Javier Named Among Wisconsin’s 48 Most Influential Asian American Leaders by Madison365

In March, we published our first-ever list of the most influential Native Americans in Wisconsin, and today, we’re proud to present our first-ever list of the most influential Asian American leaders in our state.

This list represents something that’s never been done. This week we shine a statewide spotlight on the dedicated leaders of Wisconsin’s Hmong, Chinese-American, Japanese-American, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and other communities. These are richly diverse communities with roots that represent a massive geographic area. 

We are also aware that this list, like every other, is not comprehensive. There are, without a doubt, more than 48 influential Asian American leaders doing good work in Wisconsin. We hope you will let us know about people in your community who we can include on future lists. For now, though, we just want to introduce you to a few of the people doing the work, often behind the scenes and without the accolades, across Wisconsin.

Henry Sanders, Jr
CEO, 365 Media Foundation
Publisher, Madison365 and FoxValley365


Gabe Javier, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and the son of immigrants from the Philippines, was appointed as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2019. Gabe oversees the Multicultural Student Center, Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, International Student Services, McBurney Disability Resource Center, and University Veteran Services, all of which were previously under the Division of Student Life. Prior to this position, Gabe served as the Assistant Dean and Director for the University of Wisconsin Multicultural Student Center. Before joining UW-Madison’s faculty as an Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the LGBT Campus Center, Gabe served as Interim Assistant to the Dean of Students in the Office of the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan which is where he received his Masters in Higher Education Administration in 2006.