Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO)

Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) is a constituency group whose mission is to provide Asian Pacific American municipal officials and their colleagues with a forum to share ideas and develop leadership experience.


It also serves as a vehicle for members to discuss problems and explore solutions, debate policy issues, and contribute to the success of American cities and towns.  APAMO members are eager to share their experiences in government with other Asian Pacific Americans and local officials.  The group was established within the National League of Cities in 1985.

2020 Board of Directors

The APAMO Board of Directors is elected every two years at NLC's City Summit by the group's membership. For information about Board nominations and an application form, see the Join APAMO section below. 


Vice President

Immediate Past President

Lilly Mei


Benny Lee


Sean Polster

Lily Mei
Fremont, California

Benny Lee
Councilmember San Leandro, California

Sean Polster
Warrenton, Virginia
Board Roster

APAMO 2020 Board of Directors 

Lily Mei, Mayor, Fremont, CA (President)
Benny Lee, Councilmember, San Leandro, CA (Vice-President)
Peter Kwon, Councilmember, SeaTac, WA (Treasurer)
Sean Polster, Councilmember, Warrenton, VA (Immediate Past President)

At-Large Board Members:
Rishi Kumar, Councilmember, Saratoga, CA
Doris McConnell, Councilmember, Shoreline, WA
David Ryu, Councilmember, Los Angeles, CA
Janice Zahn, Councilmember, Bellevue, WA


APAMO membership benefits include:

  • Networking and Leadership
  • Federal Advocacy Updates 
  • Annual Events 
  • Awards Programs

Learn more!

If you have questions about membership, please contact NLC via email at 


APAMO welcomes new members at any time throughout the year. To join, simply pay your membership fees when you register for City Summit or the Congressional City Conference. If you are unable to attend either conference, you can submit a membership application to join APAMO. 


Once you have submitted your application, a Constituency Group staff member will follow up with you and provide you with an invoice to pay the fee.