Athena Mari Asklipiadis, of Japanese, Greek, Armenian, Italian, and Egyptian descent, was born and raised in Leimert Park, Los Angeles and holds a broadcasting degree from Pepperdine University. While pursuing a career in radio and voiceover, Athena began working in the multiracial community on websites Eurasian Nation, We Are Hapa, and Addicted to Race in the early 2000's. After recognizing a lack of mixed and minority bone marrow donors, she started Mixed Marrow in 2009. Athena was associate producer on award-winning documentary film, Mixed Match (2016) and currently operates Mixed Marrow as well as serving on the board of Multiracial Americans of Southern California. Her work with Mixed Marrow has been recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and she is the recipient of the 2017 Awareness Award from Be The Match.
FREDRICK D. KAKINAMI CLOYD is an independent scholar-artist-performer-anti-oppression activist whose work focuses on unraveling forces that interplay between history and the individual in relation to social change. He was born in Japan shortly after the official U.S. Occupation of Japan to a Japanese mother and African-American father in the U.S. military. Cloyd has been published in such publications as Kartika Review, Oakland Word, Nikkei Heritage, and The Pacific Reader, as well as featured on various radio and television programs and interviews. His poetry has been featured at the Japanese National Historical Society and his presentations have been featured in various Asian-American, social justice, Queer-of-Color, Mixed-race, and African-American history websites and publications and has been a public speaker and performer for four decades. He received his Masters in Social-Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation. In 2017, Fredrick's essay: “On Being a Black-Japanese Amerasian Being,” was published by 2Leaf Press in the anthology: The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. His first book: Dream of the Water Children: Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific, was released by the same publisher in New York in Spring 2018.