WAPA's mission is to promote and enhance the application of anthropological perspectives and skills to the problems of contemporary communities by:
- providing practical and educational services to Washington area anthropologists through programs, workshops, conferences and collaborations in classrooms, etc.;
- developing better communications between the anthropological community and the general public;
- supporting the development of aspiring anthropologists; and
- maintaining a network of anthropologists and others interested in the applied social sciences through the above activities and social occasions for professional networking, friendship and fun.