Our Staff

Jonathan Wang, Ed.D.

Program Manager/Center Director
Jonathan Wang serves as the Director for USC Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS). Originally from the Bay Area, Jonathan graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Management Science and a minor in Education Studies. Jonathan graduated with a Master’s in Education in Post-secondary Administration and Student Affairs (M.Ed. PASA) and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from the USC Rossier School of Education.

Jonathan held various student leadership positions and became heavily involved in the development of the residential experience at UCSD’s Thurgood Marshall College. After graduating from UCSD, Jonathan worked within public finance in the Bay Area and founded his own tutoring company serving local students. Jonathan decided to pursue his masters after realizing that his true calling is working with college students and assisting with their success and development.

In 2012, Jonathan joined the USC Division of Student Affairs as the Assistant Director for APASS and now serves as the Center Director. Jonathan has served in leadership positions within NASPA, conducted various research projects, published articles focused on marginalized student populations and international higher education, and has continued to present at both regional and national conferences. His dissertation focused on the well-being of Asian American college students at elite universities, and was awarded the Rossier School of Education Dissertation of Distinction. Jonathan now teaches for Rossier’s M.Ed. PASA program.

Get to know Jonathan more:

USC Daily Trojan Article (by Karan Nevatia): https://dailytrojan.com/2017/06/20/apass-director-works-build-community/
Dear Asian Americans Podcast (hosted by Jerry Won): https://www.dearasianamericans.com/1


Bao Nhia Moua, M.Ed.

Center Supervisor/Assistant Center Director

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Bao Nhia Moua grew up in a Hmong refugee family. Bao Nhia is a first-generation college student and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and a minor in Asian American Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies. Bao Nhia completed her Master’s of Education degree in Student Affairs from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Bao Nhia spent many years working with Asian Pacific Islander non-profit organizations through internship experience, volunteer work, and professional work. A few organizations that she has worked with include OCA – APA Advocates, Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE), and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). Bao Nhia first began working at the Multicultural Student Center as a student at UW-Madison when she first recognized she wanted to work in higher education to better support students from historically marginalized backgrounds. It was through her Asian American Studies Program at UW-Madison and experiences growing up as an Asian American in the midwest that she knew she wanted to invest in supporting the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community. At UCLA, she served as a Graduate Assistant at First Year Experience and the Graduate Student Resource Center. She co-founded Niam Laus Niam Hluas: Hmong Sisterhood at UW-Madison and First Generation Graduate Student Council at UCLA. Before arriving at USC, Bao Nhia served as the manager and advisor to the undergraduate student government at UC Santa Cruz.

Bao Nhia is the middle child of seven children. She enjoys traveling and exploring new countries, pottery and painting, and the occasional marathon running.

2019-2020 Student Staff

April Marie Castro, Graduate Assistant, She/Her/Hers
Natasha Arief, CIRCLE Coordinator, She/Her/Hers
Aileen Kim, Connections! Coordinator & CIRCLE TA, She/Her/Hers
Jeffrey Cho, PEER Coordinator, He/Him/His
Mya Worrell, QTAPI Coordinator, They/Them/Theirs
Sovanna Cao, Center Coordinator, She/Her/Hers
Richelle Caday, Center Coordinator, She/Her/Hers
Brandon Irie, Center Coordinator, He/Him/His
Sunshine Liu, Center Coordinator, She/Her/Hers
Nicole Park, Center Coordinator, She/Her/Hers
Prim Phoolsombat, Center Coordinator, She/Her/Hers
Yao Sun, Center Coordinator, She/Her/Hers
Benton Yee
, Center Coordinator, He/Him/His
Katie Chan, CIRCLE TA, She/Her/Hers
Brent Han, CIRCLE TA, He/Him/His
Antonia Le, CIRCLE TA, She/Her/Hers
Jay Lee
, CIRCLE TA, He/Him/His
Joan Lee, CIRCLE TA, She/Her/Hers
Hal Pan, CIRCLE TA, They/Them/Theirs
Allen Zou, CIRCLE TA, He/Him/His