5 Professional Organizations to Support Your Career Development as an Asian Pacific American

In addition to clubs and organizations on-campus, there are also plenty of professional groups that are dedicated to helping Asian and Pacific American students build skills and advance their careers. Take a look at these five professional organizations that strive to connect you with mentors and opportunities!

The Asian American Advertising Federation  

The Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) is a professional organization dedicated to both promoting the inclusion of Asian American professionals in the field of marketing and advertising and the inclusion of Asian American consumers. They host a wide variety of events and programs throughout the year including their annual summit, regular webinars, the 3AF Excellence Awards, and their NextGen mentorship program which connects young Asian American professionals with experienced Asian American mentors in the field of marketing and advertising for a 6 month program focusing on various career and identity development topics.  


Ascend is a professional organization dedicated to promoting leadership development and career advancement for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in the business world. Ascend offers professional development and career enhancement programs, as well as having, their National Association of Asian MBAs (NAAMBA), Ascend’s national organization for MBA professionals and students. 

Asian American Architects/Engineers Association 

The Asian American Architects/Engineers Association is a professional organization dedicated to providing a platform for Asian American architects and engineers in southern California to grow their firms and advance their careers through providing opportunities for professional development, networking, and leadership development.  

Asian American Government Executives Network  

The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting, expanding, and supporting Asian American and Pacific Islander leadership in the United States government. This is accomplished through offering members networking opportunities, mentorship opportunities with senior members in the government, offering training and learning opportunities, and through programs such as their annual AAGEN Leadership Workshop in D.C. and their yearly Senior Executive Service Development Program.  

Asian American Journalists Association 

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a professional organization dedicated to advancing diversity in the newsroom, advancing representation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the field of journalism, and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color. Some of the programs and resources offered by AAJA include their Student Leadership Development Series, their Executive Leadership Program, and their annual JCamp.  

Explore more professional organizations on our Asian and Asian American Affinity Community page.

By Avery Caya
Avery Caya Graduate Assistant, CLAS/Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (They/Them/Theirs)