Marina Bhargava, President and CEO of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce

Marina Bhargava, President and CEO of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce


Marina Bhargava is the President and CEO of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC). She oversees its overall operation and execution of the Chamber’s goals and objectives.

Marina earned her B.A. and M.A. in economics from Northwestern University. Her career has been in a variety of industries, ranging from benefits consulting at Hewitt Associates to family owned plastics manufacturing. Prior to joining the Chamber, she was the Language Access and Outreach Coordinator for Asian Family Support Services of Austin, a domestic violence agency where she created trainings for and built relationships with the various Asian communities in Austin, and recruited and managed 20 contract interpreter advocates.

Marina currently serves on the board of Community Advancement Network and as an advisory board member of Indie Meme. She was a member of the Austin Area Research Organization’s McBee Fellows Class of 2015 and served on the Mayor’s Task Force for Institutional Racism, Economic Prosperity Commission, E3 Alliance’s Student Success Strike Force committee, and Austin Community College’s Equity Leadership Advisory Team.

Asian American Resource Center- Cultural Space, Resource, and Educational Programs


Centrally located near 183, I-35 and 290 is the Asian American Resource Center (AARC).  This multi-use facility features a 5,000 square foot ballroom, spacious Great Lawn for outdoor festivals, a foyer for receptions, six classrooms, two community rooms, library/computer lab, conference room, and cultural exhibitions/display spaces. The mission of the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is to provide cultural spaces, resources, services, and educational programs through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective that brings Austin’s diverse communities together.

From cultural performances and galas in the ballroom to networking mixers in the foyer and meetings and workshops in the classrooms, AARC may be a location option for your next event. The AARC is available for a wide variety of indoor and outdoor rentals including community events, non-profit events, business events, meetings, lectures, classes, banquets, and more. Priority is given to events that support the AARC mission. Events that do not support the AARC mission will be given consideration 90 days prior to the rental date if the desired space is available.  The AARC does not rent space for life, family or personal events such as weddings, birthdays, quinceañeras, family reunions and social gatherings. This allows more space availability for community organized events.



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Non-profits, community groups and individuals may suggest a program that is relevant to AARC and Parks and Recreation Department’s mission, values and audience. Collaborative programs must be offered to the public free of charge.

Adult and Youth Educational Program Positions

The AARC accepts applications for youth and adult program instructors year round. The AARC is interested to hear from instructors specializing in the following areas: computers/technology, cultural crafts, fitness/wellness, dance, culinary arts, animation, game development, painting, drawing, and graphic design. Proposals for other classes, workshops and programs not currently offer are welcomed.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers work directly with the community and provide support in a number of ways.

For inquiries, call (512) 974-1700, e-mail [email protected].

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