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Rozita Villanueva Lee was born in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. In 1929, her father Eugenio Villanueva immigrated from Pangasinan  to Hawaii as part of the recruited labor force for the Hawaii plantations. Rozita’s professional work has taken her from the Canadian Pacific Airlines industry in Hawaii, to PBS Television, to Nevada. She has been Vice-President of Nevada Economic Development Company, Special Assistant to the Governor of Nevada, Co-Founder of the Asian Pacific Forum, Asian Chamber of Commerce, NaFFAA (Las Vegas, Nevada), and President and CEO of her own company, Drums of the Island.

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She was able to successfully coordinate national conferences for minority business entrepreneurs, rallies for political events, fund raising, workshops and seminars. She has also motivated Filipino youth to form the Philippine American Youth Organization and has acted as an adviser to UNLV Filipino Student Association. Her advocacy for the Asian Pacific American and Filipino population in particular has taken her to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles. She has spoken about Asian Pacific American concerns and issues at various APA and Filipino meetings and conferences held by NaFFAA, the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies (APAICS), and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). In 1995, she was named to the Nevada Clark County Asian American Commission, receiving numerous awards and certificates of appreciation from many organizations.


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