Deborah Y. Chen
Executive Vice President, OCA National
Deborah Y. Chen, Esq. is a community activist with OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates for 20+ years and an expert on SMWDBE Government Contracting/Supplier Diversity. As a former Sr. Executive Staff Analyst at the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Business Opportunities, she worked to promote equal opportunities, fair treatment, and capacity building for SMWDBEs and was the Certification and Contract Compliance Division Manager for MWDBE & Affirmative Action at the Human Relations Department of the City of Kansas City, MO where she served on the Missouri Regional Certification Committee. Debbie received her JD from South Texas College of Law and is a recipient of the Lyndon B. Johnson Civil Rights Award, the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Distinguished Service Award, and the Garnet F. Coleman AmeriCorps Civic Volunteer Award. In her volunteer life, Debbie started as a student leader at the University of Texas–Austin advocating for an Asian American Studies Center, hiring AAPI mental health counselors, and including AAPIs in scholarship considerations. As Executive Vice President of OCA National and past OCA-Greater Houston Chapter President, Debbie is the OCA-GH Civic Engagement Programs Director, serving on the OCA-GH Development, Programs, and AAPI Film Festival Committees, focusing on citizenship, voter engagement, Census/redistricting, youth, social justice, education, and leadership programs.
Deborah is speaking at
Despite being conducted in the midst of a pandemic, under-resourced, and politicized by the Trump administration, the 2020 Census brought together coalitions of stakeholders who worked to ensure that all people living in the United States, including immigrants, were accurately counted regardless of their citizenship or documentation status. Having every person counted directly impacts how financial resources are subsequently distributed to local communities through 2030 and also impacts the redetermination of boundaries for political offices through the Redistricting Process. The principles of fair representation are at risk both through the current new voting laws enacted at the State level that make it more difficult for people to vote and through the potential gerrymandering of the maps during the Redistricting Process. Learn from this panel of the leading national experts on redistricting and voter rights laws that impact the AAPI community and how you can be a part of protecting our community’s voting rights and fair representation.
Join us for a conversation about the impact and legacy of Vincent Chin and his mother Lily Chin in light of today's environment.
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