Tracy Zhao, Executive Director
Tracy has been involved with API Equality-LA since 2013, serving in the roles of intern, volunteer, part-time staff, Steering Committee Co-Chair, and now Executive Director.
As a cisgender bisexual Chinese woman and Michigan transplant, she is committed to working in solidarity with queer and trans people of color for our liberation.
Tracy is grateful and inspired by the queer women and femmes of color mentors, organizers, thinkers, and carers who came before her, and hopes to follow in their visionary footsteps.
Tanya Edmilao, Community Organizer
Tanya is a passionate queer femme of color with endless hope and love for their community. Her lineage is made of resilience and they are thankful for her mother’s ability to escape abuse and poverty in the Philippines to migrate to the U.S during the late 1980s.
For the past six years, Tanya has been honored to work with intergenerational leaders building community power to win the liberation of Queer Trans Asian and Pacific Islander (QTAPI) communities in the greater Los Angeles area. During their college years at USC, Tanya found her first political home at the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) where she learned how to politically and civically empower the API community as an intern and staff member.
Since 2015, Tanya volunteered at API Equality and in 2017, she transitioned into their role as Community Organizer to transform how we care for our each other especially with navigating mental health and wellness. In her spare time, Tanya likes to send love letters to her long distance chosen family members, eat hella pilipinx food and is constantly sharing the best/worst puns/jokes to anyone willing to listen.