2016 CLP CLass
Brianne Ramos is Chamorro and Filipino, born on the island of Guam and raised in Olympia, Washington. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health with a minor in Diversity from the University of Washington. Currently, she is the Project Coordinator for the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, where she works to improve the lives of Asian Pacific Americans in the areas of education, health, and economic development. In her spare time, she serves on the Steering Committee for the Pacific Islander Health Board, an organization that is committed to achieving health equity for Pacific Islander communities.
Gabby Ibanez-Dacruz is the first in her family to receive her Bachelor’s in Community Psychology from the University of Washington Bothell. Through her education, she has developed a passion for addressing the inequalities we face as a society by providing support to strengthen the potential for action. Gabby is currently participating in an internship through APALA by supporting Unite Here Local 8’s Initiative 124, which protects hotel workers in Seattle while also providing civic engagement assistance during this election season. Through these pursuits, Gabby is interested in developing her community organizing skills, working with youth K-12. Gabby is a Washington native, is a multiracial first generation American – her father being born in Portugal and her mother from the Philippines. In her free time, Gabby enjoys spending time with her large and blended family, especially her eight nieces and nephews. To unwind, she also enjoys curling up with a good book on her Kindle, a cup of tea, and a warm blanket.
Genesis Gavino is a Senior Management Fellow with the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department where she analyzes and develops policy to address human and social issues specific to homelessness and housing stability. She is Filipino, born and raised in American Samoa and committed to making a difference in her community. Genesis has found her calling in serving the marginalized and most vulnerable populations of the community through public service. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management in 2014 from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Her volunteer work includes serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Southeast Youth and Family Services, a local non-profit located in Columbia City committed to assisting children, youth and their families to achieving safe, self-sufficient and stable lives.
Vicky Su came to the U.S. at age 16 from her native China to pursue a better education. She graduated from Whitman College with a B.A. in rhetoric studies and a minor in sociology. She is currently seeking a role related to communication, which allows her to explore her passion for civic engagement, social justice and popular culture. Over the course of four years at Whitman, she has worked with a team of seven students to create and execute a groundbreaking conference about the hierarchical power and privilege on the Whitman campus, which is now part of the College’s official annual calendar. She is a big movie fan and an authentic foodie. She loves meeting new people and dogs from all around the world.