Staff Bios

KYRA R GREENE

KYRA R. GREENE, PHD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Kyra Greene initially joined CPI as a Research/Policy Analyst before becoming Deputy Director and now Executive Director. Before joining CPI, Dr. Greene was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University, where she taught courses on socioeconomic

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QUYNH NGUYEN

QUYNH NGUYEN, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Quynh Nguyen started at CPI in 1998 as an organizer and is now focused on building CPI’s membership and grassroots fundraising as Director of Development. She is a board member of the Southwest Center for Asian Pacific American Law. Quynh

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TRINH LE

TRINH LE, MA, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Trinh Le is one of five children from a Vietnamese refugee family and grew up in a low-income, immigrant, single-parent household. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Sociology and Asian American Studies. She has organized in many diverse

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PETER BROWNELL

PETER BROWNELL, PHD, RESEARCH DIRECTOR

Dr. Brownell holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.A. in Demography, both from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining CPI, Dr. Brownell was an Associate Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he also maintains an adjunct affiliation while continuing

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Shane

SHANE A STAHL, MBA, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Shane Stahl earned both a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting, at California State University Los Angeles. While undergrad, he began his work in the nonprofit sector as AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager at the newly formed

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SUSAN DUERKSEN

SUSAN DUERKSEN, MPH, SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

A journalism graduate of Indiana University, Susan Duerksen was a newspaper reporter for 24 years. As a writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, she primarily covered healthcare and medical news. Before joining CPI in 2006, she earned a Master in

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JESSICA CORDOVA

JESSICA CÓRDOVA, MA, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Jessica Córdova graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a BA in Ethnic Studies and a Master’s in Latin American Studies with an emphasis in Communications. Most recently she worked at the County of San Diego Registrar of

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KIM UY

KIM UY, OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

Kim Uy moved to California from New Manila, Philippines in 2001. She attended San Diego State University and earned a B.A. in Business. Kim is inspired by her grandmother to give back to her community. Kim joined CPI in 2014

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LUIS SANTOYO-MEJÍA, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

A child of the Tijuana-San Diego border, and of a tireless working-class single mother, Luis enrolled at Southwestern College dreaming of dental glory in Southern California but mysteriously ended up graduating from Yale University with a bachelor’s in literature. Thrust

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ANJLEENA KOUR SAHNI, RESEARCH AND POLICY ANALYST

Anjleena Kour Sahni joined CPI in 2017, after graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in International Studies-Political Science. Before joining CPI, she worked as a research assistant for Professor Tom K Wong, focusing on projects

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