Upcoming Speakers

May 18th 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA)

Ben de Guzman is the Director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA).  He has been a leading voice at the local and national level on issues of racial equity, immigrants' rights, veterans affairs, and LGBT justice for more than two decades.  He comes to MOAPIA from the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, where he served as the  Community Outreach Specialist.  During his tenure there, he helped execute two major first time events for the Office - the “District of Pride” LGBTQ cultural performance event and the 32nd Annual 17th Street High Heel Race, presented by the Mayor’s Office as lead organizer.  
 
He has authored articles and op-eds that have appeared in mainstream and special interest media, anthologies, and academic publications, including the Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today.  In 2015, he received a Community Service Award from Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, and is pleased to come to MOAPIA and help recognize exciting new leaders moving forward.  In June 2019, he was recognized by the Capital Pride Alliance in Washington, DC as a Capital Pride Hero.  In October 2019, he received one of the Twenty Outstanding Filipino Americans Award for LGBT Advocacy. 
 
As an advocate for equity and recognition for Filipino veterans of World War II, Ben played a key role in two of the most significant legislative victories on behalf of these soldiers.  He led communications, outreach, and political strategies for the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project that led to the passage of the Filipino Veterans of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act in 2016.  He also served as the National Coordinator for the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity, where he organized a national legislative campaign that created the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund in 2009. 
 
For almost ten years, he was principal staff at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), where he managed the policy and programmatic work for NQAPIA and its federation of 40 Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander LGBT groups around the country.  He spearheaded efforts to promote national LGBT campaigns around comprehensive immigration reform and a national LGBT Pride Month campaign for Asian American/ Pacific Islander advocacy organizations.
 
Ben is the son of Filipino immigrants and was born and raised in New Jersey.  He first moved to the District in 1997 and is a proud resident of Ward 1. 

May 25th 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Executive Director, Chinese American Museum

David Uy is the founding executive director of the Chinese American Museum in Washington, DC where he has been a key player in establishing the first and only museum in our nation’s capital dedicated to the Chinese American story.

David is a marketing, public relations, and development veteran with experience in national nonprofit management, communications, and relationship building.  His role at the museum draws on his work in creative and strategic marketing and public relations, nonprofit and corporate strategy, exhibit and event design, copywriting, speech writing, and campaign development. 

Prior to joining CAMDC, David served in leadership roles in several award-winning advertising and public relations firms, as Vice President of Marketing and Development for the legal technology company, CDS, and as Communications Director for The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network.  He served as the principal of the public relations agency, Brand Bureau, for twelve years.

David has worked with and advised numerous organizations, including The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Personal Care Products Council, Coastal States Organization, Washington Revels, Quality of Life Plus, Johns Hopkins University, Fannie Mae, The National Zoo, Sprint, The Wall Street Journal, Big Brothers Big Sisters, US Dept. of Energy, Bon Secours, and HCA Healthcare. 

David holds an MBA in Marketing Strategy and a BA in Fine Arts and Art History from The College of William and Mary.  He is a second-generation Chinese
American born in Queens, New York City, with family originating in Xiamen, China and the Philippines.

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In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting

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In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting

Upcoming Events

May 18th 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Ben de Guzman, Dir. of the Mayor's Office on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs
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May 23rd 2022 at 6:00 pm
Virtual Prospective Member Orientation Meeting
Topic: Informative and fun session for new and prospective members.
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May 24th 2022 at 12:00 pm
Foundation Board Meeting
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May 25th 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: David Uy, Executive Director, Chinese American Museum
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June 1st 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Ambassador of Turkey
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June 2nd 2022 at 6:30 pm
Ambassadorial Reception
Topic: Ambassadorial Reception at the Residence of the Ambassador of Tunisia, Her Excellency Hanene Tajouri Bessassi
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June 15th 2022 at 12:30 pm
In Person/Hybrid Washington DC Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Andy Yarrow
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