WASHINGTON — Emil Trinidad has been selected as the 2015-16 Daniel K. Inouye Fellow.
Trinidad began his fellowship earlier this month and will be working out of the Washington, D.C. office.
A 1.5-generation Asian American born in the Philippines, he spent the latter half of his childhood in the suburbs of Richmond, Va. He earned a BA in international relations in 2011.
Prior to JACL, Trinidad has worked in various sectors across the D.C. metro area, including nonprofit, public, and political work. He has been deeply involved with various Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations around D.C. in both professional and volunteer capacities.
Trinidad began as an intern in Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and has worked for the Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF). He currently serves as the co-chair for the Washington, D.C. Chapter of KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress and is on the board of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL). In these roles, he works to educate and empower the next group of AAPI leaders.
He is excited to be part of JACL and to work to the betterment of Japanese Americans and the larger AAPI community.