Board of Directors

LEAD Filipino’s Board of Directors are pivotal to the direction of our organization.  They provide guidance and stewardship, while offering hindsight (and insight) that informs the strategic and programmatic paths taken by our Organizers. The Board is composed of a small group of Filipin@ community leaders who have proven histories of organizing, engaging, and inspiring young Pin@ys in the San Jose/Silicon Valley and Greater Bay Area communities.

Razelle Buenavista

Razelle is the Managing Director of Clinical Services for Asian American Recovery Services, a program of HealthRIGHT 360.  She oversees the operations of Santa Clara County and East Palo Alto programs.  Razelle attended San Jose State University and the College of San Mateo where she studied Social Work and Addiction Studies.  For nearly two decades, Razelle has served Asian/Pacific Islander and Latino communities as a social worker and youth advocate.  Most notably, she has been an advocate for gender responsive services, and has taken the lead in coordinating the annual SISTER-to-SISTER:  Celebrating Asian & Pacific Islander Women of Tomorrow Leadership Conference.  In 2011, Razelle was recognized for her work with girls by the Asian American Women’s Alliance and Congressman Mike Honda.  In 2016, she was awarded as an “Innovator for Change” by the New Leaders Council.  Razelle is often invited to speak on various topics, including:  Filipino community issues, effective outreach strategies, girls and gangs, and substance abuse among youth.  Her work has led to the development of the Teens Teaching Teens Handbook, and various culturally and ethnically specific programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Razelle is an active member of the City of San Jose’s Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force Technical Team, Behavioral Health Contractors Association of Santa Clara County, Innovative Partnerships, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits’ Leadership Team, and has dedicated countless hours to volunteering at several Bay Area programs.

Tony Santa Ana
De Anza College

Once upon a time, I was a De Anza student finding my way. As a community organizer, artist, educator, and globe trotter, I seek to contribute to humanity. I am an Intercultural Studies part-time instructor teaching “Intro to Pacific Islander History and Culture.” My research interests include education, critical pedagogy, youth studies, global citizenship, indigenous rights, spirituality, ethnic studies, Hip Hop, Pin@y scholarship, transformational education & experiential learning. As I come full circle, I found my way back to De Anza hoping to inspire the next generation. Come to my class and experience fun, interactive, and thought provoking classes!

Dr. Jennifer Briscoe

Dr. Jennifer Briscoe (“Dr. B”) is the Administrator for Telecare’s Partners in Wellness Program that provides adults with a diagnosed mental illness with supportive and intensive mental health, nursing, psychiatric and housing services to the top 3% of the highest utilizers of emergency mental health services in Santa Clara County. Jennifer is also a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. Currently, Jennifer serves on the Commission on the Status of Women for Santa Clara County and in 2018 was awarded Commissioner of the Year. Jennifer is a 2017 New Leaders Council Silicon Valley Fellow and has served on the Executive Board since 2018. Lastly, she is an Advisor for LEAD Filipino and participated in the first ever Filipino Advocacy Day in Sacramento in April 2019.  Jennifer holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Sciences from California State University, Hayward, a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and a Doctor of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.

Alexandria Chu

Alexandria (Alex) Chu is a Program Manager responsible for designing and consulting on mobility programs across Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Prior to relocating to the Bay from her native New York City, Alex worked in Financial Services, focusing on investment banking compliance. As an alumnus of the leadership development organization, Prep for Prep, she had firsthand experience of the impact of access to opportunity and information. This drove her to establish free after-school computer science programs across the Bay, become the Filipino Googler Network’s (FGN) K-12 Global Lead, and fly across the U.S. with Google’s CS First and Grow with Google programs to teach coding to students and adults. When Alex is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Meredith Curry
AdvancED Consulting

Meredith “Mer” Curry (she/her) serves her community as a Black and Filipina Bay Area native, advocate, and nonprofit leader. She is the Director of Education Partnerships for Moneythink, the Director of the Northern California College Promise Coalition (NCCPC), a 2020-21 National College Attainment Network (NCAN) Federal Advocacy Fellow, an established nonprofit consultant with clients across California, and an avid volunteer serving as the Chair of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. Mer’s mission is to use her strengths, gifts, network, and entrepreneurial mindset to develop and scale systems and best practices centered on equity while educating and empowering everyday leaders of all intersections. Mer is also passionate about dance (especially hip hop!) and uses it to heal, build community, and tap into the loving energy that binds us all. Connect with Mer on LinkedIn.