Kirin Amiling Macapugay, MSW
Kirin grew up in Southeast San Diego during the rise of API gangs, and experienced these effects personally. Tired of losing many friends to violence, drugs, mental health, and prison, she came to learn not all communities were the same, that other neighborhood youth didn't experience what she and her friends had. Since then, she's dedicated her energy to helping communities strengthen themselves, culiminating in nearly two decades of nonprofit and public sector community based projects. Kirin founded APICA in response to requests for assistance with multiple projects to benefit API and other under-represented communities. Kirin teaches in the department of Human Services as the primary professor for social work classes at San Diego City College. She serves on the City of San Diego Arts and Culture Commission, and was past Chairwoman of the Cultural Arts Commission for the City of Chula Vista, as well was a former Commissioner for the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs as an appointee of Governor Brown. Kirin holds a Master of Social Work and Nonprofit Administration degree from San Diego State University and was a Certified Fundraising Executive via CFRE International.
Kirin served as advisor to the National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum San Diego and San Diego Gas and Electric. She was a founding board member for Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence and served as a Diversity Chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego. Kirin has been featured by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Filipino Press, the Asian Journal, the National Association of Social Workers, and the book, Impower You, by Leah Oviedo.
Since 1998, Ferchil performed hip hop, spoken word and poetry in various venues, eventually signing on with (now dormant) label Mag Flux as part of the Pac-10 hip hop group. In 2008, the group received a nomination for the San Diego Music Award. He designed the label’s logo and look, as well as coordinated promotional materials. Around the same time, he conceptualized “This Side Down,” an online gathering space for hip and urban culture hop aficionados. Later, his project, “You are Here,” the brainstorm of several writing friends, used place based memory examples to cultivate an interest in creative writing, linking people to specific locations in San Diego. The project helped stamp locations as mundane as a park bench on Potomac Rd. with significant emphasis, given by San Diego residents. The project garnered enough interest from the San Diego Public Library to utilize it in conjunction with the 2014 One Book One San Diego campaign.
With a diverse professional and volunteer background, a broad range of skills led him to his role as new media strategist for the San Diego ACLU. Ramos helps highlight civil liberties in new and exciting ways. In 2015, he was recruited to be a RISE Fellow for RISE San Diego. In his spare time, he volunteers as director for the Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival, where he adopted a sense of civic duty and culture. As Associate Director, Ferchil will oversee project coordination and facilitation, with an emphasis on contemporary issues
Policy and Advocacy Director
Max Ellorin is a native of the Philippines and immigrated to the United States at four years old. As a youth raised in South East San Diego, he grew an affinity to its inherent diversity, but also noticed the vast socio-economic discrepancies compared to other regions of San Diego. With this, and after graduating from college, Max worked with non-profit organizations addressing the needs of youth in the urban setting. He worked for the Tariq Khamisa Foundation as an at-risk youth mentor, then shortly after worked for the organization Just in Time for Foster Youth where he successfully assisted emancipated foster youth in achieving self-sufficiency. However, it wasn’t until he interned for the California State Legislature where he realized policy and legislation can be leveraged as an effective medium in the battle for equity and equality in thriving communities. With a Bachelor Degree in Business and a Master Degree in Public Administration, both from San Diego State University, he plans on leveraging his education, work experience and dedication to social justice to implement policies that cultivate long lasting and absolute positive change. As Policy Director Max will create, advocate and fight for policy to help the API community reach its highest potential.
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Chesleyann, "Ley," has served as professional tax preparer and bookeeper for several nonprofit organizations, and is the principal for Ebrada Financial Group. She joins APICA to provide fiscal transparency, guidance, and responsible accounting for APICA's various projects.