10 Organizations for AAPI Professionals
Asian Leaders Alliance (ALA)
The Asian Leaders Alliance (ALA) is a professional organization that seeks to empower, connect, and inspire Asian leaders around the world. ALA’s mission is to create meaningful connections and opportunities to promote leadership development and understanding across cultures. ALA provides a platform for members to engage in professional and personal growth through workshops, conferences, and other programs. ALA also serves as an advocate for the Asian community, working to increase the visibility of Asian leaders in business, government, and other fields.
Ascend is a Pan-Asian business professional membership organization that strives to make a powerful impact on the workplace and society. They are dedicated to helping Asian and Pacific Islander (API) business leaders reach their full potential and take on a role as agents of change. Their resources include career lifecycle and cross-industry leadership programs and networks that provide support and engagement to Pan-Asian business professionals, students, corporate partners, and the community. As the largest Pan-Asian business professional membership organization in North America, Ascend is uniquely positioned to make a lasting difference.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the professional development and advancement of Asian Pacific American lawyers, as well as advocating for civil rights and the elimination of racial and ethnic inequality in the legal industry. Founded in 1988, NAPABA is comprised of over 60,000 members from across the United States and around the world, including attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA provides numerous resources to its members, such as continuing legal education, networking opportunities, mentoring programs, and leadership development initiatives. NAPABA’s mission is to ensure that Asian Pacific American attorneys are fully integrated into the full fabric of the legal profession and that they receive the same respect and recognition that other attorneys receive. NAPABA also advocates for civil rights and social justice, and works to strengthen the Asian Pacific American legal community and to increase the diversity of the legal profession in general.
Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a non-profit organization that strives to provide a platform for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the media industry. AAJA works to increase the number of AAPI journalists in newsrooms and to ensure that the coverage of AAPI communities is accurate and fair. AAJA members come from all walks of life, and they represent a variety of backgrounds, including newsroom journalists, freelancers, photographers, digital producers, and students. The organization provides resources and support for members, such as mentorships, scholarships, and job postings. AAJA also offers a variety of events and workshops to help members improve their skills and develop networks. AAJA's mission is to promote diversity and inclusion in the media industry and to foster better coverage and understanding of AAPI communities.
National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)
The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for Asian American professionals to excel in their careers and to connect with other like-minded professionals to create a strong professional network. NAAAP is the largest and fastest growing Asian American professional organization in North America, with over 40 chapters in the US and Canada. NAAAP provides a variety of programs and resources to help Asian American professionals reach their full potential, including professional development workshops, networking events, mentorship programs, community service projects, and leadership development initiatives. NAAAP is strongly committed to fostering an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace and advocating for the rights of all Asian Americans.
National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics and Public Affairs
NAAPPPA is a non-partisan non-profit national organization dedicated to promote and develop Asian American and Pacific Islander career advancement and excellence in political consulting, public affairs, and legislative advocacy through networking, innovative training, and professional development programs.
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates
Founded in 1973, OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a 501(c)(3) national member-driven nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. with 50+ chapters and affiliates across the U.S. For almost 50 years, OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates has been dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
Asian American Federation
The Asian American Federation (AAF) is an organization dedicated to advancing the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the United States. AAF works to empower the AAPI community through advocacy, civic engagement, public policy and leadership development. AAF’s primary mission is to educate and advocate for the AAPI community through research, public policy, and coalition building. Additionally, AAF seeks to provide resources to AAPI-serving organizations and strengthen their capacity to serve the community. AAF also works to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the unique history and culture of the AAPI community.
Tech for AAPI Alliance
Tech for AAPI Alliance is a non-profit organization that focuses on fostering and supporting AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) technology and innovation. Their mission is to create a global network of AAPI technologists, entrepreneurs, educators, and leaders who are dedicated to advancing AAPI opportunities in technology. Through their various programs and initiatives, they aim to create more access and resources for AAPI communities to adopt and develop the skills necessary to succeed in the tech industry. They provide programs in the form of hackathons, coding bootcamps, and workshops that are designed to educate and empower the AAPI community. Additionally, Tech for AAPI Alliance also provides mentorship and resources for AAPI innovators, entrepreneurs, and business owners. Through their efforts, they are working to bridge the gap between AAPI communities and the tech industry, and to create an environment of inclusion and collaboration.
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national network of individuals, families, and organizations dedicated to advancing philanthropy, leadership, and civic engagement among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). AAPIP promotes a wide range of initiatives to increase AAPI representation in philanthropy, cultivate AAPI philanthropic leaders, and ensure that AAPI communities are included and empowered by the philanthropic sector. Through its national network, AAPIP connects AAPI philanthropists and leaders with resources, tools, and information to help them make an impact in their communities. AAPIP also provides training and technical assistance to AAPI communities and organizations to support their capacity-building and advocacy efforts. By leveraging the collective power of AAPI philanthropy, AAPIP works to ensure that AAPI communities are seen, heard, and supported.