Brissa Hunter

Brissa Hunter

Pacific Islander Coordinator

Brissa Hunter (she/her), a passionate advocate for Pacific Islanders, leverages her unique background as an Indigenous Chamorro, Palauan, Yapese, and American woman and academic pursuits to serve as the Pacific Islander Coordinator for the AAPI Commission. Brissa is currently pursuing a Business Marketing degree at Simmons University. She comes from the sun-kissed shores of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands and brings a deep understanding of Pacific Islander experiences and challenges to the Commission. Driven by a desire to bridge cultural divides and advocate for her community and environmental causes, Brissa is excited to assist in building inclusive procedures and policies to make a significant impact on the AAPI Commission and the Pacific Islander community. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and snorkeling in Saipan’s pristine waters, watching films, and exploring Boston.

Evan Owens

Evan Owens

Western Massachusetts Coordinator

Evan Owens (he/him) grew up on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi and currently studies Linguistics, Portuguese, and Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He works as a research assistant in the Language, Intersensory Processing, and Speech (LIPS) Lab and the Sound Interfaces Lab, where he researches speech perception and language acquisition of multilingual youth. He also serves as the President of the Humanities and Fine Arts Student Leadership Group as well as an Event Coordinator for the Japanese Students Association. Evan is passionate about language policy and planning, especially when it comes to accessibility and education. After graduating, he hopes to go back to Hawai’i to pursue a Ph.D. in Language Documentation and Revitalization.

Diana Li

Diana Li

Policy and Communications Coordinator

Diana Li is a third-year student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she is pursuing a degree in English and Linguistics. She has worked with the UMass Asian-American Student Association since her first year on campus, and currently serves as secretary. Her passions include Asian-American advocacy, policy/communications, diaspora literature, and creative writing.

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Ashley Shan

Ashley Shan

Youth Coordinator

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Ashley Shan (she/her) is the Youth Coordinator of the AAPI Commission. She is a first-year student at Williams College, prospectively double majoring in American Studies and Comparative Literature, with a concentration in Asian American Studies. Ashley is committed to promoting marginalized voices, specifically for youth, previously serving as the Chair of the Dallas Youth Commission and working to generate a diverse, representative curriculum with school districts. She is particularly intrigued by the intersection of community organizing, artwork, and trauma and diaspora studies.
Ashley is excited to join the Commission staff team to continue advocating for AAPI residents across Massachusetts, focusing on elevating the diversity of the Commonwealth’s AAPI youth.