Ty Lim is a founding member and the 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. In addition to GAPA Foundation, Ty is also a Program Leader with the Roots: Him Mark Lai Family History Project, where he helps Chinese Americans conduct genealogical research to discover their ancestral roots in China and subsequently leads them back to visit their ancestral villages in China in the summer.
Professionally, Ty is currently a Program Manager at Adobe overseeing the global privacy program. Prior to joining Adobe, Ty spent over 10 years managing and scaling global teams at Google and Facebook working on legal compliance and intellectual property, respectively. In the workplace, he has been active in both the queer and Asian & Pacific Islander employee resource groups, specifically focusing on diversity and inclusion, cultural education, professional development, and mentorship. Ty graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science, Ethnic Studies, and Asian American Studies. He is an API Pride Scholar and a past recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, George Choy Memorial Scholarship, and University of California LGBTI Scholarship.
Fun Fact: Ty loves food and travel, ideally both at the same time.
Co-chair, Philanthropy Committee
Moving from Los Angeles, Jonathan's involvement in the API LGBTQ community started at San Francisco's API Wellness Center as a peer leader. In 2012, he joined GAPA Board as secretary and has been serving on both the GAPA and GAPA Foundation boards ever since. At work, Jonathan is Chase Private Client banker with J.P. Morgan Chase. Furthermore he currently is the membership chair for his company's business resource group PRIDE in California. PRIDE helps the advancement and development of LGBTQ employees within J.P. Morgan Chase.
Fun Fact: Jonathan can wiggle his ears.
Clark is a current Senior Software Engineer at Yahoo's Connected TV Group. His career in software engineering spans over 20 years across companies including Yahoo, Alcatel, Thirdspace, and Maxager. Clark received his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Fun Fact: Clark is currently the tallest GAPA Foundation board member.
Co-chair, Philanthropy Committee
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Tay studied personality psychology and cost accounting at University of Houston. Now based in San Francisco, Tay works as a Restauranteur focused in corporate operation structure and cost management. As his side projects, he works for GAMeBoi SF as a manager and serves as a board member on GAPA Foundation in order to support and give a safe space for the queer API community.
Fun Fact: Tay specializes in knowledge and taste of Japanese whisky and is a jet-setter for hikes and outdoor adventures.
Co-chair, Operations Committee
Sam is a Bay Area transplant from Long Beach, California. She is a Teochew Chinese-American with Cambodian cultural influences. Sam attended UC Berkeley and received two Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Sciences and Society & Environment. Sam served as a Board Member with Cal Queer & Asian (Cal Q&A) at UC Berkeley and as a committee member for the Queer and Asian Conference (QACON) Planning Committee. She likes volunteering her time and giving back to her communities. In their spare time, you can find Sam eating food, drinking boba, watching shows or movies, weightlifting/exercising, or reading.
Fun Fact: Sam has hiccuped at least once a day for the last nine years!
Co-chair, Operations Committee
Diwu was born in Austin, Texas, and currently works as a Transportation Engineer. Diwu received his Bachelor's in Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and Master's in Transportation Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Diwu previously served on the Queer and Asian Conference planning committee and is an alumnus of the first annual Out for Undergrad Engineering Conference.
Fun Fact: Diwu is working on the plans for the California High Speed Rail project.
Co-chair, Governance Committee
Lisa is a young changemaker, passionate about embedding racial equity in real-world policy solutions. In 2014, Lisa researched water security and the Jordanian health care system in Amman, Jordan. Her independent research project explored the colonial legacy of Jordanian politics and policy, the disputed pollution of Za'atari aquifer, and refugee-host community dynamics near the Jordan-Syria border.
Since 2016, Lisa has pursued social justice work with a critical racial equity lens. As Special Projects Coordinator at The Greenlining Institute, Lisa developed and coordinated Greenlining's post election strategy. Now as Greenlining's Energy Equity Program Manager, Lisa advocates for policies that center, prioritize, and benefit communities of color, low-income communities, and rural communities. In a few years, she hopes to pursue a joint MPP/MPH degree program.
Co-chair, Governance Committee
Brandon grew up in a small town in Hawaii and has moved around since, most recently living in Boston and New York City. Now a San Francisco resident, Brandon joined the GAPA Foundation Board with the hope of making an impact on the API LGBTQ community. Having lived in several cities in the United States, Brandon has seen the struggle that API LGBTQ individuals encounter when trying to harmonize their two (or more) minority identities. Brandon hopes to empower these individuals through the GAPA Foundation's efforts. In his day job, Brandon is a corporate attorney at a law firm in San Francisco.
Fun Fact: Brandon’s favorite ice cream flavor is coconut.
Co-chair, Marketing & Communications Committee
Bernie leads GAPA Foundation's creative, branding, and marketing strategy as well as its Diversity Committee. He currently works as a Senior Associate at Mind Share Partners—a nonprofit changing the culture of workplace mental health so that both employees and organizations can thrive. At Mind Share Partners, Bernie leads content research and development, visual design and branding, and other special projects. He is a widely-published author on mental health at work and advises companies on mental health strategy and initiatives. Prior to Mind Share partners, Bernie worked as an Associate at HopeLab—a nonprofit designing science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. Bernie possesses a Master's in Mental Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and B.A.'s in Psychology and in Sociology from UC Berkeley.
Fun Fact: Bernie is an Aries.
Co-chair, Development Committee
Eric has been involved with GAPA Foundation since 2011. Most recently, he completed a four-year term as the Philanthropy Chair for GAPA Foundation, where he helped build out the Foundation's scholarship and community grant giving programs. Before joining GAPA Foundation, Eric was an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, where he was extremely active in the queer and Asian community. He served on the board of Cal Q&A through four years of college, where he helped grow the membership base tenfold, and he was also one of the founding board members of the Queer & Asian Conference (QACON) at Berkeley. Outside of the queer and Asian community, Eric has also interned with SF nonprofit organizations LYRIC and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. He is currently employed as a busy worker bee at Google, where he manages a team of legal specialists.
Fun Fact: Eric is a huge fan of the Luxor Hotel & Casino, Skechers shoes, the city of Milpitas, and the movie Something's Gotta Give.
Co-chair, Development Committee
Born in Nashville and raised in Los Angeles, Eric is now proud to call San Francisco home. Looking to make a difference and wanting to give back to the queer and Asian community that supported him and his journey, Eric joined GAPA Foundation in 2013 and hasn't looked back. As part of the Philanthropy Committee, Eric continues to be inspired by all the amazing work happening in the queer and Asian community and hopes to continue to be a resources to students and other queer organizations.
Fun Fact: Eric loves red wine so much that he wishes it would become its own food group.
Mariah K. Santiago
Mariah is a Program Manager for San Francisco Community Health Center (formerly API Wellness Center) focusing on capacity building and health equity for LGBTQ+ communities through tobacco policy efforts. Mariah holds a Master’s in Public Health focused on Community Health Education and a B.A. in Sociology/Sexuality Studies, both from San Francisco State University. Prior to San Francisco Community Health Center, Mariah worked at the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC), Education Training and Research Associates (ETR), and Huckleberry Youth Programs. Mariah has also supported several research projects, such as The Beyond Bullying Project—a qualitative research project shifting the narratives of LGBTQ+ youth sexuality in high school through storytelling. More recently, she received the 2017 Social Justice and Multiculturalism Award from the Asian American Psychological Association for research on "Racial Residential Segregation, Social Capital, and Political Participation on the Psychological Distress of Asian Americans" with Dr. David Rebanal.
In addition to supporting the GAPA Foundation, Mariah serves on the Executive Board for the American Public Health Association’s LGBTQ Caucus. She is inspired by connections with community, supporting local QTPOC artists, traveling with her loved ones, and is (often) motivated by boba.
Fun Fact: Mariah is the same ethnicity as Bruno Mars and has the same birthday as Lady Gaga!
A Texan-transplant by way of Boston, Min has been living in the Bay Area for the past six years, working in biomedical research. As a first generation Korean-American, Min is passionate about helping bridge the cultural divide between immigrant parents and their children.
Fun Fact: Min is also an avid baker and musician in his free time.
After being raised in the Abu-Dhabi in the middle east, Zeb immigrated to the US for high school. It was difficult for him to find his identity as a teenaged queer person of color, but he discovered a lot about himself when he moved to San Francisco for college. After living in the Bay Area for 7 years, he has learned how big of an impact it makes on an individual when they are connected to a community of others who share similar struggles. Zeb is so grateful to be a part of the API queer community in SF and continues to invest his time giving back. He is currently the Program Manager for Community Programs and HIV Services at San Francisco Community Health Center (formerly API Wellness Center). When not busy with work, you can find him playing video games, cooking, or walking his dog around the sunset in SF.
Fun Fact: Zeb has seen the Northern Lights in Iceland after chasing them all night with his friends.
Receiving his Bachelor's in Asian American Studies at UCLA, Derick has always been passionate about learning from and helping the communities around him. Through some friends, he discovered GAPA Foundation and was immediately drawn to its mission of giving back to the API LGBT community, a community he personally identifies with. Prior to GAPA Foundation, he's also been a part of API Equality-LA and San Francisco's chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals. He's currently at Facebook as a recruiter helping to find top diverse talent for the company.
Fun Fact: Derick is a former Yelp Elite and self-proclaimed boba connoisseur.
Bao is a current board member committed to many of the Philanthropy efforts of GAPA Foundation. He has a Bachelor's in Molecular & Cell Biology from UC Berkeley and is currently a Data Wizard in the education and nonprofit sectors at Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT). Bao has also danced in a number of local Bay Area dance groups, including Senior Stacks, Main Stacks, and The Movement at UC Berkeley; Squirrel Friends in Oakland; and Hungry Bumz in San Jose.
Fun Fact: "Bao is really good at trivia so don't play Fibbage with him." -Bernie Wong, Co-chair, Marketing & Communications Committee
Nguyen began his involvement with GAPA in 2002 and joined GAPA Foundation as a Board Member in 2016. Also known as Sir Whitney Queers, Nguyen is Mr. GAPA 2013 and currently serves as co-host of the annual GAPA Runway Pageant. Outside of GAPA and GAPA Foundation, Nguyen is the proud Secretary of the Board of Directors of San Francisco LGBT Pride where he helps to conduct year-round oversight and governance activities for this annual two-day, $2.5 million cultural celebration. A Bay Area native, Nguyen remains engaged with CHEER San Francisco: The Official Cheerleaders of San Francisco and a charitable cheerleading team with which Nguyen has performed frequently since 2002. Nguyen’s additional affiliations include American Mensa (Mr. Mensa 2011), the Imperial Council of San Francisco (Mr. Gay San Francisco 2016), The Commonwealth Club, and Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society.
Fun Fact: In 2010, Nguyen became a USA National Champion in competitive cheerleading! Please see http://youtu.be/OgEadNomxyI for a quick chuckle.
Co-leading the Philanthropy Committee since 2017, Calvin has been focused on improving the process and experience of candidates and the deliberations committees. He currently works as a Global Process and Controls Analyst at OpenTable helping control and improve processes within Fiance Operations. He also works within OpenTable’s D&I space as a co-leader of the LGBTQ resource group and leading Pride efforts in 2018. Calvin is driven to give back to the communities and spaces that have helped foster his sense of belonging and well-being.
Fun Fact: Calvin plays Dungeon and Dragons.