Em (she/they) is a genderqueer Filipinx-American, who was born and raised in Vallejo, CA. She moved to the Los Angeles area in 2003, returned to the Bay Area in 2015, and has been a proud Oakland resident since then.  She holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from San Jose State University, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.  She is honored to be part of the Oakland LGBTQ Center’s work to ensure her communities feel seen, supported and safe. 


In her professional life, Em has spent over thirteen years in Digital Product Management, where she has led cross-functional teams in creating and bringing digital products to market for various websites and apps across different industries.  


Through the years, she has also volunteered for several non-profit organizations, including the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Code Nation and Hack the Hood, all of where she served as a youth mentor.  


In her personal life, Em is a devoted dog parent, an eager traveler, and indulges in all things related to food and music.