Sandra Chen is the first and
current Executive Director of CAUSE-Vision 21, a nonprofit
organization with a mission to advance political empowerment
of Asian Americans.
Sandra organized and staffed
over hundreds of voter registration drives to encourage the
immigrant community to participate in the democratic
process. To date, CAUSE-Vision 21 registered over 20,000
Asian Americans, mailed out over 10,000 bilingual voter
information materials, and called over 5,000 Asian American
voters to get out and vote. Furthermore, Sandra developed
outreach programs to encourage seniors and college students
to coordinate their own voter registration efforts and
empower their own peers and colleagues.
Sandra spearheaded a
statewide multilingual toll free hotline to answer election
and voting related questions from immigrants who were not
familiar with the electoral process. During the past five
years, CV 21 Hotline received and assisted over 8,000
callers with election inquiries.
Sandra expanded a local
internship program to a statewide program that included
Asian American college students from Southern California and
Northern California. She organized a Sacramento conference
to provide students opportunities to meet and to speak with
state legislators so that students can understand the
political process first hand. She serves as the political
commentator on Chinese language radio and television
stations (she speaks fluent Mandarin & Cantonese) to answer
questions about the election process.
As the chief executive of
CAUSE-Vision 21, Sandra has worked to increase the
organization's budget, programs, staff size and visibility.
In addition to her work duties, Sandra serves as the
Director of Mentorship for the Asian Professional Exchange
(APEX) and she sits on the Advisory boards of the San
Gabriel Valley YMCA and the Make A Wish Foundation-San
Gabriel Valley. She is an active member of League of Women
Voters-Greater Pasadena. The League received a National
Diversity Award for its collaborative work with CAUSE-Vision
Recognizing her potential,
UCLA awarded Sandra with a fellowship to attend graduate
school in urban planning. She is also a graduate of the
Southern California Leadership Network of the CORO
Foundation. In 2002, politicalcircus.com named Sandra as
one of the Top 30 Most Influential Individuals Under 30
Years of Age.
Sandra received her B.A. in
Political Science and a Minor in Chinese Literature from
University of California Riverside, and is currently
obtaining a Master's Degree at UCLA's Department of Urban
Planning. She grew up in Monterey Park, attended Brightwood
Elementary School, and graduated from Alhambra High School.
Contact address: 260 S. Los
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