APANO unites Asians and Pacific Islanders to build power, develop leaders, and advance equity through organizing, advocacy, community development, and cultural work.


We envision a just world where Asians and Pacific Islanders and communities who share our aspirations and struggles have the power, resources, and voice to determine our own futures,  and where we work in solidarity to drive political, social, economic, and cultural change.


Self Determination: We build the political, social, economic, and cultural power our communities need to thrive. We use our power to shape decisions and pursue intersecting forms of justice in order to create a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable world for all.

Solidarity: We believe relationships are sources of strength, support, and power. We are committed to listening to allies, partners, and communities, especially those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color, in their aspirations and struggles, and working together to cultivate trust and connections.

Integrity: We strive to be true to our values in our work, to be accountable to our communities, and to treat ourselves and each other with dignity and compassion.

Care: We practice care, compassion, and respect for ourselves, each other, and the earth to sustain ourselves and our efforts to uplift our community.

Belonging: We create spaces and communities where we can feel a sense of belonging, where we can be ourselves and be visible, where our stories are amplified, and where our heritage and experiences are recognized.

2021-2023 Strategic Priorities

APANO began our strategic planning process in Fall 2019, gathering input from our board, staff, partners, and community members. With the COVID pandemic in 2020, our board decided to adopt updated mission, vision, and values language and two strategic priorities and then paused the process. We returned to our planning process in 2021, and our board adopted three additional priorities in August to finish our Strategic Framework.

The following strategic priorities will guide APANO’s work in 2021-2023:

  • Organizational Culture – Invest in and cultivate APANO’s organizational culture to ensure it is centered in our values of self determination, solidarity, integrity, care, and belonging.
  • Organizational Identity – Build a unified organizational identity grounded in our mission, vision, and values.
  • Leadership Development – Activate and invest in leaders and communities who share APANO’s vision for political, social, economic, and cultural change.
  • Resource Generation – Generate resources and capacity in alignment with our mission, vision, and values to sustain APANO and the movements we support.
  • Program Integration – Develop initiatives, tools, and processes for APANO’s unique and distinct programs to work interdependently for deeper impact.