Vice President, Multicultural Markets & Engagement — Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience, AARP
Daphne Kwok, chair of the Commission, is currently the Vice President of Multicultural Markets & Engagement for the Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience at AARP. She brings experience as a “leader of leaders” through her community service in promoting and empowering the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Prior to returning to DC, Ms. Kwok was Executive Director of Asians & Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California. She was also the Executive Director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. In DC, Ms. Kwok focused on increasing political participation of the AAPI community and working with AAPI elected officials as Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.
For 11 years, she was the Executive Director of OCA, a non-profit, civil rights organization with more than 10,000 members. She coordinated programs and services for its chapters and affiliates across the country and monitored issues pertaining to the Asian American community. During her OCA tenure, Ms. Kwok was the first elected Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, a network of national AAPI organizations. A 1984 graduate of Wesleyan University in East Asian Studies and Music, Ms. Kwok is the first Asian American to serve on its Board of Trustees.