Chavi Khanna Koneru
Executive Director, North Carolina Asian Americans Together
Chavi Khanna Koneru is co-founder and Executive Director of North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT). Koneru moved to North Carolina in 1989 and has spent the majority of her life living in the state, including attending college and law school locally at the University of North Carolina. This has allowed her to gain a deep, personal understanding of what it means to be AAPI in the South. Additionally, her legal background in voting rights law has given her the opportunity to interpret and enforce laws impacting the AAPI community, including during her time in the Voting Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she focused on language access for AAPI voters.
Between just NCAAT staff members the team speaks Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Tongan, Telugu, Sindhi, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Mandarin, Hmong, and Korean. They’ve put out content in many more languages than this in partnership with translators and other organizations.
- “With high turnouts, Asian Americans in NC poised to impact the 2020 election” in the Fayetteville Observer
- “Asian American vote carries newfound weight in swing state N.C.” on NBC News
- “Why Young People Vote” on North Carolina Public Radio
- “Fake news spread on WhatsApp to Indian Americans plays stealth role in U.S. election” in Reuters
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