Daniel Chapman – Chair (He/Him/His)
Daniel is an Economics PhD student at the University of Maryland, interested in researching inequality, political economy, and demography. He moved around a lot in his youth, jumping from a small Texas town to Japan to Alaska and then finally to the suburbs of Houston, Texas. During his undergraduate years at The University of Texas at Austin, he helped create and lead a queer API student group, and is now thrilled to help strengthen the DC-area queer API community. Some of his interests and likes include public transit, ideas, birds, gaming, indie pop music, and film.
Clarence Cabañero – Board Member (He/Him/His)
Clarence was born in the Philippines, raised in New York City, and now resides in Washington, D.C., where he works in international development. Through AQUA, Clarence wants to help create a safe space for the LGBTQ community and create a dialogue that promotes and supports LGBTQ issues. Apart from work and AQUA, Clarence enjoys watching a lot of movies and cooking for friends. After watching too much America’s Next Top Model in his youth, he now has a permanent strut.
Ben Falk – Political Co-Chair/Board Member (They/Them/Theirs)
Ben was born in St. Petersburg, FL and raised by a cute Filipina mom. They earned a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University, studying dramaturgy/dramatic criticism and directing, and worked in Chicago queer nightlife events until coming to DC in late 2018. Passionate about the QAPI community and QPOC solidarity, Ben is on work’s DEI Council (and helps lead its API and queer affinity groups) and is also a member of KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress. They like dogs, cats, sci-fi/fantasy, people doing whatever they want with drag so long as it’s their best selves and sleeping.
Nick Hatcher – Political Co-Chair/Board Member (He/Him/They/Them)
Nicholas L Hatcher is a writer, artist, and organizer dedicated to building spaces and systems for people of color with intersectional identities. Hailing from North Carolina and based in DC, they believe in building intergenerational and multiracial coalitions, storytelling as advocacy, and centering queer and disabled experiences in design. Previously they’ve produced and stage-managed theatrical productions, organized conference and hack-a-thon logistics, directed communications for youth-led advocacy organizations, managed editorials, and created a zine. In their other lives they enjoy cross-stitching, reading, swimming, films, potlucks, and being the proud parent of two red-eared sliders. Currently they chair the board of directors of the East Coast Asian American Student Union, they are political chair for API Queers United for Action DC, and are a member of a leftist API organizing collective in DC. They maintain active memberships in the Asian American Documentary Network and the Association for Asian American Studies. They are an alum of the Rising Organizers Fellowship and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where they received the Walter S. Spearman Award.
Sean Munar – Board Member (He/Him/His)
Sean was born in Washington, D.C. and has been raised in the suburbs of Maryland ever since. He recently received his bachelor’s degree in 2018, and currently works in accounting. In college, he helped re-establish and served as the Vice President for the Asian-identity organization, while also serving as the President for the LGBT-identity organization. During his tenure, Sean promoted advocacy, education, and socialization efforts in his local university community, which is a PW Catholic university located in rural Maryland. His most notable effort was to have the university adopt LGBT+ inclusive language in its Non-Discrimination policy, despite heavy pushback from the administration and student body. Sean joins AQUA to find communion with other LGBT API individuals after spending his school years in such a contrasting setting. He hopes to help provide more socialization experiences for those in the area in order to foster community and friendship.
Bianca Humdy Rey – Board Member (She/Her/Hers)
Bianca Humady Rey was born and raised in the Philippines. She moved to the United States in the fall of 1998 and began working in the healthcare field in 1999. She is currently an Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Specialist at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States (KPMAS) Region. Bianca is also one of the National Co-Chair of Kaiser Permanente’s KP Pride Business Resource Group. Bianca’s passions include a devotion to the normalizing and visibility of the Transgender Communities Nationally and Internationally. She has volunteered as Executive Producer for Capital Pride Alliance and Capital Trans Pride for more than three years. She is currently the Chair of Capital Trans Pride (https://www.capitalpride.org/team_members/bianca-humady-rey/). Bianca has also worked with Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau (TASB) Program as a Speaker/Facilitator for three years, with focused on conversations about own life stories, while providing a forum for participants to engage in a question-and-answer dialogue. One story at a time, helping to build understanding and support for the Transgender community.
Shutian Wang – Board Member (He/Him/His)
Shutian was born and raised in China, and is currently studying Information Science at the University of Maryland. He moved to DMV area and started his new life in 2016. Shutian wants to help LGBTQ identified international individuals (non-US residents) to feel safe and comfortable living in a new country. He likes to learn and try to use new technologies, including photography. He also enjoys going to rock music live concert, grew up listening to British rock music, he wishes he could be a lead singer of an alternative rock band.