AQUA DC operates on a committee system to continue the daily work of the organization. We currently have 5 standing committees that are only open to Board Members.

AQUA DC also makes use of Ad Hoc Committees wherein Board Members and the general AQUA community can work together towards a specific issue or for a specific event series. These committees are finite and are solely advisory to the AQUA Board unless stated otherwise.

To propose an Ad Hoc for an issue you’d like AQUA DC to consider, please fill out the following form here! (

Standing Committees

The Finance Committee – Chair, Thomas Nagata

The Finance Committee recommends budgets and special funding for events, programming, and other initiatives. All funding requests are submitted to and approved by the Finance Committee. The committee tracks income and expenses. They also propose fundraiser ideas and seek out grants.

The Marketing Committee – Co-Chairs, Sean Munar, Kenny Rakwong

The Marketing Committee handles all communication from AQUA DC to the public. The committee publicizes events and initiatives and other relevant content on social media platforms. The committee also make graphics for promotion, manage direct forms of communication to the membership and wider community, manages the content on all of AQUA’s platforms, manages AQUA’s brand, and also coordinates media requests.

The Operations Committee – Chair, Sean Munar

The Operations Committee manages structural, operational, and administrative duties for AQUA DC. The committee filters and sorts out emails to the organization, update and maintain internal record systems, managing Membership rolls, updating the website, and recording notes at meetings.

The Political Committee – Co-Chairs, Ben Falk, Nick Hatcher

The Political Committee organizes and encourages members to attend related protests or rallies, and connect with political and advocacy groups for electoral or non-electoral work. The committee also develops statements and the political position of AQUA DC on topics related to legislation, governmental stances, or current events that broadly affect the queer and transgender API communities or other marginalized communities.

The Programming Committee – Chair, Eddie Carreon

The Programming Committee handles outreach, membership, and programming. The committee handles collaboration opportunities with other organizations, coordinates with individuals who wish to volunteer for AQUA, receives feedback from the AQUA membership, and thinks of ways to foster greater membership and member participation. They will ensure that events and programming are broadly accessible and reflect a commitment to diversity and inclusion within AQUA DC.