Our Team

Our Team

Jonathan Paik · Executive Director
Julie Vo · Chief of Staff
America Monje · Finance & Administration Director
Isaiah Han · Operations Associate

Civic Engagement

Jazzmin Mercado · Senior Civic Engagement Manager
Rafael Vera · Civic Engagement Manager


Dan Ichinose · Research Director
Lisa Liu · Field Data Manager
Yongho Kim · Senior Narrative Manager

Jonathan Paik

Executive Director

Jonathan Paik (JP) strives to transform Orange County by steering the collective power of local communities through organizing and civic engagement.

In 2015, JP organized Asian American and Latinx communities to challenge cities like Fullerton to transition from at-large to district elections, uplifting the voices of traditionally marginalized voters of color around issues like health care, housing, immigration, and education. In 2017, he helped organize young people to participate in national actions in Washington DC to demand passage of the DREAM Act from their local representatives. He was also involved in ballot measure campaigns in 2016, 2018 and 2020 that advanced critical economic and racial justice issues and congressional and county sheriff campaigns to promote bold new leadership in the region.

JP also currently serves on the board of the Alliance for Youth Action, a national youth network of civic engagement organizations that grow progressive people power across America by empowering local young people’s organizations to strengthen democracy, fix the economy, and correct injustices through on-the-ground organizing. 

Before joining OC Action as Executive Director in 2019, he was Executive Director of the Korean Resource Center and KRC in Action, staffed numerous political campaigns, and worked as the Development and Operations Coordinator through the Bus Federation Civic Fund. JP is a graduate of UC Irvine with a degree in Political Science.


Julie Vo

Chief of Staff

Julie has more than twenty years of experience in nonprofit development and fundraising, youth development, and community arts, particularly in Orange County. Previously, she served as Policy Director with the Orange County Asian & Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) and Director of Development at a network of environmental justice-oriented green schools in Los Angeles.

She currently serves on the Board of the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA), and Advisory Boards of Orange County Environmental Justice (OCEJ), and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and organizes within a national network of Vietnamese movement builders. Julie is committed to developing powerful youth, promoting artistic expression as a way to nurture community, and building strategies for change within communities of color. She has taught at the National Academy of Social Sciences in Vietnam, and was awarded Best Advocacy Voice by New America Media (NAM). Julie holds a B.A. in Sociology and Asian American Studies and a minor in Education from UCLA.


America Monje

Finance & Administration Director


America graduated from the University of Colorado, Denver, where she majored in Political Science. During her college years, America interned at the Colorado Public Interest Research Group, where she actively participated in grassroots campaigns and provided assistance in various capacities.

Prior to moving to California, America worked at M&M and Sons trucking company, where she handled administrative and bookkeeping responsibilities, contributing to the smooth functioning of the company’s operations.

America’s professional experience includes serving as a Political Accounts Supervisor at Kaufman Legal Group, APC. In this role, she worked closely with candidates, elected officials, political committees, and non-profit organizations, managing their bank accounts and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local campaign finance laws.

Isaiah Han

Operations Associate


Jazzmin Mercado

Senior Civic Engagement Manager

Jazzmin Mercado is a proud Ecuadorian womxn and mother that graduated from The University of California, Long Beach with a BA in Sociology. She started in civic engagement through Turning the Tide, a collaborative of youth of color that led congressional races in Orange County. She also developed a youth aimed six-month curriculum that builds leadership and awareness through the issues of education, housing, health, immigration, gender, and sexuality.

She is currently providing support for OC Action’s field and civic engagement strategy, coordinating programs that include voter mobilization and GOTV efforts, community education, leadership development, and community organizing.


Rafael Vera

Civic Engagement Manager


Dan Ichinose

Research Director

Dan has over 20 years experience leading research efforts using census, voter, and other data to address problems facing our communities. He is an expert in both census policy issues and census data and led the production of dozens of reports using disaggregated data to better understand and articulate the needs of low-income communities. He is a veteran of two statewide redistricting campaigns, working with stakeholders throughout California to construct the Asian American and NHPI community’s first statewide redistricting proposal in 2001 and the state’s first majority Asian American legislative district in 2011.

Dan was formerly Director of the Demographic Research Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, where he oversaw its Census Information Center (CIC) and was Vice-Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s CIC Steering Committee. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Lisa Liu

Field Data Manager

Lisa was organized by her friend to join a youth program in Orange County and started as a volunteer to help register youth voters in different college campuses. As she became more involved with the work in 2016, she learned to create data reports and navigate voter databases. In the past three years, she coordinated field data with the campaign leads during each election cycle, and developed skills to manage organization’s CRM database at KRC.

She is currently managing OC Action’s database and voter file, including creating field reports and research reports for partnered organizations. In order to build and increase partners’ data capacity, she also provides data related training to partners.


Yongho Kim

Senior Narrative Manager

Yongho is providing design, IT, paper mailing, CiviCRM/PowerBase database adoption, press, translation, website and online outreach capacity to OC Action’s campaigns.

Over the course of 20 years, Yongho was involved with Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV), Bus Riders Union, NAKASEC, Korean Resource Center, Centro de Derechos Laborales and Latinx student group ¡Adelante! through community organizing, social service, communications, and web and data infrastructure. He coordinated local groups’ adoption of the California VoterConnect VAN voter database in 2007 through MIV and provided data analysis expertise to the Korea Times, National CAPACD and the City of Whittier.

Yongho studied Cultural Anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota. Living in a family of missionary parents, he went to elementary and high school in Chile.