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A San Francisco native, David Lee attended Hamilton College and San Francisco State University.

Prior to coming to Laney College, David served as Executive Director of the non-profit Chinese American Voters Education Committee in Chinatown.

His civic and volunteer work includes service on the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission, KQED Board of Directors and the U.S. Census Bureau CIC Steering Committee.

David taught Political Science at San Francisco State University for over a decade and is an expert in Asian American civic engagement and political mobilization.

His accomplishments in his non-profit and civic work have been recognized by the San Francisco Foundation, the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.

Raised in San Francisco, John Lau attended U.C. Berkeley and graduated in 1975 with a B.A. in Anthropology.  In the following year, he received his California Teaching Credential from the Black, Asian, Chicano Urban Program (BACUP) from U.C. Berkeley.

Upon graduation, John was a teacher for the federally funded program Project Head Start in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

After a seven-year stint, he left education to pursue a position as a Squash Racquets Teaching Professional at the University Club of San Francisco.  He was our nation’s #1 ranked Veteran’s Singles Player in 1991 and in 1998 was the #1 ranked Veteran’s Doubles Player.

What started out as a temporary plan of action became a 32-year career!

After this extended hiatus from teaching, John has come full-circle and is now back in education as a Project Specialist for APASS at Laney College.


Born and raised in Oakland, CA Roger Saechao identifies himself as Mien, Southeast Asian, and Asian American.

In 2014, Roger received his Associates of Arts degree in Asian American Studies at Laney College. Shortly thereafter, he continued to further his education at UC Davis where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian American Studies and a minor in Education in 2016.

After graduation, Roger has worked on a successful local campaign – passing Oakland’s Measure HH – which aimed to benefit the health of Oakland children. He also served as Program Counselor at Lao Family Community Development, INC. for children and youth who are identified as victims.

Fun facts: Roger loves fishing with a passion and he is a proud fan of the Oakland Raiders, the Oakland A’s, and the Golden State Warriors.