A Message from the Board

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we want to thank Lisa for 15 years of dedicated leadership to National CAPACD.

As our first Executive Director, Lisa significantly raised the visibility of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) and ensured that we have a seat at the table when it comes to policy discussions that impact our communities. Through her tireless effort and collaborative leadership, we have made great progress to advance the causes of AANHPIs in the field of affordable housing, asset building, consumer protection, micro- and small-business assistance, anti-displacement strategies, and civic engagement. We are extremely grateful to Lisa as she leaves behind an important legacy.

Moving forward, the Board of Directors is excited to begin the next chapter of selecting an Executive Director who can build on the strong foundation established by Lisa and broadening our impact in the AANHPI community. The Board of Directors has established a transition committee comprised of six board members and three staff members. In addition, the board has hired the search firm, Strategies for Social Change, to help guide us towards identifying the next Executive Director for National CAPACD.

During this period, the Board has designated Seema Agnani as the interim managing director to help oversee the day-to-day operation of the organization while Lisa focuses on her transition plan and fund development. Seema has exceptional qualifications and her existing leadership role as Director of Policy and Civic Engagement make her suitable to take on this interim position.

The Board of Directors is confident in the steps identified in this transition process. The next Executive Director will be responsible for continuing to implement the key priorities outlined in our strategic plan but will also be responsible for taking the organization to the next level of work.

As we embark on this new chapter, we wish to acknowledge and thank the large community of colleagues and stakeholders who have helped National CAPACD to thrive. We look forward to keeping everyone in the community informed as the transition planning process gets underway.

Sincerely yours,
Michael Byun and Dean Matsubayashi
Board Co-Chairs