Washington, D.C. (Sept. 15, 2014) — The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is pleased to announce that Amy Watanabe has been selected as the organization’s new Program Director.
APAICS is a national non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian American Pacific Islander participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.
Ms. Watanabe joins APAICS at a critical stage in its twenty year history when new programs in leadership development have grown to include regional leadership and policy summits, a military leadership component, and integrated programs with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). The core components of APAICS leadership development programs, such as the Leadership Academy for elected officials, Summer Internship program, and Congressional Fellowship program have increased AAPI participation in local, state and federal offices. Ms. Watanabe will oversee these programs along with helping to develop a new research project.
Over the past eight years, Ms. Watanabe has worked with local and national community organizations to develop advocacy and leadership skills for youth and young adults, particularly in the Asian Pacific American community. Most recently, Ms. Watanabe worked at the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) in its Washington, D.C. office as a program coordinator and in corporate relations. She also served as the Daniel K. Inouye Fellow, where she was the primary staff to oversee key legislative issues for the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
Floyd Mori, President and CEO of APAICS, said, “We are very fortunate to have Amy join us here at APAICS and bring new enthusiasm and experience to our staff. We look to her to improve what we are doing and to implement fresh new thought and develop additional programs.”
Ms. Watanabe received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.