Christina Nguyen, APACE Youth Advocacy Organizer
Christina Nguyen is a queer Vietnamese- American multimedia artist, activist, DJ, and stand up comedian that was born and raised in Seattle (occupied Duwamish and Coast Salish territories.) As the youth advocacy organizer, Christina strives to create joyful, creative, and empowering spaces for young people. She strives to channel her energy to help others find their powerful voices and passion through the magic of civic empowerment, poetry, art, and believing in others. Prior to joining APACE/APACEvotes, she was the coordinator of Youth Speaks Seattle. Christina is excited to support the APACE youth fellows, not only an organizer, but as their cheerleader. She looks forward to educating and supporting the youthful Asian and Pacific Islander community journey through civic engagement/ empowerment.
Alisa Lee, Operations Coordinator
Alisa is APACE’s operations coordinator. Her background is working in campaigns and she is also an artist. She received an international relation degree from the University of Puget Sound and participated in Tacoma Community College’s paralegal program. Before moving to Tacoma Alisa grew up in occupied coastal S’klallam territory. Growing up in a rural area gave Alisa a deep respect for the land which she honors in her art. In addition to caring deeply about API political issues Alisa also believes in mutual aid and donates her parking strip to be used as an Urban Farm. She is mother to two dogs, loves to travel and hopes to someday have a farm an animal rescue in the country.
Sam Le, APACE Webmaster
As the webmaster, Sam Le, strives to support APACE and APACEvotes in their efforts of advocacy through technology. As a software engineer, Le, aims to provide technological leadership and guidance that emphasizes the needs of the community. Currently studying design and engineering at UW Seattle, Le, is studying the approaches and practices to address the challenges of language and technological barriers.
APACE Youth Fellows
Sahil Bathija, Youth Fellow
“I’m a second-year ‘society, policy, & citizenship’ honors student at Seattle University currently majoring in Political Science with a Specialization in Legal Studies. I was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, and my hobbies include hiking, running, volunteering, rowing, tennis, and really anything else outdoors. I look forward to learning about how to best engage and empower minority and underrepresented communities in civic participation, and then practicing what we learn to make a real difference in our community.”
TK Le, Youth Fellow
Pronouns: xe/xem/xyr/xyrself, or they/them
Hello! I go by TK and Kai, and I use he/they pronouns. I’m a queer neurodivergent Vietnamese American student at Seattle University. I am undecided in my major but I am passionate about bringing intersectional, accessible, and equitable healthcare to treat underserved communities and furthering public policy to support the community’s needs. Outside of school, I dabble in multiple mediums of art, I sing, read, eat my way around Seattle, and spend time with friends. I look forward to diving into researching issues that impact the AAPI community, working on journalism through the podcast, as well as learning about accessible social media outreach.
Taylor-Marie Mocorro, Youth Fellow
“Hello! My name is Taylor-Marie Mocorro, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am currently studying music education, with hopes to be a high school band director. Besides music and advocating for music education, I have a love for video games that started when I was very young. I hope to learn how to use arts as a voice to advocate for AAPI Civic Empowerment through APACE.”
Zenden Nhangkar, Youth Fellow
“Hi, I’m Zenden Nhangkar. I go by she/her/hers pronouns. I’m double majoring in Design and Communications and minoring in Psychology at Western Washington University. I enjoy drawing, fashion, hiking, writing, and of course…listening to all kinds of music. A couple of things I’m excited to learn at APACE are finding out how our state government handles nationwide and bigger issues like racial equity, how to be more involved in government issues as an American citizen and how to effectively encourage others to take their part as well.”