• 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

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.

Now Accepting Community Leaders Program Applications!

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The 2014 Community Leaders Program class at their graduation dinner.

ACLF is now accepting applications to the 2016 Community Leaders Program.

Please join us at our CLP information session to learn more about the program and application process! Below are event details:

What: CLP 2016 Info Session
When: February 16, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: 1414 S Weller Seattle, WA 98144
Please RSVP to aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org.

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

Welcome our new board member Florence Sum


ACLF welcomes Florence Sum to its Board of Directors. Florence is a Seattle native and identifies herself as a Chinese American. She credits her experience in the public school system to why she works as an Education Advocate at Seattle Education Access. Florence supports youth and their education goals through college navigation and college retention services and acts as a mentor/adviser to anyone who believes education is a lifelong process of self-discovery and world discovery.

She brings her passion for leadership development, the API community, and education to ACLF in the hopes of supporting the organization in its strategies for growth, its continued outreach to the community, and internal efficiency.

Save the Date for the ACLF Community Breakfast!!

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Join the CLP class of 2015 as they host the ACLF Annual Community Breakfast at the Jefferson Community Center on Beacon Hill. Buy tickets online (type “Community Breakfast” as the purpose of the donation) or at the door. Talk to a 2015 CLP class member or ACLF Board Member if you have questions! See you soon!

You’re Invited! Community Leaders Program Graduation Dinner – May 16


You are invited!

ACLF’s Annual Graduation Dinner and Celebration!
Honoring our Community Leaders Program – class of 2015
We’ll also honor Mark Okazaki as this year’s winner of the Kip Tokuda award and Nate Caminos  with the Alumni Achievement Award

Join us May 16th at 6 pm
415 Westlake in South Lake Union
415 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Food and drinks will be provided by Green Leaf. Two signature drinks will also be featured at the cash bar, a Lemongrass Ginger Kamakaze and a Classic Old Fashioned. Part of the proceeds from the sales of the drinks are generously being donated to ACLF by Green Leaf.

$100 per person

Purchase tickets on at our donation website http://goo.gl/5T9tT9. Please type “Graduation Dinner” in the purpose field.

For more than 15 years, supporters like you have helped ACLF develop the next generation of leaders in the Asian Pacific Islander community. The Community Leaders Program and its more than 170 alumni share their commitment to community and social justice, working as change agents in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout the region. Join us to catch up with past participants, ACLF supporters, and celebrate the program’s latest graduates. We can’t wait to see what this year’s class does next!

To learn more about CLP 2015, visit http://goo.gl/ula0Zf

For more information contact Craig Kanaya at  aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org or visit www.aclfnorthwest.org

Announcing the 2015 Community Leaders Program Project

ACLF and the Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition have announced a partnership to develop a campaign to advocate for Asian American and Pacific Islander data disaggregation at the K-12 and postsecondary level.

Asian Pacific Islanders are a diverse and dynamic group. This is especially true in academic achievement at the K-12 and postsecondary level. While some APIs have experienced academic success, other groups have experienced challenges. Current methods of reporting and collecting educational achievement data have hidden significant disparities between groups.

ACLF’s Community Leaders Program class will partner with the Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition to:

Develop a campaign to advocate for Washington state legislative action regarding Asian American and Pacific Islander data disaggregation at the K-12 and post-secondary level.

Help expand the coalition by opening the invitation to potential partner organizations to attend SEA³eD’s community forum event and the community project presentation.

Draft a summary of the process and recommendations for increasing the visibility of the All Students Count Act through input from coalition members and community leaders, including exploring ways to increase participation within immigrant and refugee communities.

The project is part of ACLF’s Community Leaders Program (CLP), leadership program that offers training and mentorship to individuals with an interest and passion in social justice and leadership roles in their community. The CLP participants attend bi-monthly workshops and network with community leaders and complete a group project that benefits and contributes to a healthy and vibrant API community.

About Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition
Founded in January of 2011 as the Southeast Asian American Access in Education Coalition, SEA³eD aims to set a platform for the Southeast Asian American community to unify and advocate for their educational needs. The mission of SEA³eD is to promote solidarity among the Southeast Asia American community by working together with students, families, the local community and stakeholders to address education needs from K-12 and higher education. They raise awareness regarding education access issues and resources, promote the facilitation of education access resources and services for Southeast Asian American students and families and promote a community wide climate and initiative that is conducive for personal growth, empowerment, equity and leadership within the Southeast Asian American community.

Welcome our new board member Parasa Chanramy

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Hailing from Aloha, Oregon, Parasa moved to Seattle in 2013. She is a proud Cambodian American woman who is passionate about education, equity, and social justice. Parasa’s family and her teaching background inspired her to work in education policy. Currently, she works as a Policy Manager at Stand for Children in Washington State.

Parasa is an alumna of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies program and is excited about using her experience to support more API leaders as an ACLF board member. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College and a teaching certificate from Hamline University. In her free time, Parasa enjoys scrap booking, swimming, and dancing.