San Diego API Coalition

San Diego API Coalition



The San Diego Asian Pacific Islander (API) Coalition is a group of San Diego API organizations that operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Pacific Arts Movement, a 501(c)3 organization.

Our mission is to facilitate conversations with API communities and advocate for representation of voices by:


  • Amplifying and cultivating leadership
  • Acting as a hub for API organizations to collaborate
  • Building a more inclusive and equitable San Diego

Leadership core


The Coalition is led and facilitated by an annually elected leadership core consisting of the following roles:

Kent Lee


Alex C. Villafuerte


Lauren Garces


Carmela Prudencio

Communications Coordinator

Kirin Macapugay

Membership Coordinator

Samuel Tsoi

Membership Coordinator

Organizational membership


All County of San Diego API not-for-profit organizations, student groups, or actively meeting community organizations are eligible to be considered for membership and invited to participate. See full details including voting procedures and suggested membership dues by reading our Policies & Procedures.


The San Diego API Coalition meets every first Monday of the month at 5:30 PM.



The coalition is compiling resources to assist Asian Pacific Islander communities in responding to increased hate incidents. Recommendations of additional resources to be included can be sent to

media & press

For inquiries or media requests, please contact us at or 619-400-5911.

News Features


For general questions, please send an email to or message us on any of our social media accounts.

List of Member organizations

  • 21st Century China Center, UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy
  • Alliance of Chinese Americans, San Diego
  • Asian Business Association
  • Asian Pacific Alliance of County Employees (APACE)
  • Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) – San Diego Chapter
  • Asian Pacific Islander Community Actions (APICA)
  • Asian Solidarity Collective
  • Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
  • Convoy District Partnership
  • Hindu Americans of San Diego (HASD)
  • Igorots of California Project
  • Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego
  • Karen Organization of San Diego
  • Korean American Bar Association of San Diego
  • Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP)
  • Lao Advocacy Organization of San Diego
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals San Diego
  • Pacific Arts Movement
  • Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego
  • San Diego Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League
  • San Diego Korean American Coalition
  • San Diego Queer APIMEDA Coalition
  • San Diego Pride
  • SDSU APIDA Resource Center
  • Taiwanese American Professionals – San Diego
  • UC San Diego API Alumni Council
  • Union of Pan Asian Communities
  • UniPro San Diego
  • Viet Vote