“With respect, we hereby ask, for the blessings of those who paved the way, those whose wisdom feeds us, and those whose knowledge will continue to navigate our venture in this land.”
– Alisi Tulua, Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
‘Alisi Tulua is the Chief Operating Offier for Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC). While working as a health program coordinator for the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance in 2009, ‘Alisi, along with a group of Pacific Islander young professionals, created EPIC as a way to compliment existing efforts supporting and building the Pacific Islander community. In 2011, she became the program manager for the Tongan Community Service Center while continuing to build EPIC’s work with her colleagues. Prior to becoming staff at EPIC, ‘Alisi served as a community health liaison for Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance. She received her M.S. in Biology and her B.S. in Biochemistry/Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. ‘Alisi was born and raised in Tonga and grew up in Monterey, CA.
Richard Calvin Chang
Director of Policy
Calvin Chang is the Director of Policy at Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) of which he is also a founding member. He formerly served as Project Manager for EPIC’s Demographic Reports, overseeing the development and launch of “A Community of Contrasts: Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the United States” and “A Community of Contrasts: Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in California.” He has also served as Policy Coordinator for the Tongan Community Service Center where he successfully led an anti-tobacco campaign that led to the passage of a comprehensive smoke-free outdoor area ordinance in Carson. Calvin also serves as Vice President of the Pacific Islander Health Partnership, based in Orange County, and is a member of `Āinahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club. Calvin earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School.
PILOT Program Manager
Christopher Vaimili is the program manager for Empowering Pacific Islander Communities’ (EPIC) leadership development program, Pacific Islander Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT). In 2012, Chris developed and coordinated EPIC’s first non-partisan voter engagement project. Prior to joining EPIC, Chris was a case manager for Pacific Asian Counseling Services, census regional organizer for Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, and regional director for the after-school program, After School All Stars-Los Angeles. Chris received his Masters of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and his Bacherlor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University. He was born and raised in Carson, CA.
Daniel “Danny Boy” Naha-Ve’evalu helps plan and implement EPIC’s PILOT Program; helping EPIC connect with both students and institutions of higher education. Danny Boy is a graduate of University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and puts his skills to great use, helping to document EPIC’s programs as well as assisting in independent film projects.