AAPI Association of Vanderbilt Alumni (AAVA)
Welcome to AAVA
The AAPI Association of Vanderbilt Alumni (AAVA) was created by alumni to connect the Vanderbilt AAPI community. Members receive quarterly newsletters and invitations to AAVA social events and networking opportunities. The steering committee works closely with student organizations to provide resources for current students. We hope you find community and support through the AAPI Association of Vanderbilt Alumni.
Iris Kim, BA'21
Iris is a recent graduate with dual degrees in MHS and neuroscience. On campus, she served as the president of the Asian American Student Association and led the student initiative to establish Asian American Studies at Vanderbilt, gathering more than 1,200 signatures in support. Iris currently works as clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital and is preparing to apply to MD-PhD programs in medical anthropology.
Hubert Ma, BE'99
Since graduating from Vanderbilt with a bachelor of engineering in chemical engineering, Hubert has worked for the likes of Procter & Gamble, Clorox and General Mills, along with successfully starting a company. He and his family live in the San Francisco Bay Area. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and volunteering with various nonprofits.
Amanda Nguyen, JD’14
Amanda Nguyen is the vice president, government affairs & legal, for Fragrance Creators Association based in Arlington, VA. Leading the association’s Government Affairs and Legal Department, her focus is on ensuring effective industry advocacy and providing in-house legal support. She engages with state and federal policymakers on a range of fragrance-related issues, including ingredient communication, chemical management, and trade and tariffs. Before joining Fragrance Creators, Amanda served as an assistant attorney general at the Tennessee Office of the Attorney General and Reporter (TN AG). There, she was involved with multi-state suits and compliance efforts through the National Association of Attorneys General, drafting and advocating for legislation, and litigating consumer and regulatory issues. Coordinating committees and stakeholders, antitrust considerations, and regulatory compliance were part of her day-to-day duties at the TN AG. She also spent time at the Kansas Legislative Research Department, which provides nonpartisan research and fiscal analysis to the Kansas legislature. In addition to her state government experience, she worked at the Environmental Law Institute and for Vanderbilt University Law School, where she concentrated on private governance, voluntary standards, value chain and green marketing.
Ankita Rakhe, BS’03
San Francisco, CA
Ankita Rakhe (she/her) is a California transplant hailing from Texas and is the assistant dean for student support at Stanford University. Working in the Office of Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning, she manages the bias reporting process and a peer mediation program and provides support for DACAmented/undocumented students on campus. Serendipitously, her current supervisor was the director of student activities at Vanderbilt while Ankita was a student. As an undergrad, she was the president of Masala-SACE and Vanderbuddies and held leadership positions in Alpha Delta Pi and VUCept. Ankita holds a master's degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in child development with honors and a Spanish minor from Vanderbilt.
Tiffany Tieu, BMus’12
Tiffany Tieu enjoys a varied career as a performing violinist and teaching artist. Her commitment to music education and outreach has taken her all across the Americas and has been recognized in publications such as The New York Times and by the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador, the Ryuji Ueno Foundation and others. She completed her bachelor of music at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt and finished graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2012, she was a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and is a graduate of the Orchestra of the Americas Global Leaders Program. Currently she is assistant professor of violin at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile while maintaining an active career as an orchestral player, soloist and chamber musician.
James Tsai, EMBA’98
Tsai serves as president of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, America’s first and longest operating specialty hospital, as well as system chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Health System. In addition, he is the inaugural Delafield-Rodgers Professor of Ophthalmology at ISMMS. Before joining Mount Sinai, Tsai served as the inaugural Robert R. Young Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale University School of Medicine and chief of ophthalmology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Before his Yale faculty appointment, he directed the glaucoma division at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.