AAPIP Voices

AAPIP Announces Appointment of Patricia Eng as New President and CEO


Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Eng as the organization’s President and CEO. Eng, who is currently the Chief Service Officer of NYC Service under Mayor Bill de Blasio, will assume her new role on September 3, 2019.
Eng brings extensive leadership experience, broad philanthropic ties, and a powerful vision for advancing democratic philanthropy to her new post at AAPIP. Prior to her job with the City of New York, she was the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships/Programs at the New York Women’s Foundation. Eng was also the Founder and Executive Director of the New York Asian Women’s Center, the first organization on the East Coast to address violence against immigrant Asian women. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Hunter College School of Social Work.
“We are thrilled to have Pat Eng take on the executive leadership role at AAPIP,” said board chair Stephen Chan.  “She has both the vision and hands-on professional experience to advance AAPI racial equity and social justice during these very challenging times for communities of color across the country.”
“I am honored to steward AAPIP through its next chapter of mobilizing philanthropic and community resources for AAPI communities, in concert with larger social justice movements across communities of color, indigenous, and immigrant communities,“ said Eng. “The landscape of philanthropy is shifting and AAPIP can play an important role in advancing civic participation for a vibrant democracy.”
Eng takes the reins from Cora Mirikitani, who is stepping down after more than four years at the helm of the organization. Under her leadership, she oversaw the creation of a 5-year Strategic Plan that diversified and grew AAPIP’s membership by nearly 20 percent, launched an annual series of National Network Convenings for members and established a formal Statement on Racial Equity in Philanthropy with national AAPI board and chapter leaders that will anchor AAPIP’s future activities.
“The board is grateful for these and many other contributions Cora made to strengthen AAPIP’s planning, programs and capacity during her tenure,“ added board chair Stephen Chan, “and we want to thank her for leaving us with a strong organization to undertake the next phase of exciting work ahead.”
The national search for AAPIP’s new CEO considered multiple exceptional candidates for the position before coming to its final decision. The Search Committee was co-chaired by AAPIP board members Sally Carlson of Carlson Beck and Manami Kano, an independent consultant formerly with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Other members included Kyung Yoon of the Korean American Community Foundation, Stephen Chan of the Boston Foundation, Ryan Chao of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and national chapter co-chairs Rosie Abriam in Metro DC, and James Liou in Philadelphia.
Founded in 1990, AAPIP is a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to expanding and mobilizing resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities to build a more just and equitable society. AAPIP’s membership includes more than 500 individuals representing staff and trustees from some 70 foundations and corporate grantmaking institutions nationally, as well as individual donors and philanthropy-serving professionals throughout the United States. AAPIP also supports ten volunteer-led chapters around the country in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, respectively.

Pat Eng, Maya Iwata and Cora Mirikitani at 2019 AAPIP Convening
Pat Eng, Maya Iwata and Cora Mirikitani celebrate the conclusion of the
2019 AAPIP National Leadership Summit in New York at
the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice