Sacramento, CA – Yen Marshall, APAPA National Executive Director, has announced that she will retire from her position at the end of April 2021. Starting on May 1, 2021, she will serve as an advisor to the National Executive Committee to ensure a smooth transition at the national headquarters.
Yen recently went through the unexpected loss of her father in the month of February. To honor his memories, Yen will be pursuing a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership while spending time with her family.
Over the past 18 months, Yen has spearheaded efforts to build APAPA’s new infrastructure such as revamping our website and pivoting from in-person events to virtual-live events. Yen managed through an extremely difficult time, with the organization affected by the pandemic, and continued to be a strong leader to collaborate with other national organizations, and lead efforts to help frontline workers and fight racism and xenophobia.
“We have benefitted from Yen’s expertise and generosity to serve APAPA. She has carried the torch to advance our mission even during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says CC Yin, APAPA Founder.
“Our board members and partners feel privileged to have worked with Yen. I always seek updated information and advice from her before my decision. We are enormously grateful to her for her many contributions,” says Dr. Ken Fong, APAPA National Chair.
“Yen is a great leader with a lot of integrity, energy and a can-do spirit. We will miss her as a leader and friend,” says Vincent Wang, APAPA National President.
“It has been my great honor and privilege to serve as the National Executive Director. I am proud of the APAPA organization, and the impact we’ve had to advance our mission,” says Yen Marshall. “I have been a strong supporter of APAPA for many years, even before I became an Executive Director, and I look forward to continuing to support the organization in a different role.”
Yen and APAPA are committed to transitioning to the most adequate and qualified leader that can fill her role as the National Executive Director. While an executive search is in process, APAPA is expanding its headquarters team by investing in several new staff positions to grow the influence of the AAPI voice in civic and public affairs. Some of the changes include Mary Yin Liu as a Senior Advisor to the National Governing Board, Andrew Truman Kim as the National Chair for the new Leadership Launchpad Internship Program, and Amit Pal as a Management Consultant for fundraising and community outreach.
APAPA is a non-profit, non-partisan and grassroots organization. Its mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education, leadership, and active participation in civic and public affairs.