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Staff

Chester Hashizume, Administrator | admn.apidc@gmail.com

Peter Wong, Ph.D., Research Director | peter.apidc@gmail.com
Peter completed his Ph.D. in public policy and urban planning at UCLA.  His dissertation topic focused on employment challenges and successes for Asian Americans with disabilities. Because of the ethnic, language, and cultural diversity within the Asian American population and severe lack of specific data on disabled Asian Americans, Dr. Wong utilized a parallel mixed-methods design of both quantitative and qualitative methods. He conducted focus groups of English and non-English speaking Asian Americans with disabilities to gain insight into their labor market experiences. Data gathered from the focus groups was used to inform and formulate questions for individual interviews to draw out nuances and qualitative data patterns from this hard to reach population.

He received his B.A. from UCLA, and holds master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Michigan and in economics & planning from the London School of Economics.  He served as a senior advisor at the White House National Economic Council to President Clinton, where he specialized in income maintenance and poverty statistics.  Prior to the White House, Dr. Wong worked on Capitol Hill as a Budget Associate on the House Budget Committee, and as a Budget and Tax Advisor for the Los Angeles City Council.

Kristen Higa, Special Projects | gala.apidc@gmail.com

Sandy Lam, Project Assistant | gala.apidc@gmail.com