APAICS Announces New Program Director


September 17, 2014

CONTACT:  Floyd Mori, APAICS President/CEO



Washington, D.C. – The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is pleased to announce that Amy Watanabe has been selected as the organization’s new Program Director. APAICS is a national non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian American Pacific Islander participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.

Ms. Watanabe joins APAICS at a critical stage in its twenty year history when new programs in leadership development have grown to include regional leadership and policy summits, a military leadership component, and integrated programs with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). The core components of APAICS leadership development programs, such as the Leadership Academy for elected officials, Summer Internship program, and Congressional Fellowship program have increased AAPI participation in local, state and federal offices. Ms. Watanabe will oversee these programs along with helping to develop a new research project.

Over the past eight years, Ms. Watanabe has worked with local and national community organizations to develop advocacy and leadership skills for youth and young adults, particularly in the Asian Pacific American community. Most recently, Ms. Watanabe worked at the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) in its Washington, D.C. office as a program coordinator and in corporate relations. She also served as the Daniel K. Inouye Fellow, where she was the primary staff to oversee key legislative issues for the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Floyd Mori, President and CEO of APAICS, said, “We are very fortunate to have Amy join us here at APAICS and bring new enthusiasm and experience to our staff.  We look to her to improve what we are doing and to implement fresh new thought and develop additional programs.”

Ms. Watanabe received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.



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APAICS Welcomes Summer 2014 Interns!


June 20, 2014

Washington D.C.

Contact: apaics@apaics.org

APAICS would like to welcome its new interns for Summer, 2014. These interns have come from across the country and are interning in different offices around Washington, D.C. from WHIAAPI (White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) to Capital Hill, in various congressional offices. We hope that they will enjoy the experience and make the most of being in D.C. We are glad to have them on board!


Meet some of our new interns:

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For more information on the APAICS internship program, visit http://apaics.org/programs/summer-internships/




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Collin Siu
Candidate for the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management degree
Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
2009-2010 Fellow - Office of Rep. Al Green
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The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.