Peggy Saika

Executive Director, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Peggy Saika is the President/Executive Director of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). AAPIP is a national membership association of foundations, staff and trustees of grantmaking institutions, and representatives of non-profit organizations. Founded in 1990, AAPIP's mission is to advance community and philanthropy through two principal strategies: building community philanthropy and promoting philanthropic advocacy. From 1993 to 2000, Ms. Saika was the founding executive director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and from 1983 to 1991 the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus.

She is the past chairperson of the New World Foundation Board of Directors and has served as a board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women, United Way of the Bay Area, the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, the National Network of Grantmakers and the Council on Foundations. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation.

In 1986, Ms. Saika was the first Asian American appointed to the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women. In 1994, she was appointed to the Advisory Council of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and appointed by President Clinton to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) where she chaired the Sub-committee on Public Participation and Accountability. In 1995, she was selected as a fellow for the Kellogg International Leadership Program. In 2008 she was awarded The LEAD (Leadership, Equity, And Diversity) Award from Women & Philanthropy, celebrating outstanding risk-takers and innovators in the philanthropic community who, through their determination and leadership, have increased funding for programs that promote gender equity and diversity.

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