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Tracy Zhao, Executive Director

Tracy has been involved with API Equality-LA since 2013, serving in the roles of intern, volunteer, part-time staff, and Steering Committee Co-Chair. As a cisgender bisexual Chinese woman and Michigan transplant, she is committed to working in solidarity with queer and trans people of color for our liberation. She has been involved in supporting various grassroots API and social justice spaces in Los Angeles, such as Tuesday Night Cafe, Free Radicals, and Summer Activist Training. Tracy is grateful and inspired by the queer women and femmes of color mentors, organizers, thinkers, and carers who came before her, and hopes to follow in their visionary footsteps.

 

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Tanya Edmilao, Community Organizer

Tanya has been serving as Co-Chair of the API Equality-LA Committee on Outreach, Recruitment and Education (CORE). In this role, she has co-led our annual contingent in the Lunar New Year parade and banquet in Chinatown and our participation in the Long Beach Pride and Christopher Street West LA Pride celebrations. She has also helped coordinate phone banks for the 2016 election, workshops on trans justice, and outreach at community events, such as the 626 Night Market.Since 2014, Tanya has held a variety of positions at Center for Asian Americans United for Empowerment (CAUSE), a organization dedicated to the political and civic leadership of the API community. At CAUSE, she recruited and managed volunteers and interns, planned special events, mobilized API youth to vote, and partnered with API community organizations to provide in-language voter education and outreach. A graduate of USC, Tanya is a passionate activist and advocate for LGBT, API and immigrant rights.

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