January 2021 Issue
Dear AAPIP Community,
Watching a nationally coordinated mob of white supremacists violently storm the Capitol just days into 2021 hardly warrants a cheery “Happy New Year!”. This event shocked but did not surprise us due to the growing agitation stirred by a would-be-dictator but soon-to-be-ex-president. Some, reeling in disbelief, defensively proclaim, “This is not America!” But in truth, this was an entitled, brazen display of white supremacy to forcibly and publicly invalidate the votes of communities of color and punish those that would support multiracial democracy. Sadly, “This is America.” In our piece, "Philanthropy, Is This Us?", we call on philanthropy to defend our democracy.
Despite the dramatic events that start our new year, AAPIP is ready for its fourth decade of work in philanthropy and we are grateful for your partnership to shape our sector in the likeness of social justice, and racial and gender equity. To give us a running start, we are excited to announce that AAPIP is growing! Please join us in welcoming Maya Iwata, our new Vice President of Partnerships who has served as Co-Chair of the New York Chapter and a founding member of a NY-based giving circle. Maya has served in various leadership roles in organizations including Race Forward, Partners for Dignity & Rights (formerly National Economic & Social Rights Initiative), and World Pulse. Read more about Maya here.
AAPIP's long-standing Membership Services Manager, Marnelle Marasigan, will be leaving AAPIP to pursue a PhD in Psychology - we thank Marnelle for her service at AAPIP and to AAPI communities and will miss her warm energy and positive spirit! AAPIP now has an opening for an Administrative Manager position. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis with hopes to fill the position by mid-February. While the position will be 100% remote, the preferred location for this position continues to be the Bay Area. Know anyone who might be interested? More information can be found here. Please pass this announcement along!
Last but by far not least, AAPIP is looking for new board members. Think someone would be a good fit for AAPIP’s Board of Directors? Nominate them here! Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, January 29, 2021.
The AAPIP Team