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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

DSC_1448Join Us!

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



Program Assistant

The Asian Pacific Island Community Leadership Foundation is seeking a program assistant to play a key role in supporting the ACLF Community Leaders Program (CLP).

Reports to: CLP Program Lead

Salary: $15 an hour

Schedule: 4 hours a week, temporary 6 month position

Date Start: October 1

The Program Assistant will work collaboratively with the CLP Program Committee and maintain logistics bi-weekly meetings for the Community Leaders Program. The Program Assistant will be responsible for attending and prepare logistics for CLP bi-weekly meetings

  • Bi-weekly check ins with the CLP Program Lead
  • Send e-mail reminders about meetings to the CLP participants
  • Unlock and close the meeting space
  • Meeting planning
    • Set up and close meeting space
    • Bring necessary materials for meetings including: food, handouts
    • Confirm pre-scheduled program speakers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently with minimal onsite supervision
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Experience working with the API community

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org by September 15. This position starts in the beginning of October.

About ACLF:

ACLF was organized in 1998 in response to the need to develop community-based leadership education program in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community in the Puget Sound region. ACLF is a community-based non-profit that is dedicated to training and supporting leaders that are committed to social justice, community involvement and empowering and raising the collective voice of the API community.

Through the Community Leaders Program (CLP), ACLF educates its participants about the significant contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, which is often overlooked in leadership programs.  CLP is an intensive curriculum that provides training and mentorship to adults and prepares them for leadership positions and advocate for social justice in all communities.

 How does the CLP develop leaders in the API community?

  • Participants will have opportunities to meet multiple generations of inspirational API leaders who are making a positive impact in the community.
  • The CLP provides expert training by community leaders including executive directors of nonprofits and elected officials in skills such as public speaking, communication, community development, coalition building and media and integrates equity and social justice that are the foundation of strong communities.
  • Participants are matched with organizations where they volunteer their time, learn the history of the community and practice the skills they learned in training sessions.
  • Participants complete a group project that benefits a local organization where participants have another opportunity to apply their leadership skills.
  • The CLP provides networking opportunities for participants to meet community leaders and develop mentor-mentee relationships.

What’s the CLP’s objectives?

  • Foster ethical, compassionate and self-reflective API leaders who promote greater social, economic and political justice.
  • Build strong interpersonal relationships that promote communication, support and accountability to each other and the API community.
  • Strengthen inter-group collaboration through knowledge and understanding of diverse perspectives in the API community.
  • Cultivate leaders who value and practice coalition-building across all communities in order to benefit the community at large.
  • Build connections between the CLP class and the greater API community

Thanks for joining us at the 4th Annual Community Breakfast!


Thank you for joining us at our 4th Annual Community Breakfast on September 27. A special thanks goes out to the event sponsor Community Health Plan of Washington and the 2013 Community Leaders Program class who organized the event. Your generous support of ACLF’s mission will help us train and support the next generation of Asian Pacific Islander leaders.

For nearly 15 years, ACLF’s more than 170 alumni continue to share their passion and commitment for social justice and the API community that first brought them to apply for the Community Leaders Program. ACLF’s alumni serve in Olympia and cities around the Pacific Northwest shaping policy and are leaders in the private sector, and serve on boards and volunteer for other community organizations around the region.

If you could not be with us at the breakfast, but want to help us train and support leaders that are committed to social justice and community involvement, you can make a gift to ACLF online.

Now Accepting Community Leaders Program Applications!

CLP graduation dinner photo

The 2013 Community Leaders Program class at their graduation dinner.

ACLF is now accepting applications to the 2014 Community Leaders Program.

Please join us at our CLP information session to learn more about the program and application process! Below are event details:

What: CLP 2014 Info Session

When: August 20, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: 1414 S Weller Seattle, WA 98144
Please RSVP to aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org.

Visit our program page for more information about the Community Leaders Program and to download the application.

Our 2013 Community Leaders Program Class

RaulRaul Alicdan is a Filipino-American, born in the Philippines and raised in Guam. He moved to Seattle for school and majored in International Business and Spanish, before going into marketing and finance. He realized he wanted to join the social service sector and worked with the Medic One Foundation and Powerful Voices before earning his Masters in Public Administration. Upon graduation, Raul joined the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, a legal aid organization that helps low-income immigrants. Raul volunteers for the Community Health Plan of WA, Powerful Voices, the American Red Cross, in his spare time and supports organizations that promote youth empowerment and social justice. In his spare time, Raul likes to hang out with his partner and friends on Capitol Hill for underground electronic music shows and good food.



Leigh-Anne Chung is Korean American and a Federal Way native. After attending the University of Washington she received her B.A. in American Ethnic Studies with a focus on Asian Americans, and a minor in Human Rights. After graduation, she served as an Interpretive Lead for The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience, informing and learning more about the community she studied. She now works for InterIm CDA, a nonprofit focused on community housing development. Even now, you can find Leigh-Anne in the International District running errands and giving neighborhood tours to visitors interested in its historic roots. In her spare time she enjoys listening to the same song on repeat, hot yoga and catching up with family and friends.


HalleyHalley Cody was born in South Korea and brought to the United States at 3 months, where she grew up in Seattle. Halley participated in traditional Korean dance in addition to being a serious violin student; playing with the Seattle Youth Symphony and the Seattle Chamber Music Society. After majoring in Anthropology and Political Science at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, she moved back to Seattle to work for a post-production house specializing in audio and video. She has since transitioned into work at a large law firm. Halley is very passionate about issues concerning feminism, social justice and politics, and plans to pursue these interests at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington in the future.


HeinHien Dang is Vietnamese-American and has lived in or around Seattle her entire life. She attended the University of Washington and earned a BA in both Geography and Community, Environment and Planning. She interned at the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area and has since moved to the Alliance for Pioneer Square where she works to revitalize Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Hien’s expertise lies in digital communications, using social media, website design, and traditional marketing to connect the public to unique assets of the community. She is also active with the Friends of Little Saigon as a part of the Celebrate Little Saigon planning committee.

LizLiz Dang is Vietnamese-American, born and raised in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Women Studies. Liz values her fluency in the Vietnamese language, as this is a large part of her upbringing. Liz is a passionate advocate and has worked to support women and children who were victims of domestic violence. She currently works for Seattle Goodwill as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of the Job Training and Education Programs. She wishes to deepen her community involvement by supporting social justice and enjoys making greeting cards, cooking, and snuggling with her dog, Christmas in her spare time.


MikhaliaMikhaila Gonzales was born and raised in New York City but visits family in The Philippines regularly to maintain strong family ties. She studied and traveled in parts of China, Southeast Asia, Africa and Central America while studying International Development and Social Change at Clark University in Massachusetts, and Environmental Science and Policy in graduate school. At Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands in Renton, Mikhaila learned the ins-and-outs of grassroots non-profit management– volunteer management, outreach, fundraising and program development. An environmental educator at heart, she is passionate about resource conservation and loves her neighborhood, baking, gardening and hiking.


VeasnaVeasna Hoy was born in Cambodia, raised in Olympia and earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University. She studied Asia Pacific Studies as a graduate student and later worked as a university instructor and cabinet assistant for the Royal Government in Cambodia. Veasna previously worked at the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and now works as a mental health counselor at Southwest Youth and Family Services. She is a contributor to the Washington State AAPI Voices in Education Initiative, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and volunteers for the Road Map Project to improve student achievement and college readiness in South King County and South Seattle. On her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and lounging around in her, ‘I heart White Center’ t-shirt.

NorikoNoriko Inafuku was born in Okinawa, Japan and moved to Seattle at the age of six with her family. She received her bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Washington in 2007. Noriko has been part of the Okinawa Kenjin Club of Washington State since childhood and enjoys serving the Japanese community in her spare time. She also enjoys watching Japanese drama and variety shows, karaoke, and eating out izakaya style.

XueXue Ma was born in Guangdong, China. She immigrated with her family to Seattle at the age of nine and as the first person in her family to graduate from college, she is paving the way for her two younger siblings to pursue higher education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and ended up staying as a Financial Analyst in the Advancement Office. She enjoys traveling, crocheting, and watching TV dramas in her free time. She has studied in Vietnam, Paris, and South Africa and hopes to visit all seven continents before she turns 35. She also plans on obtaining her MBA in the near future.


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