Mayor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Connecting Philadelphia’s Asian American community with local services and voicing its concerns to City government.

What we do

The Mayor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (MCAPAA) is composed of 25 professionals and community leaders who represent the diversity of Philadelphia’s Asian American population.

As part of its work, the MCAPAA:

  • Advises the Mayor on issues and policies that are important to Asian communities in the City.
  • Ensures diversity and inclusion for Asian communities within City policies.
  • Helps Asian American community organizations develop strategies and programs that enhance the social, cultural, and economic status of the Asian American community.

The commission is part of the Office of Immigrant Affairs. It shares a mission with the Mayor's Office of Public Engagement, which works to increase collaboration with specific communities throughout Philadelphia.


1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 1430
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Apply to become a MCAPAA commissioner

Interested in helping the City collaborate with the Asian Pacific American community? Apply to become a commissioner by August 15, 2020.


Name Affiliation Email Phone
Akanksha Kalra AKA Immigration
Alix Mariko-Webb Asian Americans United
Aowtad Chowdhury Bangladesh Welfare Association of America
Cecilia Moy Yep Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (Retired)
Cliff Akiyama Progressions Behavioral Health Services
Dewi Broadhurst FACTS Charter School
Grace Rustia AARP
Grace Wu Kong U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce
James Zhang Sino American Business & Travel Association
John Chin Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
Judi Rhee Alloway Imagine Leadership LLC
K Naroen Chinn 1Love
Lilian Christaka Modero Dance Company
Mathew Tharakan SEPTA
Ruben David City of Philadelphia (retired)
Sarun Chan Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia


Name Job title Phone #
Romana Lee-Akiyama Director of Multicultural Affairs
(215) 684-4412
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