Frank Irigon, PSARA Executive Board Member and Diversity Committee Chair, received an Unsung Hero Award at the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) National Convention in San Francisco in July. The OCA is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asians and Pacific Islanders. Frank is a board member of the OCA-Greater Seattle chapter.
The OCA recognized Frank’s lifetime achievement in community activism and advocacy going back to his student days at the University of Washington up to the present. Prior to his retirement, Frank was the Executive Director of Washington Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse. Since retiring he has been a constant advocate for social justice, equality in the legal justice system, and race issues. He has been active in advocating for public education opportunities, income fairness, and wherever else his strong voice is needed to speak up for the voiceless.