CalAsian Chamber President Kushida Briefs ACE on Chambers and Foundation Functions
On March 7, the National ACE team met with the President of the CalAsian Chamber of Commerce, Pat Fong Kushida. The CalAsian Chamber of Commerce has a large network. They address programs, global issues, policy, and workforce and leadership development. The CalAsian Chamber of Commerce has an extensive build of programs and resources in their toolbelt available to help their community. They work closely with SBA, Institute of International Commerce, and the MBDA Export Center. Their annual events include the California policy summit, legislative summit, minority women business conference, and API leadership celebration.
Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce focuses on three pillars: workforce development, bid opportunities, and business services. They created a separate Foundation to house each chamber’s economic and workforce development, leadership, and education programs. Their focus is on forming collaborations with many community-based organizations on issues related to regional economic development to advance the community’s interests. As a group, they advocate on behalf of the chamber at the local, state, and federal levels, and successful ongoing fundraising development programs to ensure chamber viability.
The CalAsian Foundation was established to strengthen underserved, diverse communities through leadership, professional development and education, community economic and workforce development. Cultural programs help to develop the next generation of AAPI leaders. Their Global Initiatives Division facilitates international exchanges to create long lasting relations and provide access to international business, students, scholars, tourists, etc. Cal Asian Foundation partners with Emerging Leaders program and the Institute of International Commerce to fulfill their mission.