Who We Are


Sammie Ablaza Wills, Director


Image description: Sammie Ablaza Wills smiles while standing in front of a brick wall.

Sammie is an enthusiastic queer, non-binary Pilipinx person with a vivid love for their chosen family, social justice, and grassroots organizing. In the past few years, they have spent their time in movements for workers rights, ethnic studies, and racial justice. In all arenas, they strive to share ways for people to reflect on their identities, be vulnerable, and tell their stories. When they’re not planning events or making spreadsheets, Sammie enjoys crafting coffee, playing the guitar, spending quality time with pals, and envisioning a new, liberated world.

Jasmin Hoo, Community Organizer

Image description: Jasmin Hoo is indoors and smiling while looking up.

Image description: Jasmin Hoo is indoors and smiling while looking up.

Jasmin is a mixed race, queer, cis gender woman who grew up outside Boston, MA and moved to San Francisco in 2005 to be near all the mixed race queers! Since moving to the Bay Area, Jasmin has been working with students, teachers, artists, and communities to cultivate social justice and transformation through education, activism, and the arts. Jasmin holds an M.A. in Equity and Social Justice in Education from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Performing Arts for Social Change from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In her free time, Jasmin enjoys seeing plays, hiking, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

2018 Chan Fellow


Image description: Jappy poses outdoors in fornt of a vast canyon

Image description: Jappy poses outdoors in front of a vast canyon

Jappy (she/her) is a Hong Kong student who believes in The Personal Is Political. She is a feminist and is dedicated to the empowerment of women. She has worked with different non-profit organisations in advocating women’s rights. Besides, she shoots film. Sometimes roughly, always passionately.



Core Committee

At APIENC, our volunteer members power our work. Our volunteer committees include: Fundraising, Dragon Fruit, Leadership Development, Trans Justice, and Communications. APIENC’s Core is a collective of individuals who are most active in the day to day work of the organization. The Core helps to guide programs, make decisions about partnership, strategize about the long-term direction of the organization, and build APIENC as a political home for LGBTQ API people.

Avery Nguyen Cynthia Fong Caroline Truong
Sam Lai Michelle Wang Wai Yee Poon
Mioi Hanaoka Nancy Truong Alison Lin
Poonam Kapoor Nancy Chen Junior Claros
Medha Asthana Ralph Leano-Atanacio Anna Lei

Image Description: Members of APIENC Core Stand in a bunch, smiling and looking at the camera.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is comprised of individuals with a diverse array of expertise, experiences, and backgrounds which include intern alumni, former staff, educators, community leaders, historians, parents, healers, organizers, and fundraisers. They support our work and leadership through their advice, knowledge, and expertise.

Anirvan Chatterjee Danny Pham Lotus Dao
Monica Davis Dipti Gosh Linda Nguyen
Steve Lew Amos Lim Alison Lin
Koko Lin Tôtal Nguyen Tracy Nguyen
Sine Hwang Jensen Andy Wong Monna Wong
Lily Pham