Board of Trustees
j. mae barizo
Born in Toronto, J. Mae Barizo (President) is the author of The Cumulus Effect (Four Way Books). A prize-winning poet, critic and performer, her work appears in AGNI, Bookforum, Boston Review, Iowa Review, Los Angeles Review of Books and many more. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Bennington College, The New School, the Jerome Foundation and Poets House. As a classically-trained musician and a champion of cross-genre work, J. Mae has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West and Pharrell, among others. A dedicated educator, she is a teaching fellow at Bennington College and teaches creative writing and literature at The New School. She lives in New York City.
Dickson Chin is a partner at Jones Day in New York City. He has 20 years of experience representing investors, financial institutions, utilities, developers, energy marketers, commercial users, and other market participants in a wide range of energy transactions. His practice encompasses energy marketing and trading, renewable energy, project finance and development, construction, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.
Chia-Chee Chiu is the middle school principal at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale, New York. A progressive educator with 20 years of experience in education, she has taught middle and high school science at independent schools in the Midwest and New York City. She holds degrees from Tulane University, the University of Kansas and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ajay Khanna has twenty years of IT consulting experience and runs a boutique IT consulting firm working with mid-sized businesses and nonprofits. His firm specializes in outsourced IT services, including server/network management, security and cloud computing. Ajay holds a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.
joseph o. legaspi
Joseph O. Legaspi (Co-Founder and Secretary), a 2015 Fulbright fellow, is the author of the collections Threshold (CavanKerry Press, 2017) and Imago (University of Santo Tomas Press (Philippines); CavanKerry Press (U.S.)), and two chapbooks: Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), winner of the David Blair Memorial Prize, and Subways (Thrush Press). A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, his poems appeared or are forthcoming in American Life in Poetry, World Literature Today, PEN International, North American Review, Callaloo, Bloomsbury Review, Poets & Writers, Gulf Coast, Gay & Lesbian Review, and the anthologies Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton) and Tilting the Continent (New Rivers Press). A recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he resides in Queens, NY and works as Assistant to the Administrator at The Pulitzer Prizes.
Paul Manlapig (Treasurer) is an Associate at Wombat Capital, a boutique M&A and capital raising advisory firm in New York City. He started his career as an auditor for Ernst & Young serving clients in the asset management, industrial, consumer and nonprofit industries. He later transitioned to investment banking with RBS and BNP Paribas. At Wombat Capital, Paul is currently focused on serving life sciences clients, particularly in the CMO/CRO and medical device industries. Paul holds an MBA at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a BS in Accounting at De La Salle University in the Philippines.
Jackie Quan is a real estate broker and lives in Manhattan with her family. She studied at Columbia College and received her JD from Northwestern Law, and serves on the boards of The Asian Women Giving Circle, The New York Chinese Cultural Center, Columbia College Alumni Association, and Columbia Fund Development. She hopes to empower Asian Americans in any way possible, giving Asian Americans a voice and a platform to tell our collective stories.
Ricco Villanueva Siasoco (Vice President) is a writer and educator. He has published in AGNI, The North American Review, and numerous anthologies including Walang Hiya (Carayan Press, 2010) and Screaming Monkeys (Coffee House Press, 2003). He has received fellowships from The Center for Fiction, Lambda Literary, and PEN New England. Ricco has taught writing and literature at Columbia University, Boston College, and the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. He is currently the Director of Multiculturalism and Inclusion at the Chadwick School in Los Angeles. Ricco's short story collection, The Foley Artist, is forthcoming from Gaudy Boy in 2019.
Lester Szeto is an Executive Director and Senior Counsel in the Legal Department at Morgan Stanley in New York. He leads a team of attorneys and paralegals advising the Wealth Management business segment on private banking and lending activities. He holds a JD from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, an MA from the University of California, Davis, and a BA from Rutgers University.