Dear friends, On behalf of APEN’s board of directors, I am pleased to announce the selection of Malcolm Amado Uno to serve as the organization’s Interim Executive Director.
Given the board and staff’s desire to further advance our current trajectory, including our statewide policy work and community based leadership development programs, the board sought an internal candidate who could skillfully maintain and manage APEN’s continued progress. We are fortunate to have found this candidate in Amado.
In 2012, Amado was hired by Roger Kim to serve as the organization’s Political Director. In this role, Amado expanded APEN’s statewide influence, leading, during the 2012 presidential election, the creation of the first ever California API Voter Guide, which was formally supported by over 30 organizations throughout the state.
Prior to joining APEN’s staff, Amado served in a variety of key positions supporting the leadership of low-income Asian Pacific Islanders at the local, state and national level. This includes tenures as Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, as well as an Obama Administration appointee in the U.S. Department of Labor, where Amado expanded opportunities for community participation in the grants and regulatory process and served on the interagency implementation team of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
As a former member of APEN’s board of directors, Amado has long been intimately familiar with APEN’s rich history of community-led organizing, advocacy and policy efforts.
Amado assumes the position of Interim Executive Director with the full support, confidence and enthusiasm of the organization’s board, staff and members. We all look forward to his leadership in harnessing and focusing the energy that will come from this transition period, seeding the ground for APEN’s next executive director, as well as for the organization’s next 20 years of generating power for people and the planet.
Chair, APEN Board of Directors