Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

NAPABA is the preeminent professional development organization and voice for 50,000 Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of nearly 90 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations.

  • We are the national voice for the Asian Pacific American legal profession.
  • We promote justice, equity, and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans.
  • We foster professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy, and community involvement.

Our History

In 1988 a coalition of Asian Pacific American bar leaders from around the country came together to create a national voice of engaged and active lawyers to support their community.

Learn more about our history




2019-20 Board of Governors

Executive Committee


Bonnie Lee Wolf


A.B. Cruz III


Jeffrey Javinar


Bruce Ishimatsu

VP for Finance & Development

Bridgette Ahn

VP for Membership

Avanti Bakane

VP for Communications

Gary Zhao


Daniel Sakaguchi

Immediate Past President

Regional Governors


Brendan Wong

Northeast Region Governor

David Sohn

Northeast Region Governor

Gregory Schwartz

Central Region Governor

Christine Han

Southeast Region Governor

Lance Ream

Southwest Region Governor

Craig Nakanishi

Northwest Region Governor

Christopher Sukhaphadhana

Central California Region Governor

Gino Barrica

Eastern California/Nevada Region Governor

Thy Bui

Southern California Region Governor

Hogene Choi

Northern California Region Governor

At-Large Members

Peter Sabido

At-Large Member

Kristy Gonowon

At-Large Member

Kristin Haugen

At-Large Member

Jen Won

At-Large Member

Meet Our Staff

Priya Purandare

Executive Director

Pang Moua

Senior Meetings Manager 

Robin Glenn

Operations Manager

Abram Garcia

Membership and Marketing Manager

Maureen Gelwicks

Development & Programs Manager

Maya Romero

Membership & Marketing Coordinator
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street NW, Ste. 510
Washington, DC 20006


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