Opportunity Announcement
Contact:  Rosa Mai | rosa.mai@capaa.wa.gov | (206) 370-9554
April 1, 2021

CAPAA Seeks Applicants to Serve on Commission

The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) is currently accepting applications for candidates to serve the diverse APA constituency of Washington State.

CAPAA is a small, cabinet-level state agency comprised of two staff and 12 commissioners representing the geographic and cultural diversity of APA Washingtonians. Its mission is to improve the well-being of APA’s living in Washington State 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 public concerns and bring about positive, long-term solutions to issues impacting APA communities.

Commissioners are appointed by the Governor to serve three-year terms and may serve up to three terms. As part of their duties, they are required to attend public board meetings occurring around the state, report on public engagement activities, and comply with state public disclosure & ethics requirements. Commissioners are also expected to participate in at least one of the following CAPAA committees: Civil Rights & Immigration; Economic Development; Health & Human Services; Education; and Census 2020. Commissioners may also be asked to serve in one or more legislatively mandated state committees, workgroups or task forces.

Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2021 to be considered. Visit https://capaa.wa.gov/about/serve-on-the-commission/ for information on CAPAA and how to apply.

Pasifika Vaccination Toolkit

The Pacific Islander Community Association (PICA) just launched their vaccination toolkit, “Woven with Elders”!

Their free toolkit provides beautiful graphics, easy-to-read fact sheets, and responses to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations in order to protect our Pacific Islander communities, especially our treasured elders.

“Woven with Elders” is specifically for community organizations that serve our Pacific Islander communities that have been devastated by COVID-19 with high rates of infection, hospitalization, and death.

The toolkit is available for download and use at https://tinyurl.com/PasifikaVaccineToolkit

Working Washington Small Business Grants

The Washington State Department of Commerce opened applications for Working Washington Grants: Round 4 on March 29. Business owners can find information about the program and a link to the application portal at commercegrants.com.

Eligible applications will be reviewed based on the following priority criteria:

  • Industries that had to close as a result of safety and public health measures.
  • Size of the business (measured by 2019 revenue).
  • Lost revenue between 2019 and 2020 as well as added expenses to maintain safe operations.

The application portal will be open until 5:00 PM PDT on April 9. Application information and technical assistance is available in multiple languages and is accessible to a wide range of people with disabilities.

Trusted messenger community organizations are providing translation and individual assistance through Commerce’s Business Resiliency Network. You can find contact information in this online directory.

Funding Available for Sexual Assault Services and Prevention Activities

The Department of Commerce’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) program has an application open now for funding marginalized and Native American communities sexual assault services and prevention activities.

The funds available through this application are to support the efforts of agencies, Tribes, and tribal organizations by and for marginalized and Native American communities to serve people affected by sexual assault in these communities.

Eligible applicants include community-based non-profit organizations with a primary mission and history of serving a marginalized community, Tribes, and tribal organizations.

Application is due Monday, April 26th by 5:00 p.m.

Click here for application materials.

Contact Trisha Smith for questions: trisha.smith@commerce.wa.gov

Future Star Mentorship Program for High School Students

The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is now accepting nominations for the 2021-2022 Future Star Program!

This is a tuition-free program that offers high school AAPI students pairing with senior government employees (GS13 equivalent or above) in federal, state, or local government through mentorship.

For further questions, please email FSP Executive Officer Ye Yan at fapac.fsp@gmail.com.

Job Opportunity: Redistricting Commission Positions

The Washington State Redistricting Commission is hiring for multiple positions.

The Communications Director will be responsible for developing and managing a multi-faceted communications and outreach strategy for the agency. The salary range for this position is $85,000 to $92,000 annually.

The Public Outreach Coordinator is responsible for developing, planning and coordinating public outreach efforts- a critical piece of the agency’s overall communications strategy and vital to the success of the project. The salary range for the position is $65,000 to $77,000 annually.

The Executive Administrative Assistant will be an accomplished executive assistant that will provide senior-level administrative support to the Agency Director and Commissioners. In addition to performing a wide range of administrative duties, this position will play a major role in the initial setup and eventual dismantling of the agency. The salary range for this position is $65,000 to $75,000 annually.

The Administrative Assistant will provide administrative support to the Agency Director and staff. This position will perform a wide range of administrative duties. The salary range for the position is $48,000 to $52,000 annually.

Each of these positions are open until filled.

Job Opportunity: Director of KC Office of Law Enforcement Oversight

King County is searching for an executive to serve as its Director for the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight. The Director for the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight is an exempt position that is appointed by the King County Council to a four-year term. The Director serves as the lead administrator of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO), which was established in the County’s Charter to represent the rapidly increasing and evolving demands for justice from the public to hold the King County Sheriff’s Office accountable for providing fair and just police services.

The salary range for the OLEO Director is $137,369 to $184,746, depending upon qualifications.

All interested candidates should apply by May 3, 2021 by submitting a cover letter and comprehensive resume to apply@ralphandersen.com. For further information or questions on the recruitment process, please contact Mr. Greg Nelson at (916) 630-4900.

New Equity Director “What’s Next?!” Briefing Session

The statewide Office of Equity is created and its new Director hired. Now what?!

Reframing state government to work in a way that reduces disparities and improves equitable and just outcomes for everyone in Washington requires more than the newly created Office of Equity.

Register today to attend a 45-minute briefing to meet the newly hired Equity Office staff, learn more about each other, and discover ways you can engage to achieve collective impact for generations to come.

There will be 12 sessions offered April 6-8, 2021: Register here.

Briefing topics include:

  • An Overview of the Office’s Why | How | What
  • 2021 Office of Equity Timeline & Milestones
  • Upcoming “Look, Listen & Learn” statewide virtual tours

Translated Information for Reporting Hate & Discrimination

We’ve updated our website with translations of information on reporting hate and discrimination. These resources are now available in Vietnamese, Chinese (simplified & traditional), Khmer, Hmong, and more: https://capaa.wa.gov/resources/report-hate-discrimination/

We’ve also added some mental health resources to the page. Being a victim of hate and discrimination can affect your mental health as much as your physical health. You can reach out to the following organizations for emotional/mental health resources:

Muckleshoot Tribe Statement on Georgia Shootings

The Muckleshoot Tribal Council released the following statement in response to the shootings at Asian-owned spas in Georgia:

“In acknowledgment of the horrific acts which took place earlier yesterday in Georgia, we would like to send our deepest condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones. The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe condemns the racism, hatred, violence, and discrimination that has been directed at our Asian and Pacific Islander brothers and sisters. We stand in solidarity with all Asian and Pacific Islanders and celebrate the contribution they make to the cultural diversity of our society.”

Jewish Community Letter of Solidarity to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Pacific Northwest released the following statement in response to the shootings at Asian-owned spas in Georgia:

We join today as representatives of the Jewish American community in the Pacific Northwest to urge our political leaders and all our fellow Americans to speak out and reach out in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

On the evening of March 16, a gunman opened fire at two separate Atlanta area spas, shooting and killing eight people – including six Asian American women. While the details remain unclear, what is clear is that acts of bias and hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have skyrocketed across the country during the COVID-19 crisis. From March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021, there were 3,795 reported incidents of hate reported to the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center, likely only a fraction of the reality of hate experienced in the community.

Just recently, two churches were vandalized in the Seattle area with anti-Asian hate speech that left congregants and local communities shaken. In Oregon, over a dozen Asian-owned businesses were vandalized in January. And currently across the Pacific Northwest, members of the AAPI community face harassment on a daily basis.

The parallels of what is happening to AAPIs and what Jews have experienced is not lost upon us. Throughout our own history, we know what it is like to face accusations of dual-loyalty and to be scapegoated during times of crisis. We know the consequences of hateful rhetoric that fuels the flames
of hate. And we know that an attack on one community is an attack on all.

As leaders of our community, we urge action by:

  • Asking our elected officials and community leaders to immediately stop using derogatory and harmful rhetoric that fuels bigotry and hate against the AAPI community;
  • Urging our communities, law enforcement agencies, and other local, state and federal actors to stand up against bias, ensure proper data collection and reporting, and hold perpetrators
  • Encouraging schools to provide anti-bias and anti-bully educational programs and resources to students to create inclusive, safe spaces for all;
  • Calling on Congress to pass H. Res 151 that recognizes the damage to the social fabric that expressions of anti-Asian hate cause
  • Calling on Congress to pass the No Hate Act that would authorize incentive grants to spark improved local and state hate crime training, prevention, best practices, and data collection initiatives and make grants available for state hate crime reporting hotlines to direct individuals to support services.

We cannot sit on the sidelines during this critical moment. It is up to all of us to show our support and compassion. We stand with you and we are for you.


Anti-Defamation League’s Pacific Northwest Office- Seattle, Washington
AJC – Seattle, Washington
Bet Chaverim- Des Moines, Washington
Congregation Beth Israel- Portland, Oregon
Congregation Beth Sholom- Anchorage, Alaska
Congregation Beth Shalom- Seattle, Washington
Congregation Emanu-El- Spokane, Washington
Congregation Ezra Bessaroth – Seattle, Washington
Congregation Har Shalom- Missoula, Montana
Evergreen Region BBYO- Seattle, Washington
Glacier Jewish Community/B’nai Shalom- Kalispell, Montana
Greater Portland Hillel- Portland, Oregon
Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation- Mercer Island, Washington
Hillel UW – Seattle, Washington
Holocaust Center for Humanity- Seattle, Washington
Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle- Seattle, Washington
Jewish Federation of Greater Portland- Portland, Oregon
Jewish Federation of Lane County- Eugene, Oregon
Kavana- Seattle, Washington
Kol Ami: A Center for Jewish Life- Kirkland, Washington
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education- Portland, Oregon
Portland’s UnShul- Portland, Oregon
Stroum Jewish Community Center- Mercer Island, WA
Temple Beth Am – Seattle, Washington
Temple B’nai Torah- Bellevue, Washington
Temple De Hirsch Sinai- Seattle, Washington
Temple Emek Shalom- Ashland, Oregon
Women of Reform Judaism, Beth Israel Sisterhood- Portland, Oregon