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Welcome our new board member Florence Sum


ACLF welcomes Florence Sum to its Board of Directors. Florence is a Seattle native and identifies herself as a Chinese American. She credits her experience in the public school system to why she works as an Education Advocate at Seattle Education Access. Florence supports youth and their education goals through college navigation and college retention services and acts as a mentor/adviser to anyone who believes education is a lifelong process of self-discovery and world discovery.

She brings her passion for leadership development, the API community, and education to ACLF in the hopes of supporting the organization in its strategies for growth, its continued outreach to the community, and internal efficiency.

Save the Date for the ACLF Community Breakfast!!

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Join the CLP class of 2015 as they host the ACLF Annual Community Breakfast at the Jefferson Community Center on Beacon Hill. Buy tickets online (type “Community Breakfast” as the purpose of the donation) or at the door. Talk to a 2015 CLP class member or ACLF Board Member if you have questions! See you soon!

You’re Invited! Community Leaders Program Graduation Dinner – May 16


You are invited!

ACLF’s Annual Graduation Dinner and Celebration!
Honoring our Community Leaders Program – class of 2015
We’ll also honor Mark Okazaki as this year’s winner of the Kip Tokuda award and Nate Caminos  with the Alumni Achievement Award

Join us May 16th at 6 pm
415 Westlake in South Lake Union
415 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Food and drinks will be provided by Green Leaf. Two signature drinks will also be featured at the cash bar, a Lemongrass Ginger Kamakaze and a Classic Old Fashioned. Part of the proceeds from the sales of the drinks are generously being donated to ACLF by Green Leaf.

$100 per person

Purchase tickets on at our donation website http://goo.gl/5T9tT9. Please type “Graduation Dinner” in the purpose field.

For more than 15 years, supporters like you have helped ACLF develop the next generation of leaders in the Asian Pacific Islander community. The Community Leaders Program and its more than 170 alumni share their commitment to community and social justice, working as change agents in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout the region. Join us to catch up with past participants, ACLF supporters, and celebrate the program’s latest graduates. We can’t wait to see what this year’s class does next!

To learn more about CLP 2015, visit http://goo.gl/ula0Zf

For more information contact Craig Kanaya at  aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org or visit www.aclfnorthwest.org

Announcing the 2015 Community Leaders Program Project

ACLF and the Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition have announced a partnership to develop a campaign to advocate for Asian American and Pacific Islander data disaggregation at the K-12 and postsecondary level.

Asian Pacific Islanders are a diverse and dynamic group. This is especially true in academic achievement at the K-12 and postsecondary level. While some APIs have experienced academic success, other groups have experienced challenges. Current methods of reporting and collecting educational achievement data have hidden significant disparities between groups.

ACLF’s Community Leaders Program class will partner with the Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition to:

Develop a campaign to advocate for Washington state legislative action regarding Asian American and Pacific Islander data disaggregation at the K-12 and post-secondary level.

Help expand the coalition by opening the invitation to potential partner organizations to attend SEA³eD’s community forum event and the community project presentation.

Draft a summary of the process and recommendations for increasing the visibility of the All Students Count Act through input from coalition members and community leaders, including exploring ways to increase participation within immigrant and refugee communities.

The project is part of ACLF’s Community Leaders Program (CLP), leadership program that offers training and mentorship to individuals with an interest and passion in social justice and leadership roles in their community. The CLP participants attend bi-monthly workshops and network with community leaders and complete a group project that benefits and contributes to a healthy and vibrant API community.

About Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition
Founded in January of 2011 as the Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition, SEA³eD aims to set a platform for the Southeast Asian American community to unify and advocate for their educational needs. The mission of SEA³eD is to promote solidarity among the Southeast Asia American community by working together with students, families, the local community and stakeholders to address education needs from K-12 and higher education. They raise awareness regarding education access issues and resources, promote the facilitation of education access resources and services for Southeast Asian American students and families and promote a community wide climate and initiative that is conducive for personal growth, empowerment, equity and leadership within the Southeast Asian American community.

Welcome our new board member Parasa Chanramy

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Hailing from Aloha, Oregon, Parasa moved to Seattle in 2013. She is a proud Cambodian American woman who is passionate about education, equity, and social justice. Parasa’s family and her teaching background inspired her to work in education policy. Currently, she works as a Policy Manager at Stand for Children in Washington State.

Parasa is an alumna of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies program and is excited about using her experience to support more API leaders as an ACLF board member. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College and a teaching certificate from Hamline University. In her free time, Parasa enjoys scrap booking, swimming, and dancing.

Introducing the 2014 Community Leaders Program Class

Lindsey Chen
Lindsey Chen is a Burmese-American with roots in Fuzhou, Southern California, and Seattle.  After graduating from Seattle University in 2012 with a bachelor’s in mathematics, Lindsey continued her work with people experiencing homelessness at a hygiene center through Americorps (JVC).  Currently, Lindsey is working at Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) as a wellness counselor.  Her main project is supporting a pre-vocational coffee training program for individuals receiving services in the mental health department.  Lindsey has many interests in the realm of social justice, but is particularly passionate about personal and community transformation.  She gets a kick out of partner dancing, warm, cozy conversations by the fire, any activity near/on/in the water, talking about anti-oppression and queer politics, and living in intentional community.

Sarah Domondon
Sarah is a Filipino American born in raised in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. After realizing her passion for social justice and community organizing through her work with the Filipino American Student Association, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; Global Studies. She continued to lend her experience and support to various organizations, such as the World Affairs Council, the Washington Health Foundation and the Filipino American Physicians of Washington prior to pursuing her Master of Arts in Policy Studies currently at the University of Washington. Sarah’s interests in women’s’ roles in economic development and post conflict state-building guide her career goals. She currently loves serving for local non-profit Young Women Empowered as a program facilitator, delivering mentorship and empowerment programs to teen girls in the Greater Seattle area. You can find her night swimming, taking trips to the coast, eating halo-halo or buried in a good read.

Hana Gregory
Hana Gregory was adopted from South Korea when she was four months old. Hana graduated from University of Washington with an Early Learning and Family Studies BA degree. She works for the Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP, a non profit that advocates for Head Start, Early Head Start and ECEAP ( Early Childhood Education Assistance Program, State funded preschool). Hana loves to travel and explore the world and is currently very deeply involved in the early learning community at the city, state and national level. She is looking forward to expand her circles and learn and help the API community.

Tarhata Guiamelon
Tarhata is a Filipino-American born and raised in Los Angeles and New York, but fell in love with Seattle when she moved here for school in 2006. A lifelong learner of the sciences and social sciences, she has a B.A. in Medical Anthropology & Global Health and a Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction & Design, both from the University of Washington. As a socially-minded design technologist, she strives to understand how current and emerging technologies can be applied to better the social inequalities found across medicine, law, and education. An avid do-it-yourselfer, she enjoys troubleshooting computer problems and can often be found hacking apart and fixing various electronic devices with a soldering iron in one hand and a screwdriver in the other.

Nina Huang
Nina is a Taiwanese American, who grew up in Honolulu and Taipei. After graduating from Taipei American School, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Washington. She is a marketing specialist at Point B, a management consulting firm, where she works on all things marketing and social media. In addition, Nina has always been passionate about writing and giving back to the community. She frequently freelances for the Northwest Asian Weekly, is a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, and is part of the Young Professional Ambassadors of the Puget Sound Blood Center. When she’s not working or writing, Nina loves trying new restaurants, traveling, playing with dogs and planning events/activities.

Alex Johnson
Alex is a proud hapa of Japanese and German-American descent. Alex spent his entire life in Renton, WA before heading to the other side of the mountains to attend Gonzaga University where he completed a degree in Civil Engineering with a certificate in organization leadership. He now works on the construction of the new Seawall in downtown Seattle as a project engineer/inspector. Alex has a long history of community involvement and volunteering because of his aunt, Sharon Tomiko Santos, but became involved in ACLF to branch out and find his own way to give back and more fully embrace the API community. When he’s not working or volunteering his time, Alex enjoys hiking, tennis, cooking, and finding new restaurants/places around the city to explore.

Amanda Lee
Amanda is an American-born Chinese raised in New York. While completing a B.A. in Global Environmental Studies, Amanda had the opportunity to study Mandarin in China and rainforest ecology in Australia. Since graduating, Amanda has worked with: Solid Ground to address food security in Seattle, the YMCA’s BOLD/GOLD program as a wilderness instructor leading diverse youth in the outdoors, and multiple universities as a research technician assisting in forest/fire ecology and herpetology studies. Amanda now works with EarthCorps doing native plant restoration and furthering the voices of people of color in the environmental field. While not at work, Amanda enjoys playing music, biking around town, and bringing people together around all things food.

Sofia Leung
Sofia is Chinese American and was born and raised in New York City. She majored in English at Barnard College and graduated in 2014 from the University of Washington with a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Master’s in Public Administration. She has served on the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association’s Task Force on Library Services to APIAs and is committed to diversity in librarianship. She is actively looking for work as an academic or community college librarian. In her spare time, Sofia enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kristina Ong
Kristina is Vietnamese-Chinese American and a Seattle native. She is a recent University of Washington graduate, earning a B.A. in Social Work in June 2014. Presently, she works at the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA), focusing on community and fundraising development. Her current project at VFA is developing Seattle’s first Vietnamese-English Bilingual Preschool! Kristina is passionate about advocating for immigrant and refugee communities, advancing equity in education, and preserving the Vietnamese and Chinese language and culture. She is an avid sports fan and enjoys cooking and baking. A few of her dreams include becoming a world traveler, bringing the Sonics back to Seattle, and having a dog companion of own.

Chi Pham
Chi was born in Vietnam and immigrated with her family to Seattle at the age of four. She grew up in the White Center community. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Currently, she works in Finance & Administration at the UW’s Advancement Office. Chi is dedicated to volunteering for organizations that advocate for youth and education. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors, hiking, jogging, trying out new restaurants, a great cup of coffee, and adventures around Seattle.

Thao Phan
Thao was born in Vietnam and moved to the United States at age 9, where she grew up in Seattle. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington, the latter concentrating on multigenerational practice. She currently works as a mental health professional at Transitional Resources in West Seattle. She sings weekly at her Vietnamese church choir. She also enjoys gardening, eating, and watching Korean Drama.

Steven Y. Wang
Steven is a privileged, American born Chinese.  He was raised entirely within Seattle, grew up in a definite Chinese culture, and also welcomed the benefits of American society, schools, and opportunities.  As a high school student, he was impacted by several influential mentors while participating in local/federal youth programs.  Those amazing programs and participants are what drive his passion for being involved and giving back to his community today.  Steven graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Speech Communication and currently works as a Management Consultant with Accenture.  Although he’s typical busy with work or watching football Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and of course, Sundays (Go Dawgs/Go Hawks!), he ensures he’s available for the important things in life – family, friends, and community.

Join us – Community Leaders Program Welcoming Reception on October 23

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2014 Community Leaders Program Welcoming Reception

The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation invites you to join us as we introduce our 15th Community Leaders Program class to the community on October 23.

Thursday, October 23 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington
1414 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98144

Appetizers and drinks will be provided by Green Leaf

For nearly 15 years supporters like you have helped the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) develop leaders in the community.  On October 23 we invite you to celebrate and welcome our 15th Community Leaders Program class.  Meet the new class, catch up with old friends and help us continue to train future leaders.


$45 – Go online to purchase tickets at our donation page and make a one-time Donation for $45 and write ‘reception’ in the purpose line.

For questions or more information

Email aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org or call ACLF Board member  Craig Kanaya at (206) 718-8249.

We encourage you to RSVP early as there is limited space.

This event is generously sponsored by Community Health Plan of Washington




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