Who We Are


Sammie Ablaza Wills, Director


Image description: Sammie Ablaza Wills smiles while standing in front of a brick wall.

Sammie is an enthusiastic queer, non-binary Pilipinx person with a vivid love for their chosen family, social justice, and grassroots organizing. In the past few years, they have spent their time in movements for workers rights, ethnic studies, and racial justice. In all arenas, they strive to share ways for people to reflect on their identities, be vulnerable, and tell their stories. When they’re not planning events or making spreadsheets, Sammie enjoys crafting coffee, playing the guitar, spending quality time with pals, and envisioning a new, liberated world.

M Lin, Community Organizer


Image description: MLin smiles while looking at the camera.

M Lin is originally from San Jose, CA. They identify as a queer gender non-conforming Chinese American. As a student, they were actively involved in student organizing and archival research relating to the history of minority groups on campus. They graduated from Chapman University with a B.F.A. in film production, with an emphasis in sound design. Since moving back to the Bay Area, MLin has been strongly drawn to living out their identity politics through both their community-based work and personal relationships. In their free time, they enjoy behind-the-scenes videography, listening to international pop/alternative rock music, and spending time with loved ones.

2018 Summer Organizers


Julie (they/them), aka “Jules,” is from Oakland, CA where they were born and raised. They have been fortunate enough to learn the ways of social justice and community building throughout their development and look forward to developing their skills to continue the work. Julie looks forward to connecting and developing strong relationships with their community and everyone involved.


Teo (they/them) is a recent graduate of Pomona College, where they studied Asian American Studies and Public Policy/Sociology. Teo’s commitment to social justice work is rooted in their experiences as a first-generation college student, being raised in a low-income, single-parent household, and coming from a lineage of indigenous Batak Indonesian people. This summer, Teo hopes to continue uplifting community voices, especially currently and formerly incarcerated AAPI people, through grassroots organizing and activism. In their spare time, Teo loves to sing, read poetry, and search for yummy vegetarian foods.


Paige (she/her) is a third year undergraduate student from Los Angeles, CA. She is excited by the topics of writing, poetry, art as healing, and why Asian people love Boba (admittingly she does too). She believes loving one-on-one relationships are the core bricks of our movements towards liberation.


Yuan (they/them) is a second-generation Chinese-American person from Fremont, CA and New Jersey. They’re interested in community health education, local housing organizing, reproductive justice, and language justice. In their free time, Yuan likes to play guitar, sing with friends, listen to stories and poems, and eat and make noodles.


Kevin (he/him) hails from the suburbs of Maryland. His interest in APIENC stems from a desire to apply his academics in a practical way. He is inspired by eight hour sleep cycles and snacking throughout the day. He loves biking, especially uphill. Kevin is still in university, working towards his degree. In the future, he hopes to find a stable nine-to-five job and live with two cats.



Core Committee

At APIENC, our volunteer members power our work. Our volunteer committees include: Fundraising, Dragon Fruit, Leadership Development, Trans Justice, and Communications. APIENC’s Core is a collective of individuals who are most active in the day to day work of the organization. The Core helps to guide programs, make decisions about partnership, strategize about the long-term direction of the organization, and build APIENC as a political home for LGBTQ API people.

Avery Nguyen Cynthia Fong Caroline Truong
Sam Lai Michelle Wang Wai Yee Poon
Mioi Hanaoka Nancy Truong Alison Lin
Poonam Kapoor Nancy Chen Junior Claros
Medha Asthana Ralph Leano-Atanacio Anna Lei

Image Description: Members of APIENC Core Stand in a bunch, smiling and looking at the camera.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is comprised of individuals with a diverse array of expertise, experiences, and backgrounds which include intern alumni, former staff, educators, community leaders, historians, parents, healers, organizers, and fundraisers. They support our work and leadership through their advice, knowledge, and expertise.

Anirvan Chatterjee Danny Pham Lotus Dao
Monica Davis Dipti Gosh Linda Nguyen
Steve Lew Amos Lim Alison Lin
Koko Lin Tôtal Nguyen Tracy Nguyen
Sine Hwang Jensen Andy Wong Monna Wong
Lily Pham