History and Mission of NAAAP

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that cultivates, supports, and promotes Asian American leaders. NAAAP offers professional development opportunities on the local and national level, engages its membership in community service, and organizes professional networking events. Through NAAAP, members work together to enhance leadership in their careers and communities.

As the largest and fastest growing Asian American professional organization in North America, NAAAP continues to provide its members with the tools and resources to further career advancements and empower Asian Americans to become great leaders and reliable employees. Founded in 1982, NAAAP has since expanded to more than 25 metropolitan cities in the United States and Canada. NAAAP members are affiliated with either a chapter or a venture. Ventures exist as chapter start-ups throughout North America.

Members include a diverse group of leaders and working professionals, with various levels of educational and professional backgrounds: corporate, small business, non-profit, academic, and governmental. Our members are Asian Americans of all descents, who work together on career advancement while making significant contributions to the community.

NAAAP is dedicated to the improvement of the Asian American community by promoting leadership, career development, educational exchange, professional networking, social networking, and civic responsibilities. Currently NAAAP has a national network consisted of more than 4,500 members with chapters across the country. The membership is open to anyone regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status or creed. Current members include individuals from a range of backgrounds that include managers, entrepreneurs, and professionals in the community.

NAAAP is the network for Asian American leaders. The NAAAP Vision: “We make leaders!”

NAAAP’s mission is to:

  • Cultivate and empower leaders for professional excellence
  • Connect accomplished professionals for mutual success
  • Engage and participate with the community-at-large
  • Inspire leaders to make a meaningful difference in government, education, business, and society.

NAAAP Colorado Chapter

This is an exciting phase for NAAAP Colorado for it is one of newest ventures in North America to form! Consisting of members from diverse professional fields throughout the Front Range and the greater Denver Metropolitan area, NAAAP Colorado is dedicated to empowering the Asian Pacific American community by providing service in leadership and career development, professional networking events, and promoting civic responsibilities, altogether advocating multicultural awareness in Corporate America.

Two years before the establishment of NAAAP Colorado, a group of APA representatives from various companies within the state came together to network and share best practices in the corporate world. The representatives within the focus group realized that with the APA population growing in Colorado, there was a need for an organization that would support their professional development. For the next couple years, the idea of forming an APA professional group lingered. Mr. Jie Zheng was one of the participants.

In 2006, Mr. Zheng attended the NAAAP National Convention in Seattle, Washington, as a keynote speaker representing Sun Microsystems. During the course of the two-day convention, Mr. Zheng participated in a number of discourses with APA leaders, employees and entrepreneurs from large corporations to small businesses. The discussions revolved around diversity and leadership in the working environment. Ideas of professional programs geared towards diversity practices were juggled around. The overall experience at the convention sparked his motivation and drive to take action and establish a NAAAP chapter in Colorado.

Anxious to share his experience and ideas with professionals in Colorado, Mr. Zheng connected with a group of passionate leaders from Sun Microsystems, Coors Brewing Co., Kaiser Permanente, Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Wells Fargo in September 2006. From there, the group worked together to formally establish NAAAP Colorado, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in October 2006.

Within months, NAAAP Colorado launched its first successful event: the 2007 National Ski Trip at Winter Park Ski Resort. A number of members throughout North America attended this event and wintessed the dedication and potential success that NAAAP Colorado team possessed. Since then, NAAAP Colorado continues forging their way to build the most dynamic APA professional organization in the state.