What is the APIO?

The Asian Pacific Islander Organization, a non-profit organization, was established in May of 1998. The purpose of our organization is to provide a forum for employees to exchange ideas, network, mentor, train, and add value to the agency by being a linguistic, cultural and ethnic bridge to our communities and other employee organizations. 


The organization will focus attention on the under-representation of Asian Pacific Islander employees and serve in an advisory role to address methods of recruitment, retention, and promotion. In assisting the agency to achieve workforce diversity goals, this organization will help to enhance outreach, as well as promote access and delivery of agency programs to historically under-served communities.

Our Vision

Our vision is to work in harmony with our partners in natural resources conservation. A committed Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander leadership to transform the way we do business with the Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities.

Our Mission

The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander Organization (APIO) is to increase awareness of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander cultures to the leadership of NRCS, other federal agencies, and fellow employees.


Increase recognition of Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders as a viable part of the NRCS workforce.


Promote a greater sense of pride, professionalism, and unity among Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander employees.


Motivate and mentor members for leadership roles to assist NRCS and partners in delivering natural resources conservation.


Provide training opportunities to improve NRCS services and outreach to Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to assist NRCS in the delivery of program benefits and services to the Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander rural/urban communities by strengthening NRCS efforts in the recruitment, retention, development, and advancement of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders. Our goal is to assist NRCS in the technology transfer of information to the Asian American community and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander community.   

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