Madalene Mielke

Transforming Community Awardee

This year, we honor Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, President & CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and Founder of Arum Group, LLC.

Madalene is a nationally recognized civil rights leader with nearly 25 years of experience in political campaigns, specializing in political/non-profit fundraising and training. For many years, she has contributed countless hours of her personal time mentoring, training, and providing opportunities for new leaders in the AA & NH/PI community and across the progressive movement, especially for young women, through the Women’s Information Network (WIN). 

As a Vietnamese American who has dedicated her career to social justice, she leads from her lived experience, striving to bring diversity to the political process and nurturing candidates and staff for lasting political change.


Career Highlights:


  • Lead organizer for major fundraising campaigns with organizations like the NAACP National Voter Fund, John Kerry for President, and Friends of Hillary.
  • Developed and executed training programs for political staff through the DNC’s Ron Brown-Paul Tully Institute.
  • Raised millions to empower communities of color, working with groups like CHC BOLD PAC and the Young Democrats of America.
  • Advisory Board Chair of WIN (Women’s Information Network) and long-time mentor to hundreds of WIN members. 

Madalene has also been a featured speaker and trainer at numerous conferences, including the American Medical Association (AMA), Netroots Nation, and the Center for Asian-Pacific American Women.

Her contributions have been recognized with the National Community Service award from the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce for mentoring and promoting Vietnamese American civic participation.

We are honored to celebrate Madalene Mielke’s unwavering commitment to advancing the Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Community in politics and social justice and her profound impact on the progressive movement.