San Diego’s Jason Paguio Appointed To State API Commission

Asian Business Association San Diego (ABASD) CEO Jason Paguio has been appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs by Governor Gavin Newsom.


Honored by the Governor’s appointment, Paguio is eager to serve as an advocate for minority-owned businesses and their families at the state level. He adds, “The power and impact of our community in California are embedded in our state’s history, and I’m motivated to expand and amplify our collective influence as well as continue to foster equity and inclusion throughout the state.”

The commission was established in 2002 to address the state’s political, economic, and social challenges important to the AAPI community.

Paguio also serves on the San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria’s Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Group and a number of other civic and non-profit bodies in the city. A valuable addition to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs, Gloria says, is that he is an outspoken advocate for the API community.

Last week, San Diego Representative Juan Vargas honored the ABASD as the Asian Pacific Islander Leaders of the Year.

The ABASD was founded in 1990  and now serves the interests of over 30,000 AAPI-run companies in San Diego County through the Asian Business Association. It has expanded its impact through community-based outreach and partnerships as well as the expansion of its office space, to create a free cultural co-working center.