For me, AAJIL is empowering because it creates a space for mutual care for members to reclaim personal histories and identity from colonization through art, social justice, and collaborative making.
Michael Manalo is currently serving on AAJIL’s Board of Directors as Chairperson. He is a Senior Design Researcher at The So Company (TSO). Before TSO, Michael developed data and project management practices with government offices and NGOs, including the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and Alliance for California Traditional Arts. Michael specializes in creating design strategies and creating key performance indicators for organizations. He is humbled to be a founding Board Member for AAJIL. He strives to help with its mission and goals of employing a decolonial framework and mutual care through community-building.
Monica Chi is currently serving on AAJIL’s Board of Directors as Treasurer. She is Managing Partner of The Trium Group, a management consulting, leadership development and coaching firm committed to the practice of unlocking potential in people, teams, systems and organizations. Monica enjoys working with leaders to get clear on who they are and align their impact with their aspirations. She is proud to be a founding Board Member for AAJIL and grateful for the integrated racial education and community experiences this organization makes readily available to the general public.
Delving deep into the root causes of systemic racism, and becoming more and more aware of how the symptoms show up in every day is a life’s work. AAJIL creates a safe place to share diverse stories and experiences, and make new meaning together. What a gift to have this community and its resources for this journey.
I’m so appreciative of the resources and guidance AAJIL has given me to develop collaborative projects, such as the Lotus Art Collective, and regularly engage in community-building dialogue. It’s been inspiring to envision a more just and loving world with my AAJIL family.
Jean Park is AAJIL's Community Engagement Director and a member of the API Artists Lab, Lotus Art Collective. She is currently serving on AAJIL’s Board of Directors as Secretary. She is a Community Engagement Coordinator at API Forward Movement, a nonprofit working to cultivate healthy and active API communities through grassroots organizing, and currently working on the CleanAirSGV Campaign. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jean is inspired by advocacy organizations and coalitions fighting to end homelessness and is actively involved with Ground Game LA and Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED).