Our Mission

Advancing Asian Pacific Islander Communities
Through Increased Leadership And Civic Engagement.

Together, Let’s Increase 

Representation And Participation.

Gov. Gavin Newsom with APAPA Founder C.C. YinAsian Pacific Americans are one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States. But we are underrepresented when important decisions are made that affect everyone’s lives.

APAPA has grown into a national organization, empowering our diverse communities, increasing voter engagement, and developing a new generation of API leaders in America.  We collaborate with other diverse organizations, public officials, and community leaders to create awareness and support fo fight hate crimes, address systemic racism, and provide opportunities for our collective voices to be heard. 

APAPA is a nonpartisan nonprofit with over 35 chapters across the country, and more chapters developing every year. Together, we are building a better world that is diverse, inclusive, and with representation from all voices and communities.

APAPA spearheaded the Nationwide Unity Against Hate rally in 2021, backed by a coalition of over 180 diverse organizations, elected officials, and community leaders. While this was a powerful show of solidarity there is more work yet to come.  

We also believe in developing our next generation of leaders with over 250+ college interns a year through our national internship program.  

Started in a New Century

Our Founders

Founders C.C. and Regina Yin, together with a pioneering group of civic and community leaders, established the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) in 2001 to empower the API community. 

Fulfilling a Deep Need

The founders responded to an alarming lack of API representation at all levels of government. With grassroots support, APAPA set out to engage voters, partner with the community, and develop API leaders of tomorrow.

Continuous Growth

APAPA opened its National Headquarters in Sacramento, just a few miles from California’s Capitol, with a satellite office in Washington, D.C.  New APAPA Chapters are volunteer driven and expanding across the country every year.

2001
APAPA Founded

2003
1st Annual Community Forum Event

2004
Established National Internship Program

2011

9 APAPA Chapters

10 Year Anniversary

2013 - First International Leadership Conference

2014

8th Annual Shining Star Gala

1st Annual APAPA National Leadership Convention

2015 - 150th Anniversary Chinese Railroad Workers Celebration

2015
24 APAPA Chapters

150th Anniversary Chinese Railroad Workers 

2016 - 15 Year Anniversary

2016
15 Year Anniversary

14th Annual Community Forum Event

2021
Unity Against Hate Nationwide Rally

7th Annual APAPA National Leadership Convention

20th Year Anniversary Celebration

35 Chapters

2013 - First National Chapter in New York

2022

16th Annual Shining Star Gala (April)

National Week of Action (May)

20th Annual Community Forum (Sept)      A Summit with National APAPA & NAACP. "Defining Our Future Together"

8th Annual APAPA National Leadership Convention (Sept)

Internship Opportunities

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

API Women's Leadership Conference

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