Diana Hwang is the Founder/Executive Director of AAWPI. In 2020, Diana was the first Political and Organizing Director for She the People, a national network of women of color working to transform our democracy. Diana was profiled as “”one of Boston’s most powerful thought leaders”” in Boston Magazine for her work and has been a featured speaker at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. and at several colleges, including Wellesley College, Northeastern University, Dartmouth College and Salem State University where she gave the annual convocation address. Diana was a former candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate. She carried the city of Boston and outraised her seven opponents in the race. Diana graduated from Dartmouth College and Columbia Business School.
Darlene Vu is currently the Chief Operating Officer at AAWPI. Darlene is also a 2015 AAWPI alum who led and co-facilitated two State House Fellowship classes. After her AAWPI State House fellowship, Darlene worked at the Massachusetts State House as a legislative aide in both the House of Representatives and State Senate. She served as the campaign manager for Cinda Danh, an AAWPI alum who was the first Asian American woman to run for Lynn City Council. Afterwards, she worked as an Associate at Dewey Square Group, a preeminent public affairs and lobbying firm. Darlene graduated from UMass Amherst with a BS in Public Health. She is currently pursuing a MS in computer science at Northeastern University.