Dear Friends of CACF,
We are excited to return to the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) as co-executive directors. CACF’s role as an advocate and coalition-builder for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community is more important now than ever before. We look forward to leading CACF and supporting community organizations in fighting for equitable systems and resources for APA children and families, especially those who are most marginalized and disenfranchised.
Our return to CACF is both personal and professional. Our desires for our own children motivate our work to improve and empower the APA community. We want our children to live in a world free of hate; to be seen for their character – who they are and not what they look like; to have equitable systems and access to the resources they need to thrive; and, when necessary, to know how to stand up against bullies and make their voice heard.
This is a time of uncertainty. Anti-progressive and often prejudicial policies and orders threaten to pull resources from and to harm our communities. We were both at CACF at another uncertain time in our country: September 11th. Through our work together we learned about ourselves and our shared vision: that unifying communities against hate builds community power; that advocating for better policies and systems is vital to improving our society; and that everybody has a role in shaping our democracy for the better. Our co-executive directorship of CACF is a reflection of our belief in collaboration, collective voice, and shared community leadership to bring about positive social change.
We come back to CACF with a deep level of trust, understanding, and confidence in each other that is built upon more than 16 years of professional collaboration and friendship. We have had valuable experiences working in nonprofit management and capacity-building, education policy, philanthropy, and academia, and we are ready to devote our expertise to furthering CACF’s mission.
We believe in CACF and are excited to return to the organization, and to work and partner with all of you in strengthening our future.
Anita Gundanna and Vanessa Leung
The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) aims to improve the economic security and well-being of Asian Pacific American children and families in New York City.
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