BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Mark Calaguas

Mark Calaguas (he/him) is an attorney practicing at the intersection of law and technology, with interdisciplinary experience in nonprofit leadership and public service. As product counsel for Tayo, he provides legal and strategic support for an innovative data hub that originally launched as an online help desk delivering vital, culturally tailored information to underserved communities navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark also performs data privacy consulting and management services for startup founders, small businesses, and institutional clients. Additionally, he sits as a federal appointee on the Illinois State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is a member of the working group for the Privacy and Safety Framework (PSF 2.0) at the XR Safety Initiative (XRSI), an organization promoting privacy, security, and ethics in immersive environments (virtual reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality, a.k.a. the metaverse).

Mark is a past president of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA Chicago), founding board member of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA), and a current board member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area (AABA Chicago) and the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO). He first became involved with AFIRE as a volunteer legal reviewer at monthly citizenship workshops hosted by the New Americans Initiative. Mark's prior experience serving immigrant communities includes pro bono work with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago and an internship at the Sevilla office of CEAR, a nongovernmental organization that provides legal and social services to refugees in Spain.

Mark holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and English from the University of Michigan and a J.D. with Certificate in International Law and Practice from Loyola University Chicago.

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Tina Ramirez Moon

Tina Ramirez Moon (they/them/she/her) seeks to understand how we collectively center relationships, identity, and culture in organizations and communities. As the Senior Program Manager of Healing and Resilience at the Healthy Communities Foundation – a community-informed grantmaking foundation that seeks to address social and structural determinants of health – and as descendant of Filipinx and Colombian immigrants in diaspora, Tina honors this work as a bridge to collective healing, joy, and justice.

 

Grounded in kapwa practice and values (rooted in interconnection and interdependence), Tina weaves together the common threads between individual, community, and organizational health, bringing practical insights from prior roles across the nonprofit sector and cultural organizing work. Tina brings to the Foundation extensive experience in community engagement, program design and implementation, and workshop facilitation, informed by more than fifteen years of reimagining well-being for youth, families, and communities across Chicagoland. Tina serves on the board of directors for the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE Chicago) and for AMPT, which supports organizational health and sustainability for Black- and Latinx-led organizations in Chicago. Tina received an M.A. from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and a B.A. in literary studies and creative writing from Beloit College.