Executive Director - Vinay Patel

Patel has already spent a decade as an arts administrator and has been a critical factor in the growth of Asian Improv aRts’ as an arts advocate (as a co-founder and a coordinator of the California Asian American and Pacific Islander Arts Network), producer (from local to international concerts, festivals, tours, recordings) and organizational development consultant as well. Patel has been the Executive Director of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center since 2009.

Artistic Director - Melanie Elvena

An arts organizer, activist, and independent curator living and working in the SF Bay Area, she received her B.A. in Art History from the University of California Irvine with an emphasis in Modern and Contemporary Art. Melanie currently serves as Artistic Director at Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center where she is committed to the community impact and growth of its programs. Melanie also serves as Programs Manager at Asian American Women Artists Association and was the APAture Festival Coordinator for Kearny Street Workshop in the multidisciplinary arts festival’s return in 2013. She concurrently worked as co-curator for the festival’s Visual Arts and Performing Arts committees from 2013-2014, showcasing the works of local emerging Asian Pacific American artists. Melanie has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, specifically working in community arts and actively supports art that is engaging, socially conscious, and brings awareness to the community.

Office & Communications Manager - Laura Priscilla Paule

Paule is a San Francisco Bay Area native with a degree in Film Studies and minor in Communications from UC Davis. Focusing on social consciousness and cultural enrichment, she works as a film-arts organizer and independent filmmaker. In addition to her position as Office & Communications Manager at the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Laura also collaborates with a number of Bay Area filmmakers, recently on the Sundance award-winning film, ‘Advantageous’. By serving as a film curator with San Francisco Asian American arts organizations including the Center for Asian American Media, Kearny Street Workshop, and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Laura continues to curate and present provocative media for the genuine enhancement of diverse, underrepresented cultures and communities.



President - Yukiya Jerry Waki

Secretary - Janey Mabanda

Treasurer - Alleluia Panis

Vinay Patel

Pamela Wu Kochiyama

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