Asian American Arts Alliance

Staff and Board


Andrea Louie, Executive Director

(212) 941-9208 ext. 1

Andrea Louie is executive director of the Asian American Arts Alliance, leading arts advocacy and cultural equity for New York City's diverse, pan-Asian, multidisciplinary community. She brings a combination of management experience, leadership as a communications professional, and a passion for the arts, as both a writer and a seasoned executive. She is the author of a novel, Moon Cakes (Ballantine Books) and co-editor of an anthology, Topography of War: Asian American Essays (Asian American Writers’ Workshop). Andrea is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the Hannah S. and Samuel A. Cohn Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a Ludwig Volgelstein Foundation grant and was short-listed for the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She has served as a review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, EmcArts, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. She was a writer-in-residence for the National Book Foundation and has been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, Hedgebrook, and the Fundacíon Valparáiso in Spain. She has been appointed by Gov. Cuomo to the NYS Commission on National and Community Service and serves on the board of the national DataArts (formerly Cultural Data Project), is a co-chair of the New York City Arts Coalition, and an ad hoc steering committee member of the 15% and Growing Coalition. She serves on the diversity and inclusion advisory board for WNYC, the multicultural advisory committee of StoryCorps, and is a member of the Asian American Writers' Workshop and the Asian American Journalists Association. She will be featured in the 2016 Mandarin Leader magazine and will be a 2016 honoree for Leadership for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) in Los Angeles.


Cate Yu, Director of Public Programs

(212) 941-9208 ext. 3

Catherine “Cate” Yu worked in film programming for four years before coming to the Asian American Arts Alliance as the Director of Public Programs. Cate started off as the Literary Fellow at the Public Theater and continued her passion for supporting artists by assisting in development in production companies around the city. She has been the writer’s assistant to an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and a GED tutor for prison inmates. In addition to being a nonprofit musketeer, she is a 2016 NYFA Playwright Fellow. BA: Stanford University. MFA: NYU.

Alex Young, Programs & Communications Associate

(212) 941-9208 ext. 6

Alex is excited to be working on the programming team at the Asian American Arts Alliance. Originally from the UK, Alex moved with her parents to North Carolina where she discovered her love of the arts and especially, puppetry. When she is not helping to organize Town Halls and other Alliance events, Alex is usually performing shadow or hand-puppet shows around NYC, often with Chinese Theatre Works.

Anjali Goyal, Development Manager
(212) 941-9208 ext. 5

Anjali is excited to be continuing her work in the Asian American arts community with the Alliance team. As Development Manager, she works closely with the Alliance staff on all strategic fundraising efforts. Anjali also works as a development consultant for Project for Empty Space [at] Gateway Project Spaces, a nonprofit contemporary art exhibition platform in Newark, NJ. Until recently, Anjali served on the board of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC), a multidisciplinary arts nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and visibility of emerging and established South Asian women artists. From 2003-2008, she was the Programs Director at the Asian American Writers' Workshop, where she planned and organized the Workshop's reading series, panel discussions, writing workshops, and literary awards. She holds a BA in English from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.


Board of Directors

Ravi S. Rajan, President
Dean, School of Arts - SUNY Purchase College

Hong J. Qu, Vice President
Chief Technology Officer, Fusion–ABC-Univision

Mark Swicegood, Treasurer

Financial Controller, Australia New Zealand Banking Group

Amy Hau, Secretary
Director of Marketing and Operations, WXY architecture + urban design

Lily Lu 
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, IDEXX Laboratories

Athena Robles
Visual Artist

Helen Wan
Attorney / Novelist / Lecturer

Cindy Zhou
Attorney at Law, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


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