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A Community of Contrasts: Paradise Lost and Found in Los Angeles

Friday, May 29, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
LA84 Foundation
2141 W. Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90018
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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In recognition of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, please join SCG and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy  - Los Angeles Chapter (AAPIP LA) for a special event exploring how to better support Los Angeles’s under-resourced Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.

Demographic data is often shared as representing an entire community. However, do we really know the breadth of challenges facing specific groups within the AAPI community?

We can learn so much by digging deeper into the data about Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders:

  • Part of the fastest-growing, most diverse racial group in California
  • Facing significant educational challenges, similar to other communities of color that are under-represented in higher education
  • Representing a disproportionate number of individuals incarcerated statewide
  •  Lacking access to affordable and culturally appropriate health care, leading to one of the highest mortality rates statewide

Our program will uncover hidden challenges faced by this under-resourced Los Angeles population, as well as opportunities for philanthropy to increase our impact in Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander communities and the region as a whole.

Continental breakfast will be provided.



Tana Lepule (@empowerePI)
Executive Director, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (@EmpoweredPI)
As Executive Director of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, Tana Lepule brings over a decade of experience working with communities to address health disparities, particularly among PI communities in San Diego. He is the Community Liaison/Representative for two nationally funded cancer disparities networks and has served as a national co-trainer and facilitator on community capacity building, tobacco education, and coalition development. Lepule previously worked with the Union of Pan-Asian Communities as the Health Division Supervisor. He also served as a member of the California Governor’s Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs, was President of the Pacific Islander Festival Association. Lepule is a graduate of San Diego State University.
Alisi Tulua
Chief Operating Officer, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (@EmpoweredPI)
Alisi Tulua is the Chief Operating Officer of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities. She also serves as a part-time National Outreach Network-Community Health Educator for Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training. Prior to EPIC, she served as a Community Health Liaison for Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance, Program Manager for the Tongan Community Service Center, and Program Coordinator for the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance. She received her M.S. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego.  
Michael Nailat
Program Officer, United Way of Greater Los Angeles (@LAUnitedWay)
Michael Nailat is a Program Officer at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and is the newest member of the AAPIP-LA Steering Committee. At the United Way, Michael oversees initiatives meant to improve the quality and performance of programs serving the homeless, and leads a collaborative focused on making homelessness data accessible and impactful. Prior to that, Nailat led similar efforts at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. He also worked for many years at Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, where he developed programs around youth leadership, political engagement, information technology, and music education. He is the founder of Sessions LA, an afterschool DJ and music production program for urban youth. He has a Master's Degree in Public Policy from USC.


No cost to participate

Who May Attend:
Open to current SCG member, grantmakers eligible for SCG membership, and current AAPIP members who are grantmakers.


SCG members: register online. You must log in to your SCG account to register.

Grantmakers eligible for SCG membership: register online. If you do not yet have an SCG account, contact us at [email protected].

AAPIP-LA members: please register by submitting full contact information to [email protected] 



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