Tina Matsuoka is the Chief People Officer of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
Tina has been a leader in the Asian American community and an advocate for civil rights and civil liberties for 20+ years. She is particularly experienced and knowledgeable in the areas of non-profit operations, policy advocacy, community engagement, and DE&I efforts. Tina excels at achieving consensus, problem solving, and has worked collaboratively with elected officials, state and local law enforcement officers, and historically marginalized groups—including communities of color and LGBT/Queer communities–to prevent and respond to civil rights conflicts.
Most recently, Tina served as the chief executive of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association—the nation’s largest membership association of Asian American lawyers, judges, law students, and law professors–for over a decade. As a state litigator, she specialized in enforcement of anti-discrimination laws and was at the forefront of litigation and outreach efforts to protect Muslims, Sikhs, and other communities that were targeted in the aftermath of September 11. Tina’s legal experience also includes advising elected officials and business clients and teaching legal writing and disability law.