Interagency Working Group

President Obama asked each Cabinet and Cabinet-level Secretary and White House Office to appoint a senior level person within their agency to serve as their designee to oversee the work of the Initiative. These designees, known collectively as the Interagency Working Group, are tasked to create and implement agency plans to increase participation in and access to federal programs in which Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders may be underserved.

Secretary Arne Duncan

Department of Education – Co-Chair

Arne DuncanArne Duncan was nominated to be secretary of education by President-elect Barack Obama and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2009. Prior to his appointment as secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, a position to which he was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley, from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country. As CEO, Duncan’s mandate was to raise education standards and performance, improve teacher and principal quality, and increase learning options. In seven and a half years, he united education reformers, teachers, principals and business stakeholders behind an aggressive education reform agenda that included opening over 100 new schools, expanding after-school and summer learning programs, closing down underperforming schools, increasing early childhood and college access, dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers, and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives.

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Tony BabautaTony Babauta

Department of the Interior

Prior to being confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Babauta served as Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s senior advisor. Tony Babauta previously worked on the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, as its Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife. He advised the full committee on US policy towards U.S. territories and other U.S. affiliated island nations. Tony was instrumental in advancing the renegotiated compact with the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, the Guam war claims, and the political advancement of Puerto Rico.

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Nisha Biswal

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Nisha Desai Biswal was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs on October 21, 2013. She oversees U.S. foreign policy and relations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

During her tenure, the United States has focused on strengthening bilateral and regional relationships to enhance the security, stability, and prosperity of South and Central Asia. Under her leadership the United States has supported economic development and encouraged increased regional connectivity within South and Central Asia as part of the U.S. re-balance to Asia. From India to Kazakhstan the region’s emerging economies can drive growth and deliver sustained benefits to the peoples of the region. She has led the annual bilateral consultations with Central Asia for the United States as well as deepening ties with South Asian nations.

Biswal’s career in the executive and legislative branches and in non-governmental organizations has focused on the link between human security and national security. Specifically, she prioritizes ensuring that our diplomatic and development efforts in the region are sustainable through a focus on people, and not just governments. Previously, Ms. Biswal served from September 2010 as Assistant Administrator for Asia at USAID, where she oversaw $1.2 billion in assistance to 22 nations. In the House of Representatives, Biswal served as the majority clerk for the House Appropriations Committee Foreign Operations Subcommittee (HACFO) and as professional staff in the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), where she was responsible for South Asia. In addition to her government service, Ms. Biswal led public policy at InterAction and worked at the American Red Cross as an international delegate in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.

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Michele Chang

Small Business AdministrationMichele Chang

Michele Chang is Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Working alongside the SBA Administrator & Deputy Administrator, she oversees the day-to-day operations, personnel, and decision-making processes at the Agency, which has more than 2,000 employees in all 50 states.

Ms. Chang previously served as Senior Advisor in the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. In this position, she worked to support thousands of small businesses every year as they competed for over $500 Billion in federal prime contracts.

Prior to joining SBA, Ms. Chang was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She was based in McKinsey’s Chicago office and specialized in developing marketing and merchandising strategies for Fortune 500 clients in the retail and consumer products industries. She also worked in the firm’s public sector practice, where she helped re-shape the strategy of a charter school organization and worked on Chicago’s efforts to host the 2016 Olympics Games. Ms. Chang previously worked as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco. In that role, she helped companies identify and implement tactics to make their business processes more efficient and effective. She also worked at PepsiCo in the marketing and brand management function of Gatorade.

Ms. Chang earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Mathematics/Applied Sciences. She also earned her M.B.A from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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A. Marisa Chun

Department of Justice

A. Marisa ChunMarisa Chun serves as Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. Her responsibilities include a range of the Department’s civil and criminal law enforcement issues, including intellectual property rights, antitrust, and telecommunications issues. Ms. Chun also serves as a Special Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, where she prosecutes narcotics, firearms, gang-related sex trafficking, immigration, and other crimes. Previously, Ms. Chun was a litigation partner at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP in San Francisco, a Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, a Court-appointed mediator for the U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.), and a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has served as Chair of the State Bar of California’s Federal Courts Committee and Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Litigation Section. Ms. Chun was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2010 John Marshall Award for Providing Legal Advice and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s “Best Under 40” Award. She is a graduate of Yale University, summa cum laude, and Harvard Law School, cum laude, where she served as Developments Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

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Georgia Coffey

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Georgia Coffey was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Sept. 2, 2008. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ms. Coffey serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration on equal employment opportunity,
workforce diversity and workplace inclusion issues. She has over 20 years of EEO, diversity, and dispute resolution experience in the public and private sectors and has led several leading edge EEO and diversity initiatives government-wide.

Since joining the VA in 2008, Ms. Coffey has served as a catalyst for change. Under her leadership, VA has implemented numerous groundbreaking programs including developing VA’s first Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, standing-up its first VA-wide Diversity Council, implementing standardized EEO and diversity training for managers and supervisors, issuing a consolidated EEO, Diversity, and No FEAR Policy Statement, and restructuring and renaming the office she leads to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Prior to joining VA in 2008, Ms. Coffey served as the Director of EEO and Diversity Management and Acting Assistant Commissioner for Management for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where she implemented similar first-time EEO and diversity initiatives. She is a prolific public speaker on diversity and inclusion in the public sector and a contributing author to “Inside the Minds: Implementing a Successful Human Resources Strategy.”

Ms. Coffey earned her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, a Master’s Degree and Doctoral work in education from American University, and a Certificate in EEO Studies from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

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Nani Coloretti

U.S. Department of Treasury

Nani ColorettiMs. Coloretti joined the Obama Administration as the Treasury Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget in September 2009. She most recently helped stand up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, passed in the Dodd-Frank Act in July 2010, as its first Acting Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Coloretti also helped create and implement quarterly bureau performance and budget reviews with the Treasury Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Management/CFO. Such reviews are now part of the Government Performance and Results Act, which was updated in January 2011. Ms. Coloretti manages Treasury-wide budget and performance staff and the finance staff for Treasury Headquarters.

Ms. Coloretti came to the Treasury Department from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office, where she worked for four years. While there, she engaged stakeholders to create and implement San Francisco’s $6.5 billion annual budget, and developed programs and policies to carry out the Mayor’s priorities in several areas, such as health care and information technology. Ms. Coloretti’s prior work also includes: directing investment at a San Francisco department for children and youth, economics consulting at the Law and Economic Consulting Group, a firm started by several UC Berkeley professors; budget, health and welfare analysis at the federal Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton Administration, and budget analysis on the state budget in Hawaii.

Nani holds a B.A. in Economics and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Ivan FongIvan Fong

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ivan K. Fong was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in May 2009. As general counsel, Ivan is the chief legal officer for the Department; is responsible for advising Secretary Napolitano and her senior leadership on all significant legal, policy, and operational issues; and leads over 1,700 lawyers in the Department’s headquarters and operating components.

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Nadine Garcia

U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesDrGracia

Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and
programs that will help eliminate health disparities.

A pediatrician with epidemiology training, Dr. Gracia has served in academic medicine and government. From 2010 to 2011, she was the Chief Medical Officer for the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). She provided programmatic and policy leadership and coordination of a portfolio that included child and adolescent health, climate change, disaster preparedness, environmental health, global health, Haiti recovery and the White House Council on Women and Girls. Most recently, she led the development of HHS’s 2012 environmental justice strategy, which addresses the disproportionate exposure of minority and low-income communities and Indian tribes to environmental hazards and promotes healthy community environments.

In 2008-2009, Dr. Gracia was one of fourteen White House Fellows and was assigned to HHS, where she worked in OASH and the Office of the Secretary. During the last two months of the fellowship, she was a policy advisor in the Office of the First Lady, assisting in the development of the childhood obesity initiative.

Previously, Dr. Gracia was a clinical instructor and general pediatrics research fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, conducting research on community risk factors for violence. She received a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania and a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Gracia completed her pediatrics residency and served as Chief Pediatrics Resident at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She is board-certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Gracia is an advocate for minority and vulnerable populations and lectures nationwide on health disparities and children’s health. She is a National President Emeritus of the Student National Medical Association and a past Postgraduate Physician Trustee of the National Medical Association. A first-generation Haitian-American, Dr. Gracia earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in French at Stanford University.

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 W. Scott Gould

Department of Veterans Affairs

W. Scott GouldW. Scott Gould was nominated by President Obama to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and subsequently confirmed by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on April 2, 2009. As Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Gould serves as the chief operating officer of the federal government’s second largest department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs and national cemeteries for America’s veterans and their dependents. Prior to his appointment to the VA, Gould was Vice President for public sector strategy at IBM Global Business Services where he focused on strategy and innovation. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of The O’Gara Company, a strategic advisory and investment services firm, and Chief Operating Officer of Exolve, a technology services company.

The former Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration at the Department of Commerce, Gould has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance and Management at the Treasury Department. As a White House Fellow, he served in the Export-Import Bank of the United States and in the Office of the White House Chief of Staff. Gould was also appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to conduct a financial and operational work-out of the city of Chelsea, the first municipality in the state to be placed in receivership by the general court.

Gould is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served at sea aboard the guided missile destroyer Richard E. Byrd. As a Naval Intelligence reservist, Capt. Gould was recalled to active duty for Operation Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. After President Obama’s election, he served as co-chair of the VA Agency Review Team for the Presidential Transition Team.

A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and former member of the National Security Agency Technical Advisory Group and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Overseers, Gould has been awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Medal, the U.S. Department of Treasury Medal and the Navy Meritorious Service Medal. He is coauthor of “The People Factor: Strengthening America by Investing in the Public Service,” published by Brookings Institution Press in 2009. He holds an AB degree from Cornell University and MBA and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Rochester. Gould is married to Michèle A. Flournoy. They have three children and reside in the Washington, D.C. area.

W. Scott Gould was nominated by President Obama to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and subsequently confirmed by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on April 2, 2009.

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Vanita Gupta

Department of JusticeVanita Gupta

Vanita Gupta is the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. She is the top civil rights prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice.

Prior to joining the department, Gupta served as Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union and Director of its Center for Justice.  Previously, she was an attorney for its Racial Justice Program. Over her career, Gupta has earned a reputation for working closely and collaboratively with law enforcement, departments of corrections and across the political spectrum to advance smart policing and criminal justice reforms.  Through her
work with the ACLU, she has been involved in reform initiatives around the country pertaining to federal and state policing, sentencing, drug policy and criminal law.  Her recent work has focused on building a bipartisan consensus to end overreliance on incarceration.

Gupta began her career as a lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  In addition to her work with the ACLU and NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Gupta has taught civil rights litigation and advocacy clinics at New York University School of Law since 2008.  She received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and J.D. from New York University School of Law.

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Brian Harris-Kojetin

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Brian Harris-Kojetin is the senior statistician in the Statistical and Science Policy Office. He chairs the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology and was the lead at OMB on issues related to standards for statistical surveys, survey nonresponse, survey respondent incentives, and the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical
Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA). He also served as the desk officer for the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the demographic programs of the U.S. Census Bureau. He is also the deputy director and study director for the Panel on Improving Federal Statistics for Policy and Social Science Research Using Multiple Data Sources and State-Of-The-Art Estimation Methods on the Committee on National Statistics. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and an adjunct faculty member at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining OMB in 2001, he was the senior project leader of Research Standards and Practices at the Arbitron Company. He also previously served as a research psychologist in the Office of Survey Methods Research in the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He has a B.A. in psychology and religious studies from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Minnesota.

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Stuart Ishimaru

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Stuart IshimaruStuart J. Ishimaru has been a member of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 2003, nominated by President George W. Bush upon the recommendation of Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. He currently is serving a second term, upon the recommendation of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, that expires July 1, 2012. He was designated by President Obama as Acting Chairman of the Commission on January 20, 2009 and served in that capacity until April 7, 2010.During his tenure as Acting Chairman, Mr. Ishimaru worked to rebuild the EEOC, which had become under-funded and under-staffed. Under his leadership, the agency obtained record budgets from the Congress, and embarked on an aggressive hiring initiative to significantly increase its front-line enforcement staff.

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Carolyn Johnson

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Stuart IshimaruStuart J. Ishimaru has been a member of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 2003, nominated by President George W. Bush upon the recommendation of Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. He currently is serving a second term, upon the recommendation of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, that expires July 1, 2012. He was designated by President Obama as Acting Chairman of the Commission on January 20, 2009 and served in that capacity until April 7, 2010.During his tenure as Acting Chairman, Mr. Ishimaru worked to rebuild the EEOC, which had become under-funded and under-staffed. Under his leadership, the agency obtained record budgets from the Congress, and embarked on an aggressive hiring initiative to significantly increase its front-line enforcement staff.

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David Kim

Department of Transportation

David KimDavid S. Kim is Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs at the Federal Highway Administration, within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). He joined the Obama Administration in July 2009 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs. Prior to DOT, David spent five years with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) as Deputy Executive Officer, Federal Advocacy and Government Relations. In this capacity, he served as head of the agency’s Government Relations Department and managed federal relations on behalf of one of the largest transit providers in the country.

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Dr. Howard Koh

Department of Health and Human ServicesDr. Howard Koh

Dr. Howard Koh was most recently the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, and Director of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). At HSPH, he served as the Principal Investigator of multiple research grants related to community-based participatory research, cancer prevention, health disparities, tobacco control, and emergency preparedness. He also served as Director of the HSPH Center for Public Health Preparedness.

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Kei Koizumi

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Kei KoizumiKei Koizumi is Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Koizumi joined OSTP in mid-February after having served on the Obama transition team as part of the Technology, Innovation & Government Reform Policy Working Group.Before joining OSTP, Koizumi served as the longtime Director of the R&D Budget and Policy Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). While at AAAS, he became known as a leading authority on federal science and technology funding and budget issues and was a frequent speaker to public groups and to the press. He was the principal budget analyst, editor, and writer for AAAS reports on federal R&D.

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Patricia Loui

Export-Import Bank of the United States

Patricia Loui
Patricia M. Loui was nominated by President Obama on May 18, 2011, unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 1, 2011 and sworn in to office on November 7, 2011, for a term expiring on January 20, 2015. She relocated to Washington, D.C. from Hawaii to serve on the Board.

Loui leads efforts to promote U.S. exports to Asia, where she has over 30 years of expertise. In addition, she will focus on Ex-Im Bank’s  portfolio with minority and women-owned businesses.

Prior to joining Ex-Im’s Board, Loui was founder and Chair of OmniTrak Group Inc., where she consulted on market expansion strategies in Asia. She has consulted with diverse industries, including transportation, energy, agriculture, education, health, travel and leisure. She also founded a U.S.-Thai-Singaporean planning and research joint venture in Thailand, which has become a leading consultancy there. Loui also previously served on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2011 Hawaii Host Committee for Leaders Week to which she was appointed by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Loui also worked for Bank of Hawaii, a regional bank with a Pacific Rim portfolio, and was responsible for marketing and strategic planning. During that period she served on the Board of Directors of the international PLUS System of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).
Loui has served as a development planner and training officer for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Based in Bangkok, she covered a UNDP region spanning from Papua New Guinea to Afghanistan, China to Australia. She was also a planning consultant with the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Southeast Asia. Throughout her Pacific Rim-focused career, Loui has lived and worked in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, the Pacific Islands, Philippines,
Thailand and Vietnam. She has served on the Board of Directors of The East West Center Association, University of Hawaii Foundation, and the Kapiolani Hospital Foundation.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Loui received her master’s in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii while on a U.S. State Department grant to The East West Center. She is married and has one son.

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Tom Lue

Office of Management and Budget

Tom LueThomas Lue serves as Acting General Counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In that role, he advises OMB leadership and staff on a wide range of legal and policy matters, including budget and appropriations issues, executive actions, and congressional oversight. Previously, Lue worked in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advised executive departments and agencies on national security and constitutional law issues. He served as a law clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Reena Raggi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Gerard E. Lynch on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Prior to his government service, Lue worked at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

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Kathleen Merrigan

Department of Agriculture

Kathleen MerriganKathleen A. Merrigan is the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Working alongside Secretary Tom Vilsack, Merrigan oversees the day-to-day operation of USDA’s many programs and spearheads the $149 billion USDA budget process. She serves on the President’s Management Council, working with other Cabinet Deputies to improve accountability and performance across the federal government. Merrigan brings a wealth of knowledge to USDA from a decades-long career in policy, legislation, and research related to the many missions of USDA. Deputy Secretary Merrigan has managed the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food effort to highlight the critical connection between farmers and consumers and support local and regional food systems that increase economic opportunity in Rural America.

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David Mineta

Executive Office of the President

David MinetaDavid K. Mineta is the Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In this position, Mr. Mineta oversees ONDCP Office of Demand Reduction which focuses on promoting drug prevention and drug treatment programs, as well as the agency’s newly created focus on programs for individuals in recovery from addiction. Mr. Mineta’s focus of drug prevention and treatment services has been longstanding. Since 1996, Mr. Mineta has worked with Asian American Recovery Services (AARS) throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining AARS, Mr. Mineta was a drug and alcohol counselor in the San Jose Unified School District and later in Santa Clara’s Alcohol and Drug Department.

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Asim Mishra

Corporation for National and Community Service

Asim MishraAsim Mishra serves as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Asim plays a leadership role on broad policy issues, key Administration and agency relationships, and a variety of other matters. Most recently, Asim served as Director of the Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he directed a key institutional initiative to improve health outcomes through strategic partnerships and lead several Medical Center departments and community partners to implement community-based models of practice. Prior to that, Asim served as the Director of Community Affairs at the Medical Center, where he directed the operations for South Side Healthcare Collaborative, a partnership of 19 community health centers and the Emergency Department. While there, he also spearheaded the development of external volunteer programs to connect the medical center staff, faculty and students to the neighboring Southside community. Previously, Asim was a Community Education Manager at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and an AmeriCorps member at Public Allies in Chicago.

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Mark Mitsui

U.S. Department of Education

mitsui-360Mark Mitsui is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges in the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). He served previously as the President of North Seattle Community College (NSCC). Prior to that, Mitsui served as Vice President of Student Services for South Seattle Community College (SSCC), Assistant Dean at Green River Community College, Director of Student Success and Retention Services at NSCC and as a tenured faculty at Renton Technical College. International student enrollment increased by over 50% during his
tenure as president and hosted several international delegations researching the American community college system. He worked on the statewide task force to review and redesign the performance funding system in Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges, including the student success metrics. He oversaw the completion of a new Opportunity Center (a one-stop) that brought together three state agencies to provide integrated federal, state and private funding streams and services in order to move low income residents out of poverty through education. He has also worked with a variety of industry-higher education consortia to address skills gaps in high demand sectors. He is very committed to serving under-represented, under-served communities and led strategic student success efforts to serve these communities, including initiatives to help both South Seattle and North Seattle Community Colleges become minority-serving institutions.

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Konrad Ng


Konrad NgDr. Konrad Ng is Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Ng served as acting director of the Asian Pacific American Program from May to August 2010 and was Senior Advisor to the program until his hire as Director. Prior to joining the Smithsonian Institution, Ng was a professor in the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media. His professional and scholarly work examines how Asian and Asian American communities use cinema and digital media to engage in artistic and cultural representation and preservation, and community mobilization.

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Ajit Pai

Federal Communications CommissionOfficialPai

Ajit Pai was nominated to the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. On May 14, 2012, he was sworn in for a term that
concludes on June 30, 2016.

Commissioner Pai’s focus is on creating a regulatory environment in which competition and innovation will flourish, thus benefitting American consumers. He believes that it is vital for the FCC to adopt policies that will give private firms the strongest incentive to raise and invest capital; to develop new products and services; and to compete in established and new markets. Specifically, Commissioner Pai is working to remove uncertainty that can deter businesses and investors from taking risks, to revisit outdated regulations, and to set clear, modernized rules for the road. These steps will result in consumers enjoying better products at lower prices and the communications industry contributing to faster economic growth and more job creation.

Commissioner Pai also believes that the FCC must act with dispatch to reflect the pace of change in today’s marketplace. Faced with an industry as vibrant and dynamic as today’s communications sector, the Commission must be careful not to cling to twentieth century approaches in addressing the technological landscape of the twenty-first century. Thus, for example, it is a priority of Commissioner Pai to increase promptly the availability of spectrum for high-value uses.

Commissioner Pai’s regulatory approach has been shaped by his decade and a half of experience in communications, law, and policy.

Between 2007 and 2011, Commissioner Pai held several positions in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel, serving most prominently as Deputy General Counsel. In this role, he had supervisory responsibility over several dozen lawyers in the Administrative Law Division and worked on a wide variety of regulatory and transactional matters involving the wireless, wireline, cable, Internet, media, and satellite industries.

Commissioner Pai’s career outside of the FCC has spanned the private and public sectors. With respect to the private sector, Pai worked in the Washington, DC office of Jenner & Block LLP, where he was a Partner in the Communications Practice until being sworn in as a Commissioner. Years earlier, he served as Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications Inc., where he handled competition matters, regulatory issues, and counseling of business units on broadband initiatives.

Commissioner Pai also has served in all three branches of the federal government. After moving to Washington, DC in 1998, his first post was with the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division as an Honors Program trial attorney on the Telecommunications Task Force. There, he worked on proposed mergers and acquisitions and on novel requests for regulatory relief following the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He later returned to the Department of Justice to serve as Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy. Pai has worked on Capitol Hill as well, first as Deputy Chief Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, and later as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights. Immediately following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Commissioner Pai received a B.A. with honors from Harvard University in 1994 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1997, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and won the Thomas J. Mulroy Prize. In 2010, Pai was one of 55 individuals nationwide chosen for the 2011 Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a leadership development initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The son of immigrants from India, Commissioner Pai grew up in Parsons, Kansas. He now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Janine, son, Alexander and daughter, Annabelle.

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Nimesh Patel

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Nimesh M. Patel is the Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusion at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to this position, Nimesh was a Senior Associate at Thelen LLP and Drinker Biddle & Reath where he was a
member of the labor and employment practice group.

Nimesh began his career as an Honor’s Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and his tenure included serving as a senior trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, where he investigated state and local law enforcement for excessive use of force and abuse of authority.

Nimesh’s community and professional leadership includes serving as vice chair of the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights and member of the ABA President’s Commission to Advance Diversity in the Legal Profession. Mr. Patel also was selected as one of NAPABA’s Best Lawyer’s Under 40.

Nimesh attended Michigan State University, the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.

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Thomas Phan

U.S. Department of Energy

Thomas PhanThomas H. Phan serves as Senior Advisor for Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. He provides leadership and advice to maintain, enhance, and disseminate scientific and technical information (STI) produced by the DOE national laboratories and by research through DOE funding sources. He also served three years as the Director of the Office of Business Policy and Operations with oversight of three Divisions: Business Management and Planning, SC Systems and Operations, and the Human Capital, Resources and Administration.

Prior to 2009, he served as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General with the Commerce OIG. He has over 25 years of professional experience, knowledge, and expertise within the Federal government, private sector and non-profit community. Mr. Phan has been responsible for corporate business strategic management and policy, capital planning and investment, resource management and administration, information technology, cyber security, and human resources. He received the Distinguished Leadership and Technological Innovation award for the innovative design of the first DOD Navy Telemedicine Initiative in the Joint Warfighters Interoperability Demonstration (JWID) and successfully deployed this lifesaving technology in Operation Storm during the Croatian and Bosnian conflict. He also received the Inspector General’s Bronze Medal Award, and the Surgeon General’s Prestigious Leadership Award, as well as other numerous awards and commendations for outstanding leadership, professional excellence and innovation.

Mr. Phan’s leadership strength was forged by severe trials throughout his life. He is a vibrant example of the enduring vitality of the American dream. A Vietnam War veteran, he served as a special combat officer until captured and kept as a P.O.W. in a communist concentration camp. He escaped the camp and fled from Vietnam as a “boat people” refugee, surviving starvation and pirate attacks. When he came to the U.S. he successfully adapted to and was assimilated into America’s culture. He fortified his spiritual life and dedicated his efforts to public and community service with compassion and zeal. Mr. Phan has survived many difficult tests —tortured, buried alive and even near-death experiences. These trials have strengthened his character by instilling emotional intelligence, prudence, justice, courage, and temperance.

Prior to joining the Office of Science, Mr. Phan served in numerous senior roles in Federal agencies including Chief Information Officer, Acting Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Administrator and Human Resources Director. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Communications from the Johns Hopkins University. He also serves as Montgomery County, Maryland, Inspector General Advisory member, the White House Initiative on AAPI (WHIAAPI) Interagency Working Group (IWG) Designee, Vice President for Association of Vietnamese Americans (AVA), and currently serves as Chair of Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN). He is an active member of several professional organizations including IEEE, ACM, and AAAS.

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Sonny Ramaswamy

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Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy was appointed to serve as director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture
(NIFA) on May 7, 2012. As part of USDA’s Research, Education, and Extension mission, he oversees NIFA awards funds for a wide range of extramural research, education, and extension projects that address the needs of farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers.

Prior to joining NIFA, Dr. Ramaswamy served as dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. He provided overall leadership for the college’s academic programs at the Corvallis campus and OSU programs at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, for-credit extended education, informal education through the Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Extension Program, and research at OSU’s main campus and 11 branch experiment stations throughout the state.

Previously, Dr. Ramaswamy was associate dean of the Purdue University College of Agriculture and directed the university’s agricultural research programs from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining the Purdue faculty, Dr. Ramaswamy was head of Kansas State University’s Department of Entomology from 1997 to 2006, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor and was named the Presidential Outstanding Department Head in 2002. He also served on the faculty of Mississippi State University and as a research associate at Michigan State University. As an insect physiologist, he worked on the integrative reproductive biology of insects.

Dr. Ramaswamy has received research grants from many federal agencies, including USDA, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Agency for International Development, as well as from state agencies, commodity groups, and industry. He has published nearly 150 journal articles, book chapters, and a book. He has received a number of awards and honors as a scientist and department head, including being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Fellow of the Entomological Society of America; and Distinguished Graduate Alumnus of Cook College, Rutgers University.

He received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a Master of Science in entomology from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India, and his doctorate in entomology from Rutgers University. He is also a graduate of the University of Nebraska’s New Academic Chair’s Program and Harvard University’s Management Development Program.

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John Robinson

U.S. Department of State

John RobinsonJohn M. Robinson was sworn in on Monday, March 3, 2008, as Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Chief Diversity Officer. Robinson serves as the primary advisor to the Secretary of State and the Department’s senior leadership on equal opportunity, diversity, affirmative employment and related issues. Robinson is coming to State from the staff of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Prior to joining ODNI, he served as Chief of EEO and Diversity for the Internal Revenue Service. He was Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) from 1999 to 2001. His federal service began in 1994 as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

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Stacy L. Rodgers

Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration

Stacy L. RodgersStacy L. Rodgers has a broad range of management experience in both the private and public sectors. Stacy brings more than 25 years of experience in working with Federal, state and local government agencies and non-profit organizations. She has successfully designed and implemented human service policies, programs and initiatives for municipal and state agencies.

In February 2011 Stacy was appointed by the Obama Administration and serves as the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA). She serves as a member of SSA’s senior management team. Among her various duties Stacy oversees the agency’s implementation of a wide range of Presidential Executive Orders, chairs the agency’s Limited English Proficiency workgroup and works closely with other Federal agencies to facilitate effective service delivery and improved customer service. Stacy also serves on a number of inter-agency groups including the Elder Justice Coordinating Council Workgroup and the White House Domestic Policy Council Sub-committee for Children of Incarcerated Parents.

In February 2008 Stacy was appointed as the Deputy Secretary for Programs for the Maryland State Department of Human Resources, Maryland’s human services agency. She oversaw the agency’s 23 county departments of social services, the State’s Child Support Enforcement and Public Welfare Programs and the Agency’s Office of Grants Management. During her tenure as Deputy Secretary, Stacy worked to improve systems that ensure the delivery of timely and quality services. She led the Agency’s statewide accreditation and accountability processes, including directing the department’s StateStat and strategic planning efforts. Stacy also served as a member of DHR’s executive staff from 1990 to 2000.

Stacy’s additional management leadership experiences include serving as the Manager of the Office of Planning, Accountability and Customer Service for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and Deputy Director for the Department of Human Services in the District of Columbia.

Stacy earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Leadership Institute, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ (NFBPA) Mentor Program and Executive Leadership Institute.

Stacy’s passion for service also extends beyond the workplace. Stacy contributes her time, resources and talents to numerous faith and civic organizations including the Providence Adult Day Care Center, where she serves as Board President and the Providence Baptist Church where she is a dedicated member. Stacy is a long standing member of the Tenth District Democratic Club, serving as the Chair of the Nominating Committee. She is a national board member of the NFBPA and serves as dedicated mentor and resource person for young professionals. Stacy is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Hallie Schneir

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Hallie Schneir serves as the Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Previously, Hallie served as the Associate Director of Public Engagement in the Office of Public Engagement, where she worked in partnership with the Council on Women and Girls to ensure that women, girls, and the people who care about them
are connected to the policies and programs of the federal government. Prior to joining the Office of Public Engagement, Hallie spent two years at the Department of Veterans Affairs, in the office of Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. Hallie joined the Obama for America campaign in Iowa in March 2007, before finishing the 2008 campaign in North Carolina. Hallie is a proud graduate of Barnard College.

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 Albert K. Shen

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Albert K. Shen serves as the National Deputy Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), where he works with the MBDA National Director as a main advisor in addition to assisting with day-to-day activities. He is also a co-founding board member of Washington State Minority Business Advisory Council (MBAC), a non-profit group, and currently an advisory board member.

As a small business owner, Mr. Shen was a community advocate who worked on various projects focused on infrastructure and environmental clean-up prior to joining MBDA.

In 2013, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee appointed Mr. Shen to serve on the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB). Appointed by Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, Mr. Shen served as Board Chair on the Seattle Community College Board of Trustees in 2009. Before joining the board, he served as an advisor to the Governor of Washington as Vice Chair of Economic Development for Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA).

Throughout the years, Mr. Shen has received numerous awards, including Seattle Mayor’s Small Business of the Year(2009), the International Examiner’s Community Voice Outstanding Individual Award(2011), NW Asian Weekly Asian American Pioneers in Social Entrepreneur Honoree (2011), and U.S. Small Business Administration Region X Minority Champion of the Year Award (2012).

Mr. Shen has a B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Science from the University of Washington.

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Jaiwon Shin

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Jaiwon ShinDr. Jaiwon Shin is the NASA Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. In this position, he manages the agency’s aeronautics research portfolio and guides its strategic direction. This portfolio includes research in the fundamental aeronautics of flight, aviation safety and the nation’s airspace system.

Shin co-chairs the National Science & Technology Council’s Aeronautics Science & Technology Subcommittee. Comprised of federal departments and agencies that fund aeronautics-related research, the subcommittee wrote the nation’s first presidential policy for aeronautics research and development (R&D). The policy was established by Executive Order 13419 in December 2006 and will guide U.S. aeronautics R&D programs through 2020. The subcommittee finished writing the National Aeronautics R&D Plan in December 2007 and is currently writing the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Infrastructure Plan both of which were called for by the Executive Order.

Between May 2004 and January 2008, Shin served as deputy associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate where he was instrumental in restructuring NASA’s aeronautics program to focus on fundamental research and better align with the nation’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

Prior to coming to work at NASA Headquarters, Shin served as chief of the Aeronautics Projects Office at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. In this position he had management responsibility for all of the center’s aeronautics projects. Prior to this he was Glenn’s deputy director of aeronautics, where he provided executive leadership for the planning and implementation of Glenn’s aeronautics program, and interfaced with NASA Headquarters, other NASA centers, and external customers to explore and develop technologies in aeropropulsion, aviation safety and security, and airspace systems.

Between 1998 and 2002, Shin served as chief of the Aviation Safety Program Office, as well as the deputy program manager for NASA’s Aviation Safety Program and Airspace Systems Program. He assisted both program directors in planning and research management.

Dr. Shin received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. His bachelor’s degree is from Yonsei University in Korea and his master’s degree is in mechanical engineering from the California State University, Long Beach. His honors include NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal, a NASA Group Achievement Award, Lewis Superior Accomplishment Award, three Lewis Group Achievement Awards, and an Air Force Team Award. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellowship Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has extensive experience in high speed research and icing, and has authored or co-authored more than 20 technical and journal papers.

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Patricia Shiu

Department of Labor

Patricia ShiuPrior to being appointed Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the Department of Labor by President Obama, Patricia A. Shiu served as the Vice President for Programs at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco. Ms. Shiu joined the Employment Law Center in 1983 as a staff attorney where she focused primarily on employment discrimination, including sex, LGBT, national origin, disability and race-based discrimination and harassment individual and class action cases.

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Robin Staffin

U.S. Department of Defensedr_staffin

Dr. Robin Staffin is currently the Director for Basic Research in the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, where he has responsibility for oversight of all basic research activities throughout the Department of Defense. Previously, Dr. Staffin served as Associate Director of Science and Director for High Energy Physics at the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Development in DOE’s Office of Defense Programs.

During the period 1998-2001, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy for Science, Technology, and National Security.

From 1993-1996, Dr. Staffin was Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, focusing on nuclear test ban policy, science-based stockpile stewardship, and nonproliferation. A physicist by training, he received his Bachelor of Science from MIT and Ph.D. from Stanford University in particle physics.

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Mathy Stanislaus

EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER)

MMathy Stanislausathy Stanislaus began work as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 8, 2009. As Assistant Administrator for OSWER, Mr. Stanislaus is responsible for EPA’s programs on hazardous and solid waste management; hazardous waste cleanup, including RCRA corrective action; Superfund and federal facilities cleanup and redevelopment; Brownfields; oil spill prevention and response; chemical accident prevention and preparedness; underground storage tanks; and emergency response.

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Teri Takai

U.S. Department of Defense

Teri TakaiTeri Takai is the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (ASD (NII) / DoD CIO). She serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management/Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as non-intelligence Space systems, critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs, spectrum and telecommunications. She provides strategy, leadership, and guidance to create a unified information management and technology vision for the Department and to ensure the delivery of information technology based capabilities required to support the broad set of Department missions.

Ms. Takai previously served as Chief Information Officer for the State of California. As a member of the Governor’s cabinet, she advised the governor on the strategic management and direction of information technology resources as the state worked to modernize and transform the way California does business with its citizens.

As California’s CIO, Ms. Takai led more than 130 CIOs and 10,000 IT employees spread across the state’s different agencies, departments, boards, commissions and offices. During her tenure as State CIO, Teri pursued an agenda that supports viewing California’s IT operations from an enterprise perspective, including: Forming a Project Management and Policy Office, release of the California Information Technology Strategic Plan, passage of the Governor’s IT Reorganization Proposal, establishing a Capital Planning Process and directing agency consolidation activities.

Prior to her appointment in California, Ms. Takai served as Director of the Michigan Department of Information Technology (MDIT) since 2003, where she also served as the state’s Chief Information Officer. In this position, she restructured and consolidated Michigan’s resources by merging the state’s information technology into one centralized department to service 19 agencies.

Additionally, during her tenure at the MDIT, Ms. Takai led the state to being ranked number one four years in a row in digital government by the Center for Digital Government. Additionally, in 2005, Ms. Takai was named “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine. She is also Past-President of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and currently serves on the Harvard Policy Group on Network-Enabled Services and Government.

Before serving in state government, Ms. Takai worked for the Ford Motor Company for 30 years, where she led the development of the company’s information technology strategic plan. She also held positions in technology at EDS and Federal-Mogul Corporation. Ms. Takai earned a Master of Arts degree in management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

Teri Takai is the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (ASD (NII) / DoD CIO). She serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management/Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as non-intelligence Space systems, critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs, spectrum and telecommunications. She provides strategy, leadership, and guidance to create a unified information management and technology vision for the Department and to ensure the delivery of information technology based capabilities required to support the broad set of Department missions.

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Stephanie Tennyson

Federal Emergency Management AgencyStephanie-Tennyson

Stephanie Tennyson serves as the Deputy Director of the External Affairs Office at the Federal Emergency
Management Agency. Prior to this position, Tennyson was the Department of Homeland Security Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs. In this capacity, she was DHS liaison to the Nation’s more than 500,000 elected and appointed officials.

These officials included governors, State Homeland Security Advisors, mayors, county executives, state legislators, leadership of the 566 federally-recognized Native American and Native Alaskan tribes, emergency managers, and the national associations that represent these officials. In her capacity as the Career Deputy since March 2008, Tennyson oversaw the IGA team, managed the day-to-day office functions, and supervised the coordination and consultation with the Department’s intergovernmental stakeholders. As the Deputy, she worked with the Assistant Secretary on information and intelligence sharing initiatives as well as directly managing IGA’s collaboration with FEMA IGA, the Council of Governor’s, the Secretary’s Military Advisor, and the Science and Technology Directorate.

Prior to joining the Department, Tennyson was the Director of Communications and Government Relations at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The Potomac Institute is a not-for-profit national security, science and technology research institute based in Arlington, Va. In her position, she managed the Institute’s outreach and external affairs matters regarding the Institute’s work in science and technology policy, national security issues, and international terrorism. She also coordinated the Institute’s educational efforts for Congressional Members and staff on national security and technology issues.

From May 2004 to April 2006, Tennyson was the Manager of External Affairs in the Under Secretary’s office at DHS’s S&T Directorate as an Intergovernmental Personnel Act from Potomac Institute. She was responsible for outreach to the Directorate’s various stakeholders. She also handled various complex S&T policy matters for the Assistant Secretary as well as oversaw the Directorate’s Congressional reporting process.

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Veronica Villalobos

Office of Personnel Management

Veronica VillalobosMs. Villalobos was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in October 2010. She currently holds the position of Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In that capacity, she manages OPM’s government-wide diversity effort to develop, drive and monitor strategies and initiatives designed to create a more diverse and inclusive Federal workforce. Prior to her current position, Ms. Villalobos was employed at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission), as one of the agency’s first Honor Program Attorneys. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology and a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.

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Jenny Yang

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissionyang_new_5

Ms. Yang was named Chair by President Barack Obama on September 1, 2014.  She was first nominated to serve on the Commission  by President Obama on August 2, 2012, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on April 25, 2013, to serve a term expiring July 1, 2017.  Ms. Yang had served as Vice Chair of the EEOC since April 28, 2014.As a member of the Commission and Vice Chair, Yang has led a comprehensive review of the agency’s systemic program, which addresses issues of alleged discrimination that have broad impact on an industry, profession,
company or geographic area.  She also represents the agency on the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and on the White House Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force.Throughout her career in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Yang has worked to ensure fairness and equal opportunity in the workplace.  Ms. Yang was a partner of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. She joined the firm in 2003, and represented employees across the country in numerous complex civil rights and employment actions. As chair of the firm’s hiring and diversity committee, Ms. Yang gained experience with the myriad issues employers confront in making hiring and other personnel decisions.Prior to that, Ms. Yang served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section, where she enforced federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment by state and local government employers from 1998 to 2003. Before that, she worked at the National Employment Law Project to enforce the workplace rights of garment workers. Ms. Yang clerked for the Honorable Edmund Ludwig on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.Ms. Yang received her B.A. from Cornell University in Government. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Note and Comment Editor of the Law Review and a Root-Tilden Public Interest Scholar.Back to top

Francey Youngberg

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Francey YoungbergFrancey Lim Youngberg is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She is responsible for strategic engagement between the Secretary of HUD and key stakeholders. Her office helps build support for HUD’s budgetary and departmental priorities and ensures that the public’s input is taken into account in the public policy making process. Her office also plays a coordinating role for the Secretary and the Department in activities conducted by the White House Office of Public Engagement. She also serves as the HUD representative to the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
Prior to joining HUD, Francey Lim Youngberg advised clients on cultural competency, research into Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues, diversity management, minority recruitment, grant writing, grant management, and fundraising. She worked with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, the D.C. Government, the Metro Police Department and federal agencies.
Prior to consulting, Ms. Youngberg was a tax attorney for Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia, and Hogan & Hartson in D.C. After leaving private practice, she worked as an attorney in the international division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C. and later became the founding Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) under the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta. She graduated from Wellesley College and Harvard Law School.