Dear Friends, Last Thursday, we came together as a community to celebrate, thank and congratulate Roger Kim, offering him our appreciations in stories, laughter and song.
As board chair of APEN, it was one of my most memorable nights, full of emotion, with APEN members, staff, allies and supporters, past and present, young and not as young.
In the four years that Roger was ED, APEN grew dramatically in both size and influence, elevating the voices and leadership of API immigrant and refugee communities throughout California.
It has been a period marked by historic organizing, policy and civic engagement wins for us, including stopping the expansion of the Chevron Refinery in Richmond; passing SB535, assuring at least 25% of all penalties from carbon pollution will go to EJ communities; and launching a state-wide Asian American voter engagement effort that demonstrated the power of the Asian American vote.
While we are certainly sad to now see Roger – a dear friend and invaluable mentor to many of us- move on, we remain excited for all that he will bring to San Francisco as Senior Advisor on the Environment to Mayor Ed Lee.
Thank you, Roger.
Today, APEN begins leaning on the wisdom and experience of the organization’s management team for overall leadership. We are always proud to share that our management team includes four former executive directors who many of you know well: Amado, Mei-ying, Miya and Parin.
We will lean on them, along with our consultants from Compass Point and a transition team comprised of board and staff, for leadership in our Executive Director search process over the coming months.
Next week, following the organization’s quarterly board meeting, we will be able to announce a new interim director.
We ask that you stay tuned for the update. We at APEN are very excited for what lies ahead. And, we thank you for your ongoing love and support in this, our 20th year.
Board Chair, APEN Board of Directors