Manufou Liaiga-Anoa’i, warmly known as “Fou” to friends and family. A proud San Francisco native and first generation Samoan-American.

She is a wife, mother of 6 beautiful children (4 and 2 angels) and a sister to 22 siblings. A product of pubic education, a graduate of Lowell High School and elected Senior Class President. She earned her Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts at the American Samoa Community College, served as Secretary and member of the PTK - Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society while also getting elected as Student Government Association President. She is an alumni of University of San Francisco attaining her Bachelor’s in Public Administration with an emphasis on Women’s Studies.


Manufou is the Health and Nutrition Services Manager for Institute for Human and Social Development, Inc. which administers Head Start and Early Head Start - Early Childhood Education program throughout San Mateo County.

In 2015 she became a Board Trustee and has served as Past President on the Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City. She was appointed in 2011 as a Commissioner to the San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women and has served as the Vice President. In 2019, Manufou was appointed Co-Chair by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond to the Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative.

Manufou is on the

  • San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women

  • City of Daly City Personnel Board 

  • Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center Board

  • San Mateo County & Pacific Islander Complete Census Count Committee 

  • Regional Pacific Islander Health Task Force

  • San Mateo County Oral Health Coalition

  • Nurse’s Family Partnership Community Advisory Board 

  • San Mateo County Asthma Health Coalition

  • San Mateo County Pacific Islander Democratic Club Officer

  • Lowell High School Alumni Board of Directors

  • NHPI Co-Chair for Biden & Harris Affinity Group.

  • JESD Health & Literacy Faire Committee


In 2009, she founded Pacific Islander Community Partnership, a non-profit that serves as a conduit for Pacific Islanders in advocacy, education and empowerment. In 2011 with community giants, Manufou created Camp Unity, a free Polynesian Pacific Islander Summer Enrichment program to provide a quality and viable option for low-income families in the San Francisco Bay Area that has served 8,000 youth to date. This all volunteer effort is a nationally coveted program which has been recognized by President Obama's White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

In addition, her global reach includes partnerships with One Global Family Foundation to assist in eradicating domestic violence and child abuse in the Pacific Islands and raising readers through collaborations with Books for Barrios. Through these global initiatives, children in the South Pacific have received assistance through in-kind donations of books, school supplies, new clothes, toiletries and non-perishable foods.


Manufou served as the first Samoan-Pacific Islander Liaison for District 11 to the City and County of San Francisco under Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.’s administration. Manufou's passion for public service with an emphasis on women's empowerment and children & youth issues has afforded her opportunities to serve on San Mateo County's Big Lift Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council, Congresswoman Jackie Speier's Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, San Francisco Mayor's Office Asian Pacific American Heritage Committee, Daly City's Health and Literacy Faire Committee, and San Francisco District Attorney's Office Youth Forum Initiative to name a few. Manufou was recognized for her service by Senator Mark Leno as Woman of the Year and by ABC Channel 7's Asian Pacific Islander Salutes.

Manufou is a social justice advocate and cultural broker who was drawn into these circles at the young age of 9 serving as a translator on many occasions for her mother and other community members during protests and community meetings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. “Public service comes naturally to me as a Polynesian woman and I am forever humbled to be able to serve my community.”