the apa women leader spotlights: lillian galedo

15 Days. 15 APA Women. 15th Anniversary. To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, we're partnering up with NAPAWF and Hyphen to spotlight 15 Women Warriors for 15 days, sponsored by 15 hosts. Meet today's spotlight:

Lillian Galedo
Nominated by Jean Tolentino.

Describe your name:
Lillian Galedo - I was supposed to be named Susan, but the woman next to my mom in the delivery room delivered first and chose Susan. My mom chose Lillian, for reasons I have never known. In high school I met Susan, even attended her 16th birthday (which was also my own birthday).

How do you identify?

What's your passion issues?
Power in the hands of the people.

What's the best advice someone has ever given you?
Some day you'll have to stop seeing yourself as a minority.

Who's your hero?
David Bacon

What's the biggest lesson you've learned as an APA Woman?
I'm more than an APA woman.

What advice would you give to other Asian Pacific American women?
You have capacity to be a leader beyond the APA community.

Why support NAPAWF?
To promote and support leadership among APA women.

Favorite guilty pleasure?

About Jean:
Jean-Arellia Tolentino, "707" born and raised, envisions a life where the lens of her camera, career, and personal life reflect and illustrate the movements towards restorative justice for education and gender. She began as a high school youth organizer through the Pilipino Youth Coalition (PYC) Vallejo, continuing her work at the Filipino Advocates for Justice & Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership (AYPAL), and the Oakland Asian Student Educational Services (OASES) organization; and, has over 10 years of dedicated services to the growth and achievement of student and youth empowerment. She majored in Psychology, with a focus on Adolescent & Adult Development at Saint Mary's College of California. Later achieving a Master's of Arts degree in Education, from the University of San Francisco. She is currently the PASS-2 Program Coordinator at Oakland Kids First, an organization in partnership with the Oakland Unified School District dedicated to improving the lives and educational outcomes of Oakland Youth. Jean also serves as an active organizer for the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) Bay Area Chapter, and Anak Bayan East Bay.

Donate in honor of Jean and Lillian:
Support Jean and Lillian by giving to NAPAWF in their honor.

To see the rest of the 15 APA Women Leader Spotlights, go here.

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