Founder & Co-Director
Aryani Ong is an advocate, community leader, attorney and consultant. She has worked with the top leading national organizations such as AAAJ-Asian American Justice Center, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates and United Chinese Americans. The issues that she has addressed ranges from civil rights and civil liberties protections in the face of heightened national security concerns; racial discrimination, particularly hate crimes; and, public representations of Asian Americans in policymaking and by the media.
Closer to home, Aryani served on an Asian American parent advisory group to Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Beyond the Boundaries Working Group with Impact Silver Spring on diversity, inclusion and equity issues.
She chaired the board of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) as it was building a countywide ESOL system in support of immigrant integration and workforce development. She also served on County Executive Marc Elrich's transition team.
Aryani is a founding member of Communities United Against Hate (CUAH) and a former board member of OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, DC Chapter and the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County (CRCMC).
Aryani was recognized as Maryland's Top 100 Women in 2019. She is a regular public speaker. Currently, Aryani is working on a blog called Six Hues to elevate stories with multi-dimensional perspectives, especially from Asian Americans.