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OCA Congratulates Daphne Kwok, former OCA Executive Director, on Presidential Appointment
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OCA Congratulates Daphne Kwok, former OCA Executive Director, on Presidential Appointment

27 July 2010

Lan Nguyen | Program Associate
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, President Obama announced the appointment of Daphne Kwok as Chair of the Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). In October 2009, President Obama signed an executive order to reinstate the White House Advisory Commission and Interagency Working Group to address issues affecting the AAPI community and increase AAPI participation in federal programs.

As Commission Chair, Ms. Kwok will work closely with the White House Initiative on AAPIs to increase awareness of federal resources for underserved AAPI communities. Initiative co-chairs: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, and Initiative Executive Director Kiran Ahuja will all work in collaboration with Ms. Kwok to address the critical needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Daphne Kwok has been a committed advocate and leader in the AAPI community for over two decades. She served as the Executive Director of OCA for 11 years, from 1990 to 2001, where she also was also the first Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans.

"Daphne is an extraordinarily capable and passionate leader for the AAPI community. The depth of her experiences and what she has already accomplished will prove invaluable to the commission. OCA greatly applauds this appointment and we look forward to working with Daphne and the Initiative,” said Ken Lee, National President of OCA.

Ms. Kwok is currently the Executive Director of Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California. She has also served as Executive Director for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies and Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. In addition, she is Chair and Co-founder of APIAVote, a founding Board Member of the APIA Scholarship Fund, and has been on the board of the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development and Asian Pacific American Caucus of the American Political Science Association.
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