Our Mission

To empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for a strong and diverse America.

Our Vision

To work in partnership with AAPI communities and their leaders to be a force for progressive AAPI causes.

Our Strategy

01.

Formulating and analyzing domestic policies of importance to AAPIs and informing the public and press through mainstream and ethnic media, social media, and social networks.

02.

Collaborating with national and local AAPI and allied organizations to promote a progressive agenda that include protection of civil and immigrant rights, access to quality education and health care, opportunities for economic growth that are mutually beneficial for business and labor, and protecting the environment.

03.

Partnering with national and local AAPI and allied organizations to increase the participation of AAPIs in the voting process and develop AAPI progressive leadership.

04.

Supporting progressive AAPI and other candidates at the local, state, and national levels.

Board Members

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Carrie Hoojoo Pugh

National Political Director, National Education Association

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Christopher P. Lu

Senior Fellow, University of Virginia Miller Center of Public Affairs; Former Deputy Secretary of Labor and White House Cabinet Secretary under President Obama

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Mary A. Y. Okada

Former Vice-Chair, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander

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John C. Yang

President & Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

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Sayu Bhojwani

Founder and President, New American Leaders & Former NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs

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Luisa Blue

Executive Vice President, SEIU

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Tung Nguyen

President, PIVOT-The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization, Former Chair, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander

 
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National Advisory Council

 

Nina Ahmad, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Pennsylvania

Michael Byun, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Ohio

May Chen, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, New York

Lian Cheun, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, California

Kathy Ko Chin, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, California

Jake Fitisemanu, Jr., Member of the Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander National Network, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Utah

Frances Enseki Francis, JD, Of Counsel, Spiegel & McDiarmid, LLP, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, DC

Farooq Kathwari, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, New York

Ramey Ko, Attorney, The Ko Law Firm, PLLC, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Texas

Diane Narasaki, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Washington

Shekar Narasimhan, Chairman, AAPI Victory Fund, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Virginia

 

Maulik Pancholy, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, New York

Linda Phan, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Texas

Sanjita Pradhan, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Iowa

Sunil Puri, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Illinois

Unmi Song, President, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Illinois

Dilawar Syed, President, Freshworks, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, California

Bo Thao-Urabe, Consultant, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Minnesota

Khampha Thephavong, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, California

Doua Thor, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Former Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, DC

Paul Y. Watanabe, Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston, Former Commissioner, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Massachusetts