Life is a constant journey of learning and discovery. I’ve learned never to give up on my values no matter how uncomfortable and difficult life scenarios can be. I am a big advocate of obtaining support on a regular basis from trusted family, friends, therapists, mentors and anyone who is willing to share their wisdom. It is only through exchanging stories and experiences can we powerfully access knowledge and insight. As a public health nurse for the past 23 years, I have listened to countless stories of difficulties. As a Filipino-American who grew up with immigrant parents, I can relate to the dialogues filled with hurt, pain, and struggle. From my own journey of healing and thriving, I can wholeheartedly offer hope and meaningful ways to cope to those who seek that pathway. Everyone should have an opportunity to fulfill their life goals yet I am aware that not all have the access or tools to do so. I have recently embraced my budding entrepreneurial spirit combined with my passion of helping others by starting a resumé business. I believe a basic and concise document about a person’s worth can open doors and life-changing opportunities. - Laarni San Juan RN
April Veneracion Ang is a social change leader with a deep and varied background in policymaking and community development. She is currently a senior Legislative Aide to San Francisco District Six Supervisor Jane Kim. Her legislative portfolio includes affordable housing, land use, urban planning and transportation. Previously, April was the Executive Director of the South of Market Community Action Network. She has also worked at the National Community Development Institute and the Greenlining Institute, a policy and advocacy organization focused on racial equity and inclusion. She received her Master’s degree in City Planning from MIT and has an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Riverside. She lives with her husband, Eric Ang, in Oakland, CA and is a mother of two beautiful children.