APAPA's Core Services

The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development. To accomplish this objective, APAPA provides the following core services to the community.

Civic Engagement

APAPA provides community members with the opportunity to be proactive, participate, educate, and impress upon the API community that we have a voice in government and public affairs. We are accomplishing that through Voters Education, standing up for civil rights, and an active role in government appointments.

Youth Leadership Development

APAPA’s established track record demonstrates that we value and support our future leaders and is dedicated to fostering our future through development of our youth. This initiative includes both college scholarship and legislative internship programs.

Community Services

APAPA is also dedicated to enriching our community and helping members grow and adapt to our ever-changing society. Partnering and collaborating with other community organizations and business sponsors, APAPA has a vision to become the central hub for bringing services to our community members. Major initiatives include Digital Literacy, Health and Senior Services, and Personal Finance

Message from the President:

Lucy Oback, President/CEOWelcome to the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) website! This site is always growing and ever-changing, so check back often. For current happenings, please check us out on Twitter, Facebook, or at APAPA's Blog. We welcome your feedback and support. Thanks for spending part of your day with us!

APAPA is non-profit and non-partisan. Since 2001, our focus has been on educating the public about public policy and fostering future leaders from our minority communities to serve at federal, state and local levels.

APAPA is a dynamic organization with a diverse membership representing all communities throughout California and around the nation. We have many friends, supporters, and partners in all levels of government, in the business world, among various community and civic organizations, and individuals from all walks of life. Everyone who shares our vision and goals are welcome to become members of APAPA, regardless of ethnicity, economic status, or political affiliation.

Lucy Oback, President



A Sacramento Community Town Hall Meeting regarding CA Senate District 6 Candidates will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm at APAPA National Headquarters. Come hear from the your candidates at this free event that is open to the public. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions about the issues. Don't miss this opportunity to help shape our community.

Capital Internship and Scholarship Fundraising Gala was on April 5, 2014 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. We celebrated the achievements of our interns and scholarship recipients, raised funds and rocked the night away!
  -Photos of the event
are in the APAPA Gallery.
  -2014 Program book

APAPA’s Southern California Region has expanded to San Gabriel. Our new chapter had its first public meeting on February 22, 2014. Photos of the Grand Opening are in the APAPA Gallery. We want to especially thank our sponsors for generously giving to APAPA’s programs.  For more information, please click here.

APAPA-CFC President Andrew Jeng visits HQ in Sacramento: APAPA boardmembers, office staff and friends met with Andrew Jeng, President of APAPA Central Florida Chapter, at National Headquarters in Sacramento. The meeting was very cordial and an opportunity for each person that attended, to talk to our newest president from the Southeast Coast of the United States.

APAPA Bay Area Region's Youth Leadership Internship Graduation will be held on May 8, 2014 at Skywest Restaurant in Hayward. See the flyer for details. This is for APAPA-BAR's long-term internship program. The Summer College Internship Porgram is a separate program.

APAPA Bay Area College Summer Internship Program is currently accepting applications from college students interested in API issues and gaining firsthand knowledge and experience in governmental and public affairs. The program provides an opportunity for students to work in the offices of elected official and policy offices spread across Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Alameda counties as staff interns, and develop their leadership skills, gain public policy experience and become civically engaged. This is a great opportunity for college students interested in pursuing a career in public service or community leadership.

APAPA Southern California Leadership Program has Internship Opportunities for college students. Current students are eligible and encouraged to apply for this internship/scholarship opportunity. The purpose of the internship is to help students better understand California state and local government and to develop future leaders in the API community. The application deadline is June 13, 2014.

APAPA's Bay Area Youth Leadership Program is sponsoring a Town Hall in San Francisco featuring a District 17 debate between David Campos and David Chiu on May 21, 2014.