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  • January 02, 2018 01:02 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    As we wave goodbye to 2017 and say hello to 2018, I want to thank each of you for volunteering and continuously supporting our mission, promoting organizational development and unity, and cultivating new volunteers to be future leaders. It is with FAPAC Member’s support that we are able to do what we do as a team.

    I would also like to remind us about some important upcoming events that the National Board of Directors (NBOD) along with the National Board of Operations (NBOO) are currently working on for 2018 to ensure we meet the mission of FAPAC:

    • January 19, 2018: Kickoff the first-ever 2018 FAPAC Leadership Shadowing Program (LSP) to prepare our future Officers;
    • January 20, 2018: Membership Appreciation & Holiday Dinner;
    • March 30, 2018: FinalIze FAPAC Constitution and Bylaws amendments;
    • April 13, 2018: Kickoff Career Development Mentoring Program (CDP) for High Performers;
    • May 14-17, 2018: National Leadership Training Program (NLTP), Sheraton, Pentagon City;
    • June 30, 2018: Leadership Shadowing Program graduation;
    • July 2018: FAPAC Annual Summer Picnic;
    • August 2018: Election of FAPAC Officers, Regional Directors and Auditor;
    • September 30, 2018: end of the term of the current Administration and end of FAPAC operation year
    • October 2018: FAPAC Installation of the newly Elected Officers Term for 2019-2020; 
    • November 9, 2018: 2018 CDP Mentoring Program graduation.

    I am confident with everyone’s assistance that the above events will be successfully accomplished, as a team we can do it!

    Lastly, in 2017, I saw many new volunteers coming forward to help us succeed and tremendously improved our processes. In 2018, I know that we will remain committed to do even better to serve our members and accomplish more for FAPAC.

    As we kickoff 2018, I wish you a safe, prosperous, and happy New Year!


    Olivia F. Adrian,
    President, Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)

  • December 23, 2017 06:07 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    One of my favorite holiday stories is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The visions of Victorian Christmases, delicious seasonal food and drink, warm family gatherings, a festive generosity of spirit, and the transformation of the main character Ebenezer Scrooge really puts things in perspective for me.  As you may recall, Scrooge was visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. 

    These themes remind me of FAPAC’s past, present and future, which the officers and board of directors have been working on assiduously for the past year. It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through our terms.

    As I reflect on the past year and contemplate FAPAC’s future, here are three thoughts:

    1. At the beginning of my term in October 2016, or FAPAC’s past, we had over 600 members. Now we have over 1,800 members.
    2. In the present, we’re already working on recruiting potential officers through the 2018 Leadership Shadowing Program that start on Jan 19, 2018 and setting up our online voting for officer elections in August 2018. Our Career Development Program for 2018 is scheduled to kick off in February 2018. In addition, we are working hard to prepare for FAPAC’s National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) in May 2018. The NLTP will be held at the Sheraton Pentagon City near the Air Force Memorial in Northern Virginia. We’ll need everyone’s assistance to make this the best training event ever.
    3. You may have received notifications about FAPAC’s future in terms of the development of FAPAC’s first ever strategic plan for the next five years. This is our road map to FAPAC’s 5 year successful plan. It’s important that we know where we came from and where we want to go long after my term ends.

    I, for one, feel blessed to be working with the National Board of Directors (NBOD) and the National Board of Operations (NBOO), surrounded by so many dedicated and talented volunteers. I am extremely grateful to be elected President 15 months ago and thankful to you, our members. Together, we can work to transform FAPAC into an organization we can be proud to call our own. Have a joyous holiday season. I look forward to working with each of you in the New Year. I also hope that you make a special effort this holiday season to spend time with those you love and thank them for their presence and role in your life.

  • November 23, 2017 00:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    Let’s all take a moment and pause and enjoy this beautiful time of the year. Put down your cell phones and other devices. Are you missing important moments with your families, relatives and friends? Have you taken a good look at your growing children? They change so quickly. It may seem that they are always around, but there will come a day when they head out in the world and may not come home again to live. Have you noticed how your parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives are getting older? Our time is limited. Are the messages you are receiving on your devices really that important that you are missing out on the best part of your life with your family and friends?

    The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to take just a few moments to appreciate how lucky we are in our present lives. We have our families. The recent natural disasters have highlighted how quickly our material possessions can disappear. Wildfires can burn our homes and destroy all our possessions. Hurricanes can flood and blow away our residences. If you are about to sit down to a festive meal, remember that in a moment lives can change. Take stock in everyone and everything around you. Savor the people and nourishing food you have in front of you. This is about counting your blessings and telling the people you love how much they mean to you. Life can be unpredictable. Live in and enjoy the moment.

    You are my FAPAC family and I am grateful to have every one of you in my life. Thank you for all you do to make this organization successful in enhancing the lives of all. Thank you for all your support. On behalf of the FAPAC National Board of Directors, let me wish you, your families, and friends a very happy Thanksgiving!


    Olivia Adrian

    President, Federal Asian Pacific American Council

  • November 11, 2017 08:11 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    “The principle on which this country was founded and by which it has been governed is that Americanism is a matter of mind and heart; Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race and ancestry,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt said this while signing the Executive Order that created the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in February 1943. The Executive Order created the only all-Japanese unit during World War II.

    On this Veterans Day, I am so proud that Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders have served in the U.S. military since the War of 1812, both sides of the Civil War and all other battles. In January 2017, members of FAPAC and I met Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth. We were able to thank her in person for her service as of the honored veterans. On Veterans Day and every day when you meet someone who has served for our country, please thank them for their service.

    If you would like to share photos of veterans in your family or those you have met, please do so on our Facebook page. Upload your photos of veterans and share their stories. On behalf of the FAPAC National Board of Directors and its members, to all veterans… “We thank you for your service!”


    Olivia Adrian,
    President, Federal Asian Pacific American Council

  • October 02, 2017 15:32 | Lily Ho (Administrator)

    This is an announcement for the FY2018 Standing and Ad Hoc Committee Chairpersons and Co-Chairs to serve for 1-year term as stated under the current Constitution and Bylaws

    Dear FAPAC Members:

    On behalf of the National Board of Directors, I am very excited to announce the selections of all the Standing and Ad Hoc Committee Chairs in accordance with the FAPAC Bylaws, Article IV, as presented and strongly recommended by the Vice President of Operations, Mr. Peter Nguyen.

    Each year that FAPAC has been in existence has brought new accomplishments and each year new goals are set for greater achievements.  This year, we have new Team Leaders and our agenda is very aggressive and ambitious, we have a lot of work ahead of us, but with everyone’s support we can be successful!

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FAPAC Committee Chairs 2017-2018 below:

    Standing Committees​

    • ·  Program Committee: Amy Yamashiro (DOE)
    • ·  Public Relations Committee: Eva Ngai (FAA)
    • ·  Nomination and Election Committee: Parveen Setia (USDA)
    • ·  Affirmative Committee: Lauren Van Talia (FAPAC)
    • ·  Membership Committee: Sara Kaul (NIH)
    • ·  Chapter Committee: Anthony Chu (FAA)
    • ·  Conference Committee: Darrick Lee (FAPAC) and Kelly Kim (DOI)
    • ·  Constitution and Bylaws Committee: Raphael Choi (DHS)
    • ·  Ethics Committee:  Dr Kin Wong (DOT Ret.)  

    Ad Hoc Committees​

    • ·  Awards Committee: Teresa Brown (USDA)
    • ·  Newsletter Committee:  Ranmali Fonseka (FTA)
    • ·  Community Outreach Committee: Cynthia Macri (Navy Ret.)
    • ·  Strategic and Long-Term Planning Committee:  Selina Lee (DoD)
    • ·  Financial Management Committee: Chuan-Ming Li (NIH)                                           

    Thank you also to our Vice President of Operations who worked diligently to make sure we have a good team to serve this year!


  • February 23, 2017 02:02 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    In support of the Executive Order 13583 on establishing a coordinated government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is proud to present the Graduating students ending its fourth career development program titled, "The 2016 Career Development Program for High Performers (CDP), Mentoring Program”

    On February 8, 2017, the FAPAC 2016 Career Development Program (CDP) for High Performers Mentoring Program Graduation was held on at the USDA Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, South Building, Washington D.C. 20250.  The USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Mr Malcolm Shorter provided the welcoming remarks and Pan Pacific American Leaders (PPALM) Executive Director, Mr. Erick Soriano provided the special remarks as the guest speaker.

    The primary objectives of the Mentoring Program are:

    1. serve as an additional resource for self-improvement and professional development;
    2. offer excellent opportunities to strengthen personal goals and career planning;
    3. provide a forum to discuss mentees’ concerns in regard to becoming a high performer in federal government; and
    4. enrich individual readiness for hiring and career advancement opportunities via resume and interview practices.

    Based on recent statistics from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) continue to be underrepresented in both senior grade levels and supervisory positions in the Federal government. The purpose of the FAPAC CDP program is to be an excellent resource for AAPI employees to empower themselves through career development initiatives and to expand their career opportunities through preparation and networking. This program can be part of the employee’s career development initiative to demonstrate their career planning in pursuit of leadership development and self- improvement.

    FAPAC supports the Federal government’s vision to achieve and maintain a diverse, inclusive, high performing workforce. It seeks to provide members and participants with a career development experience that opens up different pathways of learning and growth within their organizations while encouraging participants to practice their leadership responsibilities and to address their interest for career development.  The following individual successfully completed and graduated the program (April 2016- Oct 2016):

    • Tenley Biggs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    • Yvonne Chow, Health Resources and Services Administration
    • Binh Dam, Defense Contract Audit Agency
    • Ileana Galvan, Veterans' Health Administration
    • Claire Huber, Internal Revenue Service
    • Cassandra Johnson, Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Cailine Kim, Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Kelly Kim, Department of the Interior
    • Quijan Liu, National Intitutes of Health
    • Ann Luong, Department of Health and Human Services
    • Lei McCabe, Agency for Health Research and Quality
    • Danielle Rash, Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Abhijit Sengupta, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) (Now at Department of Transportation)
    • Lebya Simpson, Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Kelley Smith, National Intitutes of Health
    • Thomas Syzmanek, Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Elaine Thomas, Office of Personnel Management
    • Jamie Weng, Health Resources and Services Administration
    • Ai Van Woodburn, Courts Services and Offender Supervision Agency
    • Amy Yamashiro, Department of Energy.

    The FAPAC President, with the coordination of the Mentoring Program Committee Chair, Ms Aurea Franklin, recognized outstanding leadership and performance by individual as a mentor and as a mentee.​The categories for the awards were as follows: 

    Mentee of the Year: 
    Kelly Kim, Department of the Interior

    Mentee Ambassador:
    Cailine Kim, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Mentors of the Year:
    George Eisenback, Department of Veterans Affairs
    David Thomas, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Mentors Leadership Award:
    Peter Nguyen, Department of Transportation
    Tom Leney, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Training Leadership Award:
    Kenneth Bailey, NOIA

    Best Performance Committee Member:  
    Sara Kaul, NIH
    Fahmida Chhipa, USDA
    Ranmali Fonseka, DOT
    Darrick Lee, FAPAC

    Thanks to all for your continued commitment to the FAPAC's mission; these awards were presented by the President Olivia Adrian and USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Mr Malcolm Shorter during the Graduation Ceremony.

  • February 06, 2017 08:06 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 Career Development Mentoring Program (CDP). The program begins April 21, 2017 through October 31, 2017. Training sessions will be held in the Washington, DC metro area.

    The CDP is a tuition-free program that offers individual mentoring, professional development, and career counseling for high-performing federal employees. Forty participants will be selected for the 2017 program (20 mentors and 20 mentees).

    Mentoring objectives include:

    • A diverse network of dedicated public servants;
    • Strengthening personal goals and career planning;
    • Leadership training; and
    • Access to career advancement workshops.

    Who May Apply:

    • Current federal employees with permanent career status.
    • Mentee candidates must be GS-13 or lower.
    • Mentor candidates must be GS-14 or higher and 8+ years in federal service.

    Application Requirements:

    Submit completed applications by email to by 5:00pm EST on February 17, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered and marked “ineligible.”

    For more information, visit or contact 2017 FAPAC Program Chair: Kelly Kim at 

  • January 16, 2017 08:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is soliciting nominations for the FAPAC 2017 Civilian Awards and the FAPAC 2017 Military Meritorious Service Awards. The base period of performance shall be Fiscal Year of 2016, period starting on October 1, 2015 ending September 30, 2016; or Calendar Year of 2016, starting on January 1, 2016 ending on December 31, 2016.

    Please visit for more information!

    Download Civilian Award Nomination Forms here
    Download Military Award Nomination Forms here

    Please send questions to the Awards Committee at

    The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Endowment Fund is open for applications for the Distinguished Public Service Scholarship Award. For the past few years, FAPAC has awarded a number of scholarships and internships to Asian Pacific American Islanders (AAPI) college students who exhibited excellent academic achievement as well as demonstrated continuous efforts to foster diversity and community service to the AAPIs community. 

    For the 2017 FAPAC Endowment Fund scholarship, this will be given in honor of the Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, to one (1) student during the annual FAPAC NLTP. The scholarship recipient will receive a stipend of $5,000 towards their education.

    Please send questions to the Awards Committee at 

  • January 08, 2017 01:22 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    Federal Asian Pacific American Council co-hosted the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA Vote) Celebration of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of the 115th U.S. Congress on Jan 5, 2017 at China Garden.

    FAPAC Officers and members met with Senator Tammy Duckworth and other Congressional Leaders, Rep Judy Chu, Rep Bobby Scott, Rep Raja Krishnamoorthi and Secretary Norman Mineta.

    Left to Right (Rep Bobby Scott, FAPAC Executive Secretary Fahmida Chhipa, Rep Judy Chu, Rep Raja Krishnamoorthi, FAPAC President Olivia Adrian, FAPAC Vice President Marina Milton, FAPAC VP for Operations Peter Nguyen)

    FAPAC Members with Senator Tammy Duckworth who was also a Past FAPAC Military Award Winner

  • January 01, 2017 00:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

    As we welcome the New Year, and as I begin my reflection on 2016, we successfully completed the 1st Quarter of FY2017. I want to thank each of you for your time and energy in helping make the FAPAC organization very successful and productive in the last 3 months.  We wouldn’t accomplish a lot and be where we are today without your total commitment, dedication and professionalism.  Thank you for volunteering and serving our Organization and its Members so well throughout this first quarter!

    October 2016, first month was an especially exciting one. The Vice President for Operations solicited Committee Chairs and recruitment to be completed by the end of the Oct 2016; newly elected officers were inducted at the National Press Club (click link page); first NBOD meeting conducted right after the installation; FAPAC Officers met with four (4) different Agencies to discuss the possibility of forming a new FAPAC Chapter in their Agency; Community Outreach Committee conducted Career Fair planning meeting; and the President joined the NCEP monthly meetings via teleconference.

    November 2016, second month was busy, by the recommendations of the Vice President for Operations, the President appointed all the Committee Chairs (click link page); the Vice President reviewed all the FAPAC MOUs with different Agencies and scheduled future meetings to meet with multiple Agencies to discuss continuous partnerships and sponsorships; Conference Planning Committee kicked-off the 2017 National Leadership Training Program planning meeting at Rockville Hilton in Maryland (click link page); and Outreach Committee Members held a very successful Federal Employment Career Fair that was attended by over 30+ Agencies, was held at the Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, Maryland (click link page);  

    December 2016 third month was very hectic, as we celebrate the Holidays, our dedicated volunteers continuous to pursue great things for FAPAC. Webmaster Team launched the new look/logo of FAPAC on our website; the Newsletter Committee Chair released her 1st bi-monthly Newsletter (click link page); the Program Committee kickoff the 2017 Mentoring Program planning, while the 2016 Mentoring Program concluded end of Dec with 18 candidates graduating the program; the Constitution and Bylaws Committee kickoff the planning meeting to amend the C&B, planned for release by the second quarter of the FY2017; Chapter Committee Chair held meetings and continuously working with the Regional Directors to form new Chapters; the President and Vice President met with the USDA high level management few days before Christmas and received sponsorship commitment for the May 2017 event; and the FAPAC 2017 NLTP Theme “Unite Our Voices by Speaking Together” for Heritage Month was released for Agencies to use (click link page).

    Overall, FAPAC Members and Committee Chairs worked together as a team to ensure that we continue to promote equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion and to serve the Federal and DC Governments and the Communities. Everyone did their part to make the 1st Quarter of the FY2017 a success, and everyone can feel justifiable pride in the outcomes and to be a proud member of this premiere organization!!


    Olivia F. Adrian
    FAPAC President 2017-2018

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