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.

A Note from Our 2020 Strategic Planning Committee

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Our strategic planning process has paused in light of our leadership transition, and we plan to return to the process when our new leadership is in place. In the meantime, through our discussions with staff and board, and with input from our partners and community members, we have identified two strategic priorities that stem from our updated mission, mission, and values:

  1. Invest in and cultivate APANO’s organizational culture to ensure it is centered in our values of self determination, solidarity, integrity, care, and belonging.

  2. Build a unified organizational identity grounded in our mission, vision, and values.