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March Newsletter: Public Board Meeting Notification

Join us for our March Board Meeting! The Commission will convene its Public Board Meeting on Saturday, March 19th, from 10 AM – 12 PM. The meeting will be held virtually with a dial in option to participate. A link to participate and dial-in information are below. Meeting materials are available to the general public on CAPAA’s website. Members of the public wishing to provide public comment may contact Project Coordinator Brenda O’Brien at <brenda.obrien@capaa.wa.gov> with the following information: name, phone number, e-mail address, and affiliated organization. Click here to join the meeting Dial-in information is as follows:  Meeting ID: 848 9908 4241 Passcode: 142654 One tap mobile +12532158782,,84899084241#,,,,*142654# US (Tacoma) [...]

By |2022-03-21T09:21:00-07:00March 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|

Welcoming K’gnausa Newsletter

CAPAA Welcomes New Project Manager K’gnausa Yodkerepauprai K’gnausa Yodkerepauprai (“Keen-yah-suh Yawd-keery-paw-pry) joined CAPAA as its new Project Manager in February. He is a first-generation Thai Canadian-American, who immigrated with his mother to Madison, Wisconsin before moving to Olympia, Washington. He holds a B.A in Political Science from Evergreen State College. Previously, K’gnausa served in a number of legislative offices, including the Office of Senator Joe Nguyen (34th LD), the Office of Senator John McCoy (38th LD), and the Office of Congressman Denny Heck (10th CD). These experiences kindled a passion for public policy and advocacy that he proudly brings to CAPAA. K’gnausa cares deeply about preserving the environment, as [...]

By |2022-03-07T13:28:22-08:00March 7th, 2022|Uncategorized|

January Newsletter: Legislative Session, Board Meeting, and Other Opportunities

Legislative Session Updates The Washington State Legislature is scheduled to convene for the 2022 Legislative Session on Monday, January 10. At the moment, both the Senate and the House of Representatives plan to hold committee meetings and floor votes virtually. The situation will be reassessed every two weeks, and may move to a hybrid model later in Session depending on the COVID-19 situation. Members of the public will have opportunities to participate, such as through virtual lobby days and providing virtual testimony. All committee and floor action will be streamed to TVW. If you would like to contact legislators, you may do also so via phone or email. We will publish [...]

By |2022-01-21T20:13:05-08:00January 7th, 2022|Events, Featured, Jobs, News|

CAPAA Congratulates Kendee Yamaguchi, Appointed Seattle Deputy Mayor

CAPAA Congratulates Kendee Yamaguchi, Appointed Seattle Deputy Mayor Seattle Mayor-Elect Bruce Harrell has announced that Snohomish County Executive Director Kendee Yamaguchi will be appointed as Deputy Mayor of Seattle. A former CAPAA Executive Director, Yamaguchi will bring a legacy of public service to the position. "Following the footsteps of notable community leaders before me, I hope to carry on the legacy of AAPIs who have served our City," Yamaguchi said on the announcement. "I am honored and excited to take this shining city forward alongside Seattle's first mayor of Asian ancestry." CAPAA Executive Director Toshiko Hasegawa celebrated the announcement, saying, "Kendee Yamaguchi is a true servant to the people [...]

By |2021-12-29T15:09:18-08:00December 29th, 2021|Featured, News, Statements|

December Newsletter: Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! As we move into 2022, we leave a year unlike any other. As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve the ANHPI communities of the state of Washington. In this last year, we've helped coordinate vaccinations and pushed to prioritize the members of our community who were most at-risk, and ensured that everyone had the information they needed to stay safe and healthy. We've held conversations with community leaders and elected officials to uplift the stories and voices in our communities. We spoke out against the rise in anti-Asian hate and provided resources to report instances of hate and discrimination. We are also eternally grateful [...]

By |2021-12-23T15:19:32-08:00December 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

November Board Meeting Information

November Board Meeting Information The Commission will convene its Public Board Meeting on Saturday, November 20, from 10 AM – 12 PM. Based on guidance from the Department of Health related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, the meeting will be held remotely via video conference call. A dial-in option will also be available for those who are unable to access the meeting electronically. Board meeting materials are available on CAPAA's webpage. Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81677535411?pwd=MnBoRmFET2c2RWFQcnpoNVRsS0dlQT09 Meeting ID: 816 7753 5411 Passcode: 035670 One tap mobile +12532158782,,81677535411#,,,,*035670# US (Tacoma) +16699006833,,81677535411#,,,,*035670# US (San Jose) People of Color Legislative Summit Register now for the 3rd Washington State People of Color Legislative Summit (POCLS). Organizational and/or self-identified community leaders [...]

By |2021-11-22T11:06:26-08:00November 19th, 2021|Events, Featured, Jobs|

NEWS RELEASE: Commissioner Yasmin Trudeau Appointed to State Senate, Becomes First Bengali & Muslim to Serve in Legislature

Commissioner Yasmin Trudeau Appointed to State Senate, Becomes First Bengali & Muslim to Serve in Legislature News Release Contact: Yasmin Trudeau | 714-474-3190 | Yasmin.trudeau@capaa.wa.gov For Immediate Release November 5, 2021 OLYMPIA – On Tuesday, November 2nd, Yasmin Trudeau resigned from her position as Commissioner on the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA), effective immediately, to serve as the State Senator for the 27th Legislative District. Senator Trudeau will serve the remainder of the term of former State Senator Jeannie Darnielle (27th LD – D). She is the first Muslim and first Bengali American to serve in the Washington State Legislature. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve the [...]

By |2021-11-05T14:41:43-07:00November 5th, 2021|News, Press Releases, Statements|

Join the Commission!

Opportunity Announcement Contact:  Rosa Mai | rosa.mai@capaa.wa.gov | (206) 370-9554 November 5, 2021 Join the Commission! The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) is currently accepting applications for candidates to serve the diverse ANHPI constituency of Washington State. CAPAA is a small, cabinet-level state agency comprised of three staff and 12 Governor-appointed Commissioners representing the geographic and cultural diversity of Washington State. Its mission is to improve the well-being of ANHPI Washingtonians by identifying and examining issues impacting them. Its role is to advise the Governor, state legislature, and state agencies on services, programming, and changes to law. Together with staff, Commissioners work in partnership with communities and state leaders to respond to [...]

By |2021-11-05T14:40:38-07:00November 5th, 2021|Featured, Jobs, News, Statements|

Join us for our November Board Meeting!

People of Color Legislative Summit Please save the date for the 3rd Washington State People of Color Legislative Summit (POCLS). Organizational and/or self-identified community leaders of color across Washington are cordially invited to join us virtually on Saturday, December 4th, 10 AM-1 PM to represent their organizations and identify shared legislative priorities. The summit has 2 main goals: to stimulate dialogue between diverse POC organizations, community leaders, and state legislators of color to build statewide solidarity and mobilizing capacity on the most important issues to our collective communities of color. to organize a platform for community leaders of color to develop and push forward our communities’ legislative priorities with the bicameral Black Members Caucus (BMC) and [...]

By |2021-11-05T14:43:51-07:00November 1st, 2021|Featured, Jobs|
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