Advocacy

Share your voice on the issues that impact your business.

We provide a platform where diverse small business owners can influence civic, social, and economic policies across California.

Engage and Participate

We choose to engage in policy issues that impact California’s AAPI community or opportunities for diverse small businesses.

Legislative Priorities

Our legislative priorities are informed by our Strategic Partnership Network initiatives and a policy agenda focused on the economic success of diverse small businesses across California.

AAPI-Advocacy

On February 14, 2022, Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris and Assemblymember Chris Holden, reintroduced the bill Equity in State Procurement (AB 2019), formally known as Economic Equity First Act of 2021 (AB 915), which ended up in Senate Appropriations in 2021. The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce is working closely with both Assemblymembers’ offices to develop this legislation, which increases access to procurement opportunities for small, minority and women-owned, and disabled veteran-owned businesses. The CalAsian Chamber is proud to be joined by the California Hispanic and African American Chambers of Commerce in co-sponsoring and supporting this landmark legislation.

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Equitable Energy

“The Equity in Energy Project” is a nexus of conversations that have taken place this past year, both internally and externally, on how to address the ambition of a just transition for small businesses to convert to clean energy. Legislatively, we are in talks with the State Treasurer’s Office about ways to leverage her investment portfolio to bridge the financing gap, in an equitable way, for small businesses to access capital for clean energy transition. This could pair with other Chamber programming with technical assistance on the matter as well.

Tech and Privacy

CalAsian, along with Strategies360, is closely monitoring the issues of technology and privacy, especially as they relate to the implementation of the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA). We are following all CPPA updates and are involved in providing public comments to ensure all relevant legislation and privacy concerns are appropriately addressed.

Public Policy Committee

Our Public Policy Committee helps guide the CalAsian Chamber’s stance on policy issues that impact diverse small business owners who access our suite of economic development services.

This year, the CalAsian Public Policy Committee consists of the following subcommittees: Business Advisory, Cannabis, Education & Workforce, Business Finance, Healthcare, Infrastructure, and Technology and Innovation.

Vikrum Aiyer
ACLU, National Political Advocacy Department
Heidi Barsuglia
Verizon
John Costa
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Vignesh Ganapathy
Postmates
Fidel Gutierrez
PepsiCo
John Gutierrez
Comcast
Nicolina Hernandez
Sempra Energy Utilities
Lambert Hsu
Benefit Pro Insurance Services
Joan Kerr
Frank Louie
CalAsian Chamber
Katchy McKim
The Hawksbill Group
Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell
Sempra Energy Utilities
Yesenia Monsour
Kaiser Permanente
Bill Mueller
Integrated Communications Strategies, LLC
Jason Paguio
Asian Business Association San Diego
Alice Perez
AT&T
Kathryn Scott
California Hospital Association
Adria Stoliar
DoorDash
Vince Wetzel
State Farm Insurance
Andy Wong
Big Table Media
Ron Wong
Imprenta Communications Group
Thomas Wong
SoCal Edison
C.C. Yin
APAPA, Yin’s McDonalds

Caucuses and Resources

Asian American and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus
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Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
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Get Involved in the API Caucus
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Downloads

Press Release

Assembly member David Chiu introduces the Economic Equity First Act of 2021

CalAsian EEFA Press Release (PDF)
Read the Full Bill

Assembly member David Chiu introduces the Economic Equity First Act of 2021

Read the Full Bill Online
Coalition Letter

Assembly member David Chiu introduces the Economic Equity First Act of 2021

AB 915 Coalition Letter (DOCX)

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