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Asian Pacific Islander Virtual Policy Summit:

2020 Vision for the Next Decade

September 8-9, 2020 | 10am-12pm

Please view the archived recordings of each day below.


This biennial summit is hosted by the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.

The California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus represents and advocates for the interests of the diverse API communities throughout California. It seeks to increase Asian Pacific Islander participation and representation in all levels of government.


With nearly 6 million Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (API) living in California, the API community must exercise its political strength and community voice to advance a unified agenda that uplifts our communities. We must join together to learn how to leverage the power in our numbers, our positions of influence and our diversity.

The API Policy Summit will convene statewide leaders representing various sectors for a conference to envision what the future looks like for API communities in the next decade, build a bench of strong leaders, and learn strategies to make the deepest impact.

The API Policy Summit marks a significant opportunity for California API community members and organizations to empower themselves and their community at the California State Capitol.

This event will take place on Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9 from 10am-12pm each day. #APIVision2020

AGENDA: September 8

I. Welcome

Assemblymember David Chiu, Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and Representative of the 17th Assembly District, will welcome you to our 11th API Policy Summit and share more about our theme, “2020 Vision for the Next Decade”

II. State of AAPIs in California

Featuring: Assemblymember Evan Low; Kathay Feng, Common Cause; Timmy Lu, AAPIs for Civic Empowerment; Natalie Masuoka, UCLA; and Karthick Ramakrishnan, AAPI Data

In 2020, we have the opportunity to be counted through the US Census, be a part of the Citizens Redistricting Commission process and to participate in our presidential election. This panel will give us a snapshot of what our communities look like presently, what demographic shifts to anticipate for the future and how we can leverage this information to become more civically engaged to influence positive changes for our communities and ensure our voices are represented.

III. AAPI Leadership Pipeline

Featuring: Senator Richard Pan; Mona Pasquil Rogers, California Women Lead and former Appointments Secretary in the Office of Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov. Gavin Newsom; Oakland Councilmember Sheng Thao, Manufou “Fou” Liaiga-Anoa’i, Commissioner, County of San Mateo Commission on the Status of Women; Annie Lam, Founder and CEO, APIsMobilize; Lisa Thong, President, Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

Representation matters in all levels of government. This panel will discuss the importance of having diverse decision makers and feature tips for those who are interested in stepping into a leadership role by running for office or seeking an appointment to local or state boards and commissions.


AGENDA: September 9th

I. Insider Tips: How to Pitch Budget Requests and Legislative Ideas

Featuring: Assemblymember Rob Bonta; Assemblymember Phil Ting; Leilani Aguinaldo, School Services of California; and Randy Chinn, Senate Transportation Committee

As we work to build leaders, we must also work together to push strong policy proposals that benefit our API communities and push back on proposals that do not serve us. This panel will give advocates and community leaders tips for effective messaging and methods for proposing ideas to the legislature. 

II. Intersectionality, Intrasectionality and Allyship in the API Community

Featuring: Assemblymember Ash Kalra; Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi; Ret. Assemblymember Warren Furutani; Sefa Aina, Pomona College; Lian Cheun, Khmer Girls in Action

Building coalitions is an essential part to building movements and making progress. In this panel, policymakers and advocates explore intersectional identities of APIs, intrasectional solidarity within API identities and allyship with other communities. 

III. Chat with Asm. Kansen Chu and Asm. Todd Gloria, API Legislative Caucus Departing Members

Moderated by Assemblymember David Chiu

Join us as we celebrate the contributions of our departing APILC members, Asm. Gloria and Asm. Chu, and hear some of their reflections from their time as members of the legislature.



Did you miss the summit or want to watch it again? View the recordings now to help envision what the future looks like for API communities in the next decade, build a bench of strong leaders, and learn strategies to make the deepest impact.

Contact Cat Nou, API Leg. Caucus Chief Consultant: