June 2018 
Issue 6

2018 National Network Convening Roundup

Thank you for joining us at AAPI Community + Philanthropy: Partnerships in Action for Social Change.  This special edition of AAPIP Connect is Part One of a Two-Part Series featuring recaps, stories, and highlights from the 2018 AAPIP National Network Convening. Stay tuned for Part Two later this summer!

Social Media Recap on 

Click on the Wakelet photo collage to check out tweets and photos from both days

Voices from the 2018 Convening

Talk Story: Nearly Thirty
By Richard Woo, Former AAPIP Board Member
This was a homecoming of sorts not just because of my involvement in AAPIP’s inaugural meeting [nearly 30 years ago] but by the fact that I attended the Convening with my daughter, Mei Yook Woo, a food justice advocate....[We] co-facilitated the workshop “Talk Story: Personal Storytelling for Resilience, Resistance and Transformation.”
You Are Not Alone 
By Margie Andreason, Former Minnesota Chapter Co-Chair
At the convening, I joined a tour that highlighted Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders working at the intersection of immigrant justice and criminal justice reform. The tour included speakers from multiple foundations and Bay Area organizations that are on the forefront of addressing these systems.
PLACE: Philanthropy, Land, AAPIs, and Community Engagement
By Rosie Abriam, Metro-DC Chapter Co-Chair
This tour provided the historical perspective and community engagement background which is not always available in our communities. The tour was...a pathway to identify and experience the rich history and ongoing movement of community development and philanthropy in our San Francisco neighborhoods. 
Racial Justice: Where are all the Asian Americans?
By Crystal Li, First-time AAPIP Convening Participant
In the last year and a half, I’ve been on a journey to understand what racism is, how it shows up in daily life, and how I have perpetuated racism with my own implicit bias. In my organization’s internal conversations about race, I quickly realized that Asians occupied a specific corner in the room. 

Keynote: If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?  
Transcript of Keynote by Kiran Ahuja, CEO, Philanthropy Northwest
The question for us today is – are things changing enough within philanthropy and our society, creating conditions and opportunities to move more money to AAPI and other communities of color?  Are we at a tipping point? I would say yes!
President's Message
By Cora Mirikitani, AAPIP President & CEO
The work of AAPIP has always been the work of many. With the help of our philanthropic members, chapter constituents and many other equity-centered partners and allies in the field, we have the power to address the root cause of injustice not only for AAPIs, but for all affected communities. 

Congratulations to AAPIP's new board members and officers!

At the Annual Meeting on the second day, AAPIP introduced the newest board members and board officers. Congrats to Kyung, Ryan, June, Nelson, Perry, Cathy, and Manami!

New Board Officers

Kyung Yoon | New York, NY

Kyung Yoon is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Korean American Community Foundation based in New York City, a position she has held since 2008. A longtime community leader and advocate for promoting philanthropy in the Asian American community, Kyung brings professional skills honed from her previous experience in the field of journalism. [Full Bio]
Ryan Chao | Baltimore, MD

Ryan Chao is Vice President of Civic Sites and Community Change at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he oversees the Foundation’s place-based investments. Central to this work are significant neighborhood-transformation initiatives in Baltimore and Atlanta, where the Foundation is linking economic, educational and housing programs to strengthen families and communities. [Full Bio]
June Noronha | Saint Paul, MN

June Noronha is President and Principal of Noronha Consulting, a Leadership Coaching and Strategic Consulting firm. Previously, June was Strategic Officer and Portfolio Director at the Bush Foundation, Minnesota, where she led on overall strategy for the Foundation, and for nation building and government reform in Indian country. [Full Bio]
Nelson Louis | New York, NY

Nelson is Executive Officer of The Ong Family Foundation, a private family foundation that awards grants to not-for-profit agencies in the northeast region of the United States. Prior to working for the Foundation, Nelson served with the YMCA for 37 years. His most recent position was President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Bergen County. [Full Bio]

New Board Members

Perry Chen | San Francisco, CA
Perry Chen is the Chief Strategy Officer of The Stuart Foundation in San Francisco.  Perry came to philanthropy after working almost two decades in the nonprofit sector in the field of education and youth development with a particular focus on children and families in California. His experience includes serving as the Executive Director of OASES, a family and youth services organization, and more recently as the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District.
Cathy Choi | Los Angeles, CA
Cathy Choi is Director of Programs at The Eisner Foundation in Los Angeles, and an LA Chapter Co-Chair. Before joining The Eisner Foundation, she was a Program Officer at the California Community Foundation. Cathy served as a deputy to U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra in California’s 34th District, and LA Unified School District Board Member George Kiriyama. She also worked as External Affairs Director for the Korean American Coalition’s national headquarters leading advocacy activities on key legislative issues affecting AAPI communities.
Manami Kano | Seattle, WA
For the past ten years, Manami Kano served at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, most recently as Deputy Director of the Global Media Partnerships Program and before that, as Senior Program Officer for U.S. Program Advocacy. Manami has also served as a National Urban Fellow and Special Assistant to the Director of National Programs at the Carnegie Corporation. She is a founding member of Kibei Giving Circle, AAPIP's first Giving Circle in the Pacific Northwest, where she continues to be active today.
Stay tuned later this summer for Part Two of the Convening Roundup. If you want to contribute an article, reflection piece, or photos from the convening, click the button below!
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