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   Asian American & Pacific Islander Forum


 Mission Statement  

The Mission of the Asian Pacific Islander Forum is to develop a relationship of trust and partnership
between the API community and the San Francisco Police Department. The Forum will strive
to build an environment of respect, care and unity with our community. We plan to achieve these
goals through communication, education and community engagement.




API Forum Events

Learn about financial fraud. Protect yourself and avoid being a victim. Join Supervisors David Chiu, Carmen Chu, Malia Cohen, SFPD, Adult Protective Services, and API Legal Outreach.

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 11:00 am at "Geen Mun Senior Center," 777 Stockton St, San Francisco
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 11:00 am at "South Sunset Senior Center," 2601 40th Ave, San Francisco
  • Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm at "Asian Pacific American Community Center," 2442 Bayshore Blvd., San Francisco

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Past Events






 API Forum Members

commander biel
Chairperson Commander
Mike Biel

Mike Biel emigrated with his parents from Hong Kong in 1966. He joined the police department in 1980 and has worked in various assignments over the past 32 years. He is currently the Deputy Chief of the San Francisco Police Department and Chairperson of the API Forum. 

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Board Member
Anni Chung

Anni Chung is the President and CEO of Self-Help For The Elderly which provides a comprehensive range of health and social services to over 35,000 seniors a year in the Bay Area. She is a member of the SFPD’s API Forum, and serves on the Community Board of St. Mary’s Medical Center. Anni produces a public affairs television program "Chinese Journal" for KTSF-Channel 26.

 angela pang
Board Member
Angela Pang

Angela Pang is a media and community relations expert with an extensive database of Asian American organizations and media outlets in the Bay Area. She is experienced in working with a diverse array of community groups and festivals in San Francisco. She manages AsianWeek Foundation's and San Francisco Hep B Free's social media sites - including Facebook and Twitter and drafts and distributes both organizations' press releases. She has helped organize the largest pan Asian celebration nationwide - the Asian Heritage Street Celebration since 2006, coordinating the street fair's publicity, media sponsorships, and APA Student Awards and Raffle Program. Since 2008, she has served as the media manager for the Pistahan Parade and Festival - a celebration of Filipino food and culture in San Francisco. She also volunteers her time for the Asian American magazine Hyphen, sits on the San Francisco Police Departments's Asian Pacific Islander Forum, and is a member of the San Francisco Hep B Free campaign - a citywide effort to raise awareness for the importance of screening and vaccinating all APIs for hepatitis B, of which 1 in 10 are affected by the disease.

Board Member
Richard Hashimoto

Richard Hashimoto is currently the President of the Japantown Merchants Association and, is the Corporate Manager of the Japan Center Garage Corporation. He is also a board member on the San Francisco Japantown Foundation and the co-chair of the 2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. Richard was appointed as one of the first Youth Commissioners to serve on the Delinquency Prevention Commission appointed by then, Mayor Diane Feinstein, and has served on numerous boards and committees working towards improving life in the Japanese American and African American communities in the Western Addition.


 ron lee
Board Member
Ron Lee

Ron Lee is currently the Commander at Cathay Post #384. He is also involved in the following organizations; Chinese American Democratic Club, Mayor's Asian Hertage Committee, American Chinese Cultural and Art Association. 

Ron has worked with many charitable events in the community for the last decade. 

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Board Member
Rudy Asercion

Rudy Asercion is the Executive Director of West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, a position he has held for the past 5 years. Mr. Asercion and West Bay Staff provide four essential community services one of which is the After School Academic Enrichment and Mentorship Program that serves school children ages 6 -17. Mr. Asercion successfully worked with the San Francisco Police Department and launched SAFE HAVEN, a child safety awareness campaign designed to prevent school children from being a victim of violence. Mr Asercion is the current chair of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations. Mr Asercion is a Commissioner of the Veterans War Memorial Commission and a Board Member of the Philippine American Press Club.

Before West Bay, Mr. Asercion worked as an engineer with over 18 years experience as a senior level business executive. Mr. Asercion now focuses on his goals for West Bay, which are to continue providing culturally competent direct social services to Filipinos in San Francisco and to expand the program beyond the Bay Area. Mr. Asercion truly embodies his belief that “empowerment comes through performance of civic duty.”

Board Member
Howard Woo

Howard Woo is a member of the Bayview District Community Police Advisory Board and long time community member in the Visitacion Valley.

Board Member
Mary Ishisaki

Mary Ishisaki is a on the Board of Directors of Kimochi.

Board Member
Cecile Soto

Cecile an Operations Manager at the Department of Emergency Management.

Board Member
Carol Lui

Carol Lui is a civilian member of the San Francisco Police Department working in the Robbery/CIU unit. 

Board Member
Audrey Moy

Audrey Moy is retired from the District Attorney Office where she enjoyed a long career as an Investigator. She is currently a Consumer Protection and Crime Prevention Consultant.

Board Member
Dennis Chew,
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Dennis Chew, Ed.D, thirty years with the San Francisco Unified School District, currently principal of Gordon J. Lau Elementary School. Past president of the Association of Chinese American Administrators and Association of Asian American Administrators, member of The Association of Chinese Teachers, Loong Kong Tien Yee Association and Chew Family Association. Conducted educational workshops in China, Hong Kong, Viet Nam and Taiwan and past lecturer for San Francisco State University College of Education Department of Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies.



Board Member
 Mary Ishisaki

Mary Ishisaki, a native San Franciscan, attended Laguna Honda Grammar School, Herbert Hoover Junior High School, Washington and Polytechnic High Schools and City College of San Francisco. She spent many years in the private business sector at I. Magnin & Co. and later, with her husband Ben Ishisaki, owned and operated Ishi Limousine, Inc. in San Francisco.
Since retiring in 1991, Mary has volunteered at Kimochi, Inc., a nonprofit senior service agency in San Francisco’s Japantown, worked as the Senior Central Coordinator for District 5 for a short time, and has served on Kimochi’s Board of Directors since 2001. In addition, Mary is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Japantown Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to support cultural, community and educational activities for San Francisco Japantown.
Mary loves sports and is an avid San Francisco 49’ers and SF Giants fan. When she was young, Mary was involved in Judo, but now she swims, horseback rides and walks regularly to stay active.
For more information about Kimochi Senior Services and the San Francisco Japantown Foundation please use the links below:

Diana Lau, PhD, RN, CNS

Diana Lau has dedicated her professional career to improving the health care of ethnic minority populations, particularly reducing healthcare disparities and increase healthcare access in the Asian Americans. In 2005, she spearheaded and co-founded, with the assistance of Dr. Gordon Fung, the UCSF Asian Heart and Vascular Center - the first of its kind in the nation. Last year, with the support of Karen Rago, Executive Director of All Service Lines, she founded the UCSF Asian Health Institute, a 3-in-1 organization that integrates research, education, and clinical care, incorporating Oriental medicine where appropriate, and aiming to improve health and eliminate healthcare disparities among Asian Americans.

Lau also has been a trailblazer in other areas:

In 1994, she started the country's first Chinese Cardiac Support group and began volunteering as a radio host on two regular Chinese health programs which lasted for over a decade.

In 2005, Lau also founded the Asian Healthcare Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization that works on building a bilingual Chinese language healthcare website with a digital voice, a unique feature that would be especially important for the elderly people who are visually challenged.

Lau has been a member of several professional organizations, such as the Honor Society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. She was also board member and past chair of the American Heart Association, San Francisco Division; and commissioner and 2-term chair if the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission. Lau also chaired the nation's first Mayor's San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission in 2002.

Lau has received several awards, including volunteer awards from the American Heart Association, Vision in America Award by the Clear Channel and as one of the first honorees of HealthPower for Minorities, a national organization that provides leading sources of information in minority health worldwide.

















































































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