Abby is the joint AAPI Youth Organizer, working to continue the growth of the Young Emerging Leaders & Scholars (YELS) program of Mi Familia Vota and OCA-Greater Houston while pursuing her CAPM certification.
Abby first teamed with Mi Familia Vota in 2020 as a Civic Engagement Fellow with OCA-Greater Houston under the previous Youth Organizer. She became the AAPI Youth Organizer with MFV in early 2021 when she saw the power of advocacy and youth engagement of the Houston community. As the youth organizer, Abby has helped create monthly programming that addresses MFV and OCA’s objectives and includes issues that youth are passionate about. She works directly with students, providing guidance from event planning and logistics to communication and professional development skills. Some events Abby has organized are OCA-GH’s Starry Nite Arts Festival 2020 and 2021, National Youth Advocacy Summit 2021: Level Up!, and several high school voter registration drives across Greater Houston. Her proudest moment was seeing students take initiative in organizing the first virtual Pride Parade, creating a space of community where their peers were gladly welcomed and embraced. Abby’s most recent projects have been joining leadership in AAPI Voices with the Houston Collective for Reemerging Education to get Asian American Studies approved as a course passed by the Texas State Board of Education, implementing the new civic engagement curriculum with our youth as acting program manager, and supporting HoustonInAction’s Voter Engagement Working Group in reviving GenHTX.
While receiving her Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas at Austin, Abby discovered her love for developing relationships and providing space for meaningful conversations with others on the Forty Acres. She has a strong passion for listening to other people’s stories and working together to find not a compromise, but a collaboration. Being a first generation immigrant from the Philippines, having interned in Japan, and working with several AAPI organizations, she has become an advocate for building bridges between people of all backgrounds and a voice that promotes diversity and cultural appreciation.
In her free time, Abby enjoys cooking, singing, social dancing, and spending quality time doggy dates at the dog park with her friends.