Executive Director Search


National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum


The National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum (NAMAWF) is the only national, multi-issue organization in the United States advocating for social justice and human rights for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls. We implement our vision by building power for AAPI women and girls through five strategies:  grassroots organizing; leadership development and base building; community-based research; policy advocacy; and strategic collaborations. Founded in 1996, we are a growing and dynamic organization with staff in three offices and local chapters in fifteen cities.

NAPAWF History

One rainy day in 1995, a handful of Asian American women met under a tent at the United Nation Women’s Conference in Beijing to join forces and create an organized voice for AAPI women in the United States. We have come such a long way.. Since the founding of NAPAWF in 1996, we have fought many battles on the forefront of reproductive justice, immigrant rights, and economic justice to ensure our voices, needs, and challenges have been heard.

Current Circumstances

The transition to the next NAPAWF leader is underway at a moment of historic challenges, not only to our country and to the women and girls we serve but to our core values as a democratic and pluralistic civil society. To that end, we recognize that there are two, positive tensions guiding the focus of our work. As an advocacy organization, we are making great progress building a strong, grass roots base, bolstering our influence in coalitions, and shaping policy and legislation at the national, state and local level. We are currently devoting significant resources to organizing and mobilizing stronger chapters in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York and Atlanta, where there is great energy for progressive activism. We believe our success in these communities will stimulate more growth in other regions, which we will pursue over time. Our voices need to be heard now more than ever before.

We are also a movement, one of very few national voices for AAPI women and girls. As we hold ourselves out to speak on behalf of AAPI women and girls, we recognize that we have an obligation to manifest the values of this movement in how we organize our work. We must remain fierce, intersectional and inclusive as we engage in strategic partnerships, leadership development and policy development.

Our current strategy was largely shaped by the Board and our previous Executive Director, Miriam Yeung. The Board, interim Executive Director, Sung Yeon Choimorrow, and a capable staff are well aligned and hard at work executing on this plan. We expect the new Executive Director to continue on this course.

While our immediate strategy is set, we are also seeking an Executive Director who will be the face of our movement, and lead us to growth and even greater impact. The Board and Board Co-Chairs understand how important it is to establish a trusting, meaningful relationship with the Executive Director as a foundation for great work. We are committed to our own development and growth, and to strengthen our performance and contribution in full collaboration with the new Executive Director. Our capacity as an organization, our connection to grassroots movement activities, our performance and potential to lead this movement will all be on display to serious candidates for this position.

We are committed to supporting a strong Executive Director, with full autonomy over the management of the organization. We are eager to use this process for an open exploration of ideas, and to shape a long-term vision for our movement with our new leader.

We invite the interest of strong leaders to enter a dialogue with us that will be frank, respectful and fully confidential. Our consultant, Ted Ford Webb, welcomes inquires and is ready to help inform prospective applicants and support their engagement with the Board and staff of NAPAWF.

Position Overview

NAPAWF seeks a dynamic and visionary Executive Director who will be responsible for overseeing and executing the mission, vision, and day-to-day operations of the organization. The Executive Director works in close collaboration with the NAPAWF staff, key partners, and allies in the social justice movement to advance issues affecting AAPI women and girls.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to build and sustain meaningful teams, programs, and relationships to advance social change. This individual must be highly resourceful, strategic, organized, and flexible. This position is for someone who is deeply committed to building AAPI women and girls’ power through strategic leadership, empowerment, and collaboration.

The Executive Director will guide the work of the organization through a strong public presence, adept fundraising and fiscal management, ongoing staff development, and strategic implementation of goals and objectives in consultation with the National Governing Board.

Position Summary

  • Develop a clear vision for implementing the mission of NAPAWF in consultation with the National Governing Board and staff.
  • Represent NAPAWF within coalitions and collaborations, often as the only voice of AAPIs and/or of AAPI women and girls.
  • Lead the development, implementation and assessment of NAPAWF’s strategic plan with input from the Board, staff, members, allies, and supporters to ensure sustainability and growth of organizational momentum and impact.
  • Fundraise to meet NAPAWF’s annual budget (~$1.6M) through grant writing, major donor cultivation, grassroots fundraising, and in-kind support.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for NAPAWF to the public, media, policy makers, and other local, state & national social justice organizations.
  • Drive policy and programs that directly impact NAPAWF’s multiple constituencies.


  • A minimum of seven years of senior leadership experience; previous executive leadership experience preferred
  • Experience building and motivating high-performing teams among staff and Board members
  • Strong track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationship with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Deep experience with base-building
  • Highly skilled communicator across all mediums – interpersonal, writing, listening, and public speaking, with the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people
  • Demonstrated experience balancing a culture of high expectations with a supportive learning environment that fosters growth
  • Political savviness and civic engagement experience
  • Proven ability to raise funds from diverse sources, including major donor cultivation, foundations, and implementing grassroots fundraising campaigns
  • The ability to work in a dynamic and highly entrepreneurial work environment with offices in multiple geographic locations
  • Transformative leadership style
    • Innovative and creative leader who is not afraid to try something new and inspire others
    • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
    • Works well independently, yet collaborative
    • Warm and approachable

How to Apply

Please submit the materials below to napawf@fordwebb.com with the subject line “NAPAWF Executive Director Search.”

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter
  • A 1-2 page statement answering the question; “What do you see as the main opportunity for building a social justice movement of AAPI girls and women over the next three to five years, and what is the biggest challenge?”

For more information about NAPAWF visit www.napawf.org

Salary & Benefits

Our preference is for this position to be located in Washington, D.C or New York City.  Travel is required. The position will be open until it is filled, with an ideal start date of May, 2017.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Very generous benefits including medical, dental and vision coverage (for self and family), fifteen days of vacation in first year and up to twenty-five days by year five, sick leave, 403(b) employer contributions, flexible spending program options and person/family leave.

NAPAWF, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer.  We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.  Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliations, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical conditions (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC).  Reasonable  accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process.  Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.