June 2021 Issue


Dear AAPIP Community, 


Happy Pride, and soon, Juneteenth!


We hope that as many places around the country reopen, you are able to (safely) venture and reconnect with land and people. As many of us engage in celebrations and festivities for Pride and Juneteenth, let us never forget that these have always been political events standing up against unjust and oppressive systems. Let us never forget that Pride was organized by Black, trans womxn activists including Marsha P. Johnson. Last year, AAPIP's President and CEO, Pat Eng, shared her reflections on Juneteenth in Juneteenth: A New Frame of Reverence.


AAPIP has exciting news to share! AAPIP is honored and grateful to be among 286 organizations to receive a generous gift from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett at a most pivotal moment in this climate of re-awakened anti-Asian violence amidst this nation's continued journey around racial equity and anti-Blackness. This gift will help AAPIP set the stage for our 4th decade to advance new philanthropy for an inclusive democracy through cross-racial solidarity in action. AAPIP has been working hard to meet the moment, build community, and evolve philanthropic practices. Read our full announcement about this celebratory moment.


AAPIP also has exciting career opportunities and Board updates which you can read more about below! 


In community,

The AAPIP Team

A Celebratory Moment

AAPIP is honored and grateful to be among 286 organizations to receive a generous gift from MacKenzie Scott and her partner, Dan Jewett. It comes at a most pivotal moment in this climate of re-awakened anti-Asian violence amidst this nation’s continued journey around racial equity and anti-Blackness. The stakes are high in the trajectory of American democracy, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are key stakeholders alongside traditionally other-ized communities.


We thank MacKenzie and Dan for leading by prime example of trust based philanthropy.  For AAPIP, it is a generous down payment for the work ahead and an invitation for the sector to evolve zero-sum approaches toward abundant generosity, centering the work of communities that are historically underrepresented. It is an invitation to invest in humanity in the truest spirit of philanthropy.

Read the full announcement

A New Frame of Reverence

Written by Pat Eng, President and CEO of AAPIP

“In my lifetime, what I have taken for granted, perhaps barely even recognized, are the rights that were gained through the blood of others. With each passing year, I deepen my appreciation for what it takes to create, sustain, and evolve this democracy we call America. So, this Juneteenth, I know it is my individual responsibility, and collectively with all of you, to change that frame of reference and instead center what has been rightfully and cumulatively earned and invested through centuries of struggle by Black Americans on lands traditionally held sacred by Native peoples before slavery..."

Read the full Juneteenth reflection

AAPIP FY22 Board Update

AAPIP is proud to announce new and returning board members who have been elected by our membership. They are a distinguished group of colleagues and we are honored to have them on board - please join us in welcoming them for a first term of office beginning July 1, 2021!



Paurvi Bhatt, Vice President, Medtronic Philanthropy and President, Medtronic Foundation 

Doua Thor, Director of the English Learner Initiative, Sobrato Philanthropies

Maria Torres-Springer, Vice President for U.S. Programs, The Ford Foundation 



Perry Chen, Director of Social Impact, Blue Shield of California 

Cathy Choi, Senior Director of Programs, The Eisner Foundation 



We are also saying goodbye and a huge thank you to Board Chair Stephen Chan and Vice Chair Ryan Chao, both who are rotating off having served two terms on AAPIP's board.  We have greatly appreciated and benefitted from their wisdom and leadership especially during these most challenging times. 

We also said goodbye earlier this spring to board member Kiran Ahuja whose confirmation as the director of the United States Office of Personnel Management is currently pending. We thank her for her service and wish her well in her upcoming new role.

Read their full bios

Career Opportunities


Please help share our openings for Vice President of Programs and Executive Assistant/Special Projects Manager with brilliant people who'd be a great fit for AAPIP.


Inquiries about these positions can be sent to jobs@aapip.org.

View Job Openings at AAPIP

Upcoming Events

AAPIP Seattle Chapter
June 30, 2021 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm PT
Celebrating Community Wins!

Join AAPIP Seattle and guest speaker, Andres Pacificar from Seattle YMCA at our virtual event, “Celebrating Community Wins!” on Wednesday, June 30 at 3:30-4:30pm PST.

This 60-minute session will highlight a few incredible community organizers and organizations in the API community, lifting up their work and sharing the biggest wins. AAPIP Seattle wants to take a moment to celebrate. The rest of the time will be spent connecting and building relationships in a speed dating style breakout format.

Register Here!

Support AAPIP:

30 Years of Advancing Racial Justice

Since its founding in 1990, AAPIP has envisioned a more just and equitable society and has been a critical voice for advancing the full picture of racial justice - one which includes Asian and Pacific Islander communities. As our nation, and the world, reckon with the legacies of dehumanization and injustice, AAPIP is an important voice in philanthropy.  


Your membership helps support AAPIP's work and centers you as an important part of the growing AAPIP community with special benefits!


Help us commemorate AAPIP's 30th anniversary by becoming a new member or renewing your membership!



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