National CAPACD is a coalition of more than 100 community based organizations spanning 21 states and the Pacific Islands. Collectively the coalition improves the lives of over two-million Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) who live in poverty by providing voice, tools, and shared knowledge to drive change.

About National CAPACD

The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) was founded in 1999 by community development practitioners who sought a unifying vehicle for systems change at the national level, as well as opportunities for collaboration among organizations serving the nation’s growing Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrant and refugee populations. Today, our coalition comprises more than 100 organizations and institutions, from over 21 states and the Pacific Islands, coordinated out of offices in Washington, DC, and Oakland, CA. As a national intermediary, we invest in community-based organizations, provide resources to help member organizations with effective program implementation, and advance a national policy agenda that addresses the needs of low-income and marginalized members of a diverse AAPI community.


National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development’s (National CAPACD) mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income Asian American and Pacific Islanders by promoting economic vitality, civic and political participation, and racial equity.

We achieve our mission through the following strategies:

  • We invest in our communities and expand resources for culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and solutions generated from a community base.
  • We work with community leaders to advocate for federal policies and national programs that are inclusive of AAPIs and promote economic, racial, and social justice for all communities of color.
  • We convene stakeholders by building and leading networks around strategy, services, and advocacy.

We believe that our leadership at the local level engaging with staff working at the national level will most effectively raise visibility of and strengthen the national voice around AAPI needs toward a more inclusive vision of economic, racial, and social justice.

Statement of Need

The Asian American Pacific Islander community encompasses great diversity and is often misunderstood in terms of history in the U.S., economic position, and the struggle for racial and social justice. AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the country, growing over four times as rapidly as the total U.S. population and expected to double to over 47 million by 2060.[1] Meanwhile, AAPIs are the fastest growing poverty population and disproportionately located in the largest cities with the highest housing costs.[2], [3] 

[1] White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Data on the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community, https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/administration/eop/aapi/data/data 

[2] In 2010, Asian Americans living in poverty increased from 1.16 million to 1.73 million (46%), and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) poverty increased by 77%—reaching 12.1% of the Asian American population and 18.8% of the NHPI population. AAPIs have suffered a severe loss in wealth since the recession and housing crisis.

[3] A 2011 Pew Research Center study found that Asian American net worth fell 54% from 2005 to 2009, compared with a 16% decline for whites. Velasco, Gabriel, Taylor, Paul, Motel, Seth, et al. “Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics” Pew Research Center (2011): 26.


We envision a future in which Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and all communities of color have the economic resources and opportunities they need to thrive.


We believe in our communities.
AAPI communities have tremendous assets and lead in the creation of innovative solutions to social challenges. Any policy or structural change must be rooted in the experiences of our affected constituency.

We believe that local voices should have national influence.
Our multi-state perspective and presence in the federal arena position us to raise visibility of local member organizations and strengthen a unified national voice around AAPI economic justice issues.

We believe in economic, racial, and social justice.
Quality of life and access to opportunities are affected by structural barriers that result in social inequities. Our initiatives are grounded in analysis and strategies that incorporate the impacts of race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability.