“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

Our Staff

Tavae Samuelu

Executive Director

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Tavae Samuelu is the Executive Director for Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC). As the Executive Director, Tavae provides strategic oversight towards realizing EPIC’s mission to promote social justice by engaging the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities through culturally-relevant development, advocacy, and research. She’s passionate about liberation work and supporting the political consciousness and growth of youth. Tavae was born and raised in Long Beach, CA, and moved to the Bay to attend Cal where she majored in Ethnic Studies. Before joining EPIC, she served as the Development Director for the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond and has since become a member of RYSE’s Board of Directors. 

Richard Calvin Chang

Director of Policy

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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.