Executive Board


10454266_708045169230780_3888506445287864041_o.jpgEllen Kamei, President

A native to Silicon Valley, Ellen has deep roots in Mountain View spanning back three generations. Growing up, she spent much of her childhood in Mountain View and Morgan Hill. Her grandparents were residents and property owners of Mountain View for over seventy years. Kenzo Court in the Waverly Park neighborhood is named in honor of Ellen's grandfather. 

Currently, Ellen is a Policy Aide to Supervisor Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 5. Her portfolio includes the Children, Seniors, and Families Committee; Social Media and Outreach; and Social Services. Prior to the County, Ellen worked for the City of Fremont as an International City/County Management Association Local Government Management Fellow and the federal government for Congresswomen Anna G. Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren. She serves on numerous boards and is the current Vice Chair of the City of Mountain View's Environmental Planning Commission. She is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Mountain View. 

Ellen completed her Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Certificate in Politics in May 2011 from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. During this time, Ellen was a Summer Analyst for the City of New York's Mayor's Office of Operation and a Graduate Intern with the City of Philadelphia's Human Services Agency. Ellen attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she was a student athlete on the Rowing Team. She received a B.A. in English.

Clarence_Madrilejos.jpgClarence Madrilejos, VP of Political Affairs

What matters most for Clarence Madrilejos is making a difference -- in the community or for his clients.   Clarence's clients rely upon his understanding of the different areas that make up Silicon Valley, his creativity and his resourcefulness to get the job done. Clarence, a second generation Californian, has spent most of his life in Silicon Valley.  Clarence earned his college degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  After college, Clarence spent eights years as a community organizer working in various parts of the country.  Because of Clarence's fondness for the Bay Area, he always returned home after each assignment. 

Clarence has always taken great pride in being an active participant in Silicon Valley.   Clarence has been serving on several important committees and commissions notably the Berryessa Union Elementary School District’s Budget Committee and the City of San Jose’s Human Rights Commission.  Since 2006, Clarence has helped plan the annual Filipino American History activities each October. Yearning for the chance to build stronger roots, to be part of the community, and to have the opportunity to help people, Clarence turned toward a career in real estate.  Clarence saw his father working as a real estate agent during the early 1980’s and the early 1990’s helping people buy and sell homes.  Clarence always wanted to follow his father's footsteps in helping people achieve one's real estate dreams. As a Realtor with Century 21 M&M and Associates, Clarence brings a broad breath of experience and proven leadership skills to help his clients achieve their real estate goals.  Clarence always looks forward to helping people achieve their next real estate goals. 

AG.jpgAndrae Macapinlac, VP of Programs

When he was in the seventh grade, the young Mr. Macapinlac decided he wanted to get into politics, and he hasn't looked back. He founded his first young Democrats club in high school, and went on to became president of the Democratic Caucus at San José State University. He made a name for himself on the campus political scene, organizing rallies against budget cuts and for quality higher education, and lobbying for the California Faculty Association. His efforts did not go unnoticed, he worked for the Office of Assemblymember Alberto Torrico as a senior field representative. Now, he is a District Representative for Senator Bob Wieckowski (AD-25). He serves as the Secretary of Santa Clara County Democratic Party (2011-Present), Treasurer, Silicon Valley Asian Pacific-American Democratic Club (2011-Present), Treasurer, Tri Cities Democratic Forum (2012-Present), and Delegate, California State Democratic Party Central Committee (2009-Present).  Andrae was previously President, Silicon Valley Young Democrats (2011-2012) and Campus Organizer, Students for Barack Obama- San Jose State University Chapter. (2008). He graduated from SJSU with a BA in Political Science in 2009. His focus in politics includes campaign strategy, legislative advocacy, event planning, labor organizing, and constituent services.  

3dd5b55.jpgVedant Patel, VP of Membership & Outreach

Vedant Patel serves as a Congressional Aide in the District Office of Congressman Mike Honda. Vedant is passionate about politics and public service and am always seeking pertinent experience in the fields of communications, public policy, campaign management and legislative affairs. Previously, he was a Resident Advisory at UC Riverside, Logistics Intern with American Cancer Society, and Volunteer Field Organizer for Bill Hedrick for Congress. While studying at UC Riverside, he was involved with the University Honors Program, Residence Halls Association and Colleges Against Cancer. He serves on the board of the Bay Area Asian Pacific American Legislative Staffers (BAAPALS), and is a member of the Silicon Valley Young Democrats. He is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the UF Hough Graduate School of Business.


 2dd4abc.jpgAnthony Lin - Treasurer

Anthony Lin is a Government Relations representative with PG&E. Prior, he served as a Senior Field Representative to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. He founded and continues to serve as Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Justice Coalition, a network of API focused organizations focused on empowering and advocating for the API community. Growing up in the South Bay, he found his calling with community affairs at De Anza College. He transferred to UC Berkeley, completing a Bachelors in Asian American Studies and Political Science and served with  Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), Cal Students for Equal Rights and A Valid Education (CalSERVE), Asian Pacific American Student Development Office (APASD), Reach! Asian Pacific Islander Recruitment Retention Center, Southeast Asian Student Coalition (SASC), Bridges Multicultural Resource Center, Statewide UC - California Community College Transfer Advisory Board, and the University of California Student Association. He has a Masters of Arts degree from UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change. 

Edwin_Face_Shot.jpg Edwin Tan - Communications Co-Director










Mason_Headshot.JPGMason Fong - Communications Co-Director

Mason Raymond Fong is a Bay Area native and recent Urban Studies and Planning graduate from UC San Diego with a minor in Political Science. His senior thesis on affordable housing was featured in the San Diego Union Tribune. He currently serves the 17th CA Congressional District as a Field Representative for Congressman Mike Honda's District Office. Prior to moving back to the bay area after graduation, Mason served as the Public Policy Assistant for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he staffed the Chamber’s Defense, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee and the Education and Workforce Development Committee. Outside of the Chamber, Mason volunteered for the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), helping to mobilize the Asian and Pacific-Islander American community on voter registration campaigns and stakeholder engagement with elected officials and candidates.

As a student, Mason served in various student organizations. Most notably, Mason served as the President of the Asian and Pacific-Islander Student Alliance at UCSD where he organized his fellow students around social justice issues such as prison reform and access to higher education in California. Prior to attending UCSD, he attended De Anza College. Mason enjoys playing basketball, studying martial arts, and attending comedy shows. He has visited both his maternal and paternal ancestral villages in China, and he has also traveled to Japan as part of a wrestling exchange program.

Board Members 

Hon. Margaret Abe-Koga


Dennis Chiu


Balbir Dhillon


Betty Duong


Hon. Ash Kalra



Anna Ko


Andrew Knaack


Hon. Otto Lee


Tamon Norimoto



Hon. Gilbert Wong



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