How do you identify yourself?
Filipina American; mother; sister; advocate of Asian American voices, stories, and artists.
What places have you lived?
I have lived in all regions of the US, including the South, East Coast, and Midwest, as well as Spain and Guam. I am happy to call the Bay Area my home now.
What was your first interaction with CAAM or CAAMFest?
I learned about CAAM as a student at UC Berkeley and was able to dive deeper into the organization when I joined the development team in 2008.
What’s your role now at CAAM?
Director of Development, charged with leading the organization’s fundraising activities.
What are three Asian American media pieces that you think people should know about?
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, directed by Grace Lee, to learn the her-story and legacy of a strong activist and community leader; Interpreter of Maladies, written by Jhumpa Lahiri, to learn the importance of family and the immigrant experience; Sanjay’s Super Team, directed by Sanjay Patel, for the kids.
What are you most looking forward to this next year at CAAM?
Getting to know our wonderful community of donors, members, and partners
Favorite or most memorable meal you’ve had?
My mother’s home cooked meals, of course! Arrozcaldo and sinigang, two staple Filipino dishes, are two of my favorites, especially on rainy, cold days.