2018-2019 FYP-DC Executive Board

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie currently serves as the President for the Washington, D.C. chapter of Filipino Young Professionals (FYP-DC). During her time with FYP, Stephanie has worked with organizations such as FilVetRep and NaFFAA to help raise funds for Congressional Gold Medals for Filipino American WWII veterans. Stephanie works at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates as the Chapter and Membership Manager. In her role, Stephanie works with over 50 chapters and 2000 members throughout the country. Stephanie serves as the liaison for OCA’s chapters, members, manages chapter development, civic engagement and has been involved with mobilizing groups throughout the country on issues such as Immigration, Affirmative Action, and the 2020 Census.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Florida where she studied Political Science, English, and Asian American Studies. While at UF, Stephanie served as President of the Asian American Student Union, Senator and Assistant Director for Student Government, and Programming Director for the Southeast Regional Conference of Asian American Leaders (SERCAAL). Stephanie also developed the Asian American community in the Southeast, helping with the formation of the Florida Asian American Student Union (FAASU) and bringing the first Asian American Studies minor to a college campus in the Southeast. In addition, Stephanie is an alumna of the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies and worked for Congresswoman Bordallo in the office for Guam.

On the side, Stephanie serves as a Yelp Brand Ambassador for Washington, DC!

Stephanie can be reached at stephanie.wong@fypdc.org.

John Victoria
Vice President of Finance

John Victoria is the VP of Finance for the Filipino Young Professionals of Washington DC. He has been working with FYP since January of 2017, where he has worked on various events to bring together the young professional community and empower them with the network and knowledge to progress professionally. He helped lead an FYP fundraising project for FilVetREP in July of 2017 where over $5,000 was raised and also assisted in helping put together FYP’s first-ever conference, “Magkaisa: Unite” which brought together over 100 individuals from the DMV area to engage in professional development. In his capacity as Treasurer, John has successfully helped with applying for the Google Non-Profit program where they offer free usage of Google’s Upgraded Team Drive and $10,000/month in Google AdWords spending for eligible non-profits. Prior to working with FYP-DC, he began working in the DC Fil-Am community through the local collegiate Filipino organizations in District VI.

Aside from FYP, John is a small business owner of Polianna, a digital marketing company based in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Polianna’s vision is to help successful businesses get to the next level by helping to connect them with more of their ideal local customers through online advertising. He is involved with the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing recognition and education around the service of Filipino WWII soldiers serving for Allied Forces, and ACE NextGen, a non-profit whose mission is to enable and build successful millennial entrepreneurs in the Asian-American community. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, and enjoys personal development (Jim Rohn a big favorite) as well as physical fitness.

John can be reached at john.victoria@fypdc.org.

Matt Ventura
Vice President of Marketing & Mass Communications

Matt currently works at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research as a Research Associate for the Performance Assessment and Chemical Evaluation Lab. He focuses on looking for more efficient treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Matt also started his own Digital Marketing Agency in the Rockville, MD area called MetaLinkd and they specialize in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for businesses.

Matt was the acting District Chairperson for District VII of the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (FIND, inc). His district included universities from the Virginia and North Carolina region. Matt also played an active role and held multiple leadership roles at his alma mater’s Filipino Organization: Filipino Americans Coming Together (FACT) at Virginia Commonwealth University. Matt says both FACT and FIND played a significant role in his development as a leader and provided him the opportunities to be successful.

Matt can be reached at matt.ventura@fypdc.org.

Michael Lumunsad
Vice President of Membership

In his first year on the FYP-DC board, Michael currently serves as the VP of Membership. He relocated from Los Angeles, CA in 2017 to the DMV area to experience the East Coast lifestyle. Besides FYP-DC, Michael is a board member of the University of Southern California Alumni Club of Washington D.C., and is the current president of his employer’s Asian American Pacific Islander employee resource group.

Michael enjoys traveling, good food, and watching USC Trojans football.

Michael can be reached at michael.lumunsad@fypdc.org.

Raymond Javier
Historian and Media Relations

Raymond Javier is currently an active-duty service member serving with the United States Marine Corps. Enlisted straight out of high school, Ray has served overseas, working with foreign nations and improving the image of the US abroad through volunteer work. He also runs his own freelance photography business, engaging with the local artistic scene within the DMV area.

Raymond can be reached at raymond.javier@fypdc.org.

Mark Vocal

Mark can be reached at mark.vocal@fypdc.org.

Walbert Castillo
Vice President of External Affairs

Walbert Castillo works at USA TODAY as an associate producer where he leads and produces multimedia-based projects. Since joining USA TODAY, Castillo has won a total of three awards as a multimedia producer. Aside from USA TODAY, Castillo worked at CNN as a digital politics reporter/producer and worked as a multimedia communications representative for The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Castillo graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Journalism.

Walbert can be reached at walbert.castillo@fypdc.org.

Sandy ‘San’ Tadeo

San serves as the webmaster for the Filipino Young Professionals of Washington, D.C. He has been a member/board member/consultant intermittently since 2012 when he moved to the D.C. area.

Sandy served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, having been deployed to numerous countries guarding U.S. embassies from foreign threats. He graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Science and from the George Washington University with a master’s degree in Information Systems Technology. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Data Analytics. He is continuously serving his country as an analyst with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

While deployed to Nepal, San also served as a volunteer English (ESL) instructor to Burmese refugees, teaching the language which would have been helpful with their transition as refugees to a new country such as Australia or the United States.

He enjoys traveling to remote places with his husband and playing with his two dogs.

San can be reached at san.tadeo@fypdc.org.