Second Generation
Empowering immigrant communities through the next generation of leadership.
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Who We Are

Our Board

 

Working closely with our management team,
our Board is committed to our mission of supporting
the next generation of political leadership.

 

 
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chair

Joe Khan

Joe is an attorney, teacher, and community leader. He is a public interest attorney at Langer Grogan & Diver, where he fights corporate misconduct. He serves as a Director for several nonprofits, including the South East Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition (SEAMAAC) and Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, where he was elected Board President this year. In 2017, Joe won widespread acclaim as the runner-up in the seven-way primary election for District Attorney in Philadelphia, where he is now an elected Democratic Committeeperson. He also serves as Board President of LEAD PA, which trains and recruits progressive political leaders across Pennsylvania. Joe is also a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and frequently appears in local and national media to discuss legal and political issues.

 

 
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Board Member

Majid Alsayegh

Born and raised in Mosul, Iraq, Majid is the founder of Alta Management, LLC, which oversees design and construction of major capital projects in the public and private sectors such as the Judicial Center in Harrisburg, the Pittsburgh Penguins arena, and the new Family Court in Philadelphia, PA. Majid chairs the Board of Delaware Valley University, and chairs the Board of the Dialogue Institute, a non-profit that teaches the skills of dialogue and critical thinking, empowering leaders from around the world to sustain transformative relationships across lines of religion and culture. Majid also serves on the national Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, a bi-partisan group of business, political, and religious leaders who are working to address hate crimes and protect religious freedom. He is a co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intercultural Journeys, and Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Majid lives on a farm outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he raises Arabian horses.

 

 
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Board Member

Maryam Z. Deloffre, PhD

Maryam is an academic, an activist, and a strategic thinker. She is currently a Visiting Research Scholar at Temple University and  a Research Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen. She is an advocate and holds leadership positions in community organizations that work to improve diversity, inclusion, and gender equity, and reduce gun violence.  She holds degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris-Fondation Nationale de Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), and The George Washington University.

 

 
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Board Member

Asif Hussain, M.D. FACP FACC FCCP

Asif first came to the United States to study at Northwestern University, where he earned degrees in political science, psychology, biology, and medicine. For the last 20 years, he has made his home in Philadelphia, where he is a widely respected cardiology specialist, business owner and member of the community. He is the President and Medical Director of Philadelphia Heart, PC and New Jersey Heart, Inc. His philanthropic interests include sponsoring scholarships for young people and promoting understanding between diverse cultural groups. Asif has been a lecturer in medicine and cardiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital since 2002.

 

 
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Board Member

Siobhán Lyons

Siobhán is President and CEO of Citizen Diplomacy International (CDI), a public/private partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the City of Philadelphia and the official international relations organization for the region. Born in Dublin to an Irish Diplomat, Siobhán grew up traveling and living where her father was posted, including Nairobi, Kenya, Washington, D.C., London, England and Riyadh,Saudi Arabia. She served as a diplomat herself in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs as a key member of the Irish EU Presidency team before falling in love with Philadelphia and settling in South Philadelphia with her dog, Breac. Siobhán is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Arabic literature.

 

 
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Emily Rodriguez

Emily is dedicated to building resilient democracy everywhere, a passion sparked in Venezuela where she lived as a teenager. Throughout her career, she has trained activists and election observers around the world, including in El Salvador, Turkey, Ghana, Liberia, Lebanon, Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria. Before joining a DC-based think tank which focuses on how global challenges play out in Europe and the United States, Emily spent almost a decade in Philadelphia working in domestic politics, strategic communications, and organized labor. Fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian (and working on German and Turkish), the Pennsylvania native holds a master’s degree in international development from Sciences Po Paris and a bachelor’s degree from American University’s School of International Service. Emily has been a political partner with the Truman National Security Project since 2013.

 

 
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Board Member

Andy Toy

Andy has dedicated his career to building bridges between communities. He has over three decades of experience in public and urban policy, community and economic development, real estate, and community outreach. He has deep experience in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. He is currently Development & Communications Director of SEAMAAC. He has served as a Commissioner of the PA Governor’s Asian American Advisory Commission and the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs. He was a Democratic candidate for Philadelphia City Council and serves on numerous nonprofit boards. Andy earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 
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Board Member

Shailah Yazdani

Shailah is an entrepreneurial-minded executive in the healthcare space. She has successfully designed systems that created value and ignited growth, earning recognition for driving best practices towards positive clinical and financial outcomes. When she isn’t glued to her MacBook, she enjoys a new found passion in biking, trying to replicate her mom’s recipes and enjoying the outdoors with her beloved dog. 

 

 
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Board Member

Kay Kyungsun Yu

Kay is an award-winning attorney, arbitrator, and legal scholar. An immigrant who became out of status as a small child, Kay has dedicated her career to advocating for traditionally marginalized communities. In 2018, Kay was recognized by the Philadelphia Bar Association as a recipient of its acclaimed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award and was named Attorney of the Year by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania. The following year, Second Generation gave its first ever endorsement to Kay’s trailblazing campaign for judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Kay was previously appointed by Mayor Michael A. Nutter to serve as the Chairperson of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, the local agency charged with authority to enforce the City’s civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. She is a graduate of Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center.