What We Do
- MOAPIA advises the Mayor, the Council, and District agencies on the views, needs, and concerns of the AAPI community.
- Award funding to Asian and Pacific Islander community-based organizations whose programs provide culturally and/or linguistically targeted services and resources to the District’’s AAPI residents and businesses.
- MOAPIA provides recommendations on District programs and initiatives affecting the AAPI community and helps coordinate programs and initiatives within the government that promote the overall welfare of the AAPI community.
- MOAPIA organizes and facilitates public and private programs on public safety, human rights, economic development, housing, employment, social services, public health, transportation, education, and multicultural development to ensure accessibility for the District’s AAPI community.
Meet the Director
Ben de Guzman is the Director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA). He has been a leading voice at the local and national level on issues of racial equity, immigrants' rights, veterans’ affairs, and LGBT justice for twenty years. He comes to MOAPIA from the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, where he served as the Community Outreach Specialist. During his tenure there, he helped execute two major first time events for the Office- the “District of Pride” LGBTQ cultural performance event and the 32nd Annual 17th Street High Heel Race, presented by the Mayor’s Office as lead organizer. He also served as both the Public Information Officer and the Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer for the agency.
Created in 1987, MOAPIA has been committed to promoting and engaging the District’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) residents and business owners so they may successfully integrate into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the District. As the Mayor’s liaison to the AAPI community, we connect AAPI residents and businesses with District agencies to foster efficient and effective partnerships, improve access to services, and help break down language and cultural barriers.
Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 721 North
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-3120
Fax: (202) 727-9655