Our Mission

To empower Asian and Pacific Islander Americans through education, leadership and active participation in civic and public affairs.

As a grassroots, community-based, non-profit, non-political, non-partisan organization, APAPA focuses on increasing API civic participation at the local, state, and national level through voter registration and education, civic leadership programs including internships and scholarships for high school and college students, fellowship and mentorship for adults leading to appointive, judicial and elective offices.

Started in a New Century

CC and Regina Yin, together with like-minded civic leaders, founded the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) in 2001 to empower the API community. 

Fulfilling a Deep Need

The founders of APAPA were responding to an alarming lack of API representation at all levels of government throughout the United States.

Continuous Growth

APAPA, founded in 2001, has grown into a nationwide organization with over 20,000 members. APAPA has 30 chapters in California, Washington D.C., New York, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Washington and Massachusetts. The National Headquarters is located in Sacramento, CA.
APAPA has earned a reputation as a trusted and well-respected organization and is now at the forefront of today’s API leadership and civic engagement movement in America. APAPA has built a solid organizational foundation, with strong and effective programs, and created partnerships with many diverse communities, corporate partners, and government. APAPA looks to the future with a renewed commitment to further strengthen its community foundation and organizational structure and continue to expand nationwide to empower Asian Pacific Islanders across the country to become the local, state, national, and global leaders of tomorrow.

Internship Opportunities

Engage in various community programs and activities