Cayden Mak & Taz Ahmed

Executive Director & Campaign Strategist, 18MillionRising

Cayden Mak (Executive Director) and Taz Ahmed (Campaign Strategist) run, a digital civic engagement hub for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Through 18MillIonRising, Mak and Ahmed have reimagined how activists approach social media tools and tactics through several inventive and critical campaigns in policy, media representation, and public opinion. Mak was part of’s founding staff and integral to developing the organization’s vision, voice, analysis, and playbook. Mak was previously Chief Technology Officer and a driving force behind the first community-centered design process focused on solutions by and for AAPI communities with VoterVOX, the web app that matches volunteer translators with limited English speaking voters. Ahmed is an electoral organizer by trade, having mobilized thousands of Asian American & Pacific Islanders to the polls in over seventeen different languages over the past fifteen years.