Chinese for Affirmative Action

Defending Civil Rights, Promoting Social Change

aka Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality   |   San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.caasf.org

Mission

CAA was founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. Today, CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the broader Asian and Pacific American community. We advocate for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial injustice.

Ruling year info

1972

Co-Executive Director

Mr. Vincent Pan

Co-Executive Director

Ms. Cynthia Choi

Main address

17 Walter U. Lum Place

San Francisco, CA 94108 USA

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EIN

94-2161304

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leadership Development

CAA organizes public school parents and provides leadership development to improve LEP parental involvement in San Francisco Unified School District. Through CAA Parent Advocates, an education and advocacy group for limited-English proficient (LEP) parents, CAA supports parent-run advocacy trainings, educational workshops, and civic engagement opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Parents

CAA places hundreds of primarily immigrant jobseekers in construction and hospitality work, as well as vocational training programs. Our support includes general assistance, client advocacy, and information and referral work. Special efforts are made to reach dislocated garment workers and to improve access to opportunities in the construction trades.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

By providing walk-in hours, maintaining updated referral lists, and outreaching directly on immigration-related issues, CAA is a critical community resource for community services and activities. At the same time, CAA is a leading progressive Asian and Pacific American voice in the ethnic and mainstream media on issues ranging from stereotyping in the media, APA political participation, and pressing public policy questions.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent

CAA fights for equal access to critical social services for limited-English proficient and immigrant residents. In San Francisco, we monitor implementation of the Language Access Ordinance with a focus on the City’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant affairs that coordinates and centralizes language services and resources throughout City departments. In addition, we advocate for stronger language access and bilingual education policies in San Francisco public schools.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

CAA strives to create a society that fully embraces and values its immigrant population. As a founding member of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Services and Education Network, CAA works with over a dozen agencies to provide and promote critically needed legal and social services to protect immigrant rights. In this capacity, CAA provides APA immigrants and the broader community with information about proposed changes to federal immigration laws and ensures residents are aware of City services and CBO resources available to immigrants.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

CAA combats multiple forms and manifestations of racism and racial hierarchy. This includes speaking out against harmful stereotypes, identifying and addressing discrimination, and advancing policies that promote racial and ethnic inclusion and equity. These include defending race-conscious affirmative action programs, school and workplace practices that promote diversity and reduce segregation, and practices that address the needs of the disadvantaged.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

CAA’s legislative office works with Sacramento policymakers, advocates, and community members on budget and legislative proposals impacting Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in California. Conducted in partnership with the Asian Law Caucus and the Asian and Pacific American Legal Center (members of the Center for Advancing Justice), the office is helping to build a statewide presence for the progressive APA community committed to civil rights and equality. Visit AACRE Online to learn more and take action on statewide immigrant rights, language rights, and civil rights issues important to the APIA community.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

API Equality – Northern California is a project of CAA that seeks to address discrimination, inequality, and the struggles of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals within the context of the APA civil rights agenda. API Equality is building the capacity of APA community leaders and individuals to be effective civil rights advocates, and developing a statewide public education campaign and coalition.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Financials

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Chinese for Affirmative Action

Board of directors
as of 09/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Celia Lee

Goldfarb & Lipman LLP

Germaine Wong

Consultant

Lisa Lee

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Chris Jocson

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Michelle Kim

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Jill Kunishima

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

Daniel Lee

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Kosheno Moore

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Victoria Wong

Office of the City Attorney

Brian Yee

Software Engineer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/29/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.