In 2013, the Samakkee Summit began as a conference in Washington, D.C., to gather Thai and Thai American community members and leaders from across the United States to address various social issues impacting the Thai and Thai American community at large and to highlight opportunity areas in community development and engagement, and immigration reform.
Since then, the Summits have been passed down to different local Thai and Thai American organizational hosts in different U.S. cities to highlight issues relevant to and resources specific to the Thai and Thai American communities in that particular locality. The Summits have received continuous support from the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as the regional Royal Thai Consulate-Generals in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. Thai American organizations across the United States from Washington, D.C., to Seattle, to Chicago, to Los Angeles, to San Diego, to New York City have stepped up to host the Samakkee Summits leading up to this year’s summit back in Los Angeles and to the formation of a national non-profit organization in 2019.
The Thai American Samakkee Coalition (Samakkee) formed in 2019 and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Its leadership is comprised of Thai and Thai American members from across the United States who come from a variety of backgrounds and professions.
The Samakkee Summits provide a forum to promote the unity and interests of Thai and Thai Americans, to raise and address issues common to the Thai and Thai American community, and to bring Thai and Thai American organizations together and share best practices.
Samakkee is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes the unity and interests of Thai and Thai American organizations in the United States.
The objectives for which Samakkee is formed and its general purposes are: to facilitate communications, networking, and sharing of resources among its members; to serve as a voice for and provide inspiration to the Thai and Thai American community in the United States; and to foster community service, civic engagement, leadership, and advocacy with, among, and for the Thai and Thai American community in the United States.
Meet The Team
Passionately committed in serving and supporting our community.
Archawee (Anny) Dhamavasi
Panida (Anna) Anderson
Chintana (Vann) Ketsongkhram
Southern Region Director
Chair, Membership Committee
JuJu Natwadee Rattanasriampipong
Northeastern Region Director
Walaipan (Wendy) Kesthong
Western Region Director
Central Region Director
Tiffany Sriaroon Genovesi
Immediate Past President