Manumalo “Malo” Ala’ilima came to Portland, Oregon three years ago, from the San Francisco Bay area and is a Samoan American butch lesbian or “fa’afatama”/ “fa’atama”/”fa’atamaloa”/”fa’atane” (still in progress for a self-determining term), Samoan for “in the manner of a male” and uses all pronouns. Aside from joining the UTOPIA Seattle board earlier this year, Malo has also founded and is the chair for UTOPIA PDX (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance Portland), which provides sacred spaces for QTPIs – Queer and Transgender Pacific Islanders – through community organizing, political engagement and cultural stewardship. Malo is also the Vice Chair for the reactivated Samoan Pacific Development Corporation (SPDC). Malo is a new board member for the Q Center, which provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, equity, visibility and community building.
Malo has been involved with APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) for nearly two years and is currently serving on their Board Nominating and Development Committee. Malo also is a member of the Pacific Islander Coalition, which is a culturally specific advisory board for the Multnomah County Health Department. Malo was educated at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California and majored in Political Science and Public Policy and Management and has worked for the American Red Cross for over a decade in various departments and geographic regions. Malo currently works for their West Division Quality Assurance team in Portland. When Malo’s not busy trying to save the world, she enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, visiting family, singing karaoke, and being a foodie around town.