to help raise funds for Congressional Gold Medals for Filipino American WWII veterans. Stephanie works at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates as the Chapter and Membership Manager. In her role, Stephanie works with over 50 chapters and 2000 members throughout the country. Stephanie serves as the liaison for OCA’s chapters, members, manages chapter development, civic engagement and has been involved with mobilizing groups throughout the country on issues such as Immigration, Affirmative Action, and the 2020 Census.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Florida where she studied Political Science, English, and Asian American Studies. While at UF, Stephanie served as President of the Asian American Student Union, Senator and Assistant Director for Student Government, and Programming Director for the Southeast Regional Conference of Asian American Leaders (SERCAAL). Stephanie also developed the Asian American community in the Southeast, helping with the formation of the Florida Asian American Student Union (FAASU) and bringing the first Asian American Studies minor to a college campus in the Southeast. In addition, Stephanie is an alumna of the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies and worked for Congresswoman Bordallo in the office for Guam.
On the side, Stephanie serves as a Yelp Brand Ambassador for Washington, DC!
Stephanie can be reached at email@example.com.
Vice President of Membership
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Aggie moved to the U.S. when she was 12 years old and resided in South Jersey. She moved to the DC area 3 years ago to work for the government. Currently, Aggie works as an Emergency Management Specialist for the National Institutes of Health, which she is responsible for biodefense and pandemic planning. She attended her first FYP event in 2016 after realizing that she needs to find other young Filipino professionals who would share the same passion in public service and Filipino culture.
She graduated with her second master’s degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University, her first master’s degree in Homeland Security and Public Health Preparedness from Penn State, and her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Elizabethtown College. She was deeply involved in community service especially with raising awareness of drug use in her community and volunteering at local food pantries delivering donations to families and bagging items for donations. On the side, she enjoys going to barre and spin classes, traveling, spending time with friends and family, watching sports games (Go Eagles!), and exploring what the DMV area has to offer.
Aggie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Historian and Media Relations
Raymond Javier is currently an active-duty service member serving with the United States Marine Corps. Enlisted straight out of high school, Ray has served overseas, working with foreign nations and improving the image of the US abroad through volunteer work. He also runs his own freelance photography business, engaging with the local artistic scene within the DMV area.
Raymond can be reached at email@example.com.
Joe is a Cost Analyst for Tecolote Research Inc, a Government Contractor in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to working for Tecolote Research, he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton where he won two awards for ingenuity and innovation, organized learning initiatives for certifying new hires, coordinated software marketing efforts to help ease the intense workflow of program and project managers. He graduated from University of Maryland at Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, and enjoys personal development, binge-watching, video games, and bootcamp/military fitness.
Joe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
In his second year on the FYP-DC board, Michael currently serves as the Secretary. He relocated from Los Angeles, CA in 2017 to the DMV area to experience the East Coast lifestyle. Besides FYP-DC, Michael is a board member of the University of Southern California Alumni Club of Washington D.C., and is the current president of his employer’s Asian American Pacific Islander employee resource group.
Michael enjoys traveling, good food, and watching USC Trojans football.
Michael can be reached at email@example.com.
Vice President At-Large
J.P. currently works at the United States Department of Justice. Prior to his career in the federal government, J.P. served in Thailand with the Peace Corps. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he initiated community-development projects ranging from English camps, HIV/AIDS awareness panels, and small business development. A DC transplant since 2013, J.P. grew up in New Orleans, LA and obtained a Masters degree in Educational Leadership. His go-to karaoke song is “Somebody to Love” by Queen.
J.P. can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Loni Cortez Russell
Vice President At-Large
Loni Cortez Russell is the Public Engagement Director for the Climate Action Campaign (CAC), a coalition of national environmental organizations that works to protect public health and the environment. Loni manages CAC’s work with diverse constituencies and allies across the movement.
Loni grew up in Southern California and comes from a large, Filipino family of nurses and healthcare workers. Prior to working at CAC, she spent many years with the Environmental Defense Fund managing their outreach to families in the West. Loni has spent time at the US Embassy in Germany and the United Nations on Drugs and Crime in Austria. She holds an M.S. in Political Science from Lund University in Sweden and a B.A. in Global Affairs from University of California Santa Barbara. Loni credits her Filipino upbringing for instilling values of respect, diversity, hard work and a strong sense of community. And her favorite Filipino food is Sinigang!
Loni can be reached at email@example.com
Ron Van Bellen
Ron Van Bellen is a Realtor with Keller Williams – Capital Properties where he assists clients with buying and selling homes. A native to the DC area he brings local knowledge to his clients. He holds a dual Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Science from Salisbury University and a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering, kayak fishing, and web development.
Ron can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org