CAPAA Seeks Applicants to Serve on Commission

Opportunity Announcement Contact:  Rosa Mai | | (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 [...]

By |2021-04-01T11:29:41-07:00April 1st, 2021|Featured, Jobs, News|

December Newsletter: 2021 Legislative Session, January Board Meeting, and More

Congratulations, Director Hasegawa! On December 22, CAPAA Executive Director Toshiko Hasegawa and her husband welcomed baby Keiko Rose Charles into the world. We wish the new parents joy and happiness as they navigate this new chapter of their lives. E.D. Hasegawa will be taking an extended leave through March 2021. In her absence, the following are the best ways to get ahold of CAPAA: General inquiries: Project Manager Rosa Mai: Chair Nam Nguyen: Holiday Closures In observance of state holidays, CAPAA will be closed on the following days: Thursday, December 24th Friday, December 25th Friday, January 1st We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season! 2021 Legislative Session: What to [...]

By |2020-12-23T13:06:29-08:00December 23rd, 2020|Events, Featured, Jobs, News|

Inslee Appoints Umair A. Shah as Secretary of Health

Inslee appoints Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH new secretary of health Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH as the new Washington state secretary of health starting December 21. Dr. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas. “Dr. Shah brings an unrivaled expertise, knowledge and passion for public health,” Inslee said. “His leadership will help us lead Washington state through the next crucial phase of this pandemic. He is uniquely suited to continue our nation-leading response. An immigrant, originally from Pakistan and raised in Ohio, equity is incorporated and considered in every decision as he leads [...]

By |2020-11-18T11:18:45-08:00November 18th, 2020|Featured, News, Press Releases|

Vaccine Survey, Nov Board Meeting, And More

Vaccine Survey, Nov Board Meeting, And More CAPAA News and Updates Meet Our New Executive Committee At the September Public Board meeting, CAPAA Commissioners elected a new Executive Committee: Chair Nam Nguyen, 1st Vice Chair Lydia Faitalia, and 2nd Vice Chair Ekkarath Sisavatdy! We're excited to kick off this new term with these three talented community leaders.   Meet Our Committee Chairs Commissioners also elected new committee chairs to help champion issues important to Asian & Pacific Islander communities. You can view a full list of CAPAA committees and memberships here. Civil Rights & Immigration Committee: Chair Lydia Faitalia Economic Development Committee:  Chair Julio Diaz Education Committee:  Chair Ekkarath Sisavatdy Health & [...]

By |2020-11-02T16:00:09-08:00October 22nd, 2020|Events, Featured, Jobs, News|

Fil-Am History Month, State Jobs/Grants, Community Events

October is Filipino American History Month This October marks the second year that Filipino American History Month has been officially recognized in Washington state. In the spirit of this year's theme of “The History of Filipino American Activism," we will be taking this chance to highlight the work of Fil-Am activists in shaping Washington history. Join us on our Facebook page as we highlight Fil-Am changemakers then and now: Uncle Bob Santos, Fred and Dorothy Cordova, Tukwila City Councilmember Cynthia Delostrinos-Johnson, Bremerton City Councilmember Leslie Daugs, CAPAA Commissioner Julio Diaz, Commissioner Emeritus Rey Pascua, and so many more. Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Help for Business Owners Small business owners now have more places to seek [...]

By |2020-10-13T14:18:10-07:00September 28th, 2020|Events, Featured, Jobs, News|

September Board Meeting Information

September Board Meeting Information September Public Board Meeting The Commission will convene its September Public Board Meeting on Saturday, September 12th, from 10 AM to 12 PM. Based on guidance from the Department of Health related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response and in accordance with Governor Proclamation 20-28.9, the meeting will be held remotely via Zoom video conference call. A dial-in option will also be available for those who are unable to access the meeting electronically. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 829 3115 4051 Passcode: 735186 Dial by your location +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +12532158782,,82931154051#,,,,,,0#,,735186# (One tap mobile) This is a barrier-free event. Requests for accommodations, including translation [...]

By |2020-09-11T16:15:31-07:00September 11th, 2020|Events, Featured, Jobs, News|

CAPAA July Newsletter: Meet New Commissioners & Staff! Events, Job Opportunities

CAPAA Bids Farewell to Three Commissioners At CAPAA, we are truly fortunate to work with 12 incredible appointees who are fearless advocates for their communities. With hearts full of gratitude, we bid farewell to three tremendous public servants with large footprints and bigger hearts. On July 1, CAPAA Chair Lisa Dickinson, Commissioner Sina Sam and Commissioner Mohan Gurung each bid farewell as they passed their torches to new Commissioners.            Judge Lisa Dickinson of Spokane County retires from the Commission after three full terms and nine years as a CAPAA Commissioner, including one year as Chair and four years as Vice Chair. Her sound judgement, generosity [...]

By |2020-07-20T11:34:08-07:00July 20th, 2020|Featured, Jobs, News|

June Public Brd Mtg, #BLM, Pride

Dear Community, In light of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and Manuel Ellis, compiled upon the countless other Black lives lost at the hands of state-sanctioned violence, the world is experiencing an awakened civil rights movement declaring, “Black Lives Matter.” As API’s, we know what it means to be unfairly targeted and discriminated against - but by any measure, black communities have experienced it first and worst. We know what it is to live with disparities in income, education, business opportunities and access to services - but black community gaps are still more astounding. When we center the issues confronting the black [...]

By |2020-06-15T16:13:19-07:00June 15th, 2020|Featured, News|


May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have shaped our history, culture, economy, political system, and identity. As much as we’ve contributed to our beloved state, we're also facing renewed challenges in light of COVID-19. This month is a time to reflect upon our roots, be reminded of our histories, and re-commit to having an active role in shaping our path for tomorrow. Throughout this month, we'll be shining a light on APA heritage and history, as well as celebrations of community and culture. Follow on our Facebook through #WAAPAHM for the latest information on celebrations, APA history, and more. And, for APAHM resources and educational materials, feel [...]

By |2020-05-21T12:20:10-07:00May 21st, 2020|Featured, News|

Working Washington small business grant program now available

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that he is setting aside $5 million of the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund for a new emergency grant program that offers small businesses up to $10,000 to offset losses caused by the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Working Washington Small Business Grant program is open to any Washington state company that has: Been in business for at least one year; Has up to 10 employees; and Is in good standing with state agencies. Working Washington grants can be used to reimburse a business for qualifying expenses such as consulting, marketing and training or for operational expenses including rent, supplies/inventory and utility bills. Click [...]

By |2020-04-15T15:06:48-07:00April 7th, 2020|Featured, News|
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