APAPA's Core Services

The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development. To accomplish this objective, APAPA provides the following core services to the community.

Civic Engagement

APAPA provides community members with the opportunity to be proactive, participate, educate, and impress upon the API community that we have a voice in government and public affairs. We are accomplishing that through Voters Education, standing up for civil rights, and an active role in government appointments.

Youth Leadership Development

APAPA’s established track record demonstrates that we value and support our future leaders and is dedicated to fostering our future through development of our youth. This initiative includes both college scholarship and legislative internship programs.

Community Services

APAPA is also dedicated to enriching our community and helping members grow and adapt to our ever-changing society. Partnering and collaborating with other community organizations and business sponsors, APAPA has a vision to become the central hub for bringing services to our community members. Major initiatives include Digital Literacy, Health and Senior Services, and Personal Finance

Message from the President:

Lucy Oback, President/CEOWelcome to the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) website! This site is always growing and ever-changing, so check back often. For current happenings, please check us out on Twitter, Facebook, or at APAPA's Blog. We welcome your feedback and support. Thanks for spending part of your day with us!

APAPA is non-profit and non-partisan. Since 2001, our focus has been on educating the public about public policy and fostering future leaders from our minority communities to serve at federal, state and local levels.

APAPA is a dynamic organization with a diverse membership representing all communities throughout California and around the nation. We have many friends, supporters, and partners in all levels of government, in the business world, among various community and civic organizations, and individuals from all walks of life. Everyone who shares our vision and goals are welcome to become members of APAPA, regardless of ethnicity, economic status, or political affiliation.

Lucy Oback, President




On June 27, 2014, Representative Greg Jung of State Farm presented a $5,000 check to APAPA to support the 2014 API Student Financial Literacy Workshop. State Farm's continued support makes it possible for APAPA to continue to develop programs to benefit the API community.

APAPA-NYC President Bobby Bao and VP/Treasurer Katie Zhu visited HQ in Sacramento: On June 4, 2014, APAPA board members and staff met with APAPA-NYC’s President and VP/ Treasurer, Bobby Bao and Katie Zhu at the APAPA National Headquarters in Sacramento. During the luncheon, APAPA’s Sacramento and NYC leaders had the opportunity to learn more from each other and provide updates on the great programs and activities happening in their respective chapters.

Summer Youth Leadership Internship Graduation Dinner: APAPA Bay Area Region's Internship Gala will be held on Thursday, August 21st, 2014 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

2014 Membership Drive: APAPA held its annual Membership Drive & BBQ on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Over 300 guests from all around California came out to join APAPA in the festivities at the beautiful Yin Ranch in Vacaville, CA. Guests donned colorful masks for the Mardi Gras themed celebration as they joined APAPA or renewed their memberships. Attendees were treated to numerous activities, including a strolling magician, balloon performer and tours of the spacious ranch.
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2014 API Annual International Leadership Alumni Conference: Meet the leaders of the future on August 8th-10th, 2014 for a weekend of networking, workshops, and a trip to Six Flags. Note: Conference limited to Alumni interns of partnering organizations. For details, visit http://2014alumniconference.splashthat.com/