NAPAWF in Seattle, WA
2017 Seattle Chapter Leaders:
Donna is second-generation Chinese-Vietnamese American and native of Seattle. She joined NAPAWF Seattle in 2013 and really values the sisterhood she’s built through this network of fierce API women. Donna holds a Master in Social Work from the University of Washington and is currently in higher education supporting former youth in foster care to persist through and graduate from college. Her passion for youth mentorship and drive to create education equity stems from her personal experience being the first in her family to graduate from college. Outside of work, Donna enjoys spending with her two dogs, crafting and working on puzzles.
Stephenie identifies as Japanese and Chinese American, born and raised in Seattle, WA. As an American Ethnic Studies graduate, she is deeply committed to social justice and increasing equitable access for immigrants, refugees, and other underserved communities. She is passionate about uplifting the voices and stories of those not often heard and working to empower leadership/resiliency of others. She joined NAPAWF Seattle in 2015 and loves how the sisterhood has provided love, strength, and support. For the past several years, she has worked at community-based organizations within resource development in efforts to secure necessary funding supporting critical services for those who need it most (currently in a role that focuses on the AAPI community). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog “Bun Bun”, traveling, and baking.
Christine identifies as a 2nd-generation Chinese / Southeast Asian American. She grew up in Los Angeles’ Chinatown neighborhood. She moved to San Diego for college, where she was living before moving up to Seattle. She was involved in the NAPAWF San Diego chapter and sought the same space up here where she is excited to be around so many fierce sisters. She holds a Master’s in School Counseling and is currently working as a college and career counselor at a local high school. She is passionate about social justice, especially equity for students of color. She loves cats, spoken word poetry, searching for the best boba, and exploring this new city!
Eunice is a second-generation Chinese Malaysian who was raised in Illinois and Singapore. She earned a BA in Public Health and a Minor in Geography from University of Washington. She works as an organizer with UNITE HERE, the hospitality workers union, and is involved in the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. She is a member of University Lutheran Church and serves on the board of the University of Washington Lutheran Campus Ministry. In her free time she enjoys cooking and reading.
Jena Yang is one and half generation Korean American who grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She achieved her Masters in Social Work with the concentration in Community-Centered Integrative Practice and Prevention at University of Washington. She received the Certificate in Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation and continued to facilitate dialogues around social identities, personal understanding of power, privilege and oppression, and alliance building. She also takes actions towards social change with multi-cultural communities and institutions as a NAPAWF member since 2013. She loves singing while driving in traffic, watching movies, and opening fortune-teller cookies.
Marissa is a first generation Thai American, native to Seattle, and passionate about community work, cultural identity building and social activism. Her interest in NAPAWF comes from a personal understanding of Seattle’s API’s community need for a safe space to connect and organize around issues impacting their families, friends, and neighbors. With a background in stereotypes-identity research, non-profit management, youth mentorship and an MSW degree, Marissa uses her talents and passion to drive her work.
Monica is a second-generation Cantonese-American who has committed her professional and personal work to social justice. In 2013, she joined the NAPAWF-Seattle Chapter and with her background in Public Health and grassroots activism she has continued to uplift the voices of the AAPI community. Currently she is the Civic Engagement Program Manager for Asian Counseling and Referral Service. In this role she has developed the integration of civic engagement at ACRS and coordinates the statewide effort of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Washington State. She spends her free time cooking, spending quality time with her pets Koa and Thumper, supporting local-Seattle businesses, and visiting farmers markets.
Tagoipah is a second generation Cham-Muslim American and a native of Seattle, WA. They go by she/they pronouns and also a first generation college graduate within their family. Tagoipah holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community-Centered Integrative Practice with a career interest in education and immigration reform. They value space that provides intersectionality of identities into activism/advocacy work. Despite being a Seattlite they don’t really drink coffee but prefers tea and loves to attend community dance events.