2020 Host Sites

2020 Host Sites (by region)

Below are brief descriptions of our host organizations for 2020.

We encourage you to check out the organizations’ websites and social media platforms to learn more about their work. The descriptions below are just a brief snapshot of each host organization.

California – Bay Area/Northern CA

Asian Pacific Environmental Network (Oakland and Richmond)
Accepting full-time fellows

APEN believes that all people have a right to a clean and healthy environment in which their communities can live, work, learn, play and thrive. Towards this vision, APEN brings together a collective voice to develop an alternative agenda for environmental, social and economic justice. Through building an organized movement, we strive to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN holds this vision of environmental justice for all people. APEN’s membership base include Chinese immigrants and Lao, Mien, and Khmu refugees.

Arab Resource and Organizing Center

The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) is a grassroots organization working to empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination for all. Recognizing the diversity of experiences and interests within the Arab community, AROC devises a multi-pronged strategy to meet those needs while prioritizing the most marginalized sectors of our constituency to inform our work. AROC envisions powerful and liberated Arab communities living with dignity from here to our homelands and sees the liberation of Arab people inextricably tied to the liberation of all people of color.

California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative (Oakland)
Accepting full-time fellows

Founded in 2005, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative (CHNSC, also referred to as the Collaborative) is a statewide grassroots organization that organizes nail salon workers and owners to address the epidemic of environmental justice, reproductive justice issues, immigrant rights workers rights issues faced by its low-income, female, immigrant and refugee workforce. The organization emerged in direct response to an increasing concern of nail salon workers who exhibited serious health issues such as chronic asthma, dermatitis, and reproductive health issues. Using a multi-pronged approach that blends community organizing, grassroots policy advocacy, and community-based research, CHNSC builds power of both workers and owners in developing solutions that benefit the nail salon workforce, their families, small immigrant and refugee owned businesses, and the Vietnamese community.

Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco)
Accepting full-time fellows

Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people. CPA’s core strategies include organizing, leadership development, and alliance building. CPA’s membership base include Chinese immigrant adults and Chinese American youth who are organized through  the Tenant Worker Center and Youth MOJO. CPA has a rich history of worker organizing and leading local multi-racial alliances, including San Francisco Rising and the Progressive Workers Alliance. Other programs include: Gender Sexuality & Diversities, a queer & questioning space for Asian American high school youth; Common Roots: a joint program with PODER, which brings together Chinese and Latinx youth living in San Francisco.  

Filipino Advocates for Justice (Oakland & Union City)
Accepting full-time fellows

Filipino Advocates for Justice, formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action, was established in 1973 in response to the discrimination and alienation faced by the influx of immigrant newcomers from the Philippines. FAJ is grounded in the spirit of Bayanihan (people helping people). Over the years they have been an advocate for immigrant and civil rights for the Filipino community and served the more vulnerable in the Filipino community by helping recent arrivals, youth and low wage workers navigate the challenges and hurdles of life in the US. Today, Filipino Advocates for Justice uses a comprehensive approach to strengthening the Filipino community, implementing four main strategies: 1) civic engagement and advocacy; 2) leadership development; 3) capacity building for community organizations; and 4) direct services.

Filipino Community Center (San Francisco)
Accepting full-time fellows

The Filipino Community Center aims to 1) To provide a safe space where Filipino families can access services, meet, and hold activities. 2) To improve our collective capacity to address our immediate and long term needs, with a commitment to the low-income and underserved, through organizing, advocacy, and service. 3) To deepen our understanding of our history and culture as Filipinos and heighten our consciousness of our civil and human rights and 4) To build civic participation and grassroots leadership, and to strengthen our commitment and responsibility to each other, our community, and the larger society.

Hmong Innovating Politics (Sacramento)
Accepting full-time fellows

Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) is a grassroots organization whose mission is to strengthen the political power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization. We envision a Sacramento of empowered communities that thrive in a socially and economically just democracy.

California – Southern California

Khmer Girls in Action (Long Beach)
Accepting full-time fellows

Khmer Girls in Action is a community-based organization whose mission is to build a progressive and sustainable Long Beach community that works for gender, racial and economic justice led by Southeast Asian young women. KGA builds the power and leadership skills of Southeast Asian youth in Long Beach, CA to fight for racial, economic and gender justice. We engage in organizing strategies and policy advocacy campaigns rooted in the resilience and strengths of low-income Khmer families, and responsive to the cultural and political conditions our community faces in Long Beach and beyond. We use a holistic youth development model that combines leadership development, academic/persona support, and arts and culture to support Khmer youth in engaging in movement building work to remove the barriers low-income families face in achieving our communities’ fullest potential.


Asian American Organizing Project (Minneapolis)
Accepting full-time fellows

Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP) is a non-partisan civic engagement organization founded in 2013 by a diverse group of young Asian American community organizers to lead, sustain, and cultivate grassroots organizing in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Minnesota. AAOP is committed to advancing the the AAPI community through grassroots organizing with a comprehensive approach to addressing AAPI barriers and issues in Minnesota. AAOP is committed to the principle of affecting long-term social change that cultivates the development of the individual, the family, the organization, and the community in Minnesota. 


CAAAV – Organizing Asian Communities (New York)
Accepting full-time fellows

CAAAV is a pan-Asian community-based organization that works to build the power of low-income Asian immigrants and refugees in New York City. CAAAV develops leadership in Asian communities to impact the policies and institutions that affect their lives and to participate in the broader movement for racial and economic justice.

Chinese Progressive Association (Boston)
Accepting full-time fellows

The Chinese Progressive Association (Boston) is a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Our activities seek to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans and to involve ordinary community members in making decisions that affect our lives.

Vietlead (Philadelphia)
Accepting full-time fellows

VietLead, founded in September 2015, serves the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities in Philadelphia and South Jersey. As descendents of a people impacted by war and trauma, we understand that our community is at different places ideologically, emotionally, and materially, so we must meet our community where they are at and utilize different methods in order to build unity towards social justice. Therefore, our mission is to provide services to meet the direct needs of our community while also providing political education, and organizing our community towards community-centered and -led solutions.