Staff and Interns

Staff
<!--:en-->Ma, Eileen<!--:-->Eileen Ma

Eileen Ma is currently the Executive Director of API Equality-LA. Since graduating from Columbia University in 1993, she has worked as an organizer and field coordinator for many labor and community organizations nationwide, including the AFL-CIO, SEIU, SAG, Health Access, Power U Center for Social Change, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, and many others.More…

Nguyen, BrianBrian Nguyen

Brian Nguyen is the Program Director for API Equality-LA. He is a graduate from UC Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with an emphasis in Feminist Literature as well as a minor in LGBTQ Studies. While an undergraduate, he organized with various local and national LGBT organizations in different capacities: heMore…

Interns
Alegrio, HertzHertz Alegrio

Hertz Alegrio hails from Anaheim, CA and is an illustration student currently attending Santa Monica College.  His interest in social justice issues began in high school with his involvement in his school’s OC Human Relations BRIDGES chapter, and has since been involved with various social justice groups.  His activism has been centered mostly on theMore…

Chen, ShellyShelly Chen

Shelly Chen is from Temple City, CA, and recently graduated from Scripps College with a BA in organismal biology. Her involvement in the API community began as a sponsee in the Asian American Sponsor Program at Scripps, in which she eventually became a sponsor and mentored first year API-identified students. Being a part of bothMore…

Mendez, RythRyth Mendez

Ryth Mendez is from San Diego, specifically National City, and is also a recent graduate from UCLA with a BA in Asian American Studies with Pilipino Concentration and LGBT Studies minor. Ryth began organizing for LGBT rights through Queer Alliance at UCLA. Since then Ryth has been involved in Pilipino, Transgender, Genderqueer, and queer peopleMore…