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 currently the Finance Chair for two Employee Resource Groups (ERG) at Facebook, APIs@ (Asian & Pacific Islanders) and Pride@ (LGBTQ). He has also previously served on the Boards/Steering Committees of:
Chinese Historical Society of America
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (Scholarship Chair)
Project Outlet, Lavender Youth Recreation Information Center (LYRIC)
Asian Google Network (Co-Chair)
Gayglers (Budget Chair)
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 Intellectual Property Operations Manager at Facebook.
Fun Fact: Ty loves food and travel, ideally both at the same time.
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!
Co-chair, Philanthropy Committee
Drew has been involved with GAPA Foundation since 2016 because he wants to make a positive impact in the API and LGBTQ communities. He feels that there are never ample resources to support the individuals and organizations that dedicate their time and passion to improve the lives of API and LGBTQ members. Drew's goal is to help students and nonprofit organizations to succeed in their objectives so that it will benefit the members of these communities. Drew hopes to inspire others to be involved and work hard to achieve recognition and ending discrimination for API and LGBTQ members.
Drew spent most of his 20s living on Oahu and taught elementary school for 3 years before deciding to enter the medical field. He is currently a full-time nurse practitioner at UC San Francisco.
Fun fact: Drew enjoys singing and making music when he has free time, and he loves
to travel internationally. He recently went on a 5-day Tao Expedition catamaran sailing in Palawan, Philippines. He is getting better at snowboarding.
Co-chair, Marketing & Communications Committee
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 Yelp Elite and self-proclaimed boba connoisseur.
Co-chair, Marketing & Communications Committee
With a Master's in Public Mental Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and B.A.'s in Psychology and in Sociology from UC Berkeley, Bernie’s passion lies in preventative approaches to mental wellness in young people through technology and innovative products, practices, programs. His professional background is interdisciplinary including experience in academic research at UC Berkeley, human-centered design in the nonprofit space, teaching at Stanford, editorial work at the Greater Good Science Center, and freelance visual design. With GAPA Foundation, Bernie hopes to focus his efforts on supporting the API and LGBTQ communities—two populations that face unique challenges to mental health.
Fun Fact: One of Bernie's favorite illustrations is "The Thinker of Tender Thoughts" by Shel Silverstein.
Co-chair, Marketing & Communications 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.
Raphael Buencamino is a founding member of GAPA Foundation. While growing up in a conservative Midwest suburb in St. Louis, Missouri, Raphael encountered many of the barriers that both API and LGBTQ youth still face. In response, he has continued to support both communities through various leadership roles and by helping to build new support systems to help both the API and LGBTQ communities. As an undergraduate at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Raphael became the first API president of the Triangle Coalition the LGBTQ student organization. He also helped lead the fight for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the non-discrimination clause of the U. Missouri system. Through this work Raphael was awarded one of the first Catalyst LGBTQ Leadership Awards.
After graduating from U. Missouri, Raphael moved to San Francisco for graduate school to receive a PhD in Biophysics and later received an MD from the University of California, San Francisco. During this time Raphael got involved in many projects to help both the API and LGBTQ community such as the co-chair of the Hepatitis B Collaborative, who during his time as co-chair helped to create two Hepatitis B testing and treatment student run clinics in Chinatown and Pacific Heights. Furthering to help the 1 in 10 API with chronic hepatitis B in San Francisco. Raphael also was co-chair of Gay Asian Pacific Alliance organization (GAPA org) for two years during which GAPA org served as Organization Grand Marshal in the SF LGBTQ pride parade. During this time he also helped to create GAPA Foundation where he later served as a founding board member and after a three year hiatus in Pediatrics Residency, has returned again as a board member.
Raphael is currently working as a Pediatric Hospitalist in Community Hospitals in Hawai’i, with the goal to provide medical support to the local medically underserved API community.
Fun Fact: Fun Fact: Raphael is an avid reader and has read over 200 books in the last 10 years.
Bao is a current board member committed to many of the Program 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 Associate 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, 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
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, 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.
After growing up in the Midwest, Kha spent three years at the nation's capital working at OCA National Center managing student leadership development programs before moving to the Bay Area. He first became enthralled by the APIA community during college, where he led organizations like the Asian American Association at the University of Missouri and the Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU). Kha was also a member of the Asian American Justice Center's (AAJC) Youth Advisory Council, where he co-created the Youth Empowerment Fund which provided seed grants aiding social justice and community action plans. He joined GAPA Foundation after volunteering for two years where he rediscovered his passion for service to the community and hearing about personal narratives, especially when it concerns underrepresented groups.
Fun fact: My favorite thing to eat is Pad See Ew (a Thai dish) with lots of crushed nuts. Yum.
Danny Pham a former Chair of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) and former board member of GAPA Foundation, currently serving as Emeritus on both organizations. 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.