Contact: Carissa Villacorta
Executive Director / 202-262-0772

For Immediate Release


Filipina American Public Officials, Pioneers, and Changemakers to be Featured in Event Co-Presented by Comcast, and in partnership with SoJannelleTV

WASHINGTON, DC (March 8, 2021) - On International Women’s Day, NaFFAA prepares to celebrate Filipina public officials, pioneers and changemakers at Women Building Bridges, co-presented by Comcast. The virtual event will be hosted by top Filipino newscaster and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader Karen Davila and Filipino American TV Pioneer Jannelle So-Perkins (Founder and CEO of, and will feature Filipina leaders from all over the country who will speak about their motivations and experiences as elected officials. About 60% of newly elected Filipino American officials during this past election cycle have been women.  

The Zoom event will take place on Friday, March 12 from 7PM - 8PM ET / 4PM - 5PM PT (Saturday March 13 - 8AM Manila). The central theme of the event is “Anong ‘K’ mo?”, a Filipino saying that means, “What’s your capacity, what’s your talent, what’s your story?”  Filipina leaders will share their motivations, their skills, their contributions, and their actions in civic engagement. The event is a chance for Filipina women to come together to discuss their goals and their stories, as well as a networking opportunity between trailblazers and future leaders, featuring a Kumustahan and Kuwentuhan - checking in and getting to know one another. Invited featured leaders include: 

Rachelle Arizmendi, Mayor, Sierra Madre, CA
Juslyn Manalo, Mayor, Daly City, CA
Rozzana Verder-Aliga, Vice Mayor, Vallejo, CA
Malia Vella, Vice Mayor, Alameda, CA
Melissa Ramoso, Mayor Pro Tem, Artesia, CA
Krystle Ang Palmer, City Treasurer, Burbank, CA
Sofia Aragon, Councilmember, Burien, WA
Radiant Cordero, Councilmember, Honolulu, HI
Ashley L. Kierkiewicz, Councilmember, Puna, HI

And connecting them with Women Leaders such as Loida Nicolas Lewis (Co-Founder, NaFFAA), Gloria T. Caoile (Founding Member, NaFFAA), and other NaFFAA Leaders and Members, plus Filipina Social Entrepreneurs Len Cabili (Founder of Filip + Inna) and Ayesha Vera-Yu (CEO and Co-Founder of Advancement for Rural Kids).

“In this special and challenging time, connecting is one of the most valuable things we can do. Women, especially, need connecting. No matter where we are, or where we're from, there are many ways to relate. Women play many roles: mother, worker, mentor, friend. We look forward to meeting many Fiilipina women, leading in their own fields and look forward to getting to know them and why they do what they do,” comments NaFFAA Executive Director, Carissa Villacorta. 

“We are honored to join NaFFAA to celebrate these strong Filipina women leaders who play such significant leadership roles in their communities and beyond,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Comcast Corporation.  “It is important that we recognize, listen to, and learn from these women as they share their experiences and perspectives and drive change as elected officials.”

NaFFAA invites all to join us as we uplift the voices of the women in our communities.

For more information and to register for free, go to or email

About NaFFAA
The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization. Established in 1997, NaFFAA promotes the welfare and well-being of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. NaFFAA's vision is to serve as the voice of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans by uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse individuals and community organizations through leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy.

About Comcast Corporation
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