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:

Hyeok Kim


The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) is proud to announce that Hyeok Kim is the winner of this year’s Kip Tokuda Award. Please join us on November 4 at our 16th Community Leaders Program Dinner as we honor Hyeok and this year’s Community Leaders Program class.

Hyeok Kim is Deputy Mayor for the City of Seattle focused on external and community relations. She was appointed to this position by Mayor Ed Murray in January 2014, becoming the first Asian American woman to hold such a position in Seattle’s history. Deputy Mayor Kim is responsible for helping to develop and promote meaningful connections and relationships between the Mayor’s office and city government with the diverse neighborhoods and communities of Seattle, and with state, federal, and international partners.

Before joining the Murray Administration, she was Executive Director of InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA), a nonprofit affordable housing and community development corporation based in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District. Prior to that, she was a senior policy analyst for Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and the House Democratic Caucus in the Washington State Legislature, where she staffed affordable housing, human services, foster care, welfare and workforce development, and early learning issues.

Over the past decade and a half, Deputy Mayor Kim has volunteered extensively in the community and in civic life. She is a former Commissioner on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (2010-2013), and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Area Foundation, a philanthropic organization that serves an eight-state region with a mission to alleviate poverty, especially in Native American communities.  She is also a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2010) and a Casey Fellow through the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship Program (2010-2011).

Deputy Mayor Kim is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated with her family to the United States at the age of five. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she and her family lived for a number of years in publicly-subsidized housing. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband.

Kip Tokuda Award Winners:

2017: ?

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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