Regional Network

 

The Regional Network (RN) comprises over 300 members in 10 regions, representing more than 30 federal agencies. The RN seeks to build relationships between the federal government and the AAPI community by coordinating outreach and engagement efforts across regional offices.

Below is information on the RN co-chairs and regional leads.

  • Paul Chang — National Co-Chair
  • Ben Raju — National Co-Chair
  • Region I — New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
  • Region II — Northeast: New York/New Jersey – New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico
  • Region III — Mid-Atlantic:  Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, DC
  • Region IV — Southeast: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida
  • Region V — Great Lakes: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota
  • Region VI — Southcentral:  Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas
  • Region VII — Midwest: Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa
  • Region VIII — Rocky Mountain: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota
  • Region IX — West: Northern California, Southwest, Hawaii and the Pacific – California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific Islands
  • Region X — Pacific Northwest:  Washington, Oregon, Idaho


Paul Chang

Co-Chair of the Regional Network

Paul Chang serves as the Co-Chair at the Regional Network. He is also the Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator at the US Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division (DOL). Paul began his federal career at DOL as an investigator and was promoted to Assistant District Director. Paul is the recipient of numerous community service awards and DOL’s Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Awards and Congratulatory letters for helping DOL win the Ford Foundation’s Innovations in Government Award.

Paul earned an AA from East Los Angeles College; he also has a BA in Political Science and MS in Public Administration from Cal State LA. Paul is a part-time instructor at Cal State LA’s MPA program. He is committed to advancing educational goals of all students by bringing his extensive work experiences into the classroom. Paul sits on the Advisory Board at Cal State LA’s MPA program and he also sits on the Board of Directors at East Los Angeles College Foundation.

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Ben Raju

Co-Chair of the Regional Network

Ben Raju is the Deputy District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Los Angeles District Office.  Mr. Raju is responsible for providing the leadership, management and oversight required to optimize the deployment of all SBA programs and services within the nation’s largest lending market.  During his Federal career, Mr. Raju has represented the SBA in various capacities throughout the United States, including Assistant District Director of Lender Relations, Collateral Cashier, Customer Service Representative, and as a Public Information Officer with SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance where he was responsible for communicating the agency’s Disaster Loan Program for the Western United States and the U.S. Pacific Territories.  While he is passionate about utilizing his experience and assisting the diverse small business communities, Mr. Raju engages the District’s many resources, ideas, industries, and cultures to create a strong eco-system where commerce can continue to thrive locally and have a dynamic influence globally.

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Everett Lo

Lead of Region II — Northeast

Everett LoEverett Lo, Social Security Administration (SSA), New York Regional Public Affairs Office, is responsible for community engagement with federal, state and local elected officials and agencies, non-governmental organizations, advocacy, affinity and faith-based groups, and the media.  Throughout his 25-year career in public service, Mr. Lo has served on various national SSA workgroups, including Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Limited English Proficiency.  He has chaired the Northeast Regional Network of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders since 2013, leading the collaborative outreach efforts of 31 federal agencies to the local AAPI community.  Mr. Lo represents SSA on the regional chapters of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and Federal Prison Reentry Task Force.  He is a longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Organization of Chinese Americans.

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Ambreen Tariq

Lead of Region III — Mid-Atlantic Ambreen Tariq

Ambreen Tariq is a Specialist in the Communications Division of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, where she manages diverse projects and advises senior leadership on strategic communications matters. Her work focuses on strategic messaging and media planning as it relates to protecting vulnerable low-wage workers and ensuring a level playing field for businesses. She serves as lead liaison in the agency’s National Office on AAPI-related matters including representing the agency in departmental and interagency workgroups, reporting on the agency’s AAPI enforcement and outreach efforts, helping develop and strengthen AAPI language access to resources, and advising management on AAPI outreach strategies and policies. Ambreen also works on building and maintain strategic stakeholder relationships with state and federal agency partners.

Ambreen recently served a one-year detail as Communications Advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In that capacity she managed media strategies and special policy efforts and led multi-platform media and social media campaigns to increase awareness of social and programmatic issues affecting vulnerable AAPIs.

Ambreen’s federal career previously included work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and at the Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of American and a B.A. in Politics and South Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Ronald Stephens

Co-Lead of Region IV — Southeast Ron Stephens

Ron Stephens is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board, and works directly with over 120 Federal Agency Leaders in Atlanta, representing 47,000 Federal employees. His twenty-two years of public service includes: promoting Presidential initiatives; serving as a catalyst to produce federal, state, and local interagency collaborative initiatives; developing partnerships and initiatives in emergency preparedness and employee safety; facilitating interagency workforce development programs; and intergovernmental and community partnerships. Mr. Stephens is currently the Co-Lead of Region IV for the White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders. In addition to his many responsibilities, Mr. Stephens also provides oversight to the Greater Atlanta – Athens Combined Federal Campaign, where over $3.9 million was raised for nonprofit organizations in 2015. In addition, Mr. Stephens has oversight of the Federal Executive Board’s Leadership Government Program, a rigorous year-long government-wide leadership development program. The Program, now in its fourteenth year, has graduated over 500 federal executives into federal service. He also heads the Peak Performance Program for Aspiring Leaders; a leadership development program for mid-career federal employees.

Ron Stephens began his federal service career with the Social Security Administration as an outstanding scholar. His first appointment was to the position of Title II Claims Representative. Mr. Stephens was then promoted to Public Affairs Specialist in Montgomery, Alabama, then promoted to a Regional Public Affairs Specialist in the Atlanta Regional Commissioner’s office. He also served as an Assistant District Manager in the Tucker, GA, Field Office of the Social Security Administration. Mr. Stephens has also served as the Assistant Area Administrator (AAA) in the Georgia Area Director’s Office, and has also worked at Social Security Headquarters in Baltimore, MD., in the National Press Office of the Social Security Administration as a National Public Affairs Officer, and also served as Deputy Director of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board. Ron Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Management and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Economics both from Troy State University.

Ron recently received the National FEB Executive Director of the Year Award from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in Washington D.C., for his leadership in the FEB National Network. Ron is also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta (2014). Ron serves as a Board Member for Empower 54, an international humanitarian organization, and the Paul Anthony Live Life Foundation, and volunteers in the community regularly.

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Joseph Phillips

Co-Lead of Region IV — Southeast

As the Region IV Public Affairs Southeast Co-Regional Lead, Joseph J. Phillips provides the Southeast Regional Administrator assistance in support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s public outreach and media relations efforts in support of secretarial initiatives and priorities. He directs the region’s strategic, internal and external communications, serving in these functional areas as the principal communications advisor to the Regional Administrator and field office directors for the states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Mr. Phillips possess over thirty years of experience in public affairs, strategic communications, advertising and crisis management.  He previously worked internationally for three and half years for a DC based construction management company, prior to coming to HUD, providing business and capacity development in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Prior to that he served for twenty-seven years with the U.S. Army and was recalled from active duty military retirement to lead the strategic communications effort in the support of the $18.7 billion reconstruction work in Iraq.  Additionally, he served as the director of operations and integration for the U.S. Army’s “Army of One” recruiting campaign working extensively with Leo Burnett ad agency and other public relation firms. Prior to that he served in varying roles and increasing responsibilities related to public affairs doctrine, training, readiness and policy.

He is a graduate of numerous military service schools, Western Kentucky University and is the married to his wife Jackie of 40 years and the father of two sons, Joseph Jr and Jonathan and his late daughter Jenavieve.

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Doug Nguyen

Lead of Region V — Great Lakes Doug Nguyen

Doug M. Nguyen is the Regional Communications Director for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) six-state Chicago Region.   Doug began his SSA career in 1994 as a Bilingual Claims Representative and served as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Chicago Metro area.

Doug was born in Vietnam and escaped from Saigon with his mother and sister in the last days of the war.  His father, a South Vietnamese army officer, had been a casualty of the war.  Mr. Nguyen grew up in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and graduated from college in Oklahoma.   Doug holds M.A. Degrees in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Missiology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.   He is currently a Fellow with the C.S. Lewis Institute in Chicago.

Doug is an alumnus of SSA’s Advanced and Operations Leadership Programs in which he held assignments in multiple cross-components, including the Office of the Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge, the Great Lakes Processing Center, the Office of Systems, and the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs.

Since 2013 Doug has served as the Lead for the Regional Network of the White House Initiative for Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).    Since 1994 Doug has served as a board member and currently as a volunteer mentor for Exodus World Service, an agency which mobilizes volunteers to help refugees resettle in the U.S.   He was a Cultural Competency Trainer for the Asian Health Coalition of Illinois, a health advocacy organization, from 2002 through 2005.  From 1999 through 2005 Doug also served on the board of the Asian American Institute, a non-profit organization which empowers the AAPI community through advocacy and education.

Doug is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Asian American Coalition of Chicago (AACC) and served as the AACC’s 2013 Chairperson.   He was a previous recipient of the Coalition’s community service award in 1999.  He also serves on the Asian American Advisory Councils for the Illinois Secretary of State and the Social Security Administration.

Doug has received numerous federal awards, including the Social Security Administration’s 2017 Acting Commissioner’s Citation, and he was the recipient of the Chicago Federal Executive Board’s 2010 Employee of the Year Award for Outstanding Community Service.

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Lucia Garcia

Co-Lead of Region VI — Southcentral Lucia Garcia

In 2006, Lucy Garcia joined the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division as an Investigator in the New Orleans District Office. Ms. Garcia has a broad base of Wage and Hour experience by conducting investigations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Government Contracts labor standards statutes, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and additional enforcement under The Immigration Reform and Control Act. On August 14, 2011, Ms. Garcia officially became the New Orleans District Office’s first Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS). On December 29, 2014, Ms. Garcia transferred to Austin, Texas to become the first Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS) for the Austin District Office and on March 5, 2018, Ms. Garcia transferred to Houston, Texas as the new Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS) for the Houston District Office.

Ms. Garcia has received numerous Worker Protection Awards from the Secretary of Labor and has conducted over 1000 outreach events to proactively engage employers, employees and communities to ensure they are aware of the resources available to assist them in understanding their rights and responsibilities under the law enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

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Audrina Lange

Co-Lead of Region VI — Southcentral

Audrina Lange is the Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS) in the Little Rock District Office of the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. She works to support “a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work” by creating a greater awareness of federal labor standards throughout Arkansas. She educates employers of their responsibilities and employees of their rights under the laws and the resources available to them. Prior to her work at the Department of Labor, Audrina served in several different capacities for the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and the Food and Nutrition Service. Her work at the USDA included a range of activities to address underserved and vulnerable communities.

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David Hung

Lead of Region VII — Midwest

Dave is the Deputy Center Director in the Center for Automation, Security and Integrity at the Social Security Administration in the Kansas City Region.  Dave started with Social Security Administration shortly after completing a BSBA in Accounting from Central Missouri State University. Since then, he has held increasingly responsible leadership positions as an Area Operations Analyst, Area Public Affairs Specialist, Operations Supervisor, and Assistant District Manager in Kansas City, Missouri.  Dave is actively involved in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the greater Kansas City area.

 

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Stephen Chen

Lead of Region VIII — Rocky Mountain

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Stephen Chen has worked for the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for over 17 years.  He started his tenure in the New York field office and then moved into a management position in their San Francisco office before coming to the Denver regional office.  He also served as the Executive Director of the Department’s Equity and Excellence Commission, which examined the role of school financing on issues of equity and student achievement.  A native of Georgia, he is a graduate of Emory University for both college and law and also holds a Masters in Education from Harvard.  Stephen is the Region Lead for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ Rocky Mountain Regional Network and has also been a part of White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander’s Anti-Bullying Task Force.  He has previously worked for Asian Americans Advancing Justice and OCA.

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Jennifer Tse

Co-Lead of Region IX — West

Jennifer Tse Shim is the Regional Coordinator – Workplace Crimes for the Western Region in the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.  Her region covers eight states and three U.S. territories, including Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. In her position, she works with exploited immigrant workers and makes recommendations whether to certify applications for U and/or T Nonimmigrant Status on behalf of immigrant victims of labor-related crimes and human trafficking. Prior to her position with the U.S. Department of Labor, Jennifer worked as an immigration attorney and in civil litigation involving class-action labor trafficking, workers’ rights, and civil rights cases. She is currently the Lead of the Northern California Regional Network of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in which she leads a group of federal employees committed to serving and connecting AAPI communities with the federal government. Jennifer received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. An avid hiker, runner and consumer of delicious food and caffeine, Jennifer hikes and runs mostly so that she can continue consuming.

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Kay Ko

Co-Lead of Region IX — West

Kay Ko attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Arts degree in Art History, and the Doctoral Degree in Comparative Education from UCLA.  After teaching the Korean language at UCLA and Claremont McKenna Colleges, Kay Ko joined the FBI in December 1993 as a Language Specialist.  From 1995 to 2008, she worked as an Intelligence Analyst and also earned a Juris Doctoral Degree from Loyola Law School in 2002.  From June 2009 through July 2012, she served as a Supervisory Intelligence Analyst.

During the 25 years of service with the FBI, Kay Ko assisted the case agents and the FBI management as a linguist and an analyst in a variety of assignments, including terrorism, counterintelligence, money laundering and organized crime.  She organized a number of counterintelligence conferences through working closely with the members of US Intelligence Community and holds the Top Security clearance.

Most recently, as a FBI Community Outreach Specialist, Ms. Ko coordinated meetings and events where FBI employees participated as guest speakers and presenters, attended various community events to educate the public about FBI priorities, as well as visiting schools to educate students about good education and being model citizens as part of the FBI’s Youth Program.  She also served as the Regional Lead for the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the southwest region covering California, Nevada and Arizona from 2014 to 2016.

Kay Ko was appointed to the California State Board of Accountancy by Governor Jerry Brown in November 2013, and has served on the Board of Visitors at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors at the School of Public Policy. She has been a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy since 2014.

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Glory Gervacio Saure

Co-Lead of Region IX — West

Glory Gervacio Saure is the Director of the Honolulu Local Office for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  In her capacity, Ms. Gervacio Saure oversees the EEOC’s operations in the state of Hawaii and the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, Wake Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Prior to her selection to the position in 2015, Ms. Gervacio Saure had worked as an Enforcement Investigator at the EEOC’s Honolulu Local Office for 14 years and continually provides outreach and educational assistance to various communities in her jurisdiction.

Ms. Gervacio Saure was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  She has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2014 EEOC Chair’s Bronze Medal Award for Advancing Equality through Excellence.  In 2015, Ms. Gervacio Saure was appointed to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders’ Regional Network, currently serving as the Lead for the Hawaii Region.

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