Civic Engagement and Participation


AAPI Civic Engagement Network of Ohio (ACE)

The Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) population in Ohio is comprised of about 2.1% of the total population and 12.0% of the total minority population. Like AAPIs elsewhere in the United States, a majority of Ohio’s AAPIs lives in metropolitan areas or counties with large universities. For instance, the Columbus metropolitan area has the largest number of AAPIs in Ohio, approximately 32% of the total AAPI population. With approximately 29% of the total, the second largest Ohio AAPI population lives in the Cleveland-Akron Metropolitan area.¹

In general, Ohio’s AAPI population tends to reside in Central Ohio (Franklin County, including Columbus, has approximately 32% of Ohio’s total AAPI population), Southwest Central Ohio (Montgomery and Clark Counties, including Dayton and Springfield, have approximately 9% of Ohio’s total AAPI population), Southwest Ohio (Hamilton County, including Cincinnati, has approximately 11% of Ohio’s total AAPI population), and Northern & Northeast Central Ohio (Cuyahoga and Summit Counties, including Cleveland and Akron, have approximately 29% of Ohio’s total AAPI population).¹

Ohio is home to over 127,000 eligible AAPI voters, comprising 1.3% of the state’s electorate. AAPI youth, ages 18-29, comprise 24% of the AAPI electorate in Ohio and AAPI older adults, age 50+, comprise 35% of the AAPI electorate.²

In 2015, Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA) along with 15 other organizations across the state launched the first ever New American-focused civic engagement network focused on voter registration, voter education and voter turnout. This group of dedicated organizations, focusing on reaching underrepresented groups such as young voters, minorities and immigrant voters, and first-time voters called themselves the AAPI Civic Engagement Network of Ohio, otherwise known as ACE.  Asian Services In Action, Inc. takes leads the network.

Since 2015, ACE has reached over 45,000 AAPI voters and contintue to empower underrepresented minorities and immigrant voters through non-partisan voter registration, voter education and mobilization efforts.

Voter Registration
As the core activity of the Network, we conduct ongoing voter registration efforts to increase the overall engagement and voter turnout of New Americans across the state of Ohio on election day. Already registered? Pledge your commitment to vote today! 

Voter Education
ACE plans and organizes educational forums to inform community members about the civic engagement engagement and involvement through events like town-halls, basics of voting workshops and more.

Voter Mobilization
ACE’s GOTV activities include phone banking and door knocking in order to engage and increase the overall voter turnout of New American in the state. Through non-partisan canvassing ACE has reached over 45,000 New Americans since 2015.

ACE Network Contact
For more information about the ACE Network of Ohio or for media requests, please contact Kimlee Sureemee at kimlee.sur@asiaohio.org or 216-881-0330 Ext. 8811. ACE conducts efforts in 5 key regions across the state.

See here for a current list of active partners in 2016.


Interested in being an ACE member?
Contact Kimlee Sureemee at kimlee.sur@asiaohio.org or 216-881-0330 Ext. 8811 today!

Funding oppritunities are available.

Asian Services In Action, Inc.
Address: 730 Carroll Street, Akron, OH 44304
Contact: Kimlee Sureemee, kimlee.sur@asiaohio.org or 216-881-0330 Ext. 8811
Volunteer: Brandon Yackey, byackey@asiaohio.org or 330-353-3263 Ext. 5321

Asian Community Alliance (ACA)
Address: 7566 Central Parke Blvd, Mason, OH 45040
Contact: Sherri Peaks, programassistant@asiancommunityalliance.org or 513-318-9223
Volunteer: Sherri Peaks, programassistant@asiancommunityalliance.org or 513-318-9223

Asian Services In Action, Inc.
Address: 730 Carroll Street, Akron, OH 44304
Contact: Kimlee Sureemee, kimlee.sur@asiaohio.org or 216-881-0330 Ext. 8811
Volunteer: Brandon Yackey, byackey@asiaohio.org or 330-353-3263 Ext. 5321

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association at Case Western Reserve University (APAMSA-CWRU)
Contact: Alice Shieh, axs1423@case.edu 
Volunteer: Case Western students

Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland (KAAGC)
Contact: Susan Harris, hycharris@hotmail.com
Volunteer: Seeking volunteers who to assist with outreach in the Korean community

OCA Greater Cleveland Chapter
Contact: Lisa Wong, president@ocagc.org
Volunteer: Seeking volunteers who to assist with outreach in the Korean community

Asian American Community Services (AACS)
Address: 4700 Reed Rd # B, Columbus, OH 43220
Contact: Asafu Suzuki, asuzuki@aacsohio.org or 614-220-4023 Ext. 240
Volunteer: Asafu Suzuki, asuzuki@aacsohio.org or 614-220-4023 Ext. 240

Ohio Asian American Health Coalition (OAAHC)
Address: 660 Ackerman Road, P O Box 183110
Contact: Manju Sankarappa, msankarappa@oahcoalition.org or 614-366-8214
Volunteer: Manju Sankarappa, msankarappa@oahcoalition.org or 614-366-8214

We’re looking to expand. Interested in becoming a member? Contact Kimlee Sureemee today at kimlee.sur@asiaohio.org or 216-881-0330 Ext. 88111. Funding oppritunities available.

Chinese Association of Greater Toledo (CAGT)
Address: PO Box 350445, Toledo, OH 43635
Contact: Rui Shao, rshao01@gmail.com
Volunteer: Rui Shao, rshao01@gmail.com