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Commission Overview

Established in 2004, the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs serves and celebrates the various communities within Iowa’s Asian and Pacific Islander populations through advocacy and education.

Chapter 216A of the Iowa Code charges the commission with studying the opportunities for and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander persons in this state and serving as liaison between the office and the public, sharing information and gathering constituency input.

The seven members of the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs are appointed by the Governor and are responsible for advising the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and general assembly on issues confronting Asian and Pacific Islanders in the state, including the unique problems of non-English speaking immigrants and refugees, as well as administrative and legislative changes necessary to ensure API persons access to benefits and services provided to people in the state.

If you are interested in serving on the commission, go to to learn more about the application process.

Meet the Commmissioners

Previous Meetings & Events

9:30 AM

The Commission will meet on Saturday, December 9 at Saison Kitchen & Pub located at ... Read More

10:00 AM

The Iowa Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders meets on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 10 a.m... Read More

12:00 PM

The Iowa Commission of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs will meet via conference call on... Read More

9:30 AM

The Iowa Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs meets on May 11, 2017 from 9:30 - 11:... Read More

1:00 PM

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API Commission Meeting, December 3rd, 9:30 am to noon, West Des Moines Public Library, Study Room C.

API Commission Meeting Agenda, Dec 3

Commission meetings are open to the public. The sites are accessible for people with mobility limitations. If other accommodations are needed, please contact the office prior to the meeting. For further information, contact Sanjita Pradhan at 515.281.4219.

If you wish to call in for the meeting please dial 866-685-1580, conference code: 515-281-4223 #


API Commission Meeting, Sept 10, 9:30 am to noon

Pond View Room, West Des Moines Public Library

4000 Mills Civic Parkway 

API Commission Meeting Agenda