Center for Asian Pacific American Women

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women (CAPAW) is an American non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of leadership skills for Asian American women, including native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.[1] Based in San Francisco, the organization addresses community development, education and employment.[2]


Founded in 1996 by Martha Lee and 18 Asian American women, the organization was called the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute. It started with a hundred "Founding Sisters" in Denver, Colorado who each donated a hundred dollars to further the leadership skills of a hundred Asian Pacific women professionals, politicians and labor organizers. The institute was also financially supported by the Kellogg Foundation which granted over $600,000.[3][4] In 2006, the name was changed to reflect the extended outreach of programs which not only cover the original three-week leadership training courses but contribute to locally oriented initiatives. The organization also holds annual conferences.[1]

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women is one of the 31 organizations represented by the Washington, D.C.-based National Council of Asian Pacific Americans.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Our History". Archived from the original on 4 September 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Center for Asian Pacific American Women". Chinese American Community Foundation. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  3. ^ Eng, Phoebe (1 May 2000). Warrior Lessons: An Asian American Woman's Journey Into Power. Simon and Schuster. pp. 191–. ISBN 978-0-671-00958-8.
  4. ^ "Asian/Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute". W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  5. ^ "National Council of Asian Pacific Americans". NAPABA. Retrieved 6 September 2015.

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