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A.P.I. V -- Tour – Leaders Who “Adapt, Persist, and Innovate” During COVID-19

Thursday, October 22, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT

Registration for this program has closed. Please contact Monica Banks at if you have any questions or concerns.

Journey with us as we take our annual AAPIP-LA Van Tour on the road, virtually.  We invite you to take a lunchtime pit stop out of your day to visit with dynamic leaders of AANHPI serving organizations to share a little about their work, including how they have been able to adapt, persist, and innovate during COVID-19.  This “A.P.I. V-Tour” will explore new data from the Asian Pacific Community Fund’s API Nonprofit COVID-19 Needs Assessment, which shows how the pandemic has specifically impacted nonprofits serving AANHPI communities. 

Together we will learn about their organization’s journey in the last few months, how they see their future, and learn about funding gaps and how we as funders can make an impact and support community needs. 

Information subject to change. Event details will be emailed to registrants closer to the event. 



Christine Najung Lee, MSW

Program Manager, Asian Pacific Community Fund

Christine oversees APCF’s Asian & Pacific Islander (API) nonprofit sector capacity building programs, grants management, volunteer program as well as other resource development programs. With over a decade of experience in the API nonprofit field, she has served at various Los Angeles-based organizations, including the Koreatown Youth & Community Center, Little Tokyo Service Center, Asian & Pacific Islander Older Adults Task Force, NAKASEC, and a community health clinic in Koreatown. In addition to program management experience in public health, community outreach, cultural competency, youth leadership development, and community organizing, Christine has a background in journalism, with a feature article having won the New American Award. She currently sits on the board for The K.W. Lee Center for Leadership and the Steering Committee of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy-Los Angeles (AAPIP-LA), and was formerly elected and served on the Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council. Christine holds a Master of Social Welfare (MSW) as well as a bachelor’s degree in English and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Cynthia Sanchez, Esq.,

Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center

Cynthia Sanchez currently serves as Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that provides peacebuilding and restorative justice services and training to the underserved and underrepresented communities in Los Angeles County, including incarcerated children. Ms. Sanchez is an attorney and mediator with years of nonprofit, corporate, and government experience specializing in the areas of: conflict resolution, domestic and international copyright law and policy, enforcement, nonprofit management, technical assistance, capacity building, program development, outreach, training, and rule of law.

Susana Snigem

Executive Director, United Cambodian Community

Susana Sngiem is the first second-generation Cambodian-American woman to serve as Executive Director of the United Cambodian Community. Since assuming the role in 2015, she has expanded UCC’s impact by building economic opportunities in the Cambodian community. Her parents survived the Khmer Rouge and immigrated to Long Beach in the early 1980’s, where Susana was born and raised. She earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and has over 13 years of nonprofit experience. Susana was recognized for her leadership with the CCEJ Human Relations Award in 2019 and the “Go Long Beach” Award from Mayor Robert Garcia. She currently serves as chair of the City of Long Beach Homeless Services Advisory Committee and as board member of Long Beach Community Action Partnership, Midtown Business and Property Owners Association, Long Beach First Friends Church, and Asian Pacific Islander American Professional Network. During her free time, Susana enjoys hiking with her fiancé, eating delicious food with friends, and playing hide and go seek with her nephew and nieces.

Tracy Zhao (She/They) 

Executive Director of API Equality – LA.

Tracy Zhao (pronouns: she/they) is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ communities of color. She is the Executive Director of API Equality-LA, a grassroots Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBTQ rights and racial justice organization in Los Angeles. Tracy has worked with many progressive coalitions and community groups in Los Angeles on issues ranging from trans and queer immigrants’ rights, decolonizing Western science, and training young API organizers in direct action organizing. Tracy is currently a board member for the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) in Los Angeles.

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No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current AAPIP, SCG members, and eligible non-members

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