The 10-Year Impact

In 2014, Ping Khaw and Tracey Lam, envisioned creating a space where the voices of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders would be heard loud and clear, where their dreams and aspirations would be supported, and where their leadership potential would be realized. Thanks to their vision, dedication, and hard work, API Forward was born. 

This year marks API Forward’s 10th year anniversary and our mission remains stronger than ever: the education and leadership advancement of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. To celebrate our 10th year anniversary, we are proud to share a preliminary look into our impact over the decade. Check back later in the year for a more comprehensive report.

FORWARD LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

25 Scholars| 13 Mentors | 5 Project Partners | $50,000+ Scholarship Awarded

2019

  • Project Partner: International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
  • 4 Scholars: Erin San Antonio, Yiqiu (Viv) Cai, Sara Tajanlangit, Taryn Yamauchi 
  • Mentors: Faith Curammeng, Aileen Duldulao, ChiEn Montero, David Tam
  • Scholarship Awarded: $9,000

2020

  • Project Partner: Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
  • 9 Scholars: Danica Gascon, Dawa Gyalpo, Talianna K. Magofna, Yuman Ng, Chivon Ou, Tammy Tran, Ania Ty, Alina Wei, Sean Wei
  • Mentors: Max Chau, Jackie Leung, Phillip Kennedy-Wong
  • Scholarship Awarded: $15,000

2021

  • Project Partner: Port of Portland Women+ Development Network
  • 6 Scholars: Roselie Agulto, Alena Arounpradith, Cian Gentner, Jordan Huynh, Raleigh De Leon, Taylor Nguyen
  • Mentors: Jenny Kim, Wylie Wan
  • Scholarship Awarded: $12,000

2022

  • Project Partner: Home Forward
  • 4 Scholars: Daisyli Dick, Andrew Jackson, Min Uk Jeong, Anita Tang
  • Mentors: Ashlan Glazier-Anderson, Jackie Leung
  • Scholarship Awarded: $9,000

2024

  • Project Partner: VertueLab
  • 2 Scholars: Abikaila Ki, Julie Louangchoumphonh
  • Mentors: Lavina Martinez, Dr. Christie Dudley
  • Scholarship Awarded: $4,000

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

4 Years | 20+ Partner Organizations | 100+ College Students 

  • Past Hosts: Portland Business Alliance, Partners in Diversity, Portland State University
  • Speakers: Asian and Pacific Islander American Student Services – Oregon State University, City of Portland, City of Tigard, Community Health Health Share of Oregon, Corissa Saint Laurent, Foundation for Philippine Progress, Golden Leaf Education Foundation, Home Forward, Marandas & McClellan, Multnomah County Charter Review Committee, NW Natural, Oregon Health and Science University- Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Pacific Islander Coalition-Multnomah County, Portland State University, Prosper Portland, Sylvania Multicultural Center – Portland Community College, State Farm Insurance, That Expert Show, Tillamook County Creamery Association, White Lotus Foundation

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

  • Global Leadership Forum
  • Developing Leadership that Contributes to Racial Equity
  • Leadership Through Civic Engagement
  • Knowing Your Rights

ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE GALA 

  • Venues: OM Seafood Restaurant (2017), Ocean City Restaurant (2018), Portland Spirit (2024)
  • Speakers:
    • 2016: Dr. Alma Trinidad, Portland State University
    • 2017: Lori Stegmann, Multnomah County
    • 2018: Swan Sit, Nike
    • 2019: Bill Imada IW Group
    • 2020: Virtual/No Speaker
    • 2021: Simon Tam, Slants Foundation
    • 2022-2023: Hiatus
    • 2024: Rep. Hoa Nguyen

FUNDRAISING AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED 

  • $82,700+ Raised
  • $50,000 Scholarships Awarded

GRANT

  • Regional Disaster Preparedness Organizations (RDPO) Project
  • Community Engagement Liaison: Duyên (Kate) Frederiksen

SPECIAL PARTNERSHIPS, PROJECTS, AND RECOGNITION

  • Portland Trail Blazers Hometown Hero – Christian Aniciete, January 2023
  • Portland State University
  • Convening for a Thriving Future for Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Asian American (PIAA) Communities, October 2022
  • AANAPISI Week, September 2023
  • AMA PDX Agency Program – Marketing Consulting
  • Community Events: Tiger Tiger, Camas High School, PSU Palooza
  • Advocacy: Oregon Rises Above Hate, #StopAAPIHate, Support for Pho Gabo