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Kristina Tendilla
[She/Her, They/Them]
Executive Director

Kristina Tendilla (she/they) has been a life long Filipinx organizer and community worker. As a young person, Kristina was a part of the FANHS Hampton Roads chapter where they shaped their worldview through learning history and community work. Most recently, Kristina was a national organizer with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum working with chapters across the country to fight for reproductive justice. Before that, they were a community organizer with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago for several years working on the city and state level. Kristina joined i2i to build solidarity with the queer and trans AAPI community. For 10 years, Kristina organized alongside families and people in the immigrant and refugee community to engage in the fight around worker rights, healthcare access, Illinois TRUST Act, rejecting anti-Muslim and xenophobic executive orders, & other immigrant/racial justice issues. Kristina was recognized as a National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum Everyday SHEroe and a Chicago Women and Femme to Celebrate. Through their work and other LGBTQIA+ AAPIs, i2i received the National Queer Asian American Pacific Islander Alliance Advocacy Award in 2016.