To mobilize Asian Americans to be represented at all levels of leadership in Virginia.
- Empower Asian Americans to participate in civic activities
- Support candidates and elected officials who advocate for the Asian American community
- Sponsor emerging Asian American leaders in civic engagement and political leadership programs
- Advance young and emerging Asian American leaders into statewide leadership programs
Asian Americans Impacting Virginia (AAIV) was established as a nonprofit organization in 2019 to mobilize Asian Americans to be represented at all levels of leadership in Virginia.
The founding members of AAIV are Asian American community leaders and activists known for their achievements and contributions to their communities. Several serve or have served as gubernatorial advisors and appointees and on boards for prominent public and nonprofit organizations in Virginia.
There are approximately 20 million Asian Americans living in the United States (US). According to the US Census, between 2010 and 2018, the total US population has increased roughly 5.7%, while the Asian American population has increased by almost 28%; more than any other major racial or ethnic group. During the same period, the total population in the Commonwealth of Virginia increased by 6.1% whereas the Asian American population increased by more than 31%. Today, nearly 7.4% of the state’s population, or more than 660,000 Virginians, identify as Asian American or of Asian descent. Additionally, Asian Americans have a 7.8% share of the electorate in Virginia. Between 2012 and 2018, the number of Asian American eligible voters in Virginia grew 37% vs. 6% for statewide eligible voters.
Despite these growing numbers, Asian American representation and visibility in leadership positions in public and private sectors, or in elected office, do not reflect nearly the same rate of growth. Several Asian American community leaders and activists saw an opportunity to close these gaps by establishing a nonprofit organization with a vision that Asian Americans are represented at all levels of leadership.