Asian Pacific Environmental Network
The Asian Pacific Environmental Network received grant funds from the McKay Foundation in 2006.
The organization is closely affiliated with Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Now she's the former executive director of APEN, followed by Joselito Laudencia, our new E.D. But her role was tremendous.
And there were other people, from campus actually, that were students, just graduated. Pamela Chiang, who was a student here at UC, and then Pam Tau Lee, Jack Chin, who was with the San Francisco Foundation. And Eric Saito, Martha Matsuoka, and Francis Calpotura.
According to Pam Tau Lee, "we met for about two years and looked at the needs and what we would want to do, and worked with the San Francisco Foundation, which helped us develop the bylaws and those structures to get one of those C3-kind of tax status."
- And then we got the funding and hired Peggy Saika and a woman named Yin Ling Leung to be our first staff.
- The first thing that we wanted to do was a needs assessment, to be able to talk to various organizations-Asian organizations-about the issues of environmental justice, and to see how these issues reflected in their work and their experiences. That took a couple of years. Then looking at the data, we also did some demographics. We also participated in other research like seafood consumption and other things that were going on, toxic lead-as a way to investigate the situation. We then met with some folks in Richmond, California, the Laotian community there, and started talking about the need to be able to develop our organization from the grass roots. We focused then on Richmond, California. 
Board of Directors, 2011
- Rona Fernandez
- Prasi Gupta
- Joanne Kim
- Sujin Lee
- Mario Lugay
- Tram Nguyen
- Rachel Shigekane
- Malcolm Amado Uno
- Aditi Vaidya
APEN board members who termed out in 2011 ::
Founded in 2000 by Quinn Delaney and her husband Wayne Jordan, Akonadi Foundation began as an extension of their commitment to racial justice. The foundation evolved from Quinn and Wayne’s years of experience as progressive donors, campaign activists, and civil rights advocates.
The foundation’s seeds were planted in 1999, as youth groups in the San Francisco Bay Area began campaigning against Proposition 21, a statewide initiative that was to appear on the March 2000 ballot. Under the proposition, many 14-year-olds would be tried in adult rather than juvenile courts and 16-year-olds could be incarcerated in adult prisons. A wave of youth activists and youth-led organizations organized against the initiative, inspiring people across the country. Quinn and Wayne noticed something different about these organizations’ approach to their work: each was committed to an explicit vision for racial justice. Inspired by what they saw and resolving to support organizations that had a racial justice focus, Quinn and Wayne launched Akonadi Foundation, named after the oracle goddess of justice in Ghana. For the next five years, Akonadi supported local and national groups that advanced racial justice, including the Applied Research Center, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, East Side Arts Alliance, and Causa Justa/Just Cause.
APEN Staff, 2011
- Amber Chan - Chinatown organizer
- Vivian Yi Huang - Campaign & Organizing Director
- Roger Kim - Executive Director
- Timmy Lu - Civic Engagement Coordinator
- Nai Saeteurn - Operations Associate
- Sandy Saeteurn - Richmond Organizer
- Nita Sisamouth - Richmond Organizer
- Mari Rose Taruc - State Organizing Director
- Mei-ying Williams - Operations Director
- Miya Yoshitani - Associate Director
- Megan Zapanta - Development Associate
Staff changes, 2011
New Development Associate, Megan Zapanta, joined from San Diego. Tiffany Yip and Sammy Huang, who volunteered with APEN as Alameda High School students over the past few years, started working as PAO organizing assistants after graduating.
Associate Director, Miya Yoshitani, transitioned from several years of development work to overseeing program and organizing.
Meanwhile, several members of the APEN team have transitioned to other endeavors. After six years as APEN’s Program Director, Mimi Ho left APEN in June, Rachel Vernon, Development Associate, also left to attend graduate school in Colorado, and Chinatown Organizer, Wayne Leung transitioned from APEN in August.
APEN circle of Fire-Monthly sustainers, 2011
Nikki Bas and Brad Erickson, China Brotsky, Carol Cantwell, Audrey Chiang and Tim Beloney, Jack Chin and Hedy Chang, Christine Cordero, Edmund D’Andria, Gopal Dayaneni and Martha Hoppe, Rona Fernandez and Henry Liu, John Fier, Claire Greensfelder, Michael Leon Guerrero, Pronita Gupta and Deepak Pateriya, Prasi Gupta and Brenda Munoz, Jenny Ho, Jeff Hobson and Kim Seashore, Nan Huang and Louis Huang, Vivian Yi Huang, Inno Nagara and Kristi Laughlin, Pam Tau Lee and Ben Lee, Sujin Lee, Steve Lew, Penn Loh, Tony Louey, Amy Lu, Martha Matsuoka, Tram Nguyen, Jennifer O’Day, Fam Saechao, Mari Rose, Irene Vernon and Ed Vernon, Miya Yoshitani and Danny Kennedy.
Orson Aguilar, Kiran Ahuja, Bob Allen, Christina Amini, Rebecca Concepcion Apostol, Nefertiti Atlan, Sarah Atlas, Sau Fong Au, Anamilena-Lucho, Ayala-Guerra, Lalit Balchandani, Mary Barnhizer, Tina Bartolome, Jodie Berger, Dipti Bhatnagar, Iqbal Bhatti, Jason Blalock, Jamie Borromeo, Michael Bradley, Aspen Branch-Moore, Donna Bransford, Regan Brashear, Molly Buchsieb, Irene Bueno, Diane Bush, Carol Calvert, Josie Camacho and Victor Uno, Hal Candee, Albert Carlson, Jr., Andre Carothers and Firuzeh Mahmoudi, Katherine Carter, Betty Castillo, Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, Cathy Cha and Dara O’Rourke, Robert Chamberlin and Deirdre Tansey, Dominic Chan, Ravi Chandra, Francis Chang, Vivian Chang and Dennis Quirin, Courtney Chappell, Sarah Chase, Victor Chavez, Keo Chea, Jia-Ching Chen, Miya Saika Chen, Viveka Chen, Stephanie Chen, Betty Chiang and George Chiang, Pamela Chiang and Ted Bryan, Jackson Chief Elk, David Chin, Atley Chock, Jung Hee Choi, Jae Sup Choi, Ellen Choy, Flora Chu, Jennifer Chu, Derek, Chung, Sheila Chung, B. Jesse Clarke, Allison Cohen, Krisha Corbo, Maria Crutchfield, Bernadette Cuyugan, Susan Davidoff, Nicole Davis, Lisa De Castro and Joe De Fao, Michael Dela Cruz, Gary Delgado, Nicholas Deluca, Brett Diamond, Steven Dolence, Keochay Douangmala, Kerry Lobel and, Marta Drury, Kit Durgin and Elaine McKinley, Ryan Edgar, Elaine El-Askari, Tiffany Eng, Nikki Bas and Brad Erickson, China Brotsky, Carol Cantwell, Audrey Chiang and Tim Beloney, Jack Chin and Hedy Chang, Christine Cordero, Edmund D’Andria, Gopal Dayaneni and, Martha Hoppe, Rona Fernandez and, Henry Liu, John Fier, Claire Greensfelder, Michael Leon Guerrero, Pronita Gupta and Deepak Pateriya, Prasi Gupta and Brenda Munoz,Jenny Ho, Jeff Hobson and Kim Seashore, Nan Huang and Louis Huang, Vivian Huang, Inno Nagara and Kristi Laughlin, Pam Tau Lee and Ben Lee, Sujin Lee, Steve Lew, Penn Loh, Tony Louey, Amy Lu, Martha Matsuoka, Tram Nguyen, Jennifer O’Day, Fam Saechao,, Mari Rose, Irene Vernon and Ed Vernon, Miya Yoshitani and Danny Kennedy, Nina Englander,, Lenniebelle Entereso, Liz Ernst, Holly Fincke, Netsy Firestein, John M. 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Nguyen, Vu-bang Nguyen,, Vy Nguyen, Quynh Nguyen, Lynne Nguyen, Thinh Nguyen, Quynh Nguyen, Christy Nordstrom, Jane Norman, Catherina Nou, Christie Onoda, Matt Osborn, Jennifer Pae, Vincent Pan, Eric Pankonin and Ellie Pankonin, Dana Paredes and Lillian Ortiz, Sylvia Park, Alicia Parker, Seema Patel, Gary Patton, Jason Patton, Catherine Payne, Christine Pielenz and, Bill Laven, Adam Poe and Janice Cho, Harriet Prensky, Paola Ramos and, Efrain Zepeda, Raahi Reddy, Meg Renik, Linda Ricciardi, Takeo Rivera, Marguerite Ro, Jane Rogers and, Michael Fischer, Lolita Roibal, Rosina Roibal, William Rostov, Renee Roy, Savina Rupani, Mari Ryono and Max Mariscal, May Chiu Saechao, Muey Saechao, Kao Chiu Saechao, Muey Saeteurn and Levi Tuuu, Nai Chang Saeteurn, Mary Saeyang, William Sage, Leonor Saijo, Peggy Saika and Art Chen, Alicia San Juan and Josefina Taruc, Rahmin Sarabi, Alison Satake, Jacob Schulz, Steven Schwartzberg, Sandra Sebastian, David Seidman, Barbara Selfridge, Riana Shaw Robinson, Kenzo Shibata, Joanne Shigekane, Rachel Shigekane and Steve Kraft, Hai Binh Nguyen and, Eric Shih, Steve Sigurdson, Abhijit Singh, Sameer Siruguri, Fernisa Sison, Betty Song, Heidi Sorenson, Arlene Southern, Josh Sperry and Ilinisa Hendrickson-Sperry, Erin Stuart, Dong Suh and Susan Park, Julie Sullivan, Jennifer Sung, Ann Surapruik, John Sutter and Elouise Sutter, Stacie and Isaac, Michael Tadlock, Catherine Tai, Alan Tam, Eric Tang, Mary Tansey, Daisy Taruc, Josefina Taruc and Ernesto Taruc, Laura Tatum, Janet E. Taylor, Susie Terada, Monica Thammarath, Alex Tom and Mychi Nguyen, Jenny Ton, Van Anh Tran, Linda Tran, Yvonne Tran, Mary Trieu, Irene Tsai, Danielle Tsingine, Victoria Tung, Tran K. Tuyet, Malcolm Amado Uno, Chris Vaeth, Aditi Vaidya, Amy Wanderwalker, Florence Vanderwarker, Barbara Vernon and Edward Vernon, Rachel Vernon, John T. Vu, Holly Wagenet, Richard Walker, Karin H. Wang, Ken Wang, Sean Wang, Burton Ward, Jo Anne Welsch and Lafcadio Cortesi, Conrad Wenzel and Meaghan Wenzel, Dustin White, Mei-ying Williams, Tanaya Winder, Pete Woiwode, Michael Wong, Helena Wong, Wesley Woo , Dianne Yamashiro-Omi and Michael Omi, Sunyoung Yang, Linda Yang, Luna Yasui, Aaron Yazzie, Alvina Yeh, Sachi Yoshii, Philip Yu, Christopher Yu.
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance Coordinating Committee
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network (Mei-ying Williams, Miya Yoshitani
- Black Workers for Justice (Ajamu Dillahunt, Angaza Laughinghouse)
- Causa Justa/Just Cause (Maria Poblet)
- Community to Community Development (Tara Villalba, Edgar Franks)
- East Michigan Environmental Action Council (Diana Copeland, William Copeland)
- Indigenous Environmental Network (Kandi Mossett, Tom Goldtooth)
- Just Transition Alliance (Jose Bravo)
- Miami Workers Center (Marcia Olivo, Trenise Bryant)
- Southwest Workers Union (Diana Lopez)
- Vermont Workers Center (Kate Kanelstein, James Haslam)