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.
Cindy Nakashima has researched and written on the subject of mixed race since the 1980's. Publications include: "An Invisible Monster: The Creation and Denial of Mixed-Race People in America", "Voices from the Movement: Approaches to Multiraciality", and "Asian American Studies Through (Somewhat) Asian Eyes: Integrating "Mixed Race" into the Asian American Discourse". She co-edited the book The Sum of Our Parts: Mixed-Heritage Asian Americans with Teresa Williams-Leon, and co-curated the exhibit "Visible and Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History", which has shown at the Japanese American National Museum and at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.