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We are a Pacific Islander education organization that serves the Pacific Islander community. Although our particular focus is on Pacific Islander students, we will help any student or community pursue their educational goals.

  • Our members network and share resources with schools to support student academic achievement.
  • We provide financial aid and scholarship information for students and parents.
  • Our board members participate in school career day programs and mentoring programs.
  • We introduce career role models and mentors annually to 1,100 students through our conferences and school visits
  • We speak at academic conferences and introduce research on Pacific Islander students to educators.
  • Grant awards are available to support Pacific Islander student club programs.


Martha Donnenfield, Past President
Martha Donnenfield, Past President

Our board has presented at the following education conferences:

  • Federal Asian Pacific American Council Leadership Training

  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

  •  AIM for Equity Network Convening Association of California School Administrators

  • UC Irvine Faculty Diversity Series

  • National Association of Asian Pacific American Educators

  • Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics & College Board Forum

  • National Education Association

  • API Education Summit

  • California Teachers Association

  • Summit on Southeast Asian and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education

Aileen Tanimoto Matsuura, President
Aileen Tanimoto Matsuura, President


Aileen Tanimoto-Matsuura, President
Tino Andres, President-Elect & Chief of Staff
Martha Donnenfield, Immediate Past President
Falanai Ala, President Emeritus
Hector Molina, Vice President
Teresa Molina, Secretary
Martha Donnenfield, Treasurer
Tiloi Tuitama, Member
Gwen Yates, Member
Jocelyn Marquez, Member
Laty Johnson, Member
Kimberly Adame, Member
Amaris Leiataua, Member
Dr. Victor Thompson, Executive Director


Ray Diaz, Long-time NPIEN Supporter
Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega
Linda Garcia
Vivian Hansen
Assemblymember George Nakano
Wallace Aliifua Rank
Dr. Adele Satele-Galea’i
Superintendent Chris Steinhauser
Governor Togiola T.A. Tulafono
Congressman Robert A. Underwood
Ruth Perez Ashley
Dr. Kehaulani Kauanui
Dr. Audrey Yamagata Noji
Prany Sananikone
Rev. Misipouena Tagaloa
Soledad Santos

Iosefa Aina
Sevia Ma’ae
Joyce Mann
Freda Tanuvasa
Dr. Alofa Tanuvasa
Dr. Michael Perez
Eugene Mafi
Art Medina 
Soledad Santos, Past President, Northern CA Chapter
Soledad Santos, Past President, Northern CA Chapter
Tino Andres, Chief of Staff
Lopaka Faria
John Harrington
QB Keju
Judy Ann Sanchez
Shauniece Croudip

David Brown
Jenny Chomori
Ixchel Gill-Stanford
Uncle Henry Kamae
Bruce Lee
Dr. Mafutaga Tagaloa-Tulifau

NPIEN received the 2005 Clifford N. Kusaba Human Rights Award from the Teachers Association of Long Beach

NPIEN Received the 2011 Hands Across the District Awards from Assemblymember Warren Furutani

Dr. Victor Thompson, Executive Director, received the 2012 Samoan Achievers International (SAI) Award for Education and was recognized by the Carson Samoan Flag Day Association

Also featured in:
Lakewood Community News
Pacific Daily News, Guam
Report to the Hawaii State Legislature
Asian American
CNN Local
Education Week August 2007, San Dimas Community News - Educational network founded by Samoan educators in California to be featured on CNN - Dannica Ofisa awarded prestigious Pacific Islander scholarship - NPIEN Announces Seventh Annual Education Conference - Dannica Ofisa receives NPIEN scholarship
Paramount Pulse Beat, Paramount, CA
Long Beach Press-Telegram: Sharing the Sound of Success
Windward Community College Elevila Thompson Wins Poster Contest 
First Generation Fim The College Board 2012 Webinar: Young Men of Color
Q and Joe Sav BBQ Radio Show, November 2012


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