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Congratulations to the New AAPI Victory Fund

CAPA21 extends its congratulations and best wishes to the AAPI Victory Fund, a Super PAC focused on AAPIs. The group announced its launch this morning in D.C.

CAPA21 Leadership Council Co-Chair Dilawar Syed is co-founder and Vice Chair of the AAPI Victory Fund.

In a media advisory, the group wrote: “With the margin of victory of less than five percent in key battleground states and AAPI eligible voters in those states exceeding that number, the AAPI Victory Fund will mobilize AAPI millennial, young professionals, baby boomers and senior voters in an unprecedented way and move them to the ballot box. The work of the AAPI Victory Fund will be the make-or-break for the 2016 Presidential candidates.”

Former two-time Cabinet Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, and AAPI Victory Fund Chairman Shekar Narasimhan were among the speakers scheduled for today’s media briefing.

The AAPI Victory Fund joins an expanding universe of political organizations dedicated to advancing our AAPI communities, including:

America’s Opportunity Fund (DC) – America’s Opportunity Fund’s mission is to support federal and statewide candidates and elected officials who represent the interests of communities of color, and who inspire participation in government for the benefit of all Americans. http://americasopportunityfund.com

Asian American Action Fund (DC) – The AAA-Fund is a progressive political organization that is dedicated to empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States. Through the AAA-Fund, Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) from different ethnic groups and from all over the country work together to increase the voice of the APA community in local, state and federal government. http://www.aaa-fund.com

CAPAC Leadership PAC (DC) – The mission of the CAPAC Leadership PAC is to ensure fair representation in the U.S. Congress by increasing the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander legislators and supporting federal candidates with large AAPI constituencies that support the needs and values of the AAPI community. http://www.capacleadership.org

CAPA21 (California) – CAPA21 is an Asian American Pacific Islander political action committee that invests in progressive candidates, AAPI field operations, and projects to improve AAPI participation in the political process. Our vision is of a country where AAPIs have a powerful presence and role in all branches and levels of government and politics, achieved through AAPI voters who are engaged, informed, and empowered. http://capa21.com

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CAPA21 Chair Glen S. Fukushima Joins Latino Victory Project National Committee

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Latino Victory Project today welcomed CAPA21 co-founder and chair Glen S. Fukushima to the organization’s National Committee.

“The AAPI and Latino communities in the United States have fought similar battles for recognition, equality and representation,” said Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory Project (see full announcement below).

“Latino Victory Project wants to work in conjunction with the AAPI community to tackle some of the joint issues that our families encounter. Glen’s contributions to Latino Victory Project are invaluable to those efforts, and to our mission and vision of increasing diverse representation in government.”

Latino Victory Project, co-founded by Eva Longoria and Henry R. Muñoz III, is a non-partisan effort to build political power within the Latino community to ensure the voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our nation forward.

LVP develops leaders for public office while building a permanent base of Latino donors to support them. Partnering with leading organizations, it shapes public policy that reflects the growing influence of the Latino community while also building cross-constituency alliances that can move the country forward.

Latino Victory Project Welcomes Glen S. Fukushima as New National Committee Member

GlenFukushima_CAPA21WASHINGTON (Dec. 2, 2015) – Latino Victory Project announced the addition of Glen S. Fukushima to our National Committee. Our National Committee is made up of founding partners who help map the course for Latino Victory Project. The members of our National Committee help identify new Latino leaders and candidates running for office and inform on policy developments that affect the Latino community throughout the country.

“We are honored to have Glen S. Fukushima as part of our National Committee,” said Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory Project. “Glen is one of the top public policy and business experts on U.S.-Asia relations and a recognized leader in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the United States.

“The AAPI and Latino communities in the United States have fought similar battles for recognition, equality and representation,” said Alex. “Latino Victory Project wants to work in conjunction with the AAPI community to tackle some of the joint issues that our families encounter. Glen’s contributions to Latino Victory Project are invaluable to those efforts, and to our mission and vision of increasing diverse representation in government.”

“We can realize our country’s brightest future when Latinos, AAPIs, and other communities of color work together on common goals,” said Fukushima. “We must continue to pursue opportunities to achieve our shared interests, but also stand with one another against those who seek to divide us. I’m honored and thrilled to be part of Latino Victory Project’s National Committee in support of advancing both of our communities.”

Fukushima is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a prominent public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. He previously served as Director for Japanese Affairs (1985-1988) and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988-1990) at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President. In 1993, he was offered the position of U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Economic Policy.

He also previously served for eight years in the White House-appointed positions of Vice Chairman of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and Vice Chairman of the U.S. panel of CULCON (Joint Committee on United States-Japan Cultural and Educational Interchange). He was Chairman of the Mori Art Museum Best Friends and is a member of the Director’s Circle of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Fukushima is also co-founder and chair of CAPA21, a San Francisco-based AAPI political action committee that invests in progressive candidates, AAPI field operations, and projects to improve AAPI participation in the political process.

From 1990 to 2012, Fukushima was a senior executive with one European and four American multinational corporations based in Tokyo: Vice President, AT&T Japan Ltd.; President, Arthur D. Little Japan; President & CEO, Cadence Design Systems Japan; President & CEO, NCR Japan; and President & CEO, Airbus Japan.

Fukushima served two terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, 1998-1999, and Vice President, 1993-1997. He has served on numerous corporate boards and government advisory councils in the United States, Europe, and Japan and on the Board of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, America-Japan Society, Japan Center for International Exchange, Japan Society of Boston, Japan Society of Northern California, Japanese American National Museum, U.S.-Japan Council, and Global Council of the Asia Society.