President Obama established the President’s Advisory Commission to work with all the agencies of the federal government to improve the health, education and economic status of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Hailing from all over the nation and from a wide range of disciplines, the Commission members represent the diverse AAPI community.
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.
The Regional Interagency Working Group comprises over 170 members in 10 regions, representing more than 30 federal agencies. The RIWG seeks to build relationships between the federal government and the AAPI community by coordinating outreach and engagement efforts across regional offices.
President Obama reestablished the office of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The office works with the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs and Interagency Working Group on issue areas including data disaggregation, language access, workforce diversity, and capacity building.