Staff

ORGANIZING SITES

Aian Mendoza, Site Organizer

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VOYCE (Voices of Oakland Youth for Community Empowerment)
Organizing site for Chinese, Filipinx & Vietnamese youth

Aian is a queer non-binary mixed race Filipinx person from Southern CA. They were raised in Orange County and came into social justice circles at Santa Ana College before transferring to UC Riverside for Ethnic Studies. Aian’s politics have been informed by their struggles and experiences growing up, and witnessing inequalities of those close. They have been involved with different focuses of organizing such as queer and trans spaces, food justice work, harm reduction practices around drug use and sex work, Pilipino workers center, and activist trainings. Aian is grateful and excited to organize with AYPAL to center voices of young Asian Americans in Oakland.

aian@aypal.org

 

Brandon Ros, Site Organizer

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SEAYCA (Southeast Asian Youth Community in Action)
Organizing site for Southeast Asian youth

Brandon Rosenity Ros is a Khmer-American youth organizer from Deep East Oakland, California. Brandon is a UC Santa Cruz graduate with a BA in Community Studies. His passion for social justice sparked at a young age through his god mother Selyah Waters and her work with mentoring youth in East Oakland. Brandon was able to support AYPAL through his Community Studies Field Study prior to joining AYPAL as one of AYPAL’s Site Organizers. As a survivor of gun violence, Brandon has taken on the challenge of working with youth in Oakland to inspire and motivate youth to pursue higher education while creating meaningful changes within their communities.

brandon@aypal.org

 

Joanne Yi, Program Support

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Joanne is a second generation Korean American who was born and raised in Stockton, California. After supporting AYPAL as a college intern, Joanne is continuing her work now as Program Support Staff. Joanne is excited to continue uplifting youth power and self-determination.

joanne@aypal.org

 

ADMIN TEAM

 

Stanley Pun, Program Manager

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Stanley has been involved with AYPAL for the better part of 10 years.  He has worked as an Intern, college intern, Site Organizer, and is now AYPAL’s Program Manager.  AYPAL has shaped and informed the work he has done with other organizations such as Korean Community Center of the East Bay (KCCEB), National Council for Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), and Chinese Progressive Association (CPA).  He graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Asian American Studies and Ethnic studies.  His politics have been shaped through his lived experience growing up in Oakland and witnessing inequity, violence, and how oppression has shaped communities of color and their relations with each other.  He strives to create a better Oakland through cultivating youth empowerment to bridge cultural, ethnic, and generational gaps.  He hopes that he can inspire youth through this work and most of all prepare them for their future endeavors so they can thrive wherever they go.

stanley@aypal.org

 

Joshua Fisher Lee, Director

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Joshua has been contributing to and leading youth leadership work for the past ten years. Earning a MA in Higher Education concentrating in Diversity and Social Justice from the University of Michigan in 2012, Joshua has been able to advance his practice in working with students to identify and engage in their own transformation. Joshua has served in an organizing as well as operations capacity for several organizations in Oakland and the Bay Area including  Youth Together, Forward Together, and Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy; prior to joining AYPAL, Joshua served as the Assistant Director of Leadership in student activities at The University of California Santa Cruz. He is pleased to be back in his hometown of Oakland supporting a legacy youth leadership organization like AYPAL, creating space for underrepresented immigrant and refugee API youth in Oakland to reflect on their experiences and take action towards meeting the needs of our community.

joshua@aypal.org