Volunteer Report: Michelle Okawa on Our March 2017 Trip to DC

Michelle Okawa is a graduate of the Leadership Academy and a volunteer who joined coalition members on a trip to meet with representatives in Washington, D.C. Below, she reflects on the experience. What Surprised Me: Before going on the trip to Washington, D.C., the idea of speaking to Congress members worried me tremendously. I've never…

Volunteer Report: Bryan Matsumoto on Our March 2017 Trip to DC

Bryan Matsumoto is a graduate of the San Gabriel Mountain Forever Leadership Academy and a volunteer for SGMF who joined a group of coalition members on a trip to Washington, D.C. to advocate for protection of our national monuments. Below, he reflects on the experience. What Surprised Me I never imagined my first visit to…

Leadership Academy Spotlight: Megan Devine

Megan Devine is a graduate of the Leadership Academy who continues to lead the Convert-a-Can program. How did you hear about the Leadership Academy and what inspired you to apply for the program? I learned about the Leadership Academy through a friend, Kevin Lynch, who was in the cohort before mine, and he said it was a…

SGMF Leadership Academy Spotlight: Norma Saldana

Norma Saldana is a graduate of the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy who served as the coordinator of the coalition in 2016. How did you hear about the Leadership Academy and what inspired you to apply for the program? I heard through an email from a former professor. At the time, I was taking classes to obtain my Natural Resources…

SGMF Leadership Academy Spotlight: Amy Wong

Amy Wong is a San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy graduate who worked with Day One and BikeSGV before joining SGMF as our Coordinator. How did you hear about the Leadership Academy and what inspired you to apply for the program? I heard about the Leadership Academy program through volunteering with Bike San Gabriel Valley and Day…

SGMF Leadership Academy Spotlight: Jackson Lam

Jackson Lam is a San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy graduate who now works for SGMF member organization Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON). How did you hear about the Leadership Academy and what inspired you to apply for the program? I heard about the Leadership Academy through BikeSGV, a bike advocacy nonprofit that I…

Leadership Academy Spotlight: Andrew Fung Yip

Andrew Fung Yip is a graduate of the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy and now works as a program coordinator for Bike San Gabriel Valley. How did you hear about the Leadership Academy and what inspired you to apply for the program? I volunteered for Bike San Gabriel Valley and my supervisor thought I…