Prior to his selection as a National Urban Fellow, Steven Raga served as the founding National Chairman of Filipino American Civic Engagement (FACE), and as Executive Director for Region 1 of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). He is also a Board Member of the Filipino Children’s Fund, which works to improve the livelihood of impoverished families in the Philippines.
Steven was the founding President and first Executive Director of Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) from 2010 to 2012. While at UniPro, he worked to build impactful community alliances around issues including comprehensive immigration reform, voter registration, and international relations.
Immediately prior to joining National Urban Fellows, Steven was a Research Fellow at the Leitner Center for International Law & Justice at Fordham Law School, where among other responsibilities, he gathered legal research on the rights and welfare of practicing lawyers in China. At Cornell Law School, he served as a Legal Research Assistant at the AVON Global Center for Women and Justice and as Research Fellow for the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East & North Africa. In 2009, he worked for the New Women Foundation in Cairo, Egypt, organizing forums on international legal issues affecting women and children. Cairo.
Steven earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Public Policy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. While a student at Stony Brook, he served as President of the Philippine United Student Organization (PUSO), as well as National Chairman of Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc. (FIND).
As a National Urban Fellow at AARP, Steven hopes to foster the necessary tools for effective national community engagement.