On September 7, 2019AAPI Progressive Action, in partnership with Asian Americans Rising Action Fund, will host the AAPI Community Action Summit at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Orange County, CA.

At the AAPI Community Action Summit, leaders and advocates from across the country will gather to showcase our emerging movement, which is based on the belief that we are stronger when we work together with common purpose to serve our communities. Each session will feature new ideas, new capacities, and new leaders who are building a movement that celebrates our diversity and binds us all together as Americans.

Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Rates for the AAPI Community Action Summit as well as the AAPI Summer Soiree. A limited number of discounted Student tickets are available. Register today!




Early Bird: $100

Students: $20

3:00 - 3:15: Break

3:15 - 4:45: Concurrent Sessions and Training

Coalition Building for Power and Impact: Fortifying Our Reach and Mobilizing Community Resources in Emerging Communities
Grow your network and voice. Hear from activists and national leaders talk about flipping our work from segmented success to cross-functional collaboration and intersectionality.

Campaign Training 2.0
Want to join or volunteer for a campaign? Here’s how to start!

C4 Action Planning: Ramping Up for Foundation Dollars
Newer 501c3s and c4s are in the dark about how foundations and donor advisors operate, think and evaluate their giving. We’ll take the mystery out of the process, help set concrete action steps to tap into these resources, explore grassroots fundraising strategies and spotlight the role of fundraising consultants and when to engage one.

Engaging the Media: A Practical How To Guide
Strategic communications inspires change, raises public awareness and drives social change. Join us for this practical session in making sure your story gets heard. Learn how to hone your message, manage the press and leverage technology to bolster your impact.

4:45 - 5:15: Fireside Chat

5:15 - 5:30: Closing Remarks

8:30 - 9:00: Welcome and Setting the Stage

9:00 - 10:00: Plenary | Up For Grabs: AAPI Voters And The Future Of Our Nation
Hear the latest on polling and issues that matter to the AAPI Electorate.

10:00 - 10:15: Break

10:15 - 11:15: Plenary | Civil Rights Roundtable: Moving the Dial: Issues that Move Our Community
This advocates roundtable will explore some of the most important civil rights issues facing the AAPI community and how community leaders and activists can mobilize for social justice

11:15 - 12:15: Plenary | Executive Roundtable: AAPIs Leading and Shaping Government and The Nation
Hear from this auspicious executive roundtable, featuring AAPI leaders who have served in the highest levels of government from California to the White House, and why building the pipeline for public service matters.

12:15 - 1:30: Lunch

NextGen #AAPIHollywood: Asians in Entertainment and Activism

News Conference for Media Representatives

1:30 - 3:00: Concurrent Sessions and Training

Civic Engagement 2.0: Ushering In a New Generation of Progressive AAPI Women into Office 

Be inspired and learn what motivates this new tidal wave of AAPIs women seek higher office.

Campaign Training 1.0
Want to know how to engage in the movement? Here’s how to start!

Bolstering Our Voice and Impact through 501c4 Power
More activists are using 501c4 structures to advance their organizing strategies, working towards deep community engagement and collective action. This session will explore what we can achieve by building 501c4 power through organizing.

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Confirmed speakers include: Madihha Ahussain, Sayu Bhojwani, Vivian Chang, Raghu Devaguptapu, Katie Kalvoda, Joon I. Kim, Aisha Yaqoob Mahmood, Duy Nguyen, Shareen Punian, Deepak Puri, Thu Quach, Karthick Ramakrishnan, Melissa Ramoso, Dilawar Syed, Tom K. Wong, and Cindy Wu

Additional invited speakers include: Dr. Tung Nguyen ● Carrie Pugh ● Nisha Jain ● Dr. Takeu Lee ● Tom K. Wong ● Luisa Blue ● Quyen Dinh ● Adam P. Carbullido ● Helen Ahn ● Chris P. Lu ● Tina Tchen ● Fiona Ma ● Betty Yee ● Brad Jenkins ● David Ryu ● Jocelyn Yow ● Melissa Ramoso ● Cindy Yu ● Eva Masadiego ● Deborah Barron ● Shefali Razdan Duggal ● Yasmin Radjy ● Leah Greenberg ● Irene Bueno ● Varun Nikore ● Dennis Cheng ● Kiran Ahuja ● Andrea Granda ● Nita Song ● Vinoda Basnayake ● Kal Penn ● Margaret Cho



Westin South Coast Plaza | 686 Anton Blvd

Standard Room: $169 single/double

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Westin South Coast Plaza from September 4 - 11, 2019 for attendees of the 2019 AAPI Community Action Summit. The special room rate will be available until August 16, 2019 or until the group has sold-out, whichever comes first.



On the evening of Saturday September 7, 2019, you are invited to attend the AAPI Summer Soiree. This festive gala will take place at the exclusive Center Club in Costa Mesa, CA. Come meet and mingle with top influencers and enjoy a night filled with good food, great company and fantastic entertainment. Registered attendees of the AAPI Community Action Summit may purchase a limited number of discounted tickets at $100 per person as a participating “Community Partner.”