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As part of our mission to inform society and empower communities, LEAP launched in 2009 a research initiative to assess the current API representation at the highest levels of leadership positions in various sectors of our society. The intent of this baseline research is to enable businesses, public institutions, as well as political, community and educational leaders to develop and implement strategies for sustainable growth and advocacy in this arena in order to highlight the need for further work in this area.

Through these reports and LEAP's direct involvement with companies and public institutions to develop a robust pipeline of API leaders through our training programs, LEAP will continue to do its part in shedding light on the need for more representation of APIs at the highest levels of leadership positions.

Free downloadable PDF copies of current publications include:

corporate reports
2012 API Representation on Fortune 500 Boards
Description: 2011_LEAP_FORTUNE500_Cover.jpgLEAP’s 2012 API Representation on Fortune 500 Boards marks the eighth report in the series and the fourth edition of research focusing on the private sector. It reveals that while corporate America continues to benefit from the growing strength of the API consumer sector, it still offers too few opportunities for APIs to participate in corporate leadership. Nowhere is this more evident than in company boardrooms.

Since 2010, when LEAP published its first research on API representation on corporate boards, only 16 additional companies in the Fortune 500 now have APIs on their board, which means that 77.2% of these companies lack API representation in their boardrooms.  While board seats held by APIs have increased 24 percent in the last three years, we must put these numbers in perspective. It is startling that the fastest growing community in the nation, with the highest college graduation rates, still holds just 2.6 percent of board seats in the entire Fortune 500. The good news is that the comparative data over the past 3 years shows a very slow but positive trend towards adding more directors, gaining more seats, and just as important, more Fortune 500 companies are electing new directors of API descent. In 2012, 129 APIs held 144 board seats in 114 Fortune 500 companies, compared to 96 API directors, 115 board seats at 98 companies in 2010.

Read the key findings of the report, or download a PDF copy of the key findings.

Press Release
Full Report (36 page PDF)

2011 Fortune 500 API Executive Officers and Top Earners (See 2011 Report )
2011 API Representation on Fortune 500 Boards (See 2011 Report )
2010 API Representation on Fortune 500 Boards (See 2010 Report )
2009 API Representation on Fortune 100 Boards (See 2009 Report)

nonprofit reports
2011 API Representation on the Top 100 Nonprofit Boards

As part of our long-term strategy on research of API representation in top leadership roles, the 2011 API Representation on the Top 100 Nonprofit Boards marks the fourth in a series of reports evaluating the inclusion of APIs at the highest leadership levels (Boards of  Directors) in the corporate, foundation, nonprofit and education sectors.

In order to define the top 100 nonprofits, LEAP chose to focus its research on the largest U.S. nonprofits as ranked by The NonProfit Times on their most recent listing “The NPT 2010 Top 100” in the publication’s November 1, 2010 issue. To be included on the list, an organization must raise at least 10 percent of income from individual gifts. The revenue of these 100 nonprofits totaled $64.78 billion and ranged from just over $151 million for the smallest organization to over $5.8 billion for the largest nonprofit.
Read the key findings of the report here, or download a PDF copy.

foundation reports
2012 API Representation on the Top 100 Foundation Boards

LEAP’s 2012 API Representation on the Top 100 Foundation Boards marks the seventh report in the Leadership Research Series and the second edition of research focusing on foundations.  Our report shows that despite the burgeoning population and the growing need of segments of our community for greater access to services supported by large grant making foundations, APIs continue to remain largely absent from foundation boards.

The top 100 foundations controlled almost one-quarter of a trillion dollars in assets, which was leveraged to support specific programs in the U.S. and abroad. Interesting to note is that 59 of the top 100 foundations are located in 9 out of the 10 states with the largest API population concentrations in the U.S.: California, New York, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington, Florida, Virginia and Massachusetts. Hawaii does not have any foundations in the top 100.

Read the key findings of the report, or download a PDF copy.

2011 API Representation on the Top 100 Foundation Boards (See 2011 Report)

LEAP made every effort to achieve a high degree of accuracy. Information on race, ethnicity and gender composition of board members is not always publicly available. If errors or omissions are discovered, LEAP will make necessary adjustments. 

Please contact the Leadership Research Series reports author, Rima K. Matsumoto at rmatsumoto@leap.org


In 1992, LEAP created the Asian Pacific American Public Policy Institute (PPI) to establish a critical presence in the public policy arena. Since its inception, it has been committed to raising public awareness of the status of APIs through the publication and distribution of 11 major policy reports:

  • The State of Asia Pacific America: Policy Issues to the Year 2020
  • The State of Asia Pacific America: Economic Diversity, Issues and Policies
  • The State of Asia Pacific America: Reframing the Immigration Debate
  • The State of Asia Pacific America: Transforming Race Relations
  • The State of Asia Pacific America: Trajectory of Civic and Political Engagement
  • Beyond Asian American Poverty
  • Common Ground: Perspectives on Affirmative Action and its Impact on Asian Pacific Americans
  • Dollars & Sense: Policies for Growing Asian Pacific Islander Small Business
  • In support of Civil Rights: Taking on the Initiative
  • Lessons of Parcel C: Reflections on Community Lawyering
  • Reapportionment and Redistricting in Los Angeles: Implications for Asian Pacific Americans

Through these reports, the PPI challenges policy makers to address the needs and concerns of APIs in the United States. Through regional roundtable discussions, PPI also involved local communities in the policy decision-making.

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