Celebrate the A100, the most impactful Asian Pacific Leaders.

Christine Chen

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote

Christine Chen is a Co-founder and Executive Director of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), the leading national, nonpartisan organization engaging, educating, and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). APIAVote’s mission is to mobilize AAPI communities in electoral and civic engagement by partnering with local and state community-based organizations. Since 2007, APIAVote has built power by investing in AAPI communities’ capacity and infrastructure to mobilize voters.

Chen has championed AAPI empowerment since the start of her career. Moving to Washington, DC from Ohio, she took on organizing and leadership roles at the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) and started Strategic Alliances USA, consulting on projects like the Linsanity documentary and for the USDA on Hmong farmer outreach.

While Executive Director of OCA National from 2001-2006, Chen was a member of the executive committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, founding member of APIA Scholars, and was on numerous boards including the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and Demos Board of Trustees. She was a Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics Resident Fellow during the 2022 spring semester. She currently serves on the Kennedy Center Community Advisory Board and the Center for Asian American Media. She is also a member of the Election Assistance and Policy (EAP) Standing Committee at the American Political Science Association.