VP, Regional, San Jose
650.562.6200 ext. 117
Manufou Liaiga-Anoa’i, is a proud San Francisco native from the Excelsior District and first generation Samoan-American.
A product of public education, she was re-elected this past November 2020 garnering the most votes in the history of the local school board elections. She is now serving her third term as Vice President on the Jefferson Elementary School District Governing Board in Daly City.
Manufou wears several hats in the community as she believes in the value and importance of representation. She is easily found in services as a Commissioner on the City of Daly City Personnel Board, San Mateo County Arts Commission – District 5 Representative, Board Member to P.I.E.F.E.S.T. – Pacific Islanders Encouraging Fun, Engineering, Science & Technology and on the Board of Directors for REACH San Mateo County.
For the past ten years she has been a Commissioner to the San Mateo County and Past Vice President on the Commission of Status Women, is a Commissioner on the City of Daly City Arts and Culture Commission, Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center Board and Lowell High School Alumni Board of Directors.
In 2009, she founded Pacific Islander Community Partnership whose mission is to “Engage, Educate & Empower Our Pacific Communities” and in 2011 created Camp Unity – Polynesian Pacific Islander Summer Enrichment Program which has served 8,000 Bay Area students over the past ten years.
In May of 2019, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond appointed her as Co-Chair to the Closing the Gap Initiative where she continues to advocate for equity, inclusion and access.
Her leadership has been recognized and celebrated as Woman of the Year in the California Assembly, in the City and County of San Francisco by Mayors Willie Brown and Edwin Lee, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and nationally through the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
…sparked my passion for educational equity and social justice.
Coming from an invisible community ignited a fire in me to ensure that our voiceless and unseen communities are validated through civic engagement and inclusion …
What I love most about our work is …
…the power of the people that produces awareness and positive outcomes.
“Fight for the things you the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg