Established in 1989, the Asian American Federation (AAF) is the strongest leadership organization in New York serving 1.5 million Asian New Yorkers 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. We do this work in collaboration with 70 member agencies.
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:
How We Work
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 funders in order to affect changes in policy.
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, so they can 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.
Lisha Luo Cai
Wan Yin Lui
Grants and Contracts Coordinator
Elizabeth (Liz) Tedesco
Grants and Contract Manager
Young Laura Kwon
Senior Program Coordinator, Community Safety
AAF Board Member