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Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE), a 501c4 nonprofit organization, envisions a just America that assures social, economic, and political equity for the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It works to transform our democracy by politically engaging and empowering the diverse AAPI community, and holding our leaders accountable to progressive values of social, economic, and political justice.


Our Vision

We envision a just, inclusive, and progressive Washington State with racial, political, and economic equity for all people, including AAPIs.

Our Mission

We expand democracy by identifying and removing barriers that prevent AAPIs from full civic engagement. We create pathways that educate and mobilize our diverse communities to take civic action across Washington State.


In each election year APACE supports and endorses candidates with proven track records of standing up for our diverse communities.  We make sure elected officials hear voice and concerns of our community and help get out the vote for candidates who share our values.



Help us register, educate and encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington to vote by donating to the APACE. Your gift may be tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.



We rely on volunteers to reach out into our communities to register Asian Pacific Islander (API) citizens in Washington and to encourage them to vote. Help create API voting power by donating as little as three hours of your time.


Civic Engagement

APACE is dedicated to broadening democracy for Asian and Pacific Islanders in Washington State.  We work to bring candidates and ballot measure campaigns to the forefront, and lift the voice of our community ensuring that elected officials hear how policies impact our neighborhoods, communities, and lives. We also holds our elected officials accountable and fights for issues that will positively impact our AAPI communities.



CLOSED POSITION: Part-Time Community Organizer

May 31st, 2019|

Employment Type: Part-Time, Temporary (20 hours/week, expires end of November POSITION SUMMARY This is a part-time, temporary community organizer role based in Seattle, WA beginning mid-July. The position will implement outreach and civic engagement strategies targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES Work with interns and volunteers to achieve goals and objectives; Implement strategies to reach AAPI voters via community events, canvassing (door knocking, phone banking, text banking), and other voter contact field [...]

Now is the time to stand in solidarity on affirmative action

April 26th, 2019|

History is repeating itself on affirmative action. Except this time it feels different. Perhaps it’s because of the national attention around the lawsuit against Harvard. Or maybe it’s because Washington state is wrestling with its own version of the debate around the repeal of I-200. But once again, the discourse around affirmative action has been hijacked to be about how race-conscious policies are hurting Asian Americans. One thing is for certain. If the debate on [...]

Not Your Wedge: WA AAPIs Support Fair Opportunity

February 22nd, 2019|

April 18, 2019 WASHINGTON ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS CALL ON OUR STATE LEGISLATURE SUPPORT EQUAL OPPORTUNITY To the Members of the Washington State Legislature: APACE, in solidarity with a broad contingent of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations in Washington state, unequivocally supports equal opportunity. We stand united in strongly advocating for policies that correct injustices against victims of institutional racism. We recommend the passage of I-1000 through the state legislature in 2019, [...]

APACE is working to reverse the prohibition of Washington state’s Affirmative Action programs

October 2nd, 2018|

Next year, APACE will participate in a coordinated, legislative effort to reverse Initiative 200, the prohibition of WA State Affirmative Action programs. This fight is essential to preserving our civil rights legacy and our democracy. Democracy in the U.S. only really began to function after the civil rights movement of the 60’s, and our democracy has been systematically eroded since with voter suppression laws, gerrymandering and the disproportionate disenfranchisement of people of color. APACE was developed out [...]

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