PPALM Offers

Mentorship and Professional Development

The PPALM Mentorship Program connects mentees with experienced professionals who have achieved personal, professional, and career success. Mentors provide advice, encouragement, feedback, performance management, and career guidance towards achieving a mentee’s full potential.

Board Openings

Want to join us and serve on the PPALM Board of Directors? We're looking for leaders to be our:

  • VP of Mentorship

For more details, send your resume and a short biography to:


PPALM Strategic Plan 2022


Military Leadership Appreciation Lunch - May 15, 2024

The APAICS-PPALM Military Leadership Appreciation Luncheon is dedicated to promoting leadership, diversity and AANHPI representation in our troops.

Here are some photos from this year's event.

Message from the Chairman - May 22, 2024

Dear PPALM members, sponsors, partners, and friends,

As we celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander month, lets also acknowledge the upcoming celebration of Armed Forces Day on Sat, May 18th, and Memorial Day on May 27th.

It is incredibly important to recognize the immeasurable contributions and achievements AANHPIs who served our country as immigrant laborers and soldiers and made this country a leading power in the world.  All this despite the generations replete with racial discrimination, violence, poverty, and prejudice.

They were never to be denied their freedom and rightful place in this country.  

This month, PPALM engaged in raising awareness of AANHPI leadership in public service. We joined our partner, the Asian American Government Executive Network (AAGEN) Leadership Workshop event on May 2nd. I participated as seminar speaker on “Leadership Accountability” and spoke to several participants on the value of Mentorship. MG(Ret) Garrett Yee, a PPALM member, was a distinguished guest speaker at the workshop.

At the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Legislative Summit on May 13-15, 2024, I participated in a panel on “A Diverse Military and Meeting the Needs of Veterans.” This three-day event culminated in celebrating the 10th Annual APAICS – PPALM Military Appreciation Luncheon on May 15th with over 130 guests comprising of military members, corporate executives, senior members of the federal government, and a member of Congress.

The distinguished speakers delivered powerful messages on why we serve our country – be it in elected office, military, or private sector. U.S Congresswoman Jill Tokuda from Hawaii, Dr Ravi Chaudhary, Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations, and Environment, and U.S. Army Major Jae Yu inspired the audience on the need for AANHPIs to stand out, to lead, to represent, to stay relevant and contribute to America’s four pillars of power - diplomacy, information, military, and economy.

Finally, we want to extend our congratulations to four outstanding  AANHPI leaders and PPALM members:  

Army Lieutenant Colonel John Abella on his promotion to Colonel ahead of his peers. He is currently serving at G-4/Logistics at the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii.

Army Major Jae Yu on receiving his PhD in Public Administration at George Washington University on May 16, 2024.

Thomas Matthews on his selection to attend the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School on July 30, 2024, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. He will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and assigned as Cyberspace Warfare Operations officer. He is also a PhD candidate in Cyber operations.

Elliot Ji, a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Rand Corporation working on nuclear related projects. He will soon join the US Air Force Reserve as an officer this summer. He is also a PhD candidate at Princeton University.

The enormous amount of talent and leadership displayed by these gentlemen are testament to their AANHPI roots – to serve and give back to America.

We can be proud of AANHPIs’ dedication and loyalty to our country!

Antonio M. Taguba

Who We Are

The Pan-Pacific American Leaders and MentorsĀ® organization is an all-volunteer organization comprised of military and civilian professionals committed to mentoring and promoting professional development, retention and the advancement of Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders—Active, Reserve, National Guard, and DoD civilians.  Pan-Pacific American Leaders and Mentors is a nonstock, nonprofit organization organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  It is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is classified as a public charity under IRC Sections 509(1)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi).

Asian American and Pacific Islanders have proudly served in the United States Military for over 100 years with a rich history of bravery and loyalty, led by talented and competent leaders.


PPALM Corporate Sustaining Sponsors


PPALM Corporate Supporting Sponsors

Robert Nakamoto Foundation


PPALM Corporate Contributing Sponsors


Friends and Partners




SAVE THE DATE: 13 Oct. 2024

17th Annual General Membership Meeting and Reception

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