2018 Keynote Speakers Wing Lam and Ed Lee, Founders of Wahoo's Fish Taco
2019 Keynote Speaker Sefa Aina Associate Dean & Director of the Asian American Resource Center Pomona College
Sefa Aina has emerged as a champion for the AAPI community. A lifelong educator with a commitment to creating transformative experiential learning opportunities for students, Sefa has taught courses and workshops in contemporary Pacific Islander issues and community engagement, including courses in Asian American Studies programs at UCLA and CSUF. Through this academic work and in the larger community, Sefa has demonstrated his commitment to increasing the support and opportunities for non-traditional, marginalized, first generation students.
Sefa has helped to establish leadership pipelines that allow for Pacific Islander college students to build their own résumés through internship and fellowship opportunities in Washington DC, California and Hawaii. He has utilized his expansive network to help build the capacity of the larger Asian American and Pacific Islander community. He has a BA in History from UCLA, and is currently in UCLA's Masters program in Asian American Studies.
A partial list of Sefa Aina’s community and educational influence:
President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Obama appointee) – Vice Chair 2010-2014
AIGCS (American Indian Graduate Center Scholars) Gates Millennium Scholarship – Reader
NHPI (Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander) Alliance for Health – Advisory Board
Pacific Islander Cancer Control Network (PICCN) – Advisory Board
PIHCP (Pacific Islander Health Careers PIPELINE) Project – Advisory Board
Samoan Community Advisory Board – Advisory Board
The AIGA (All Islands Getting Along) Foundation – Advisory Board
NPIEN (National Pacific Islander Educators Network) – Founding Member
UCLA PIER (Pacific Island Education and Retention) – Founding Member
APIASF (Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund) – Reader