Career Opportunities in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Austin/Dallas, Tex., Oakland/Sacramento, Oxnard, Calif., Oak Brook, Ill

by Chris Tan 12. December 2014 10:44


Manager, Outreach and Advocacy


From Ms. Daphne Kwok, vice president of multicultural markets and engagement at AARP National.


Manager, Outreach & Advocacy

As the Advocacy and Outreach Manager you will be a member of the State Office management team. You will provide leader-ship and direction statewide for community engagement and advocacy. In collaboration with staff colleagues and volunteers you will set strategic priorities, lead AARP statewide and local engagement and advocacy, multi-cultural outreach, member and community engagement, and issue campaigns. You will be responsible for managing grassroots organizing, volunteer engagement, and you will coordinate outreach to partner organizations as well as to local, state, and federal public officials. You will work closely with communications staff to assure media messaging is maximized through all available channels. You will manage staff engaged in all these activities, and you will manage budgets.

Teamwork is important and you will be joining a strong partner-ship of staff and volunteers who are building a dynamic presence for AARP in Texas.

Requires: BA/BS degree; and a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience including grassroots organizing, volunteer leadership, public speaking and excellent communication. Local/in-state travel at least 50%.

We’re millions of members strong – with more joining us every day – the largest and “most powerful grassroots organization” around, according to Fortune magazine. In Texas, we’re more involved than ever be-fore. If you’re ready, here’s your chance to make life better for Texas’ 50+ population and generations that follow!

Qualified candidates are invited to apply online at

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity.

Visit us at:

Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE)

Executive Director

Los Angeles

From Mr. Leo Chu, board member, CAPE.



The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) is the largest and most respected professional Asian American and Pacific Islander non-profit organization in Hollywood. CAPE champions diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering AAPI artists and leaders in entertainment and media. Our signature educational programs, workshops, and social networking events benefit established and emerging actors, writers, directors, producers, studio executives, and other entertainment professionals. CAPE has created numerous opportunities to increase AAPI representation in front of and behind the camera since 1991.


Serves as the public face and leader of the organization. Focuses on fundraising, programming, strategic growth, operations, financials, and administration. Proactively secures fundraising, cultivates potential sponsorship opportunities, and maintains excellent relationships with existing sponsors. Develops core programming that advances organization’s mission and presence in the community, which requires strong networking skills and outreach abilities. Financial responsibilities include creating operating budget, tracking income and expenses, and coordinating with accountant and bookkeeper to report taxes and payroll. Oversees the day-to-day operations and staff. Builds and maintains relationships with Board Members, vendors and sponsors.


  • Bachelor degree required
  • Fundraising experience required
  • At least 5 years non-profit and/or management experience preferred
  • Knowledge of entertainment industry helpful
  • Event production background a definite plus 


  • Competitive Salary for equivalent non-profits
  • Employer contribution to Healthcare benefits
  • Two weeks paid vacation and five sick days per year
  • Expenses covered include Paid Parking, Phone, and Partial Mileage (not including commute)


  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends for events as needed.


Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE)

Job Title:

Executive Director

Reports To:

Board Chair

Supervises Others:

Staff & Volunteers

FLSA Status:


Travel Required:


To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

Policy Associate – California State Office

Oakland or Sacramento, Calif.

From APALS via Ms. Kimberlee Tachiki.


Mission of Children's Defense Fund:

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of the United States who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdow

Position Summary:

The Policy Associate is a key member of the Children’s Defense Fund- California (CDF-CA) team and works with colleagues and partners to advance CDF-CA’s work on behalf of children, primarily focused on providing policy, advocacy, communications, and outreach support to the California Children’s Health Coverage Coalition. Specifically, the Associate will work with the health team to maximize state and national investments in children’s health programs particularly MediCal, ensure the Affordable Care Act is implemented in a way that meets the needs of children, and expand health coverage to all California children. The position requires regular travel to Sacramento, and periodic travel to Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Clinton, TN. This is a full-time position based in the Oakland office; however, candidates from Sacramento willing to work remotely from a home office will be considered. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Working together with Health Policy Director and Senior Policy Associate to develop and advance CDF-CA’s child health policy agenda.
  • Conducting research and analysis on key policy and budget developments at the local, state and federal level; tracking, analyzing and summarizing state legislation and developments related to child health.
  • Developing advocacy materials for policymakers, community partners and the press.
  • Preparing detailed summaries and memos, comparative analyses of legislation, reports, fact sheets, speeches and talking points, and web materials relating to children’s health for internal and external audiences, with a keen eye for detail and factual content.
  • Monitoring promising approaches to resolving or ameliorating health-related issues facing California’s children and documenting/sharing as needed.
  • Representing CDF-CA in meetings with partners, coalitions, legislative and administrative officials and other stakeholders.
  • Developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with key organizations and coalitions, including the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and the Health4All coalition.
  • Supporting policy work to address the social determinants of health and health disparities among children, particularly focused on trauma and child poverty.
  • Coordinating CDF-CA involvement in the Children’s Health Coalition, including but not limited to: participating in all coalition meetings and calls, and taking notes as needed; editing and coordinating review and sign-off on documents; coordinating logistics for meetings and calls; and managing email lists.
  • Serving a core member of the CDF-CA policy team, providing support for key policy priorities and projects, and keeping other team members informed.
  • Taking on other responsibilities as necessary.

Qualifications and Desired Skills:

  • Commitment to CDF’s vision, including demonstrated interest in improving the lives of children and/or low-income individuals.
  • At least 2-3 years of relevant work experience in policy analysis, community organizing, political/issue campaigns, public speaking, outreach and/or coalition building.
  • Familiarity with state and federal policies that pertain to children and families.
  • Knowledge and experience with health policy, including the Affordable Care Act and Medi-Cal. Familiarity with policy around trauma, child poverty and education is a plus.
  • Strong understanding of the policy making process, particularly at the California state level.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences (advocates, press, and federal, state, and local policymakers and their staff) – including exemplary writing skills and strong public speaking skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize among multiple projects in a demanding environment.
  • A proven track record of working well within teams;
  • B.A. required, graduate degree in related field strongly preferred.
  • Spanish-speaking a plus



The California Community Foundation

Board and Community Relations Liaison

Los Angeles

From APALS via Ms. Jacquline Wu.


Job Description:

The California Community Foundation is a nonprofit grantmaking foundation that administers almost 1,600 individual charitable funds to meet existing and emerging needs in the Greater Los Angeles area. CCF is one of the largest and fastest growing community foundations in the United States. With assets of more than $1.3 billion currently, CCF has awarded more than $1.2 billion in grants and received more than $1.6 billion in contributions over the past ten years. Since 1915, CCF has been helping individuals, families, corporations and nonprofits establish and develop their philanthropic visions.

While CCF’s focus is Building the Future of Los Angeles, we make progress toward that ambitious goal by helping our donors and fundholders realize their philanthropic objectives. In partnership with our donors, the foundation supports nonprofit organizations and public institutions with funds for arts, affordable housing, education, transition aged youth, civic engagement and health care programs.  Recognizing the importance to partner with other like-minded organizations and the community, CCF created The Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles, a facility dedicated to convenings on philanthropy, civic engagement and issues of importance to communities of Greater Los Angeles and for the business of the foundation and affiliated organizations.

This position serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors of the California Community Foundation (CCF), providing all necessary support for board meetings and events, preparing all board-related reports and correspondence, providing staff support for all boards, committees and commissions on which the President/CEO serves; managing the internal workplan process; assisting with development-related activities and specific preparation of material for speeches and public presentations.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Board Liaison Duties: Prepares a calendar, agenda, information packets and other logistical arrangements for Board and Board committee meetings. Receives and initiates written and oral communication with Board members, including meeting notices, staff reports, agendas, updates on issues and events, responds to Board requests and correspondence from President/CEO, ensuring that their importance to CCF is emphasized in each contact. Attends Board meetings and takes or arranges for minutes, prepares them in a timely manner and in accordance with the by-laws and format and style preferred by President/CEO. Maintains the President’s and Corporate Board files, determining the best system for quick recovery and response to any public request for documents consistent with IRS and other government public notice and access requirements.
  • Board/Staff Communication: Refers all Board requests to appropriate staff members and assures timely response through follow-up and tracking systems.   Works to develop appropriate lines of communication between Board members, committee members and managers to strengthen the Board/staff partnership. Notifies appropriate staff of upcoming Board meetings, committee meetings and events and as necessary will assign staff reports and meeting attendance.
  • Community Relations Functions: Works with communications staff to research and prepare speeches and presentations in either English or Spanish, as appropriate. Represents and accompanies the President/CEO at select community events. Serves as a member of cross-departmental teams tasked with convening around specific issues.
  • Organizational Development: Coordinates the annual workplan process and supports the foundation’s strategic planning process, including the collection of data for departmental year-end reports, along with associated analysis and summaries. 
  • Grant Management: Annually review grant reports and conduct organizational due diligence for all 15 organizations receiving operational support in honor of Joan Palevsky. 
  • Foundation Staff Meetings: Provides administrative support and meeting planning for full staff meetings including meeting notices and information dissemination.
  • Coordination: Coordinates with the executive secretary to the President/CEO on absences and other leaves to ensure that the office is always covered and that phones are answered in a timely manner. Coordinates all appointments/meetings with the executive secretary and ensures that the dual calendar maintained by the executive secretary is always current and consistent with that of the President/CEO. Coordinates with the executive Secretary in ensuring smooth office operations
  • General: As appropriate, assists other departments and works as a member of interdepartmental teams to ensure the effective and efficient operations of CCF. At all times, demonstrates cooperative behavior with supervisors and coworkers. Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years of project management and/or experience staffing a CEO, public official, civic or public policy leader. Experience working with donors or a board of directors is preferred.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required. An undergraduate degree in business or public administration is preferred.
  • Communication Skills: Superior interpersonal and verbal communication skills. Excellent telephone and customer service skills. Ability to interact well with all levels in an organization, donors, and grantees, and to work as a productive team member. Comfort and fluency in both oral and written Spanish. Ability to compose correspondence and basic reports, knowledge of proper English, grammar and punctuation and the ability to edit documents. Knowledge of a variety of writing styles and formats. Knowledge of parliamentary procedure and recording thereof. Ability to type 75 wpm and take shorthand/fast-notes is preferred.
  • Technology Skills: Internet competency and strong computer proficiency, including mastery of the Microsoft Office software suite and a familiarity with database software, is required. Working knowledge of Blackbaud software preferred, with a willingness and ability to learn appropriate database, spreadsheet and other computer programs.
  • Project Management Skills: Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to prioritize work, anticipating the needs of a busy executive, and adjust to multiple demands with minimal supervision.
  • Judgment and Discretion: Skill in determining matters of importance and information of use to the executive, exercising initiative in accomplishing any related tasks or referring the rest. Ability to refer, give, deny or ask for information in a tactful and friendly manner and to be discreet in giving information about the President/CEO’s plans and actions to anyone. Ability to keep information confidential.
  • Team Work & General Skills:  Ability to work well independently and as team member. Ability to take initiative, and follow tasks through to completion. Ability to lead a team toward CCF's goals, leveraging each team member's skill set. Strong ability to maintain the integrity of confidential information. Professional appearance and demeanor.

Working Conditions:

  • Requires the ability to sit and work at a desk for several hours at a time.
  • Requires the ability to travel and attend meetings, presentations and events outside the office, which may require occasional use of a motor vehicle for transportation to other locations. Due to the nature of external appointments and/or responsibilities requiring travel to locations not easily accessible by public transportation, driving is an essential job responsibility for this position.
  • This position is required to be available to speak with clients and/or others while away from the office and/or with clients and/or others located in other time zones outside Foundation business hours.
  • Work may require weekends and/or extended work day.
  • Punctuality and satisfactory attendance are essential functions of the job


  • This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. A generous benefit package is provided to all full-time staff, including medical, dental, vision, LTD, life, FSAs and retirement benefits.


Vice President, Corporate Partnerships and Co-Marketing

Washington, D.C.

From Mr. David Wiser of Wiser Partners.


Wiser Partners wanted to make you aware of a VP, Corporate Partnerships & Co-Marketing position they’ve been retained to fill by Legacy - the largest non-profit public health charity devoted to tobacco control. You may not know the name "Legacy," but you and your kids have probably heard of the truth® youth smoking prevention campaign. Truth was voted "One of the most influential campaigns of the decade" and was the recipient of numerous Marketing and creative awards including Cannes Lions and the Grand Effie. Legacy has over $1 Billion in assets and an annual operating budget of $100 Million.

This "VP, Corporate Partnerships & Co-Marketing" role is a newly created position within Legacy. This individual will be responsible for developing and executing a corporate alliance strategy that builds co-marketing partnerships with leading corporations; attracts support for longstanding and new initiatives; achieves revenue goals (both in-kind and, with time, real revenue) to support their mission; and amplifies the impact of their public education message

They’re specifically seeking the following background:

  • Corporate Partnerships - Leadership at an integrated agency, non-profit, or corporation
  • New Business Development - Secured and grown large, long-term relationships
  • Strategy & Marketing - Strategic; creative-marketer; proficiency across online/offline
  • Functional Leadership - Success building and managing high-performing teams

Mr. David G. Wiser

Principal Partner

Cincinnati Office

513.533.4000 (W)

513.919.4000 (M)

Ocean Breeze Ag Management

Human Resources Manager

Oxnard, Calif.

From Mr. Steven Goodstein.


Job Title:  Human Resources Director


Directly and through subordinates, the position ensures that the company’s HR and occupational safety policies and procedures align with business needs, are in compliance with State and Federal regulations, and ensures that the company has staffing to meet its business objectives. Ensure the payrolls are prepared on-time, accurately, and in compliance with all relevant regulations. As a member of the executive management team, provides strategic guidance and partners with them to meet the company’s short and long-term objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of relevant HR processes, procedures, and compliance with all relevant HR regulations.
  • Meet with the HR Managers regularly to discuss relevant topics, present issues needing attention and resolution, and conduct strategic planning.
  • Support and counsel supervisors and managers in all areas related to staffing, benefits, workers’ compensation, incentives, and compensation. 
  • Keep up-to-date and maintain knowledge of all relevant subjects. Communicate with managers on all changes in relevant regulations and practices. Be proactive to plan and prepare for regulatory changes.
  • Develop and communicate to management on relevant HR metrics.
  • Oversee management of health insurance to ensure ACA compliance. 
  • Manage H2-A program.
  • Prepare and manager compensation schedules, conduct wage surveys, and suggest adjustments to wage schedules.
  • Maintain HR calendar for all regulatory documents that need to be submitted to State or Federal agencies. 
  • Ensure that all required regulatory documents or reports are submitted by deadlines and in compliance. 
  • Ensure that the company is represented at unemployment hearings and all HR/safety-related legal proceedings. 
  • Manage performance management processes.
  • Manage and coordinate the Partner Meetings twice a year. 
  • Develop and implement strategic HR plan.
  • Prepare and/or update and implement Employees Handbooks for all companies. 
  • Prepare and update relevant policies and procedures. Ensure communication to all managers and partners and provide in binder format.
  • Ensure that audits of I-9 forms, HR processes and procedures, and pay practices are conducted periodically to ensure compliance.
  • Ensure that employees are paid on time and correctly, with correct taxes and other payroll deductions.
  • Develop and implement new payroll processes and procedures as needed.
  • Manage union avoidance activities.
  • Manage any legal issues, formal complaints, or lawsuits filed related to HR or occupational safety.
  • Investigate and resolve any Cal/OSHA citations.
  • Monitor compliance with occupational safety standards in accordance with Cal/OSHA, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and other relevant State and Federal regulations.
  • Prepare and update all required occupational safety programs according to Cal/OSHA or CDPR guidelines, including IIPP, Hazard Communication Program, Pesticide Hazard Communicate Program, Emergency Action Plans, Disaster Planning, Heat Illness Prevention Plan, Respiratory Program, and all safety procedures. 
  • Communicate with the company’s attorney as needed.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all HR-related information.
  • Maintain relevant documents on SharePoint.
  • Travel occasionally to the field to meet with employees as needed.
  • Travel to Santa Maria location as needed. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in business or other related field
  • MBA is preferred
  • 10 year of HR leadership and management experience 
  • Experience with executive level strategic planning and decision-making
  • Experience in agriculture preferred

Interested candidates should send resumes to Mayra Andrade at

McDonald’s Corporation

Digital Platform Manager – Global Digital

Oak Brook, Ill.


Job Description

McDonald's has bold plans to evolve the customer experience for the digital era, and the Global Digital team is at the center of this aggressive change.  Our team is leading the worldwide effort to develop and orchestrate digital initiatives across every facet of our interactions with customers.  This includes new brand engagement, e-commerce, service delivery, and digital content capabilities.  With the fast emerging digital environment, this team is focused on innovation across the customer journey in and outside our restaurants, identifying the most meaningful opportunities for our customers, and developing capabilities to bring them to life.  We do this in partnership and teamwork with our IT organization and markets around the world.

This team was recently formed as McDonald's hired its first Chief Digital Officer, who brings deep consumer Internet experience. McDonald's is aggressively looking to grow its digital, web and consumer focused capability by adding top tier talent across the company and within the Global Digital team.  The team will work in an entrepreneurial and strategic way to push forward ideas, innovation, execution and culture -- all on behalf of customers.  Our current needs include seasoned digital, social media and Internet talent in functions including product management, product marketing, digital marketing, community management, business development, user experience design, and program management. McDonald's is deeply committed to our customer focus, and sits at an exciting juncture where we are ready to drive our brand to new heights using digital experience and engagement as essential ingredients. 

The Digital Platform Manager will partner with markets, Area of the Worlds (AOWs) and corporate colleagues to develop scalable platform engagement strategies and solutions to drive brand differentiation, loyalty and advocacy. 


  • Act as system expert on assigned platforms 
  • Provide input and insight to team leadership to effectively manage strategic partnership
  • Partner with platform representatives, corporate SMEs, markets and AOWs to develop and publish minimum standards for assigned platforms
  • Collect and consolidate local and global reports, providing frequent insights and recommendations to key stakeholders and team leadership on platform activation
  • Engagement will be measured by growth in the base of people who have increased interactions per month with McDonald’s owned platforms
  • Collaborate with other corporate platform leads to design and deploy integrated cross platform approaches
  • Synthesize market and AOW plans/priorities to inform global platform strategies
  • Develop, deploy and advance global tools and processes for platform management (e.g. moderation, publishing, etc.)  Consolidate contracts globally where appropriate
  • In partnership with the corporate analytics team, create a reporting model, metrics and analytics to gauge the effectiveness of platform activities

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communication, business or related field required; advanced degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of digital project management experience
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams (ie: legal, marketing, IT)
  • Working knowledge of and experience with global content management systems, portal technologies and databases
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to successfully explain technical situations to non-technical audiences in an easily understandable manner along with being comfortable presenting to broad audiences, including senior management
  • Able to build consensus and align colleagues with competing priorities to a common goal
  • Ability to drive change in the organization and lead change management initiatives
  • Strong collaboration and problem solving skills
  • Experience with administering a promotion and legal review process
  • PMI (Project Management Institute) Certification a plus

Job Number: 3450BR

For more information and to apply, visit:

California Community College Districts to offer four-year degree programs

by Chris Tan 21. November 2014 15:42


California Community College Districts have shown a strong interest in developing four-year degree programs. Governor Brown recently signed legislation this fall to authorize the system to award bachelor's degrees as part of a limited pilot program. Thirty-six districts, or half of all districts in the system, have submitted letters of intent to the state Chancellor's Office to be a part of the initiative. 

Authored by Senator Marty Block, Senate Bill 80 will allow up to 15 districts to offer four-year degrees in a field of study not offered by the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC). Proposed programs are in fields such as airframe manufacturing technology, biomanufacturing, respiratory therapy, and dental hygiene. The initiative will provide more opportunities for Californians to earn a baccalaureate degree and become more competitive in the job market. A bachelor's degree is estimated to cost a total of $10,000 under the new program.

“The districts’ strong interest in building baccalaureate degree programs is heartening,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris.  “They are pioneering a new mission for the California Community Colleges and opening up pathways for Californians who may not have had the chance to earn a four-year degree.  I look forward to working with the districts to create world-class programs that graduate highly trained and marketable students.”

The four-year degree programs must be up and running by at least the 2017-18 academic year, but could start as early as Fall 2015. 

View Press Release: 4YearDegree_Press_Release.doc

Susanne S. Cho -- The first Korean American female judge appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court

by Chris Tan 13. November 2014 11:09
On November 12, 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Susan S. Cho and James T. Latting to judgeships in the Riverside County Superior Court. Filling the vacant position after Judge David B. Downing's retirement, Susan is the first Korean American female judge to be appointed to this court. 
Cho graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelors of Arts degree and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. After serving as the deputy public defender at the Riverside County Public Defender's Office from 1994-2004, she was an attorney at the Law Offices of Rodney Lee Soda. She is a democrat. 
Susanne S. Cho

APAPA congratulates Susanne S. Cho for her appointment to the Riverside County Superior Court. Her success is another step closer towards increasing representation of the API community in civic affairs. 



The API newly elected officials in California

by Chris Tan 4. November 2014 10:49
APAPA is honored to have worked together with other API associations, organizations and individuals to help get more API’s to seek elected and appointed offices in California.  The successes of the API candidates from the November 4, 2014 election is the highest in history.    
APAPA congratulates the following API newly elected officials from the November 4, 2014 election.  Official election results will be certified by the California Secretary of State in a few days. 
U.S. Representatives
  • District 6 Sacramento - Doris Matsui
  • District 17 San Jose - Mike Honda
  • District 27 Monterey Park - Judy Chu
  • District 33 Coastal Los Angeles - Ted Lieu
  • District 41 Inland Empire - Mark Takano

CA Supreme Court

  • Associate Justice - Goodwin Liu
CA Constitutional Officers
  • Controller - Betty Yee
  • Treasurer - John Chiang
  • Attorney General - Kamala Harris
  • Board of Equalization District 2 - Fiona Ma
California Senate
  • District 6 Sacramento - Richard Pan
  • District 34 Orange County - Janet Nguyen
California Assembly
  • District 17 San Francisco - David Chiu
  • District 19 San Francisco - Philip Ting
  • District 18 Alameda - Rob Bonta
  • District 25 Fremont - Kansen Chu
  • District 28 Campbell - Evan Low
  • District 37 Santa Barbara - Das Williams
  • District 49 Monterey Park - Ed Chau
  • District 55 Diamond Bar - Ling-Ling Chang
  • District 65 Fullerton - Young Kim
County Board of Supervisors
  • Orange District 2 - Michelle Steel
City Councils
  • City of Elk Grove Council District 4 - Steve Ly
  • City of San Diego Council District 6 - Chris Cate


  • LA Superior Court Judge - Alison Matsumoto

School Districts

  • Sacramento City Unified School District - Darrel Woo

How to get Asian immigrants in the U.S. to vote? Reach out to them in their native language

by Chris Tan 30. October 2014 11:38

Although Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S., their voter participation is relatively low compared to other ethnic groups. An article from Public Radio International (PBR) brings light to the efforts to get more of the racial group out to vote. 

The difficulty of reaching out to Asian Americans is the language barrier. The community is comprised of many languages, which makes it hard for candidates to communicate with them. 

“They come from countries where democracy, this kind of a voting process, isn’t part of their natural culture,” says Tanzila Ahmed of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a civic engagement group. “They have to learn about what it means to be a voter. It’s a very new process for them.”

Using student volunteers, Ahmed is operating a phone bank to provide voter information in 17 languages including Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Bengali. Her goal is to register about 30,000 voters. 

APAPA hopes that the combined efforts of like-minded organizations will increase voter participation in future elections. 

This post originally appeared on Public Radio International (PBR)


Viral "Hand of Power" video encourages AAPI community to register to vote

by Chris Tan 28. October 2014 16:00

Three weeks after the "Hand of Power" video was launched to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to turn out to vote, the video has already garnered over 250,000 views on YouTube. Featuring Filipino actor-dancer Gabriel Valenciano and other stars, the video has been shared by organizations such as APAPA and elected officials including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor Lee, Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, and State Controller John Chiang. 

“Millennials need to join the millions of people who will be going to the polls this fall, said Leo Liu, founder of Project Firecracker.”  “We think humor is a great way to reach people who haven’t been active in politics.  Asian American young people need to make their voice heard and share what’s important to them – and this video is made for Asian American young people.”

The video can be seen here:

This post originally appeared on Asian Week


Job Opening: Program Manager for China Direct

by Chris Tan 28. October 2014 10:28

The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce is seeking to fill the position of Program Manager for China Direct.

China Direct is a federally funded program administered by the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce under cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. This position directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates all associated outreach and recruitment efforts, events, and activities associated with the China Direct program, a statewide food products export promotion program housed within the International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Division of the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce.

Requirements include but are not limited to:

  • Availability for extensive travel: domestic and international
  • Minimum three (3) years experience in exporting development and market analysis
  • Minimum five (5) years experience at the managerial level in export development

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with development and implementation of programs which respond to private sector export needs in the areas of market intelligence, regional export strategy development, use of intellectual property as tools for enhancing export development; and assisting BSOs with providing a wider range and quality of services.
  • Provide technical leadership and direction for engaging directly with (a) small businesses across the California to accelerate or develop their export readiness, and (b) trade support organizations to enhance their export support capacities and readiness.
  • Assist with and help provide leadership and direction to advisors and staff planning, coordinating, and implementing technical assistance and capacity building programs for SME exporters, and for trade support organizations within the California.

For a detailed description of job requirements and responsibilities visit:

More than 4,000 Asian Americans hold public office in the U.S.

by Chris Tan 28. October 2014 10:10

More than 4,000 Asian-Americans hold public office across 39 states and the federal government, according to the National Asian Pacific American Political Almanac. The almanac attributes this finding to two factors. One, that Asian-Americans have become the fastest-growing racial group by percentage, and second, the group have been engaged in local political activism. 

One of those Asian-Americans is Judy Chu, who is the first Chinese-American woman to be elected to Congress. Originally aspiring to be a computer scientist, Judy first decided to actively participate in public policy when an anti-immigrant, English-only movement swept through her hometown of Monterey Park, California. She ran for city council, and the rest is history. 

" the past Asian-Americans didn't much care about immigration reform. But thanks to nonprofits and advocacy groups working in Asian-American communities, she thinks there will be support for comprehensive reform."

These findings show a a huge step forward for the API community. APAPA hopes that the growth of API involvement in public policy continues to grow

This post originally appeared on Voice of America



San Diego City Council District 6 Candidates Forum

by Sokie Hul 10. October 2014 14:18

San Diego City Council District 6 Candidates Forum

By Ron Cho

October 7, 2014, San Diego, CA – APAPA San Diego Chapter (APAPA-SDC) along with co-organizers Asian Business Association of San Diego, and CEPA-Net (A joint program of Southwest Center For Asian Pacific American Law and Council of Philippine American Organizations) presented a Candidates Forum for San Diego’s District 6 City Council Race at Mira Mesa High School in San Diego. Tuesday evening featured Chris Cate and Carol Kim, the two candidates of Asian Pacific Islander ethnicity who are vying for the vacant seat; due to the 2011 Redistricting, District 6's Asian Pacific American population is more than 30 percent. Besides current City Council President Mayor Todd Gloria, who is part Filipino, the last API to serve on City Council was Tom Hom in 1963. The forum touched on a myriad of city issues including local minimum wage, transient occupancy tax, and city services. Approximately 100 people were in attendance to hear the candidates express their viewpoints.

This is the final of three scheduled Candidates Forums presented by APAPA – San Diego Chapter over the past year leading up to the November 4, 2014 General Election. “APAPA – San Diego Chapter is proud to have presented these forums to the residents of District 6. We are also delighted to have collaborated with like-minded organizations such as ABA, and CEPA Net in bringing these important civic events to the communities of San Diego. Our approach is to present an open, objective and fair platform for candidates to express their views and most importantly, for residents to participate in the election process and become informed voters,” said Ron Cho, President of APAPA – San Diego Chapter.

Here's what happened at the 2014 Voters Education & Candidates Forum

by Chris Tan 9. October 2014 12:08

In author Thomas Ehrlich’s Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, a civically responsible individual is described as one who “recognizes himself or herself as a member of a larger social fabric and therefore considers social problems to be at least partly his or her own; such an individual is willing to see the moral and civic dimensions of issues, to make and justify informed moral and civic judgments, and to take action when appropriate.”

On the early Saturday morning of September 27, 2014, the spirit of civic engagement was apparent throughout the University Ballroom at California State University, Sacramento. Hundreds of attendees joined together for APAPA’s 13th Annual Voters Education and Candidates Forum. Citizens came to become educated about candidates and issues, while candidates shared their views and debated amongst each other. Hosted by former news anchor Pamela Wu, the MC set the tone for the non-partisan event with a warm welcome to all of the attendees.

Pamela brought forth the speaker Michelle Rhee to provide an opening speech for the Voters Education & Candidates Forum. Michelle provided a humorous anecdote of Mayor Kevin Johnson’s experience with her Korean family, and assured the audience that the Mayor is “Asian-adjacent.” “Regardless of which side you choose, the most important thing is to get educated and to get out and vote” Michelle said.  

After Michelle Rhee’s closing remarks, the 2014 Public Service Award was presented to County Supervisor Jimmie Yee by State Controller John Chiang and Board of Equalization member Betty Yee. Betty praised Jimmie Yee for being an effective leader who has ensured that the integrity of our local government is upheld. “I think the successes that we stand here celebrating within this great city of Sacramento are really, in no small part, due to the leadership of the honorable Jimmie Yee” she expressed. John Chiang also commended Jimmie Yee’s integrity and professional qualifications that have made a fundamental difference in the community.  “We've only been stronger, better, and more hopeful about our future because of Jimmie's servitude” the State Controller said.

Expressing gratitude for receiving the award, the County Supervisor talked about the importance of educating citizens on what is happening in the political world. Looking back at his 20 years of service, Jimmie reflected that he was “certainly pleased to have been given the opportunity to serve our local community.” Before leaving the stage, he voiced his appreciation for APAPA’s work to develop young individuals who are interested in becoming involved.

Later on, Secretary of State Debra Bowen briefly spoke to the audience about voter registration. She announced that the voter registration forms are offered in 10 languages, encouraging the audience to reach out to friends or family, who were previously restricted by language barriers, to vote. “We govern ourselves. We choose. We decide. And for people who think it doesn’t make a different, it does” the Secretary of State urged. As an example, Debra brought up the bill that banned smoking in restaurants, which had passed by only one vote in the State Assembly.  

The candidates’ portion of the event was kicked off by Betty Yee, who is running for the California State Controller position. She talked about the importance of sustaining engagement with the government and elected officials after the elections, to ensure that the voice of the community continues to be heard. “Our democracy is only as strong as the ability of each and every one of us to fully participate in it” she stressed. Some of the candidates who also went on stage included Greg Conlon for State Treasurer, Senator Jim Nielsen for California Senate District 4, Senator Ted Gaines for Insurance Commissioner, Tax Attorney Chris Parker for Board of Equalization, and Paulina Miranda for State Senate District 8.  

 Several panels were held to educate attendees about the upcoming candidates and their ideas on handling various issues. The first panel was a debate between Congressional District 7 candidates Ami Bera (Democrat) and Doug Ose (Republican). The next panel consisted of State Senate District 6 Candidates Roger Dickinson (Democrat) and Richard Pan (Democrat). Lastly, the State Assembly panel included District 7 candidates Steve Cohn (Democrat) and Kevin McCarty (Democrat), District 8 Candidates Ken Cooley (Democrat) and Doug Haaland (Republican), and District 9 candidates Jim Cooper (Democrat) and Darrell Fong (Democrat).

 Lastly, there was a debate on Measure L, also known as the “Sacramento Checks and Balances Act of 2014.” Proponents of the measure included Former Chief Administrative Officer of the State Assembly Maeley Tom and District 6 City Councilmember Jay Schenirer. Opponents included Former Mayor of Sacramento Heather Fargo and Co-President of the League of Women Voters Sacramento Paula Lee.

 Thanks to our sponsors and partnering community organizations, APAPA can continue to provide education on public policies and issues that are important to the community. Together, we can promote higher civic engagement in public affairs.

 To learn more about this event, visit Photos can be viewed at

APAPA to Serve as an Official Ballot Drop-Off Site for 2014 General Election

by Sokie Hul 6. October 2014 11:38

Attention all Permanent Absentee Voters of Sacramento County!

The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) will serve as an official ballot drop-off site for the 2014 General Election starting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 until Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

During the week of October 13th, permanent absentee voters of Sacramento County can drop off their completed & signed vote by mail ballot packets at APAPA's National Headquarters at 4000 Truxel Road, Suite 3, Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 928-9988,

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm (closed Saturdays & Sundays)

For other ballot drop-off locations nearest you, please visit the California Secretary of State's website here:

Vote By Mail:

Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections:

Job Opportunity! Bilingual Election Officers Needed:


REPORT: Civic Engagement Findings on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

by Chris Tan 18. September 2014 11:52

A series of reports on Asian American and Pacific Islanders was released this year, 2014, by the Center for American Progress and AAPI Data. The report provides comprehensive data and analysis on several topics, including public opinion, education, and immigration. Here is a breakdown on the civic engagement section of the report.


According to their data, Asian Americans are continuing to be a larger part of the electorate. The doubling of Asian American voters in the last decade has increased their share of the voting population to 2.9 percent. The percentage is higher when looking at states such as Hawaii (50 percent) and California (10 percent).


Although the Asian American electorate is growing, voter participation in this racial group is lower compared to others. “Even as Asian immigrants continue to be among the fastest to naturalize among eligible immigrants,” say authors Karthick Ramakrishnan and Farad Z. Ahmad, “the relatively high number of recent immigrants in this group means that their eligibility to vote is less than most other racial groups.”


Voter registration is also noticeably lower for AAPIs. Whites and African Americans have a 73 percent registration percentage rate, while Asian Americans are sitting at 56 percent and Pacific Islanders at 58 percent. This explains the voter turnout for the 2012 presidential election, as Asian Americans (47 percent) were less likely to vote as whites (64 percent) and African Americans (66 percent). The report revealed that naturalized citizens were more likely to vote than native-born citizens, but this is mainly due to the age gap. AAPIs born in the United States were, on average, 13 years younger than foreign immigrants.


An important note to keep in mind is that the AAPI group represents a large diversity of national origins. Breaking it down, groups such as Japanese Americans and Indian Americans had a higher voter percentage than others such as Chinese Americans and Korean Americans. “Only 40 percent of Laotian American registered voters turned out to vote,” reported the authors, “compared to more than 85 percent of Indian Americans, Japanese Americans, and Hmong Americans.”


The lower AAPI voter turnout could partly be attributed to this group receiving little election-related contact. The 2012 AAPI Post-Election Survey revealed that “only 31 percent of Asian Americans and 26 percent of Pacific Islanders were contacted about the November election.” Community organizations were shown to play a vital role in contacting Asian Americans; 20 percent of Asian Americans contacted by community organizations said that they received no communication from either the Republican or Democratic Party.


As one of these community organizations, APAPA seeks to continue increasing the AAPI voter turnout in upcoming elections. We hope to register more voters at our 2014 Voters Education & Candidates Forum on September 27, 2014. Learn more at:


View the report here

The Debate on Measure L

by Chris Tan 16. September 2014 10:49

Measure L, called the “Sacramento Checks and Balances Act of 2014,” will be placed on the ballet this upcoming November. The measure will replace the city’s “council-member” government structure to a “mayor-council.” If passed, many of the city manager’s authorities will be transferred to the mayor, including the ability to veto ordinances and present budgets to the council. The mayor could also appoint a city manager, with approval from the city council, and remove them at will. The measure has sparked heated debates with strong arguments for and against the plan.


Measure L supporters believe the Act creates direct accountability to voters and real checks and balances for neighborhoods. Pointing out that Sacramento has a nearly 100 year old governance structure, advocates believe the measure will modernize our current system. They also assert that Measure L will create higher standards of conduct and increase transparency through a new Ethics Committee.


Opponents argue that the measure is a power grab for the mayor and will give more influence to big money donors. They believe that there lacks compelling reasons to amend Sacramento’s current system, which has given the city a budget surplus, additional cops and firefighters, and the preservation of our basketball team. Refuting that Measure L will create more transparency and accountability, the opposition believes it will cause more backroom decision-making.


A debate on the initiative will be held at our 2014 Voters Education & Candidates forum on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at CSUS. Representatives from the group Sacramento Tomorrow will be arguing for Measure L, while The League of Women Voters will represent the opposition. Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions and speak to the panelists.


RSVP to our event to hear the debate: 


Sacramento residents will be able to vote on Measure L at the November 4th ballot. 

San Diego City Council District 6 Candidates Forum on October 7, 2014

by Chris Tan 11. September 2014 11:05

The San Diego City Council District 6 Candidates Forum takes place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Mira Mesa High School Library in San Diego, CA. Be an informed voter and hear candidates Chris Cate and Carol Kim share their thoughts and views on important San Diego issues at this free event.


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For RSVP or Questions, email

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by 10/3/2014.

Capitol Daybook Latest Job Listings - Week of August 28, 2014

by Chris Tan 28. August 2014 17:54

Attention current job seekers! Please see current job listings below courtesy of Capitol Daybook:


County of Sacramento County Executive Office Management Analyst I & II: County of Sacramento is recruiting for: County Executive Office Management Analyst I Deadline to Apply: 5:00 PM September 17, 2014. Approximate Monthly Salary $5,505.36 - $6,690.30 and County Executive Office Management Analyst II Deadline to Apply: 5:00 PM September 17, 2014 Approximate Monthly Salary $8,287.62 - $9,136.74. Review full job announcement and apply on-line at: (9/17/14)

California Housing Consortium Internship: CHC is searching for a policy intern to assist the Policy Director in developing CHC’s outreach materials for congressional and legislative visits and assist in legislative research activities. Position is located in Sacramento. Learn more and apply HERE. (9/11/14)


California Department of Conservation Executive Assistant: The Department of Conservation’s (DOC), California Geological Survey is seeking an Executive Assistant to provide secretarial support to the State Geologist (CEA B) in the CGS Headquarters Office. Interpret proposed policy documents to ensure consistency with overall departmental or other policy or law, and keeps the Division Office Technician’s and the State Geologist apprised of updates in the areas of training, travel, etc. Analyze less complex proposed legislation and research history of legislative bills in order to present background information for the State Geologist. Track legislative bills assigned to staff for timely return to the legislative office and maintain legislative bill files for the Division. Position is located in Sacramento. Learn more and apply HERE. (9/11/14)


See more jobs listings at

2014 Alumni Conference: What happened in a weekend gathering of young leaders from all over the world

by Chris Tan 25. August 2014 09:40

Over 70 interns and alumni attended an Alumni Conference on August 8-10, 2014. The attendees were interns/alumni of organizations such as APAPA, CAUSE, APALI, and VNA. Along with APAPA’s interns/alumni residing in California, many interns/alumni flew in from Texas, Florida, and New York to represent their chapters. In addition, students from prestigious universities in China came to the conference to do a cross-cultural exchange.

The conference was held for three days in Vacaville, California. The program consisted of networking, workshops, and mentoring. The event featured speakers including Councilmember Evan Low, the first Korean American journalist K.W. Lee, and Governor Brown’s Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil. The workshops were hosted by the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP), and included topics such as “How your Asian cultural values can add impact to your career goals” and the “Importance of effective communication skills.” Over 40 business professionals, public officials, and organization leaders participated as speed mentors, offering advice to the young and bright attendees at the event.

We would not be able to organize these types of conferences without the help of our volunteers and sponsors. With your support, APAPA can continue to develop our future leaders, whether they want to play an active role in public policy, empower the API community, or to guide others. These types of events allow these interns/alumni to create a professional network and gain valuable experience that can guide them towards their aspirations.

APIAVote is Hiring

by Chris Tan 5. August 2014 11:00

A partnering organization of APAPA, APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with local nonprofit partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation. The organization is hiring for two positions, including:


NATIONAL FIELD DIRECTOR:  APIAVote is hiring for a professional with campaign experience in the field including voter registration, engagement, voter files and data management, get out the vote, and election protection for the fall 2014 election season. This position is to start immediately and is a 6 month position that has potential to extend to 2015 for the right candidate. Candidate can be based in other locations but preference would be Washington, D.C. CLICK HERE for more details.


COMMUNICATION AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE: APIAVote is hiring for a candidate who is detailed oriented and has some experience in communications and fundraising. This is position is to start immediately and is a full time permanent position based in Washington D.C. with a competitive compensation and benefits package. CLICK HERE for more details.


To apply, email your resume and cover letter by August 15, 2015 and explain why you are a good fit for the position you are seeking to fill and other attachments to APIAVote is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  For more information on APIAVote, please go to


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How Pacific Islander Students Are Slipping Through the Cracks

by Sokie Hul 25. July 2014 10:03

Please see the article below regarding Pacific Islander students courtesy of NBC News.

"How Pacific Islander Students Are Slipping Through the Cracks"

Rally for Fox News to Fire Bob Beckel over Racist Remarks on July 29th at San Jose City Hall

by Chris Tan 23. July 2014 17:36

On July 29th, a rally organized by the office of Councilmember Kansen Chu will be held at San Jose City Hall that calls for Fox News to fire Bob Beckel over his racist remarks. Beckel's racist comments were made during Fox talk show The Five July 10th, and can be seen at

Bob Beckel refused to retract his comments, stating that "there are too many Chinese apologists in this country." A former engineer, Councilmember Chu asks for local high-tech engineering groups and individuals to participate in the rally. Please see the press release for more information. 

Download here: PDF Press Release 

APAPA held voters registration booth for new citizens outside Sacramento's naturalization ceremony

by Chris Tan 18. July 2014 17:07

On July 16, 2014, APAPA held a voters registration booth in front of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium during the naturalization ceremony. Hundreds of new citizens from different countries were sworn in at the ceremony, which allowed APAPA to accomplish their goal of motivating new citizens to become civically engaged. APAPA’s multilingual Sacramento interns, board members, and volunteers were present to communicate with the new citizens in various languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish. Thanks to their efforts, APAPA was able to engage the community by empowering them to have a voice in government and public affairs.  

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