• 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.

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Gov. Gregoire appoints new director of Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Gov. Gregoire appoints new director of Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

For Immediate Release: October 26, 2009

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced the appointment of Kendee Yamaguchi as the executive director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Yamaguchi is a third generation Japanese American born and raised in Washington.

“I am confident Kendee’s broad range of experience will serve this commission well,” Gregoire said. “She is an emerging leader who brings a solid record of legislative, legal, management and communications experience to the position. I know she will build and nurture strong relationships to ensure the needs of our Asian Pacific American communities are met.”

“I am honored to be selected to serve the people of Washington. Our communities thrive when the doors of opportunity are open for all,” Yamaguchi said. “I look forward to working with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in furthering our state’s efforts toward making that a reality.”

Yamaguchi was a director in the Office of Management and Administration at the White House. Prior to this position, she worked in the Office of Public Liaison on the signing of the executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She has experience working as a television executive and a staff member in the Legislature. More recently, she worked as an attorney in private practice.

Yamaguchi earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public communications with a minor in international affairs from American University. Yamaguchi also earned a juris doctorate from the Seattle University School of Law.

Yamaguchi’s appointment is effective Nov. 2nd. Her salary will be $79,464.

Congrats to Albert Shen and Shen Consulting, Inc!

Longtime ACLF supporter, Albert Shen, CEO of Shen Consulting, Inc is one of ten small business owners to receive 2009 Mayor’s Small Business award.

See Release Mayor’s Small Business Awards final 10-2-09 2.

ACLF partners with 2010 Census to ensure Asian Pacific Islander representation


Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Contacts: Ehren Watada (project advisor)/Cherry Cayabyab/Craig Kanaya (aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org)

ACLF partners with 2010 Census to ensure Asian Pacific Islander representation
Partnership will also develop future leaders in the Asian Pacific Islander community

SEATTLE – The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) will partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to increase the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community’s awareness and participation in the 2010 Census. The project is part of ACLF’s Community Leaders Program (CLP). The CLP trains and supports the leadership of Asian Pacific Islanders with a commitment to social justice, community empowerment and public service.

“As a trusted advocate and champion for leadership development in the Asian Pacific Islander community, ACLF will be play a vital role in our outreach efforts to ensure nobody is left uncounted in the API community,” said Francesca Ty Abellera Esperanza, U.S. Census Bureau Community Liaison. Asian Pacific Islanders are considered a Hard to Count (HTC) community that historical estimates from every decennial reveal as undercounted for various reasons including linguistic barriers, distrust in government or shifting migration patterns.

The CLP class of 2009 will work with the U.S. Census Bureau to develop and implement a community outreach strategy to engage the API community in the 2010 Census. The community outreach campaign will begin with focus groups to help identify barriers and challenges facing API communities. They will use their findings to propose a culturally relevant 2010 Census API awareness campaign plan that can serve as an outreach tool for community and government organizations.

Census data are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and allocates $300 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year. “This project not only promotes team-building skills among the CLP ’09 class, but engages community-wide API civic participation in the Census to ensure our needs are reflected in accurate data collection that informs public policy and funnels resources to our communities,” said Cherry Cayabyab, ACLF Executive Director.


ACLF’s mission is to promote social, economic and political justice by training and supporting a strong, sustainable community of civically engaged leaders that reflects the diversity of local Asians & Pacific Islanders.

For more information on ACLF and past community projects, please visit: http://www.aclfnorthwest.org
For more information on the 2010 Census please visit: http://www.2010census.gov