Minneapolis-Saint Paul (Twin Cities)

Founded in 1998, our chapter reflects the local Asian American/Pacific Islander community. Our members represent a variety of histories and ethnicities, most notably Hmong and Southeast Asian refugees and Korean adoptees. The region's philanthropic sector is robust with high concentrations of family foundations, corporate foundations, and community and public foundations. Recently we've experienced dramatic generational shifts as many seasoned members have retired or left the field. In addition to ensuring active participation in the chapter, we create chapter activities to highlight timely issues and needs of the growing AAPI population in Minnesota. We welcome your energy and participation!

Minnesota Chapter Goals:

  • Increase funder education and knowledge on timely issues affecting the AAPI community.
  • Work across issue areas and identities with other local affinity groups to inform philanthropic practices.
  • Build and deepen connections with local AAPI nonprofits and community groups.
  • Provide opportunities for community building, networking and leadership development.
  • Support the growth of community philanthropy.

2020-2021 Chapter Co-Chairs

  • Latosha Cox, Public Allies, Director of Learning and Leadership
  • Kristen Marx, McKnight Foundation
  • Khin Oo, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Office and Panel Manager 

Our Institutional Members:

  • Bush Foundation
  • The McKnight Foundation
  • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Northwest Area Foundation

Designated staff and trustees of our insitutional members receive full memebership benefits. For more information or questions, please contact Marnelle Marasigan, Membership Program Manager at marnelle [at] aapip.org or at (510) 463-3151.

  • Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL): CAAL envisions a State where all Minnesotans, regardless of background, are actively engaged and can achieve prosperity. Towards this vision, we built a network of almost 500 leaders whose mission is to harness our power to advance equity by connecting, learning, and acting together to improve lives. We believe our democracy thrives when all communities are visible, included, and fully engaged in key systemic decisions that impact their lives. We embrace our diversity and believe we can work together, moving beyond ethnic, generational, and sector silos, to build a more prosperous future.