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Caught Our Eye

Guam gets Filipina influence

Posted by Nate Hoffman on Feb. 4, 2014

Rep. Madeleine Bordallo's (D-Guam) legislative assistant who started yesterday has made a name for herself as Filipina activist.

Naomi Underwood, who is from Guam, was named by the Filipina Women's Network as one of the top 100 most influential Filipina Women in the U.S. in 2009. She was nominated as a Behind the Scenes Leader by notable Filipina women.

Prior to her Hill job, Underwood undertook various Asian-Pacific causes across the nation. After graduating from New York University, she was a program coordinator for the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development for two years. Underwood also served as the AAPI outreach director for the Democratic National Committee. In 2013, she was the deputy campaign manager for the Reuniting Families campaign with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC.

Filipinos make up more than a quarter of Guam's population.