Kip Tokuda Award

ACLF could not exist without the generous support from the community and each year, we recognize community member(s) who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the organization and the Asian Pacific Islander community with the Kip Tokuda Award.

Kip Tokuda Award Winner:

Cindy Domingo


The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) is proud to announce that Cindy Domingo is the winner of this year’s Kip Tokuda Award. Please join us on November 18 at our 17th Community Leaders Program Dinner as we honor Cindy and this year’s Community Leaders Program class.

Cindy Domingo is the daughter of long time Filipino community members, Adelina Domingo and the late, Nemesio Domingo, Sr.  It was their influence and activism in the Filipino community that contributed to her own activism as well as her brothers and sisters.

Cindy Domingo has dedicated over four decades of her life as a political activist working for social change locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, Cindy has spent twenty four years as a public servant in her capacity as Chief of Staff to King County Councilmember Larry Gossett. Cindy has served on the Board of Directors of several prominent national women’s organizations including the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom as well as local organizations such as the Church Council of Greater Seattle, LELO (A Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing), APALA and the International Examiner Newspaper.

As a writer and independent scholar, Cindy co-edited “A Time to Rise: Memoirs of the Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP) (Union of Democratic Filipinos), recently published by University of Washington Press. Cindy co-authored a story in the book by Mila De Guzman, Women Against Marcos, and traveled to the Philippines in February, 2016, to launch the book. She has also written articles for Filipinas Magazine, Journal of Asian American Studies and local newspapers and serves as the northwest correspondent for

Although Cindy was born in the US, she has continued to keep deep ties with the Philippines, working first in the US to end the Marcos dictatorship and continuing today advocating for peace and democracy in the Philippines.  In 2013 and 2016, Cindy was part of international observers teams monitoring Philippine national elections.  And in 2014-15, Cindy helped to raise $30,000 for projects in Tanuaun, Leyte in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan.  From 1981-1991, Cindy also led the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes in their successful efforts in exposing the role of the Marcoses and the US in the murders of her brother, Silme Domingo, and his fellow union officer, Gene Viernes.

Kip Tokuda Award Winners:

2017: Cindy Domingo

2016: Hyeok Kim

2015: Mark Okazaki

2013/2014: Joel Ing

2012: Mai Nguyen

2011: Vera & Joey Ing

2010: Sharon Tomiko-Santos

2009: Nanette Fok

2008: Katie Hong

2007: Jill Nishi

2006: Ruth Woo

2005: “Uncle” Bob Santos

2004: Akemi Matsumoto

2003: Doris Lock


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