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 Babauta

Department of the Interior

Tony BabautaPrior 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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Michele Chang

Small Business Administration

Michele ChangMichele 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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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 Fong

DepIvan Fongartment 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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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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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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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 Services

Dr. Howard KohDr. 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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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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Konrad Ng

Smithsonian

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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Thomas Phan

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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John Robinson

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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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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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

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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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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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.