Our Mission

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance empowers LGBTQ+ Asians and Pacific Islanders through movement capacity building, policy advocacy, and representation.

Founded in 2005 as a federation of dozens of small, volunteer-run groups across the country, NQAPIA is embedded in generations- and centuries-old traditions of resistance, resilience, and community-making among LGBTQ+ Asians and Pacific Islanders. 

 Check out our first 15 years below!

Our Leadership

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Kenrick Ross

Executive Director

Kenrick Ross has been Executive Director of NQAPIA since February 2021. Over the past 15 years, he has held senior management roles in sectors as diverse as education, community health, civic engagement, and equitable entrepreneurship.

 

He previously served as Executive Director of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance; Director of Education, Career Services, and Community at the YWCA of Queens; and Director of Professional Development and Quality Assurance for The Leaguers, Inc. In 2011, he founded Urban&Out, an LGBTQPOC professional and leadership development network.

Kenrick has made two short films, spoken and presented at 40+ events, and served on a dozen boards. He’s also a fierce advocate for LGBTQ-inclusive sports, especially tennis. Born in Guyana and raised in the NYC area, he lives with his partner in Newark, New Jersey. He holds a BA in Politics from New York University, and an MS in Urban Policy and Leadership from CUNY-Hunter College.

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