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AAPIP 25 Leaders in Action Awards

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy has recognized 25 honorees that represent a diverse group from all across the country, including NCG members! The 25 Leaders in Action focus on a vast number of issues ranging from immigrant rights, LGBTQ matters, education, affordable housing and racial equity. These leaders have been critical in advancing a more just philanthropy that addresses the unmet and unique needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities. "Change-makers working in this arena are tireless advocates," said Cora Mirikitani, AAPIP President and Executive Director. “We wanted to take a moment to shine a light on 25 exemplary leaders nationally who are really making a difference, and ask the communities they serve to join us in thanking them.”

Those recognized from the NCG community include: 

Cathy Cha, Program Director for Immigrant Rights and Integration at Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund has worked at the local, state, and federal level. A daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy worked in the nonprofit advocacy sector and philanthropy in order to boost equal opportunities for immigrants of the Bay Area. Through her work, she has started initiatives to increase immigrant citizenship and voting, improve the local and state immigration policy climate, and to support public education for federal immigration reform. 
Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Network Director for Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN) has helped drive impact of BAJFN by increasing its alliance from 5 to over 200 funders nationwide. Prior to this, she served as Executive Director of Public Allies Silicon Valley, the local chapter of a national leadership development organization for young people. Dana works to create more authentic partnerships between community leaders and funders, connect funders around issues, and organize funders to leverage more resources for Social Justice issues. 
Surina Khan, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California has been a leader in the social justice sectors of philanthropy and nonprofits for over twenty years. Surina has worked to dissolve disparities for women, the LGBTQ community, people living with HIV/AIDS, and in strengthening participation and governance. She currently serves on the Boards of Alliance for Justice, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the campaign for College Opportunity, the Ambassador Council for the Geena Davis Institute on gender in Media, and a member of the Public Policy Committee of NCG member Southern California Grantmakers. She has previously worked with the Ford Foundation where she brought about more than $30 million in annual grantmaking worldwide.


Join us in congratulating those honored and thank them for their work!