The APAICS Leadership Network is organized for the purposes of promoting equal opportunity in the public sector and equal access to government to ensure that voices and opinions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and other disadvantaged communities are heard in government and public forum.
It also advocates advancing the health, social and economic welfare of these communities as a whole by strengthening the leadership pipeline of individuals who are dedicated to serving these communities; providing information and assistance to these communities on how to pursue leadership positions in government and in the public sector; creating and implementing educational leadership development programs that train, mentor, and coach current and future public leaders and their communities through local, regional, and national strategic partnerships with other organizations; providing a nonpartisan supportive network of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander leaders to nurture continued leadership; and any other related activities.
The Network will hold a series of Policy Summits relating to diverse issues from healthcare reform to green job creation. Community engagement will be nurtured through round table forums that will engage stakeholders in both the private and public sectors on federal, state, and local policy issues. The Policy Summits will strengthen the effectiveness of present AAPI elected officials and broaden the pipeline of future community leaders. The Network’s other programs will encompass leadership development elements that train, mentor, and coach current and future leaders.
The Network’s diverse Board of Directors includes elected officials and industry leaders, including Representative Judy Chu (D-Ca.); Representative Mike Honda (D-Ca.); former Congressman Joseph Cao; Campbell, California Mayor Evan Low; San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; Washington State Senator Sharon Tomiko Santos; Johnnie Giles, Vice President of External Affairs at Comcast Cable; and Daniel Howle, Director of Public Affairs at Lilly, USA. Drawing from the vast experience of the Board and a network of AAPI organizations and leaders across the United States and Pacific, the APAICS Leadership Network is in a unique position to advance a pipeline of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander leaders and advance the causes that impact our communities.