After a thorough nationwide search, CAPE’s Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Michelle K. Sugihara as the new Executive Director.
“We’re thrilled that Michelle has joined the CAPE team as an integral part of our organization,” said Wenda Fong, CAPE Co-Founder and Interim Executive Director. “Michelle’s non-profit experience, strong community ties and legal background make her well-positioned to lead CAPE and take us to the next level. Her ability to address issues both analytically and creatively will serve her well as Executive Director.”
As Executive Director, Michelle will lead the organization and advance CAPE’s mission of "championing diversity by educating, connecting and empowering AAPI artists and leaders in entertainment and media" by focusing on fundraising, programming, strategic growth and operations.
Join Michelle at her first CAPE event, tonight’s 2015 CNWF Graduation & Networking Mixer and help her celebrate the 2015 Fellows and their incredible achievement. Meet Michelle, the Fellows, and CAPE’s Board of Directors tonight!
Learn more about Michelle here.
Dear Friends & Champions of CAPE,
CAPE is excited to announce that from this point forward we are transitioning from a paid member-driven organization to one that is exclusively mission-driven. What this means for you is that we are eliminating all paid memberships and opening up our programs, services, and events to anyone seeking to make a meaningful impact in support of the AAPI community. We have thought long and hard about this transition, and our hope is that it will help us better serve CAPE’s Mission to champion diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering all Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media.
CAPE was founded 23 years ago as a non-profit organization to support and connect AAPI’s in entertainment. It started with a series of small networking mixers attended by the few AAPI executives working in the industry at that time. With your support, CAPE has grown tremendously. We have expanded the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, globally launched the #IAM Campaign, which quickly became one of the top four all-time non-profit awareness campaigns in YouTube history, and grown our base of individual and corporate supporters to over 5,000.
We sincerely thank our members, past and present, for supporting the only non-profit organization dedicated to increasing positive AAPI images and representation in entertainment. Although we no longer require membership fees, we still need financial support to cover our climbing operating costs and fund our great events and programs. We’d love for you to consider any membership dues you have paid as a tax-deductible donation to CAPE. However, if you feel that you do not wish to support our Mission in this way, we would be happy to oblige with a pro-rated refund*. Regardless, we hope you will consider making a donation to CAPE. If you are unable to make a contribution, please consider moral support by visiting our website and signing up for our newsletter, liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing to our YouTube Channel.
We hope you will encourage others to support CAPE’s Mission to create positive images of AAPI’s in entertainment and media.
Wenda Fong, CAPE Co-Founder & Board Chair Emeritus
Kevin Iwashina, CAPE Board Chair
*Refund requests will be accepted through 10/31/2014.
On May 8, the City of LA is honoring CAPE, along with Kollaboration and Visual Communications, at its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month opening ceremony at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The City of LA is recognizing the work we have accomplished since 1991 in championing diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering Asian American & Pacific Islander artists and leaders.
As we head into our 25th Anniversary next year, we are truly honored by this recognition and look forward to another 25 years!
Congratulations to the 2015 CAPE Fellows Tiffany Shaw Ho, Teresa Huang, Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt, Kevin Lau, Eliza Lee, Eugene Ramos, Marisa Tam, and Julie Wong on their successful completion of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship!
On April 7, 2015 at a ceremony held at Ca’Del Sole, North Hollywood... (Please see full press release).
The Fellows each received a $1,000 cash stipend, a copy of the latest Final Draft screenwriting software, and a CNWF certificate of completion.
Congratulations Fellows! We are so proud of you!
Mark your calendars to come out and celebrate the CAPE New Writers Fellowship Graduation & Networking Mixer.
RSVP and buy your tickets today!
Join us in congratulating the Fellows of the 2015 CAPE New Writers Fellowship! Eat, drink, mix, mingle, laugh and connect with the largest group of AAPI entertainment professionals in Hollywood. Celebrate with the Fellows, CAPE Board of Directors, sponsors NBCUniversal, Warner Bros., Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Final Draft and lots of top industry professionals.
Elizabeth Banks and husband Max Handelman executive produce RESIDENT ADVISORS, a new comedy starring Jamie Chung, follows a corps of resident advisors at a fictional college herding and navigating a dorm of hormonal freshmen roughly their same age.
Paramount Digital Entertainment premiered the first two episodes at the Sherry Lansing Theater on the Paramount lot on Tuesday night.
Presenting Vanessa Hudgens on Broadway!
The 26-year-old actress made her big stage debut this week in the first preview performance of a revival of the romantic musical comedy Gigi, now playing at the Neil Simon Theatre. She plays the title character. The show is set to open officially on April 8.
Masi Oka is set to reprise his role as wide-eyed time/space jumper Hiro Nakamura on "Heroes Reborn". Oka joins fellow "Heroes" alum Jack Coleman, who is reprising his role as Noah Bennet. Coleman is a lead in the event series alongside new addition Zachary Levi.
Theresa Won was recently promoted to Director, Production & Acquisitions at Myriad Pictures from her previous role as Manager.
Congratulations to all!