Board of Directors
President: Lydia Neff
Lydia is a Brand Integration Manager for iHeartMedia's (formerly known as Clear Channel) Integrated Media Platform and is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pixelfront Studios LLC. She is an accomplished professional with 9+ years of Digital Media Account Management focusing on Public Relations/Online Advertising and Project Management in Information Technology dedicated to Media, Web Services and Financial Services. A dependable teammate maintaining strong abilities in establishing and enhancing business relationships in both urban and small town communities while working effectively with staff teams, executives and community leaders. She has served the community for years as being part of the Philippine Consulate's Kalayaan Steering Committee, a member of the San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee and a board member of the American Center of Philippine Arts. Ms. Neff is also a Marketing Consultant and a Correspondent for one of the Filipino Community's biggest online publication, Inquirer.net and the founder of OPM Republic. Beyond her "8-5" work she is a dancer who's done projects for Kularts and Fusion Dance Project.
Vice President: Alan Paredes
Treasurer: Shayenne Thompson
Shayenne is a Tax Associate at Kustov & Associates and the founder of My Style of Learning LLC. As a new part of the team, she is here to help the group increase membership and diversity of professions represented in the organization. She is a finance professional who's ready to connect and serve.
Marketing & Communications Director: Ron Quesada
Ron is a property manager in the Bay Area specializing in residential leasing and building maintenance. In his spare time he promotes Filipino Food as a board member for Filipino Food Movement and a marketing coordinator for Ramar Foods. By night he dons the alter ego Kulintronica as a pioneering musician blending traditional kulintang music of the Southern Philippines with deep and soulful electronic dance music while expanding his horizons as a DJ/Host for OPM Republic.
Community Affairs: Derrick Cagaanan
Derrick is the co-founder and director of Flipcause, Inc. and co-founder of The Kennel Boxing Gym, LLC. He also attended the Academy of Art University.
"I am a sharp, creative, hard-working individual with a successful track record in sales, who loves teamwork and thrives on dynamic and stimulating business challenges. Strategic analysis, planning and management – along with problem solving, leadership and communication – are amongst my strongest capabilities."
Scholarship: Allan Alday
Allan is the current Associate Director of Partner Relations for Year Up Bay Area. During his college years, he served as co-chair of Filipino Alliance, implementing social and cultural events that promoted understanding of Filipino culture, and representing the organization in the Pan-Asian Leadership Council. From 2008 to 2011, he remained active in organizations that supported Filipino and Filipino-American working professionals in the New York/New Jersey communities, volunteering as Editor-in-Chief and later serving on the board of Collaborative Opportunities for Raising Empowerment (CORE). His areas of interest include workforce development and training, higher education, community building, social enterprises, and corporate partnerships. Allan holds a Sc.B. in Engineering from Brown University and an MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He is currently based in San Francisco.
Secretary: John Magbitan
Digital and Events: Justin Fitzsimmons
Mentorship Manager: Kamille Vera
Kamille is an Analyst at Hall Capital Partners, an investment management firm in San Francisco. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, she volunteered in underserved communities in the Philippines throughout high school and college and helped launch a leadership program for 4th to 6th graders at a public elementary school.