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    ACLF Northwest is a community-based, nonprofit organization that trains and supports the leadership
    and civic engagement of
    Asian Pacific Islanders with a commitment to social justice, community empowerment and public service.

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ACLF Board welcomes Aimee Decker and Stephen Yao, both CLP ’11

Aimee Decker was adopted from Korea and grew up in rural Montana.  She holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Fine Arts, and has worked various jobs in wildlife research, dance instruction, non-profit arts administration, theatre, and television.  A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Aimee currently works as a litigation associate with Graham & Dunn, P.C., and volunteers with a number of community organizations, including the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and The Community Abortion and Information Resource (CAIR) Project.  She also serves on two committees for the King County Bar Association that focus on increasing diversity in the legal profession.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, ballet, cocktails, and enjoying the beautiful Seattle summertime.

Stephen Yao is Chinese American, raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He came to the Pacific Northwest for graduate school at the University of Washington and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works for Genie Terex AWP in Redmond as a Design Engineer.  An ACLF CLP 2011 alumni, Steve stands in awe of, and in debt to, the deep history of Asian Americans in the Puget Sound. Today, he is interested in Asian American representation in leadership and the media, and the power they wield as mentors and role models to young APIs. When not working or volunteering through Seattle Works and the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP-Seattle provided Steve with a scholarship for the Community Leaders Program), Steve enjoys exploring Seattle’s extensive array of food and culture. He is fascinated with racing cars, innovation through user centered design practices, and giant robots.


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