Vincent Nguyen, Acting President and Vice President of Programs
Facility Management Systems Specialist, National Park Service
I’m currently serving with the National Park Service as the Facility Management Systems Specialist for the Mojave Desert Network. I lead the development of long-term facilities investment plans, manage the utilization of park asset data, and provide guidance and support during the project development and review process.
I am Vietnamese American. In 1975, my parents – about 8 years old - were a part of the roughly 120,000 refugees who arrived in the United States following Operation New Life and the Fall of Saigon. Decades later, I was born and raised in Houston, Texas! In my seven years with the National Park Service, I’ve lived in four different states and have been lucky to experience so many unique and incredible cultures along the way. Of the many adventures the Park Service has afforded me, I hold dearly the relatively benign experience of moving. A privileged yet often emotional experience that has bonded me to my parents and contextualized my relationship with my identity and our past. The challenges our community has faced over these past few years have inspired my involvement and interest in joining the great foundation of work done in our AANHPI spaces. I’m excited to meet you all at FAPAC and look forward to seeing how our collaborative efforts take shape.
Michiko Squires Beauchamp, Vice President of Outreach
Data Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
Michiko Squires is a self-professed map nerd joining FAPAC from northern California. Her background as a science communicator, data wizard, and field biologist has taken her career within the Department of Interior through several agencies including the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Geological Survey. Although she enjoys taking on technical challenges, Michiko has found that the most rewarding ones have centered around building connections with the people and community she works with - you never know where a conversation could lead, or the inspiration you can walk home with. She has found community here with FAPAC and is so excited to join the board to promote our voices!
Mandian Wei, Vice President of Finance
Auditor, Office of Natural Resources Revenue
I was born in Chengdu, China, and immigrated to the US with my parents at the age of 11. Having lived in China through my youth, I am very proud of my heritage and ethnicity and have always been interested in learning more about Asian cultures and teaching others about them. It was an eye-opening experience for an 11-year-old to move here where I have never experienced racism against Asians before. The pandemic brought out renewed challenges for the AANHPI community. It is my hope that all of us in the AANHPI community will be more united and stand as one in addressing those challenges.
My entire Federal career of 13 years is with the Office of Natural Resources Revenue as an Auditor, where I collect, account for, and verify natural resource and energy revenues due to the U.S. Treasury. Prior to Federal service, I worked in the banking and finance field. I am honored to serve our FAPAC-DOI chapter.
Lena Chang, Immediate Past President
Public Affairs Officer, Office of Communications, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region
Why did you join FAPAC-DOI?
FAPAC-DOI came to me at a time in my life and career when I realized that sharing our stories as Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders has tremendous value. My personal goal for diversity and inclusion is to break biases through sharing our stories, creative outreach, and education. My goal as a member of the FAPAC-DOI board is to continue to work with all of you to inspire the desire to engage members of the AANHPI community across the DOI, supporting and amplifying each other as we create ways to build awareness and community both nationally and within our home offices.
More about Lena
Lena was born and raised in southern California and identifies as Korean American with an additionally rich Japanese cultural influence from family members who were born and raised there. Her early background is in special education and wildlife rehabilitation, specializing in birds of prey. Inspired by conservation, she went back to school to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology before being hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2008 as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist. Lena spent nearly 13 years working with State, Federal, and private partners toward conservation of threatened and endangered species in coastal southern California with the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office in Ventura, California. In recent years, Lena served with USFWS Headquarters working in Emergency Management, to Office of Communications for the USFWS Mountain-Prairie Region, and now in her current position in the Pacific Region. Lena served as FAPAC-DOI President from FY19-FY22 and Executive Secretary (now Vice President of Outreach) in FY18.
Thomas Liu, Leadership Liaison
Why did you join FAPAC-DOI?
I joined FAPAC-DOI as a founding member when the chapter was created in 2017 to share my experience as an Asian American working at Interior and learn from others. For a few years, I was fairly uninvolved as I had family commitments and being based out of California made it difficult to attend meetings and events. I became the senior liaison in 2019 after understanding how few AAPIs were in leadership positions at Interior and as video conference capabilities made collaboration from the West Coast easier. I'm interested in helping FAPAC thrive as an organization, serving as a resource to help other AANHPIs enter and advance at Interior; yet at the same time, reminding and reinforcing to members that even though we face challenges as AANHPI's (as do other minority groups), that the great thing about America is that our decisions and choices still matter more to career success than the circumstances or conditions we are born into. And I also want to continually emphasize that I believe that America's greatest strength comes from the fact that our country is unique in the world as a melting pot and that fundamentally, we are more alike to our fellow Americans than to anyone else in the world. So while FAPAC is a much needed safe space for us to share and process events, we must not use race to separate us off or wall us off from our fellow Americans.
More about Thomas:
Thomas started his DOI career in 2009 as a Presidential Management Fellow and the Chief of Concessions for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and transitioned to BOEM in 2011 after a brief stint at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He completed the White House Office of Management & Budget SES Candidate Development Program in 2016. Prior to government, he worked in finance and held positions as an investment banking analyst, corporate strategy analyst, product manager, and a hedge fund investment analyst. Thomas holds a BS from Stanford, an MBA from Northwestern, and completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Thomas grew up in Cary, North Carolina. Thomas is proud to be a 2nd generation Taiwanese American and to be in a leadership position where he can provide insight, transformational thinking, give back to America, and make Interior a great place to work.
Janet Cushing, Senior Advisor
Deputy Chief, U.S. Geological Survey, National Climate Adaptation Science Center
Why did you join FAPAC-DOI:
I joined FAPAC-DOI officially last year, after being a non-active participant for a couple years prior. The impetus was the ever increasing racial intolerance and hate crimes that I was seeing across all minorities, but in particular the sharp increase of abusive behavior towards Asian Americans made me realize that I need to be part of the solution.
Anything else about you that you want to share with FAPAC-DOI?
I am grateful to have a community in DOI that provides a safe space to discuss issues pertaining to the AANHPIs as well as meet more people across the different DOI bureaus.