Jayo Miko Macasaquit was born in the Philippines, grew up in New Zealand, got his BA in Psychology and Theatre at Providence College, and settled in The Bay to get his MFA in Writing from the California College of the Arts (CCA). His social justice work began in undergrad, heading organizations such as the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Society Organized Against Racism, and Project Haiti. His work continued as the Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement at CCA, and among other things had the opportunity to do a Teaching Assistantship at Oakland School for the Arts. He also serves yearly on the Community Issues Grant Panel for the Horizons Foundation to help determine grant funding for LGBT-related projects and organizations throughout the bay.
Professionally, he’s found his stride in the field of Human Resources. He is a firm believer in servant leadership, and feels strongly that the biggest impact he can make in effecting progress is through empowering and supporting those who are instrumental in it. He’s currently working on attaining his PHR qualification and will soon be embarking on a second Masters, in Human Resources Management.
In his spare time he’s playing a bunch of instruments, cooking, running, building, hiking, and gardening. Whatever time he has left he spends with his black rescue greyhound named Lyla.