We will be hosting a reception to welcome the 2014 Community Leaders Program class on October 23 at our new home at the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington with drinks and appetizers provided by Green Leaf. Click here for more information on the reception including how to RSVP and support ACLF.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.