In 2002, we were the first chapter founded in the Pacific Northwest. Our membership hails from various parts of Washington and Oregon. Historically the Seattle area was considered a major gateway city for many immigrants including Asian American/Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). As a result, Seattle has one of oldest AAPI communities and continues to be both ethnically and socio-economically diverse. The philanthropic sector in our region leads the country with unique approaches to capacity building, civic engagement and rural philanthropy. We work collaboratively with foundations, philanthropic affinity groups and community-based organizations to address critical issues facing the diverse and growing communities in the region.
The Seattle Chapter works to:
- Sustain a deeply connected membership representing staff and board members of grantmaking organizations and nonprofit organizations, community volunteers and leaders.
- Collaborate with the regional associations and other affinity groups to host events highlighting issues in local AAPI communities.
- Support the growth of AAPI donors and community philanthropy in the region.
- Look to its membership for new and innovative ideas to drive programming that both educates and inspires.
2019-2020 Chapter Co-Chairs
- Lu Jiang, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Jon Wu, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Juliet Le, Satterberg Foundation
2019-2020 Steering Committee
- Aki Shibuya, Washington Women's Foundation
- Archana Verma, United Way of King County
Our Institutional Members:
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Empire Health Foundation
- Marguerite Casey Foundation
- Meyer Memorial Trust
- SYL Foundation
- United Way King County
Designated staff and trustees of our insitutional members receive full membership benefits. For more information or questions, please contact Marnelle Marasigan, Membership Program Manager at marnelle [at] aapip.org or at (510) 463-3151.