We envision a connected young professional Filipino American community across the nation.

About Us

Professional Filipino American Youth (PFAY) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit networking organization for young professional Filipino Americans (“Fil-Ams”). Founded in November 2017 in New Jersey, PFAY seeks to gather ambitious Fil-Ams who are established in their careers for the purposes of building a community of young professionals.

From government and accounting to marketing and technology, our members come from a variety of diverse industries. However, as minorities, we may be the first of our communities to break out into these fields, where there are very few colleagues or mentors who look like us and opportunities for career growth are often not available or offered to us.

PFAY is a community of young, passionate Fil-Am professionals. We provide a safe space to empower our members, socially and professionally, to surpass their career goals and become leaders in their industries.

PFAY Launch Party in October 2018



PFAY empowers its members by creating opportunities to not only connect with their roots and their pamilya as Filipino Americans.


PFAY recognizes the power of diversity in building successful and just organizations. We seek to support our members who are working to become leaders in underrepresented industries.


PFAY seeks to create a safe space, socially and professionally, for its members to share ideas and experiences as young professionals who are Filipino American.


PFAY supports young Filipino American professionals who are ambitious about developing their careers and connecting with their Filipino American identity.

board of

Lauren Lalicon

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Policy Director, Office of the First Lady Tammy Murphy

Maria Mauricio

Director of Operations, Co-Founder

Supervisor, WilkinGuttenplan

Jonie Planillo-Pachay

Director of Development & Fundraising, Co-Founder

Sales Representative, Schindler Elevator Corporation

Caitlin Torres


Software Engineer, Blue Origin

Erlinda Delacruz

Director of Community Building

Campus Advisor, The JED Foundation

Roman Damaso

Director of Public Relations

Senior Consultant, Salt Flats

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