Joanne Alcantara is the new executive director at API Chaya. A Chinese and Filipino immigrant, Joanne was born in the Philippines during martial law and moved to Seattle to escape the violence of the Ferdinand E. Marcos dictatorship. She is a Garfield High School graduate and has a degree in Women’s Studies from Wesleyan University. For over a decade, Alcantara worked as a community organizer and advocate for women’s rights, including being a founding member of GABRIELA USA, a progressive Filipino women’s alliance.
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