The Team
Co-Director Aries Liao

Co-Director Aries Liao

Aries Liao is a New York State licensed psychotherapist with over 13 years of combined experience in clinical, group and community social work. She received her PhD in Social Welfare and Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, and is currently in her last year of psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute. Aries co-founded the New York-based community organizations, Q-WAVE and The Asian Pride Project. She also served on the executive board of The National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) from 2009 to 2013, and is actively involved in developing and facilitating workshops for PFLAG NYC-API Rainbow Parents. Aries is committed to community building and gender, racial, disability and economic justice. She strives to foster open communication and solidarity in diverse communities, and to facilitate greater understanding and acceptance of people with different world views and experiences.

Elena Chang

Co-Director Elena Chang

Elena Chang strives to engage community dialogue by shedding light on various social, political, and humanitarian issues through film, theater, and other art forms. She recently performed at the 3rd National Asian American Theatre Festival in Soomi Kim’s production of “Dictee”, a multimedia performance based on the text of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. As a 2011 Korean American Community Foundation Arts Grantee, she produced and directed, “V-Day: Koreatown”, the first production of the “Vagina Monologues” with an all-Korean cast in NYC. She received her BFA in Theatre from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University as well as training from Shakespeare’s Globe, London.

Leslie Kuo

Co-Director Leslie Kuo

Leslie Kuo is an arts administrator and curator who believes that art is a vehicle for shaping cultural identity and conversely, that identity influences one's engagement with art. She proudly works to serve the Asian Pride Project mission as an ally. Previously, Leslie worked in the burgeoning contemporary art scene of Shanghai for 6 years before returning to New York in 2013.

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Co-Director Suma Reddy

Along with her work with APP, Suma Reddy is on the Board of the South Asian Gay and Lesbian Association of New York City (SALGA-NYC). SALGA serves to promote awareness, tolerance, acceptance, empowerment and safe spaces for sexual minorities and people of all gender identities, who identify as South Asian. Professionally, Suma is a Managing Partner at Akula Energy Ventures, a renewable energy fund that provides early stage financing to solar, hydro and biomass projects in the USA and India, where she is incubating Spectrum BioEnergy, a biogas project development company. Prior, Suma worked at SKS Microfinance in India and as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali. Suma holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.