Michigan Chair - Willie de Chavez
Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) during a reception held on March 4, 2011 in the GM Renaissance Conference Center in Detroit. – Source: sorsogonunited.wordpress.com

US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG)-Michigan Chairperson Willie D. Dechavez will be one of the speakers at NaFFAA’s (National Federation of Filipino-American Associations) Regional Conference on July 28, 2017 at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Ohio.

Dechavez will discuss the topic, “A Viable Community Organization: USP4GG Michigan,” during one of the workshop sessions on that day. In his presentation, Dechavez will talked about how USP4GG-Michigan evolved to become an potent partner in community building. He will review USP4GG’s organizational structure, goals and objectives and initiatives to network with other Filipino-American and mainstream organizations.

He will identify some challenges and problem-solving techniques in an effort to provide the audience with lessons on how to strengthen an organization.

Dechavez is the incumbent chairperson of USP4GG-Michigan and past NaFFAA Michigan chair for 11 years.

He served as executive director of NaFFAA Midwest Empowerment Conference in 2002 and the event chair of the 10th Empowerment National Conference in Detroit in 2012.

He was a founding member, cultural chairperson and past vice president of the Council of Asia Pacific Americans (CAPA) in Michigan. He chaired the overall committee of the first “Splendor of the East” show. He held several government-appointed positions, including past Macomb County Historical commissioner; past member of the board of directors of the Cornerstone Development Authority in the City of Southfield; past chairperson of the Ethnic Community Issues Committee of the City of Sterling Heights and past member of the board of trustees of the Henry Ford System Hospital Behavioral Health.

In 3005, he was appointed by then Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as a member of the Advisory Council for Asian American Pacific Affairs. Michigan Governor Snyder appointed him as one of the commissioners of Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission for eight years. He is the incumbent vice president of APIA Vote Michigan and member of the City of Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee.

Dechavez is a retired certified educator with the Detroit Public Schools and a DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) Asian arts community consultant member . A graduate of the University of Sto. Tomas with major in political science, he earned his master’s degree in special education and an educational specialist degree in School Administration from the Wayne State University.