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Executive Committee


Ty Lim

Ty Lim is a founding member and current President of GAPA Foundation. Having come to the United States as a refugee from Cambodia, he learned early on the importance of community and service and has since dedicated much of his life to both. He currently serves on the boards of the Chinese Historical Society of America, Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (Scholarship Chair), and on the Steering Committees of the Asian Google Network (Co-Chair) and the Gayglers (Budget Chair). Additionally, Ty has served on the boards of Project Outlet, Lavender Youth Recreation Information Center (LYRIC), Cal Q&A, and co-founded Express 20s, a queer discussion group sponsored by Asian Health Services. Some of his noted accomplishments include being a former recipient of the George Choy Memorial Scholarship, the UCLGBTI Scholarship, API Pride Scholar, Prudential Spirit of Community award, and his film was selected for Outfest LA. Ty graduated with Honors from UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science, Ethnic Studies, and Asian American Studies, and is currently a Legal Manager at Google.
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Clark Jen

Clark Jen is a founding member of GAPA Foundation and serves as its Secretary. He graduated from UC Berkeley majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Sciences. He currently works as a software engineer. It is his first time serving on a non-profit board and he is doing it with great excitement and gusto.
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Sam Nguyen

Sam Nguyen is currently GAPA Foundation’s Treasurer. She has been involved in the LGBT community ever since moving to northern California. Her earliest involvement was starting a lesbian, bisexual and allies sorority at UC Davis where women could find a safe place to be themselves. After finishing up at the university, Sam moved into working with low income people with their tax compliance filings in San Francisco. In some of the centers where she worked, the demographics of people were largely made up of the older LGBT community. Sam is also a member of Deloitte Tax, LLP’s GLOBE network, a group dedicated to addressing the needs of the LGBT community. Within that role, she has helped set up an educational series on the tax ramifications of the DOMA decision for her fellow tax professionals at the San Francisco Deloitte office.
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Alex Tran

Alex Tran started his involvement in the A&PI and LBGT communities while he was a student at UC Berkeley. At Cal, Alex was one of the board leaders of the Cal Queer & Asian campus organization and was also involved in organizing the annual Queer & Asian Conferences. Alex helped successfully launch the 2013 scholarships programs for GAPA Foundation and is currently the Program Committee Co-Chair. Alex works as a Human Resource Programs Specialist at Google Inc. Outside of his professional and community involvement, Alex enjoys being a faux foodie, a bad photographer, and a wannabe Mission hipster.
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Dan Whittaker

Dan Whittaker, a new member of the board, is based in Minneapolis and recently co-conducted a workshop at the NQAPIA (National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance) Chicago conference titled, “Trans-National Adoption: Complexities in Ethnic, Gender and Nation-Identities.” He is currently researching the history of re-appropriation and occupation of shadow spaces by suppressed minority groups as a subversive act of protest against prevailing heteronormative design intentions developed in nineteenth-century urban America. Dan received degrees in architecture from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the Illinois Institute of Technology. This endeavor is his first time supporting outreach elements in the LGBT community.
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Danny Pham

Danny Pham is the current Co-Chair of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) and a board member of GAPA Foundation. A Vietnamese-American from San Jose, he lends his experience in administrative management, social media marketing, and event planning. A lifelong learner, he received a bachelors in Environmental Science with Biochemistry minor and Leo T. McCarthy Public Service Certificate, and obtained a masters in Environmental Management, both, from the University of San Francisco (USF). Danny currently works for East Bay Municipal Utility District, managing their waste to energy environmental program. Danny previously worked as an Environmental Scientist for the Regional Water Quality Control Board and as the Chief Marketing & Finance Officer for GAMeBoi LLC–nightclubs focused on serving the gay Asian community. Danny loves to help others in their career planning, particularly through USF’s environmental alumni network advocating jobs in public service. In his spare time, Danny enjoys board games, digital photography, and EDM music.
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Eric Ho

Eric Ho is the current Program Committee Co-Chair for GAPA Foundation. His involvement with the queer and Asian community started when he was an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, where he was heavily involved with the campus organization Cal Q&A, serving on its board for four years. Eric was one of the founding members of the Queer & Asian Conference on campus, and served as its Co-Chair in 2011. Eric has served as a policy intern for San Francisco nonprofits LYRIC and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and he is also a former recipient of the George Choy Memorial Scholarship. Since graduating college, Eric has been employed as a hard worker-bee on a legal team at Google.
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Jonathan Cheung

Jonathan Cheung is the current co-chair of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA). His involvement in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBTQ community started by volunteering at the API Wellness Center. In 2012, Jonathan joined the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Board of Directors and served as secretary. He also serves as the liaison for GAPA and GAPA Foundation for the San Francisco API Pride Council, which organizes the API festivities for SF Pride every year. Jonathan is currently a Private Client Banker with J.P. Morgan Chase. He also serves as Professional Development Lead for Global AsPIRE, a business resource group within J.P. Morgan Chase that helps with the advancement and development of Asian and Pacific Islander employees within the company.
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Mika Yukimura

Mika Yukimura is currently the Development Co-Chair. Originally from Orange County, her experiences there made her realize the need for more representation of queer API women in the fight for equality, and she has answered that call. In early 2000, she fought for the first Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) in her school district after the school board banned the formation of the club at her high school. She helped build a community of gay, Asian women to support one another since none were available. Mika has also been actively involved with APIQWTC’s Queer Taiko Session, Larkin Street Youth Services, and currently serves as the Community Relations Chair for the Asian Google Network. Mika graduated from UC Santa Barbara and is currently working at Google in the Legal department.
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Phil Ly

Phil Ly is the current Treasurer of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) and a board member of GAPA Foundation. A graduating senior at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology: Neurobiology and minoring in Spanish. The son of refugees of the Vietnam War, he was born in Denver but raised in Southern California. Education has always been a first priority, and then he became heavily involved on campus through the Honor societies and student government in community college. After transferring to UC Berkeley, he became involved with the Queer A&PI community through Cal Q&A and planning QACon. He hopes to pursue a PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering and then follow his passion for teaching by becoming a professor. Phil currently works as an undergraduate researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, exploring the properties of biomimetic molecules.
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Tommy Huie

Tommy Huie is a long time Board Member of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance. In addition to being a founding member of GAPA Foundation, Tommy has also been responsible for producing GAPA Runway every year. He is currently an IT Specialist at the Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center.
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Will Kivinski

Will Kivinski is a newly elected board member of GAPA Foundation and serves as its Social Media and Marketing chair. He graduated from UC Riverside majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. He’s worked in the tech industry for close to 10 years in a variety of roles in advertising, training/development and recruiting. He had a long stint working at Google/YouTube, and more recently dived into the world of startups at AdRoll and Greenhouse Software. He’s been a long time supporter of the LGBTQ community and is excited to serve on a non-profit board for the first time. When he’s not working and supporting the community, he enjoys traveling, the arts, trying new restaurants, running, practicing yoga and being an amateur photographer.
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