• 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

Curious about our Community Leadership Program?

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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

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.