National Affinity Groups

National Affinity Groups and National Employee Organizations

The American Legion (TAL): TAL was chartered and incorporates by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

Asian American Government Executive Network (AAGEN): AAGEN was founded in September 1994, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, non-partisan organization of the highest ranking Asian Pacific American career and appointed executives, Foreign Service officers, legislative and judiciary members, and military officers in the Federal, state, and local governments. The mission of AAGEN is to promote, expand, and support Asian Pacific American leadership in the Federal, State, and Local governments.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD): AAPD is a 501 non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. which advocates for the legal rights of people with disabilities. The AAPD was founded on July 25, 1995 as a result of the organizational planning of Paul Hearne, Senator Bob Dole, John Kemp, Justin Dart, Tony Coelho, Pat Wright, Jim Weisman, Lex Frieden, Sylvia Walker, Paul Marchand, Fred Fray, I. King Jordan, Denise Figueroa, Judi Chamberlin, Bill Demby, Deborah Kaplan, Nancy Bloch, Max Starkloff, Mike Auberger, Neil Jacobson, Ralph Neas, Ron Hartley and others.

Asian Pacific American Network in Agriculture (APANA): APANA is a department-wide employee organization in USDA.  Organized in 1989, APANA serves as a conduit through which issues of common interests and concerns of the members are addressed.  APANA membership is open to all USDA employees.

Black In Government (BIG): BIG is a national grass roots organization that promotes and supports the well-being, education, and professional development of African Americans in the Federal, State, County and municipal sectors. BIG is a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and to use their collective strength to confront workplace and community place.

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC): FAPAC is an organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for APAs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. FAPAC encourages the participation and advancement of APAs in the Government workforce.

Federally Employed Women (FEW): FEW is a private membership organization working as an advocacy group to improve the status of women employed by the Federal government and by the District of Columbia government.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC): LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationally groups. 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT): The Community of LGBT Centers exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement.

National Association of Hispanic Federal Executive (NAHFE): NAHFE is an executive leadership Association aiding American in recruiting and developing Hispanic leaders for the Federal public service. In 1980, NAHFE was established to help advocate hiring into the senior policy positions and provide executive leadership career development training.

National Image Inc.: IMAGE was originally founded in 1972 to address the needs of Hispanic employees in the Federal government. Later, however, the membership saw a need to expand their activities to serve the needs of Hispanic outside the Federal government. The new organization, National Image, expanded its activities to increase its impact on employment, education and civil rights.

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE): SAIGE is a national organization that serves the needs of American Indian (AI) and an Alaska Native (AN) government employee, SAIGE provides a forum to address the challenges of American Indian Tribes and government work community.

Student Veterans of America (SVA): SVA is a coalition of student veterans groups from college campus across the United States. Founded in January of 2008, SVA is a 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt organizations that works to develop new student groups, coordinate between existing student groups, and advocate on behalf of student veterans at the local, state, and national level.

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