NAPAWF in San Diego, CA


San Diego Chapter


NAPAWF (National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum) is the only national, multi-issue Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women’s organization in the country. Fifteen years ago, 156 fierce API women gathered in Los Angeles and founded NAPAWF to be the organization that is dedicated to building the movement that advances social justice and human rights for API women and girls in the United States. We are comprised of activists, organizers, teachers, service providers, students, and change makers committed to building a visible and progressive voice for API women and girls. A group of 10 API women came together and decided to start up the local chapter in San Diego in June 2012.

Mission Statement

NAPAWF-San Diego’s mission is to build community, engage in political activism and empowerment, develop new leaders, and sustain our chapter and the AAPI movement in San Diego for AAPI womyn, girls, transgender, gender non-conforming individuals and allies.

San Diego Chapter Leaders at 2014 PowerUp Summit

2016 San Diego Chapter Leaders:

Samantha Howell, Chair
Gracelynne West, Political Action & Awareness (PAA) Coordinator
Amelia Ortega, Leadership Development Coordinator
Karen Villa, Queer Issues Coordinator
Tina Helmstreit, Communications Coordinator

Contact this Chapter

For more information about the chapter, please email

Check out what’s happening in San Diego at our blog site–including events, activities, and job postings!

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