Our People

The work of APIA Scholars would not be possible without the efforts and generosity of countless Scholars, advisors, institutions, and supportive companies and their dedicated employees. Learn more about the ones making a difference below:

Lahiruni Dias Amarawardena

Research & Policy Intern

Lavanya Dias Amarawardena

Development Intern

Elena Anderson

Chief Operating Officer

Isabelle Belleza

Research & Policy Associate

Michelle Cohenour

Chief of Staff & VP Strategy

Nicole David

Senior Director of Operations

Karen Joy Dizon

Development Manager

Shyam Gadwal

Vice President, Programs

Daniel Lee

Scholarship Intern

Catherine Litten

Scholarship Director

Sierra Lloyd

Director of Scholarships and Programs

Cindy Luo

Programs Associate

Gulnara Mambetova

Finance & Operations Manager

Arianne Martin

Program Manager
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
GMS Program Manager

Melissa May

Senior Director of Programs, Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS) & APIA Scholars

Florie Mendiola, Ed.D.

Director of Research and Policy

Dinithi Navarathna

Programs Intern

Bryan Park

Digital Storytelling and Marketing, Senior Manager

Leilani Pimentel

Senior Director of Development

Kylie Stamm

Manager of Development

Nida Syed

Programs Manager