Taffy is unapologetically Fa’afafine and a trans woman of color from Samoa. She is a queer & trans activist and community organizer. Taffy is the founder and Executive Director of United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance (UTOPIA) Seattle chapter, a grassroots organization born out of the struggles, challenges, strength and resilience among the Queer & Trans Pacific Islander community. She has worked in the movement for LGBTQ rights and equality for over 10 years. Taffy has a background in human services and worked as a case manager with the State of WA-DSHS. She has been a resource, refuge and support to many Fa’afafine and PI individuals who are making the long trek to the Pacific Northwest in search of better opportunities.