Press Releases

November 30, 2005

APIASF Appoints New Executive Director, Moves Office to Washington, DC

For Immediate Release

Contact: APIASF
1628 16th Street, NW - Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 986-6892 or (877) 808-7032
Fax: (202) 667-6449

Max and Tim
Standing left to right Max Niedzwiecki and Timothy Leong.
Photo by Jason Miller

SAN FRANCISCO—Max Niedzwiecki, Ph.D. has been named Executive Director and President of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). He replaces Timothy Leong, who will remain as APIASF's Program Manager. At the same time, the APIASF office is moving from San Francisco, California to Washington, DC.

Niedzwiecki brings seventeen years of experience in the nonprofit sector to APIASF, including as Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), a national organization advancing the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans. Niedzwiecki has also served as the Co-Chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Advisory Committee of the Gates Millennium Scholars APIA program; on the Planning Committee that created APIASF; and on the APIASF Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Transition Committee.

In its first year, APIASF reached a significant milestone: the distribution of $330,000 in scholarships to 165 APIA students. In the coming year, APIASF has committed to giving at the same level, or higher, with support from donors including AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, General Mills, McDonald's, Macy's, Nissan, Sodexho, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, and others. The vision of APIASF is to see that all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who wish to pursue a higher education have that opportunity, regardless of their ethnicity, national origin, or financial means.

"APIASF has a bright future, and Max is the right person to lead it in new directions," said the Honorable Robert Underwood, the Chair of the organization's Board of Directors, who was formerly a U.S. Congressman from Guam and Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. "Moving to Washington, DC, will help us grow and serve the communities better by putting us in closer touch with top decision-makers in education and funding, the Gates Millennium Scholars APIA program, and national APIA organizations."