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About AAEI
The Asian American Education Institute is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to producing programs that increase the civic participation of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in California.

In 2007, AAEI developed and implemented an innovative non-partisan pilot outreach program that converted over 2,000 occasional API voters into permanent absentee voters and thereby increasing voter turnout in the 2008 election cycle. The program included direct mail, radio advertising (available on our downloads page), and print ads (the image above).

AAEI annually convenes issue forums on the changing demographics of California’s population and the impact on representation and public policy, challenges faced by APIs in voting, API access to health care, state budget and bond financing, the impact of digital communications technology on API communities, and the impact of energy policy in API communities.

AAEI has also served as a co-convener of the 2010 and 2011 Annual API Policy Summit in Sacramento and has helped to support other API organizations.

In 2010, AAEI initiated pre-recorded calls reaching a quarter of a million Asian and Pacific Islander residents in California to urge them to cooperate with U.S. Census enumerators that were in the field to complete the U.S. Census count. AAEI also mailed information to API Decline To State voters on their rights to vote in a state closed primary election. In November 2010, AAEI funded 500,000 calls to API voters to remind them to vote in the General Election. The non-partisan effort led to the highest API voter turnout in history for California.

In 2011, AAEI was actively involved in advocating on behalf of API communities in California’s redistricting process. AAEI’s priority was to protect API communities of interest and prevent the diminishment of API representation in state and federal government.

AAEI’s Board
Vida Benavides
Tami Bui
Jadine Chin Nielsen
Lillian Kawasaki
Travis Kiyota
Lucy McCoy
James Santa Maria

AAEI’s Consultant
AAEI prioritizes funding for projects and only retains a consultant to manage its programs. AAEI’s consultant is Bill Wong. Bill has over 20 years of legislative experience that includes five and a half years as Chief of Staff to State Assembly Member Judy Chu, Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to State Senator Hilda L. Solis, Legislative Director to State Assembly Member Mike Honda, Associate Consultant to the Senate Housing Committee, and Research Aide to the Senate Office of Asian Pacific American Affairs. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor degree in Asian American Studies at the University of California at Davis. He has also served as a guest lecturer for the University of California at Davis. Bill Wong has held leadership positions in numerous state and local community organizations and civic commissions including: the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs, Board Member for Chinese for Affirmative Action, Advisor for the Asian Pacific Islander Capital Association, Board Member of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Project, Board Member of My Sister’s House API Domestic Violence Shelter, United States Electoral College (2000) California Elector (Appointed by Rep. Hilda Solis), Member of the Sacramento Mayor’s Citizen Commission on Campaign Finance Reform, President of the Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center, Vice President Chinese American Council of Sacramento, Founding Member of the Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy & Leadership, and Sacramento County Human Rights and Fair Housing Commissioner. Bill has also received numerous awards for community service, including: 2008 Asian Pacific Community Counseling Community Hero Award, 2007 Asian Enterprise Magazine Special Advocate of the Year Award, 2007 Asian Pacific Islander Capitol Association Unsung Hero Award, California State Assembly Resolutions (Assembly Members Judy Chu, Mary Hayashi and Mike Honda), California State Senate Resolution (State Senator Hilda L. Solis), 2004 Greenlining Coalition “Big Foot” Award, 2004 Planned Parenthood Guardian of Choice Award, and 1998 National Asian Women’s Health Organization Champion of Women & Families.

AAEI

Southern California
3699 Wilshire Blvd. #1290, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Northern California
P.O. Box 188858, Sacramento, CA 95818

Contact: Bill Wong at 916-708-2828 or bill@billwong.net