Pasifika Village Council

The Pasifika Village Council is PICA-WA’s commitment to advocate for the unique and diverse health and other wellness policy priority needs of Native Hawaiian (NH) and Pacific Islander (PI) communities across the state of Washington. We are committed to supporting policies that reduce barriers for NH/PIs to thrive while creating civic education opportunities to cast a wide net to help NH/PIs politicize their values and their voice. 


Our Washington Pasifika Village Council works in partnership with the National NH/PI Policy Council to drive national priorities from the local and state level. We are made up of a broad coalition  of NH/PI trusted community-based leaders and organizers who are concerned about the well-being of our NH/PI communities and are galvanized to advance the threefold mission of PICA-WA: advance NH/PI wellness, build community power and nurture cultural home together. Our Pasifika Village Councils are dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the well-being of NH/PIs.

Pasifika Village Council Members

Layla Afu
Director, SW Services, PICA-WA

Paige Castro-Reyes
Deputy Director, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Jiji Jally
President, Marshallese Women’s Association

Inez Olive
Director of Outreach & Recruitment, Shoreline Community College

Pastor Lina Thompson
Pastor / Teaching Elder, Lake Burien Presbyterian Church

Juanita Monessa Kim Yasu
SW WA Community Lead, COFA Alliance National Network of Washington

Doresty Daniels
Founding Board Member, Marshallese Community Advisory Board

Taffy Johnson
Executive Director, UTOPIA Washington

Fa’aluaina Pritchard
Executive Director, APCC

Waisale Serevi
President, Fijian Islander Community Association

Mirius Wenda
National Organizer, West Papuan Campaign

Amelia Bai
Director of Community Services, PICA-WA

Tweetie Fatuesi
Civic Engagement Program Manager, UTOPIA Washington

Kiana McKenna
Director, Policy & Civic Engagement, PICA-WA

Sili Savusa
Executive Director, White Center Community Development Association