The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs is a state agency with an advisory board of 12 commissioners, appointed by the governor, to be a voice for Washington’s diverse Asian Pacific American communities.
Our mission is to improve the lives of Asian Pacific Americans in Washington State by ensuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business, education, and other areas (Chapter 43.117 RCW). We work in partnership with our communities and state leaders to respond to concerns and bring about positive change and long-term solutions. Our staff and commissioners:
- Ensure community voices are heard in state government.
- Inform communities about laws and policies that affect their well-being.
- Advocate for policies and services that support the unique needs of our communities.
- Civil Rights & Justice: Advocate for racial equity and civil rights, including justice for immigrants and refugees.
- Education: Develop strategies to ensure every child has access to a quality education that values diversity and mutual respect.
- Health & Human Services: Promote solutions to improve access to quality, affordable, and culturally-appropriate health and social services.
- Economic Development: Increase opportunities to participate in entrepreneurship and the workforce.
In June 2016, the Commission updated its brochure and translated it into 13 different Asian and Pacific Islander languages.