APAICS Turned 25!
We celebrated the 25th Anniversary of APAICS on May 14, 2019. We are overjoyed to have been able to celebrate our Silver Anniversary with 1,000 members of the APAICS family, including elected officials at all levels, alumni of APAICS programs, and corporate and community partners.
With remarks from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Tammy Duckworth, and cast members of The Joy Luck Club, we were honored to hear the insight and wisdom of some of the most fearless trailblazers in the political space.
Saluting Our Troops: Military Leadership Luncheon
On May 22, APAICS hosted the annual Military Leadership Luncheon, dedicated to promoting leadership diversity and Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in our troops. LTG Thomas P. Bostick delivered the keynote address. The program included a recognition of the Chinese American Veterans of World War II who were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The event was featured in the Baltimore Sun.
Time to Talk Policy! The Inaugural Legislative Leadership Summit:
The Legislative Leadership Summit brings together nonprofit and corporate leaders, subject matter experts, as well as local and federally elected officials for two days of bipartisan policy discussions that affect the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and the nation at large.
The topics of the plenary sessions that were held during the conference were:
- Strengthening Our Work through Data, Narrative, & Action
- Diversity in Hollywood (featuring The Joy Luck Club cast)
- Fireside Chat: History of AAPI Leadership
- Building Public Service Pipelines in Communities of Color
Special guests of the Legislative Leadership Summit included The Joy Luck Club cast members Tamlyn Tomita, Lauren Tom, Rosalind Chao.
Showing our VIP/Alumni our Appreciation:
As part of our APAHM programming, APAICS hosted the annual Alumni Appreciation Dinner.
Horizon Awardee: Amit Jani
The APAICS Horizon Award is presented to an APAICS alumnus who has dedicated extensive time and energy to promoting, encouraging, mentoring, and inspiring AAPIs to serve the community through public service.
Trailblazer Awardee: Helen Beaudreau
The APAICS Trailblazer Award is presented to an alumnus who has excelled in a career in public service.
Welcome, Congressional Interns!
APAICS welcomes our cohort of young leaders from across the country, who will spend the summer in DC in diverse congressional offices. Our interns are here from cities across the nation, spanning from California to New York. This year, APAICS has placed 12 interns on the Hill and 6 at the APAICS office.
Congrats, Grads! Fellowship Graduation 2019
APAICS proudly celebrated the achievements of the 2018-2019 fellows at our Graduation Ceremony on June 25.
The Future Looks Bright: Annual Tri-Caucus Reception
Along with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), APAICS hosted the annual welcome reception in honor of each organization’s 2019 Summer Congressional Internship class.
“What I see today is our future,” said APAICS President & CEO Madalene Mielke. Interns also heard remarks from CHCI President & CEO Marco A. Davis and CBCF President & CEO Dr. Elsie L. Scott.
Why join a Board or Commission?
Participants learned about:
- What public boards and commissions are
- Different types of boards and commissions
- How to get appointed to a public board and commission
- AAPIs who have served at the local, state, and federal levels
How are AAPI’s spending their cash?
APAICS hosted a briefing on Nielsen’s newest report on Asian American consumers titled: “The Asian American Consumer Journey; Informed Influencers and Powerful Purchasers.” This year’s body of work focuses on the Asian American consumer journey.
Alumnus of the Quarter: Kendee Yamaguchi
“APAICS helped kick-start my career in public service by placing me at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. APAICS has instilled in me the importance of growing the AAPI pipeline in all levels of the government. That is why, currently serving as an Executive Director for the Snohomish County Executive, I hope to continue being part of the growing AAPI representation in the community.”
AFSCME -We’d like to highlight AFSCME for their generous support of the APAICS Internship Program.
We welcome Glenda Beach of StateFarm to the APAICS executive board!
APAICS recognizes freshman Rep. Andy Kim as our CAPAC member of the quarter
Coming up in Q3 – Schedule These In!
- Minnesota Regional – August
- California Regional – September
- Women’s Collective Summit – July 25
- National Leadership Academy – July 26-27