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.
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.
Rath is an international tax consultant at EY with experience living in the U.S., Taiwan, Thailand and Japan. He is passionate about creating an inclusive place for all – especially with intersecting the queer and Asian communities. Rath advocated for social justice and equality for same sex couples and benefits both in the public and private space during his time in Asia, and hopes to continue that work in the US. As the founder of several employee resource groups in Asia, he continues to serve on EY’s Unity LGBT+ professional network steering committee in the Bay Area. He is also an active member of the U.S. Democratic Party, and has co-led several get out the vote initiatives and working on issues that impact our community. Rath went to Waseda University in Tokyo and majored in Finance and Accounting in Japanese. In the past, Rath was a trader, then controller at Morgan Stanley and Nomura before switching to Big Four consulting. He was also named No. 4 to the Emerging OUTstanding LGBT Leaders List in the Financial Times.
Fun Fact: Rath likes to sing karaoke even though he has a terrible voice, carrying on this magical Asian invention. He also loves nature and animals, living with two sweet furry friends (cats).
Chair, Development 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.
Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee
Bernie leads GAPA Foundation's program and event marketing and design of organizational creative collateral. He currently works as an Associate at Mind Share Partners—an early-stage nonprofit committed to building awareness, support, and acceptance in the workplace for people with mental health conditions. Prior to Mind Share, Bernie worked at HopeLab—a nonprofit designing science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. He 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 sun, Pisces moon, Enneagram Type 6, INFJ, and Gryffindor and Wampus housemember.
Co-chair, Philanthropy Committee
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 Patient Services Volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital San Jose and a Development/Communications Coordinator and Data Analyst 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 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, Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee
Co-chair, Philanthropy Committee
Co-chair, Operations Committee
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.
Co-chair, Operations Committee
Danny Pham is a former Chair of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA). A Vietnamese-American from San Jose, he lends his experience in administrative management, marketing, and event management. A lifelong learner, he received a Bachelor's in Environmental Science with Biochemistry minor and Leo T. McCarthy Public Service Certificate, and obtained a Master's 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—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.
Fun Fact: In his spare time, Danny enjoys board games, digital photography, and electronic dance music.
Receiving his Bachelor's in Asian American Studies at UCLA, Derick has always been passionate about learning from and helping the communities around him. As an Asian American and LGBTQ individual, he joined GAPA Foundation in order to give back to those communities through voluntary service and philanthropy. At Salesforce, he is on the leadership team of PacificForce (the company's API employee resource group) in addition to his actual job as a technical recruiter. After spending most of his life in Los Angeles, Derick moved to the bay area because of his strong interest in technology and need for a change in scenery.
Fun Fact: Derick is a former Yelp Elite and self-proclaimed boba connoisseur.
Diwu was born in Austin, Texas, and is a first-generation Chinese American. During his youth, he relied on carpooling to visit his local queer youth center (OutYouth) and realized the privilege of having accessibility to reliable transportation. He is currently a licensed Civil Engineer-in-Training and envisions designing a safe and accessible transportation system for users of all ages and ability. 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. He 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 can fit his fist in his mouth.
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 orgs.
Fun Fact: Eric loves red wine so much that he wishes it would become its own food group.
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.
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.
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.
Chair, Governance Committee