Announcement: Pacific Arts Movement Welcomes New Executive Director Henry Manayan

Announcement: Pacific Arts Movement Welcomes New Executive Director Henry Manayan

Dear Pac Arts Family,

On behalf of the Board and Staff of Pacific Arts Movement, we are excited to announce the selection of our next Executive Director — Henry Manayan!

Henry comes to Pac Arts with decades of public service as well as private industry experience, having previously served for three terms as the Mayor of Milpitas, California, as a member of President Clinton’s Advisory Group on Asian-Pacific American Affairs, and in leadership roles on a variety of corporate as well as non-profit boards. In the private sector, Henry was a corporate attorney specializing in mergers & acquisitions and was a managing director of a venture fund.

Henry started at Pac Arts this Summer and is working closely with Kent to ensure a smooth transition in the upcoming months. We look forward to Henry’s leadership as Pac Arts prepares for our 23rd San Diego Asian Film Festival, as we settle into our new home in Mira Mesa, and to all we will accomplish together in the years ahead.

Please join us in welcoming Henry to the Pac Arts family and keep an eye out for upcoming opportunities to meet him in the months ahead. We look forward to seeing all of you soon at SDAFF 2022!


Huy Ly
Chair, Board of Directors

Kent Lee
Outgoing Executive Director

Executive Director Henry Manayan with Pac Arts board members and long time supporters, August 30, 2022

A Message from Henry Manayan


It is quite a thrill and honor to join the Pacific Arts Movement team as we prepare for the 23rd San Diego Asian Film Festival! I first want to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the Board of Directors for selecting me as the new Executive Director of the organization and for giving me the unique opportunity of carrying on the tradition of artistic excellence and social advocacy led by previous Directors, Lee Ann Kim and Kent Lee.

Over the years, Pac Arts has developed into one of the largest film festivals in the United States focusing on Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander cinema. Even while fighting a pandemic that refuses to disperse, Pac Arts and SDAFF remained committed to providing film fans, our members, and the community with hundreds of screenings featuring award-winning films and filmmakers from around the world.

When we transitioned back to in-person programming in 2021, we felt a lot of enthusiasm from grateful audiences who could finally leave the dreaded quarantines behind and enjoy being back in the theater with the community once again!

It is also inspiring to watch the next generation of eager, young filmmakers come into our offices as we kick off a new session of Reel Voices for their first in-person classes since 2019. Their enthusiasm to get behind the camera encourages all of us to share our stories with the world.

As we head into the Fall season, I am excited about planning for the next San Diego Asian Film Festival, Chew the Scene, Awards Gala, and more. I look forward with great zeal to working with the Pac Arts Board, staff, and volunteers whose passion continues to propel our mission, and as we march towards a brighter future.

Henry C. Manayan Jr.
Executive Director