Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Begins Search for Successor
After 5 years as President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Floyd Mori will retire. The APAICS Board of Directors and leadership team will begin a search for his successor. Floyd intends to remain at APAICS until May, 2018.
Representative Judy Chu (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus noted, “Floyd has been an incredible leader and has really embodied the APAICS mission of promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process. I know that Floyd will be a lifelong supporter of the organization and will continue to help advance its mission.”
Susan Jin Davis, Chair of the APAICS Board of Directors stated, “Under Floyd’s leadership, APAICS has grown in influence and impact. There are more APIA’s running for office than ever. APAICS has supported this growth through training and leadership development and worked closely with CAPAC and other elected officials to ensure that APA’s have a voice in the political process. We are thankful for having Floyd’s leadership over the past 5 years.”
Floyd is known for his strong and abiding commitment to the APIA community over many decades. Most notably while at the helm of APAICS, Floyd was successful in significantly growing the support and sponsorship of the organization, increasing the number of and level of participation in the APAICS leadership academies, cultivating and supporting APIA candidates for elected office at the local, state, and federal levels, and increased the visibility of the organization in the community and in Washington, DC, among many other accomplishments.
Specific accomplishments to highlight include:
– Floyd has successfully heightened the profile of APAICS within the APIA community and in government and policymaking.
– Under Floyd’s leadership, APAICS has grown from one national leadership academy training event a year to several training events including regional academies held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Orlando and collegiate academies in Orlando, Salt Lake City, and Boston.
– Floyd has successfully diversified the Board of Directors to include new members who have brought diversity of thought leadership and significantly increased sponsorship and support for APAICS.
– Floyd has assisted in creating a strong pipeline of APIA’s who are running for public office at the local, state, and federal levels.
– Floyd has created a 501(c)4 organization, called the APAICS Leadership Network, to engage in more political activity, get more involved in public policy and engage in national politics.
Prior to his current role, Mori served as the National Executive Director/CEO of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). He was chair of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) and has been on the Executive Council of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR). He served four years as National President and four years as a National Vice President of the JACL.
Mori was elected in 1972 to the city council for Pleasanton, California, where he served as Mayor ProTem and later as Mayor. He was also elected to the California State Assembly and served for six years as an Assemblyman. Mori was the Director of the
Office of International Trade in California and worked extensively with Asian American groups and organizations. He has been an International business consultant and president of Mori-Silva International for many years. In addition, Mori has been a
consultant in government relations and served as the Utah Trade Representative to Japan. Early in his career, Mori taught Economics at Chabot College in Hayward, California, for ten years.
He served on the Utah Governor’s Asian Advisory Board and Small Business Administration Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of the Diversity Council for Comcast NBCUniversal and is on the board of the Independent Voters Project. He also serves on the boards of APIAVote and the Japanese American National Museum.
Mori has received a number of awards including an Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award from OCA, the Community Leadership Award from APAICS, and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette Award from the Government of Japan. He has volunteered with political groups, youth sports, inner city projects, and church work.
We would again like to thank Floyd for his many contributions and wish him a prosperous retirement.
ABOUT APAICS: The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 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. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.