Asian American Pacific Islander Leaders Network

The Asian American-Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Leaders Network is open to site and systems leaders in districts served by the Alameda Regional Academy.  The Regional Academy serves Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties.

The AAPI Leaders Network is a space where education leaders who identify as AAPI come together to build community. We aim to build trusting relationships among AAPI school leaders in the Bay Area as a way to support, retain and mentor each other.  To accomplish the goals of this affinity group members co-create a confidential, non-supervisory space where the use of reflective storytelling, the processing of complex challenges we experience in the field; and the sharing and mentoring of each other serves to uplift, empower and amplify our community as AAPI leaders.

The community we create serves to strengthen our resolve to address the systemic inequities that exist in our leadership contexts.

Community Members will:

  • Create a network of AAPI leaders across the Bay Area who will support, uplift, empower, and amplify each other through the sharing of experiences, practices, and expertise
  • Engage in meaningful conversations, to build community, and promote the sharing of ideas, advice and wisdom
  • Improve resilience and sustainability in the profession, through the maintenance of mental health
  • Focus on the importance of balancing family, life and work
  • Explore strategies that support improving professional practice and career advancement for AAPI leaders


Dr. Diann Kitamura served as superintendent of the Santa Rosa City Schools (SRCS) district since February 2016 through 2021.  Having worked in public education for the past 39 years, she continues this work in her retirement. Currently Diann serves as a lecturer in the Leaders for Equity and Democracy (LEAD) program at U.C. Berkeley, the 21CLSA AAPI Affinity Group Lead for the Bay Area, and as mentor/coach for Next Level Client Services (F3 Law). She serves on the board for the California Association of Asian and Pacific Educational Leaders, the Made in Santa Rosa Education Foundation, and the Association of School Administrators Superintendency Council.

Mai Xi Lee - Director, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Sacramento County Office of Education. Mai Xi’s career includes serving as a district administrator, site administrator, counselor, teacher and bilingual para-educator. Mai Xi is leading a statewide effort to support all 58 county offices of education in the implementation of SEL. She is currently a doctoral student in the Leaders for Equity and Democracy program at UC Berkeley.


Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are virtual via Zoom.

New dates coming soon.

Who Should Participate

Site Leaders, Systems Leaders, Counselors, School Psycholgist, TOSAs

21CSLA programs are offered at no cost to participants employed in Title II districts and schools in six Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano. 

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