Board of Directors
Manumalo “Malo” Ala’ilima-Board President
Manumalo “Malo” Ala’ilima came to Portland, Oregon four and a half years ago, from the San Francisco Bay area and is a Samoan American butch lesbian or ”fa’atane”, Samoan for “in the manner of a man” and uses all pronouns. Malo co-founded and is the co-chair for UTOPIA PDX (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance Portland), which provides sacred spaces for QTPIs – Queer and Transgender Pacific Islanders – through community organizing, political engagement and cultural stewardship for the past a year and a half. They also are a board member for their sibling organization up north in the South Seattle/Kent area of Washington, UTOPIA and serves as Vice Chair for the reactivated Samoan Pacific Development Corporation (SPDC). In addition to being a previous board member for Q Center, Malo has been involved with APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) for nearly three years and currently serves on their Board Nominating and Development Committee. They are a voting member of the Pacific Islander Coalition, which is a culturally specific advisory board for the Multnomah County Health Department. Malo was educated at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California majoring in Political Science and Public Policy and Management, and has worked for the American Red Cross for over a decade in various departments and geographic regions, currently working for the West Division Quality Assurance team in Portland. When Malo’s not busy trying to save the world, she enjoys spending time with his brilliant and wonderful fiancé, visiting family, singing karaoke, and being a foodie about town.
Cathán has been volunteering with Pride Northwest since 2014, where they started off as a day-of volunteer for the Festival and Parade. They found their passion in that weekend and have been volunteering since. Cathán was voted onto the Board of Directors in 2017 and stepped into the interim co-president role in December of 2018.
Cathán is passionate about the community and all it has to offer. Their area of interest is the gender diverse community. They believe that gender is a personal and unique experience that should be celebrated. Cathán’s personal goal is to see more resources created for the gender diverse community. Cathán has been working on creating and bringing more resources to the gender diverse community in Vancouver, WA.
Cathán was born in Portland, OR and has lived in the Pacific Northwest their entire life. Cathán started their professional journey in 2016 when they graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a certificate in Human Services Case Management from Washington State University, and look forward to continuing on in academia. Cathán spends their free time volunteering within the local community, going on adventures, and snuggling their cat, Loki.
Amber Wilson~Board Member
Grace Holmes~Board Member
Grace is both a senior auditor and a member of the Inclusion Council at Deloitte LLP. As a Portland transplant herself, she vividly remembers attending her first Portland Pride Festival, as it was one of the first times she felt she really belonged. She is passionate about working to create spaces in which all people feel they belong.