• our mission

    ACLF Northwest is a community-based, nonprofit organization that trains and supports the leadership
    and civic engagement of
    Asian Pacific Islanders with a commitment to social justice, community empowerment and public service.

  • our sponsors

APAICS National Leadership Academy in Washington D.C. is open to applicants!


Are you interested in running for public office? The 2017 National Leadership Academy is a two-day leadership training program in Washington, DC for current elected officials and individuals seeking to run for public office.
The program consists of interactive leadership training with topics ranging from planning your campaign, developing and telling your campaign story, base building and outreach, fundraising strategies and tips, and special guest speakers. Travel and lodging accommodations are provided.Applications are due by Friday, March 31, 2017. We will notify applicants no later than April 21, 2017 if you have been selected.
Application Deadline March 31, 2017
Event Date May 15-16, 2017
Location Washington Hilton

1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Questions? Cathy He, Program Director


Register Here

ACLF’s 6th Annual Community Breakfast!



Please join us for our 6th Annual Community Breakfast! Come and meet our incoming 2017 Community Leaders Program class, reconnect with alumni, and find out what’s in store for ACLF for 2017.

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Time: 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Where: Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church.

Register and buy tickets here

Now accepting applications for the 2017 Community Leaders Program

ACLF is now accepting applications to the 2017 Community Leaders Program!

If you are interested in applying or know someone who would be interested in our program, please join us at our CLP information session to learn more about the program and application process!
You can also email us at aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org.

CLP 2017 Info Session

Date: Thurs, February 23rd, 2017
When: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Bush Garden – 614 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Please RSVP to aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org.

Visit our program application tab for more information about the Community Leaders Program and to download the application.

Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation elects it’s executive board for 2017

Randon Aea, Alex Johnson, Marissa Vichayapai, Florence Sum elected as executive board.

On January 8, 2017, the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) board of directors elected Randon Aea Board Chair, Alex Johnson Board Vice Chair, Marissa Vichayapai Board Secretary, and Florence Sum Board Treasurer during their board retreat in West Seattle. Chosen for their experience, dedication to the community, and their respective skills, the new executive board will serve one-year terms. They plan to revisit ACLF’s strategic plan in the next few months and prepare for the next Community Leaders Program (CLP) cohort.

Randon is the Behavioral Health Manager for International Community Health Services(ICHS). He has been associated with ACLF since 2011 as an alumni of the Community Leader’s Program (CLP), a member of the Program Committee since 2012, a board member since 2013, and Board Treasurer in 2016. Alex is a Project Engineer with Chen Consulting Inc. He is an alumni of the 2014 Community Leader’s Program (CLP). Marissa is a Program Director for 21 Progress. In 2013, she was the project liaison between 21 Progress and ACLF’s CLP class. Alex and Marissa served the board as members of the Program Committee. Florence is a Program Operations Specialist for ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change at the University of Washington. Alex, Marissa, and Florence joined the ACLF board in 2016. They join Melissa Atalig, Justin Chan, Jamie Stroble, and Maria Williams who currently serve on the ACLF Board of Directors.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) or its board should send an email to aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org.

Thank you for attending the Community Conversation Forum!



A big thank you to all who attended the Community Conversation Forum hosted by ACLF’s 2016 Community Leaders class this past Saturday, Oct. 8th. It was great to have the opportunity to meet so many new faces and fantastic to see so many young leaders in the same room.

Participant’s shared personal stories around challenges they face in leadership roles by way of culture and in lay beliefs about the qualities that individuals need to display to be considered leaders. The forum provided a more granular level of analysis to identify the qualities that promote and inhibit success. We also discussed the importance of Allyship and how API’s can be more effective allies to one another in our work and daily lives.  Your attendance, participation, and thoughtful input made the day a true success!!

Thank you to our 2016 CLP class for providing this space where community members could come together and support each other and promote collaboration within the API community!


ACLF Board of Directors

Save-the-Date for our 2016 Annual Graduation Dinner!

It’s time to celebrate our 16th CLP Class and we want to celebrate it with you! The ACLF Annual Graduation Dinner & Fundraiser will be at the Wing Luke Museum in the Chinatown/International District. We’re excited to see you there and please invite others to save the date with you!

Talk to a 2016 CLP class member or ACLF Board Member if you have questions!



Introducing the 2016 Community Leaders Program Class

Genesis Gavino

Genesis Gavino is a Senior Management Fellow with the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department where she analyzes and develops policy to address human and social issues specific to homelessness and housing stability. She is Filipino, born and raised in American Samoa and committed to making a difference in her community. Genesis has found her calling in serving the marginalized and most vulnerable populations of the community through public service. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management in 2014 from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Her volunteer work includes serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Southeast Youth and Family Services, a local non-profit located in Columbia City committed to assisting children, youth and their families to achieving safe, self-sufficient and stable lives.

Vicky Su

Vicky Su came to the U.S. at age 16 from her native China to pursue a better education. She is graduating from Whitman College on May 22, 2016 with a B.A. in rhetoric studies and a minor in sociology. She is currently seeking a role related to communication, which allows her to explore her passion for civic engagement, social justice and popular culture. Over the course of four years at Whitman, she has worked with a team of seven students to create and execute a groundbreaking conference about the hierarchical power and privilege on the Whitman campus, which is now part of the College’s official annual calendar. She also serves on the nomination committee for Whitman’s student government, striving to select leaders who represent a diverse student body. She is a big movie fan and an authentic foodie. She loves meeting new people and dogs from all around the world.

Brianne Ramos

Brianne Ramos identifies as Chamorro and Filipino. She was born on the island of Guam and raised in Olympia, Washington. She attended the University of Washington and earned a bachelor’s degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health with a minor in Diversity. Currently, Brianne works as the Project Coordinator for the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. She is also active on the steering committee of the Pacific Islander Health Board and is passionate about achieving equity in health and education for Asian and Pacific Islander communities. In her spare time, she enjoys reading with her godchildren, practicing Chamorro culture through language and dance, and chasing the sun.

Gabby Ibanez-Dacruz

Gabriella “Gabby” Ibanez-Dacruz, a Washington native, is a multiracial first generation American- her father being born in Portugal and her mother from the Philippines. Being the first in her family to graduate college, Gabby has received her Bachelor’s in Community Psychology from the University of Washington Bothell. Through her education, she has developed a passion for addressing the inequalities we face as a society and striving to surpass the hurdles to achieving social justice in order to embrace our beautiful intersectional lives. Since the age of six, Gabby has participated in the Girl Scouts of the USA, devoting her time to providing leadership and strong role models for the future generations of young women. In her free time, Gabby enjoys spending time with her large and blended family, especially her 8 nieces and nephews. To unwind, she also enjoys curling up with a good book on her Kindle, a cup of tea, and a warm blanket.

ACLF welcomes new board members

ACLF welcomes Marissa Vichayapai and Alex Johnson to its Board of Directors.

Marissa is a Programs Director for 21 Progress and loves developing immigrant youth and youth of color for leadership with a social justice and progressive lens. She believes this work is of the utmost importance to rising youth, who will peek at a time when our world will be faced by many of the growing injustices and will need a strong progressive front to protect the rights of the people. Fueled by her commitment to see rising leaders in the community, Marissa wants to extend this line of work to Asian Pacific Islander leaders who will continue to advocate for the values and needs of the API people.

Alex is a Project Engineer with Shen Consulting Inc. and a 2014 graduate of the Community Leaders Program. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in civil engineering, and has a certificate in organizational leadership. During his four years in the program, Alex developed a passion for leadership and personal development and thus sparked his interest in ACLF. His wholesome approach to the leadership development is the result of combining technical skills learned in engineering and project management and soft skills developed through the program. Alex searched for an outlet to become an active member of not only his immediate community but the greater API community in Seattle and found a strong fit with the collaborative approach that ACLF takes. He hopes to continue the good work that board members before him have been able to accomplish.

Curious about our Community Leadership Program?

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2016 Community Leaders Program Project


Please join us in raising the collective voice of the API community! The CLP leadership symposium and project is the culmination of leadership training and is focused on creating an opportunity to connect people to agencies, agencies with leaders in the community and to promote opportunities for leadership within the community. The conversation will focus on two topics: Influence of Culture on Leadership and Activism & Allyship.

This project is part of ACLF’s Community Leaders Program (CLP), a leadership program that offers training and mentorship to individuals with an interest and passion in social justice and leadership roles in their community. CLP 2016 is the first class to develop and host a symposium that will provide a space where API leaders and community organizations can support each other and promote collaboration within the API community. This type of group project provides an opportunity for the class to apply their leadership skills, to build connections between the class and the greater API community and to promote coalition-building across all communities. It is also the hope that future Community Leaders Program classes will continue to host the symposium and imprint upon that year’s symposium focus.

We are thrilled to support the hard work of our CLP class and look forward to seeing you there!  Please RSVP here.