IE Board

Join Our Board of Directors

Do you want to be a part of shaping our local and community media? Do you have a unique perspective and background that can contribute to the IE’s direction? The IE is now seeking motivated people to join our board of directors.

To inquire, please send a letter of interest and a resume to [email protected].

Travis Quezon (President)
 was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and is descended from Filipino settlers in Hawai‘i. He has a BA in English from the University of Hawai‘i. Travis moved to Seattle in 2012 and currently lives in Federal Way. In Hawai‘i, Travis has been the interim editor of the Honolulu Weekly and executive editor of The Hawaii Independent. He received a Hawai‘i Publishers PAI award for enterprise reporting on Honolulu’s homeless communities in 2008. Travis has also worked as a freelance journalist for Reuters and Bloomberg. In Seattle, Travis has been the editor in chief of the International Examiner and executive director of The Seattle Globalist. In 2020, Travis led COVID communications and youth work with Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Advocating Together for Health. Travis is currently the marketing and communications manager for International Community Health Services. In his free time, Travis enjoys playing video games and volunteering for the community.

Leslie Lum (Secretary): Leslie Lum is a Professor at Bellevue College and has extensive industry experience including strategic planning at a Fortune 100 now part of Citigroup, investment banking with a global bank and general management of a retail start-up. Leslie authored the textbook Personal Investing and coauthored Business Consulting in a Multicultural America. She has an MBA from Columbia University, an MSW and BFA from the University of British Columbia, and holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. She has been on the board of APACE-Votes for the past year and on the Advisory Board of the UW Foster Consulting and Business Development Center for over 20 years where she developed expertise with minority business enterprises. She has published poetry, short stories and her play Geomancer was read at the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theater.

Joan Yoshitomi (Treasurer) retired from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as the Director of the Center for the Improvement of Student Learning.  Previously she directed the Policy and Partnership Unit of OSPI, which is the state legislative liaison operations of the agency. Joan has worked in the public sector for more than 24 years.  Prior to working for the state, she managed the agenda of the King County Executive Gary Locke and the executive staff; as well as, coordinated the community outreach activities for the executive office.  She worked for the Seattle Public School District as their state legislative liaison, developing, monitoring and moving education legislation.  As Chief Deputy Comptroller for the City of Seattle, Joan was responsible for the staffing and management of the financial systems of the city and the operation of the City Clerk’s office.

Joan is a graduate of the University of Washington.  She has been actively involved in both local community activities and Asian Pacific Islander community issues.  She completed two terms as former Governors Gardner’s and Lowry’s appointment to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.  Served on the YMCA Youth And Government Board and Wing Luke Museum Board.  She is currently serving on the  Executive Council of the National board of The Center for Asian and Pacific American Women as well as Vice President of the Chinese Information and Service Center board in Seattle.

SuJ’n Chon (At Large) is the principal at Novum Lux Consulting, which primarily works with or in service of grassroots groups and nonprofits led by people of the global majority. Native to Seattle, SuJ’n visited the Chinatown-International District on Sundays after church as a child. She identifies as an artist, writer, and curator. SuJ’n is co-founder of IDEA Odyssey, a visual arts collective that was based in C-ID. She is a programmer for Seattle International Film Festival’s Asian Crossroads program and has been an occasional arts and film contributor to the Examiner. Now living in a rural county, SuJ’n also serves as a Skagit County Search and Rescue volunteer.

Ron Chew (At Large) is a former Editor-in-Chief of the International Examiner, Executive Director for the International Community Health Services (ICHS) Foundation, author and writer and serves as an advisor to the IE board and staff. He currently owns and operates Chew Communications. His memoir, My Unforgotten Seattle, was recently published by the International Examiner in the fall of 2020.

Maria Batayola (At Large) is a long-time community activist and writer. She currently serves as El Centro De La Raza Environmental Justice Coordinator for Policy and Advocacy and is the sole proprietor for Jump Start, a community and organizational development consulting services. Her community service includes: Seattle Beacon Hill Council Chair, Historic South Downtown Organizational and Sustainability Committee Chair and Filipino American National Historical Society Trustee 2020-2026.  She co-founded Asian Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center (now called API CHAYA), Community Coalition on Environmental Justice, and Common Wealth Fund.

Madeleine Magana is a current Ruth Woo Fellow at King County. Madeleine recently graduated from Seattle University in Public Affairs and Sociology. Previously, she was an organizer for AAPI Against Hate, a youth group hosting several rallies around King County. Madeleine is also a Seattle region advisor for the Northwest Filipino American Student Alliance, a group that brings together Filipino students to learn about leadership, networking, student activism, and team building.

Arlene Oki (At Large) worked for the City of Seattle Human Services Department as a Planning & Development Specialist for the Homeless Intervention & Block Grant Administration. She is active with the Nikkei Heritage Association and was board president of the Japanese American Citizens League. A long-time activist in the Asian American community, Arlene has also been involved with the IE as a contributing writer.

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