Executive Director - Vinay Patel
Patel has over 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.
Programs Coordinator - Diana Li
Diana Li is an artist and arts organizer. As a video and installation artist, she experiments with the concept of technology to channel transmissions of memory from the ethernet of personal and material diasporas. As an organizer, she is a founding member of Appendix Collective, formed through AAWAA’s Emerging Curators Program in which she co-curated the collective’s first eponymous exhibition with Erina C Alejo. Through AAWAA, she later went on to co-curate Agrarianaa: Art Inspired by APA Agricultural Roots in 2019. Diana has also shown and worked with Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and Kearny Street Workshop.
President - Yukiya Jerry Waki
Secretary - Janey Madamba
Pamela Wu Kochiyama