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Sacramento Bee honors four alums as Asian American Pacific Islander ‘Change Makers’

Four Sacramento State alumni are featured in The Sacramento Bee's 2023 Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Change Makers list. (Sacramento State graphic/Sam Macapagal)

Four Sacramento State alumni have been named to The Sacramento Bee’s list of 2023 Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Change Makers, continuing a tradition of University graduates being recognized among the region’s most impactful individuals.

The Bee states that Change Makers are people who “push the boundaries, foster community and lead with dedication. They care for their community and strive to transform the world around them.” Overall, 20 individuals were recognized.

The list was compiled by The Bee’s Equity Lab and Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program. Since the launch of the Change Makers project in 2022, 31 Sacramento State alumni and others affiliated with the University have been included across the annual Black Change Makers, Latino Change Makers, and AAPI Change Makers lists, making up more than a quarter of all honorees.

Alumni on the 2023 Top 20 AAPI Change Makers list are:

  • Christopher Cabaldon MPPA ’94 (Public Policy and Administration), mayor in residence, Institute for the Future.
  • Pat Fong Kushida ’85 (Marketing), chief executive officer of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce and the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce.
  • Frances Losana Palu ’14 (Sociology), MA ’21 (Government), former director of financial services at the Yolo County Office of Education.
  • Bobbie Singh-Allen ’94 (Government), mayor of Elk Grove.

Cabaldon is also a faculty emeritus of the University, having served as the Hazel Cramer Endowed Chair and Professor of Public Policy and Administration in 2019.

For the full list and more about these members of the Hornet Family, visit The Sacramento Bee's website.

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About Jonathan Morales

Jonathan Morales joined the Sac State communications team in 2017 as a writer and editor. He previously worked at San Francisco State University and as a newspaper reporter and editor. He enjoys local beer, Bay Area sports teams, and spending time outdoors with his family and dog.

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