WASHINGTON DC – On September 21, 2012 the Federal Asian American Council (FAPAC) held its Installation and Award Event at the National Press Club in Washington,, DC.
President - Dr. Kin Wong DOT
Sr. Vice President for Operation – Peter Nguyen FAA
Vice President for Committees – Olivia Adrian DOI
Executive Secretary – Liqun Wong DEA
Treasurer – Kaye Nitta FDA
Auditor – Kevin Le FAA
The team will assume office on October 1, 2012 and serve until September 30, 2014. In her Keynote presentation at the event Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) spoke of passage of HR683, which expresses congressional regret on the injustice of the China Exclusion Act of 1882 which discriminates one ethnic group for over 60 years. She also commended on the important work that FAPAC does to advance the representation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the federal workforce through its national training program and the mentoring program CDHP that was launched in May.
Ms Michele Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, presented the work of her agency in protecting the public and the contributions of AAPI. She also commended on the achievements of FAPAC and pledged her continued support.
Dr. David S. C. Chu, former Under Secretary of Defense, administered the oath of office for all the elected officers. Awards were given to retiring Executive Board members for past service. Recognition was also given to Farook Sait, Sam T. Mok, Susie Wu, Kaye Nitta, Jimmy Chow, Lily Ho, Darrick and Jonathan Lee. The Departments of Defense and Agriculture and the Drug Enforcement Administration were presented with the Diamond Sponsor Awards. Asian Fortune was presented with an award for being the only publication that reaches out to the entire AAPI community in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area.
Established in 1985, FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity among the 155,000 civilian and military AAPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments of all ranks, including GS and SES employees and managers. FAPAC carries out its mission through its National Leadership Training Conference, held during the month of May each year, and through its Military and Civilian Awards. For more information, please visit www.fapac.org