Gregg Orton

National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

Gregg is the National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans where he leads the coalition in developing policy and communications strategy and advancing a joint agenda to address the needs of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. Gregg joins NCAPA after spending nine years working on Capitol Hill for Rep. Al Green (D-TX). He has served as a dedicated advocate for the AAPI community, as well as a mentor for many AAPI staffers in Congress. Gregg hails from Arcadia, CA and attended Vassar College where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. Following graduation, he came to DC as an Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Housing Fellow and joined Rep. Green’s office. He most recently served as the Congressman’s Chief of Staff.

Gregg is speaking at

July 17, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


  • Gregg Orton (Moderator) National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
  • Senator Joe Nguyen (Speaker) Senator, Washington State Senate
  • Alex Lee (Speaker) Assemblymember, State of California, 25th Assembly District
  • Krystal Ka'ai (Speaker) Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
  • Erika Moritsugu (Speaker) Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Senior Liaison, White House
  • Congressman Ted Lieu (Speaker) Congressman, California 33rd Congressional District, United States House of Representatives


The AAPI electorate is a formidable community with the power to shape and influence elections down the ticket throughout the U.S. As AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the country, it is essential that our community remain vigilant about voting and achieving representation at a proportional rate to elected office.

This closing plenary features a panel of rising AAPI officials at the local, state, and federal levels from across the country. Discussions will focus on their respective paths to elected office, challenges they face in their roles as AAPI officials, and the urgent need to pass the most significant voting rights and democracy reform in more than half a century: The For the People Act.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).

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