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Jacob Fitisemanu, Jr. was born in Wellington, New Zealand to Karen Dang (Kaimuki, O’ahu, Hawai’i) and Jacob Fitisemanu (Falefa, ‘Upolu, Samoa). The eldest of four brothers, Jake was raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i and Salt Lake City, Utah with a love of his vibrant Samoan, Chinese and Korean heritage. He graduated in Social Science with honors from Westminster College, where he also obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health. Jake was a co-founder of the Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition and has chaired the annual statewide Pacific Islander Health Week since 2012. He organized the MAHINA (Maternal Health and Infant Advocates) program to address maternal health and infant mortality and also co-founded the Movement, Awareness, Nutrition, Action (MANA) Challenge to promote community fitness. Jake was appointed to the US Census National Advisory Council on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations in 2014 and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mana Academy Charter School. Jake is the Clinics Manager for the Utah Department of Health, Health Clinics of Utah and lives in West Valley City with his wife Lucia and their two daughters.