|OCA Congratulates Daphne Kwok, former OCA Executive Director, on Presidential Appointment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
27 July 2010
Lan Nguyen | Program Associate
202 223 5500 |
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.
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