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Chris Kui Announces Retirement as Executive Director of AAFE

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A big transition is ahead for Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE).

Chris Kui, the non-profit organization’s longtime executive director, announced yesterday he would be retiring at the end of this year after a quarter century in the top leadership role at AAFE.

During his years at the Lower East Side/Chinatown-based organization, AAFE built more than 800 units of affordable housing and helped facilitate hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in home and small business loans in immigrant communities throughout New York City.

In a statement, Kui said, “Quite simply, this organization has been my life… My career with AAFE has been enormously satisfying and more than I could have ever imagined… I am very proud of all we have accomplished together at AAFE, and I know that the immigrant, homeless and low-income communities of New York City will continue to be well served by this organization and its dedicated staff and Board.”

Doris Koo, who served as AAFE’s first executive director in the 1980s, is returning as the organization’s interim executive director. A search is beginning for a permanent executive director.



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