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May Viriyapah

Racial Equity Social Justice Fellow

Office of Congressman Mike Levin

Maywadee (May) Viriyapah was born in Thailand and raised in Oklahoma. She is a graduate of George Washington University, receiving a BA in Political Science and Fine Arts. Her interest in politics began on her high school's Speech and Debate team, where she became a nationally ranked competitor. During her studies at GWU, she became dedicated to understanding violent conflict. She has interned at the American Security Project and National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism Global Terrorism Database. The rise of anti-Asian violence in 2020 pushed May to engage deeper with local politics where she worked on two Congressional campaigns. She currently volunteers as a citizenship tutor and helps students pass their citizenship interview. She holds the role of Partnerships Officer for the organization Women in Foreign Policy, which provides resources to help women enter the foreign policy field. May also works as a freelance artist whose practice often grapples with her Asian American identity. Her work has been featured in both online exhibitions and art gallery shows. In addition to joining the APAICS Racial Equity Fellowship Cohort, she recently became a fellow for Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security.

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May Viriyapah