Empowering New York’s Asian American Community Since 1989

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About Us

We are one of the strongest leadership voices advocating for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian immigrants, one of New York City's poorest and most underserved communities

Our Mission

Established in 1989, with the mission to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness, and nonprofit support, AAF is the largest umbrella leadership organization in New York serving diverse Asian American communities that make up the fastest-growing population in the city, state, and country.

What We Do

In partnership with our 70 member and partner organizations, we represent the collective interests of 1.5 million Asian New Yorkers, across critical issue areas such as immigrant integration, mental health, economic development, and civic engagement. We are working to make sure the pan-Asian community remains visible, our needs are addressed, our contributions are valued, and our stories are told. And we do this by providing expert research, strong advocacy, and training pan-Asian nonprofits to be better at serving their communities.

AAF is one of the strongest leadership voices advocating for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian immigrants, one of New York City’s poorest and most underserved communities. We support Asians from 20 ethnic groups—diverse in language, culture, and religion—that make up New York’s Asian community through:


Our reports provide hard data on issues affecting the Asian American community, such as poverty, mental health, and limited access to economic opportunity. In addition, our reports provide policy recommendations to address those challenges.


We advocate to implement our research recommendations with elected officials, government agencies, and private philanthropic institutions in order to affect changes in policy.

Direct Services

When our research uncovers new and underserved needs in the community, we design direct service programs that address these gaps. We raise money for these programs and re-grant funds to member organizations who can help us implement the programs on the ground.

Training Nonprofits to Succeed

We provide workshops, capacity building, and mentorship to our member organizations, allowing them to thrive as nonprofits.

Join Team AAF

The Asian American Federation is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications for our jobs, internships, and volunteer positions from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age.

Our Team

Chief Financial Officer,
Global Atlantic Group
Executive Partner of Chief Marketing Executives Practice, Gartner
Associate Director, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Managing Director of the Hedge Fund Solutions Group of Blackstone
Actuarial Business Director, Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Mediator, JAMS
EVP/Managing Director at BCW-Global
Partner at Allen & Overy
Director, Migration Policy Institute NYU School of Law
CEO of URL Media
Publisher of Epicenter-NYC
Milken Institute Asia Fellow
Former U.S. Ambassador


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