Regional Interagency Working Group

 

rsz_basic_riwg_mapThe Regional Interagency Working Group (RIWG) 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.

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


Renard Murray

Co-Chair of the Regional Interagency Working Group

2014_30_04_Murray_Renard-flag8x10Renard Murray, D.M. is the Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Atlanta and Dallas Regional Offices. He has served in the positions since July 2009. As Regional Administrator, Dr. Murray is responsible for External Affairs and serves as the CMS spokesman for the 13 states that comprise the two regions. In addition, Dr. Murray served as Chair and previously served as Chair and Vice-Chairman for the Atlanta Metropolitan Federal Executive Board. Dr. Murray previously served as Acting Regional Administrator for the CMS Regional Offices in for the Boston and New York Regional Offices. Directly before his return to Atlanta in 2008, Dr. Murray was the Special Assistant to the CMS Chief Operating Officer in Baltimore, Maryland. In his early days at CMS, Dr. Murray served as the Associate Regional Administrator responsible for the Regional Office’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) policy branches and the agency’s Financial Management Operations. Dr. Murray came to the CMS Atlanta Regional Office from the Social Security Administration in 1999, where he held the positions of Claims Representative, Operations Supervisor, and District Manager.

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Diana Chen

Co-Chair of the Regional Interagency Working Group

Diana ChenDiana Chen is an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Administrative Judge and presides over claims of employment discrimination filed by Federal employees, a position she has served in since 2011.  Ms. Chen joined the EEOC as a Trial Attorney in 2006 and later served as a Senior Trial Attorney beginning in 2009.  There, Ms. Chen litigated individual and class action claims filed under numerous anti-discrimination statutes enforced by the EEOC.  Ms. Chen is a 2002 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.  Upon graduation she was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to establish a fair housing law practice at the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL).  As a Fellow, Ms. Chen provided education and legal representation to an underrepresented disability community in housing discrimination claims. At the completion of her fellowship in 2004, Ms. Chen remained at the ACDL to litigate employment discrimination claims under the American with Disabilities Act and to continue the firm’s fair housing practice.

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Kenneth An

Co-Lead of Region 1: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont

Kenneth AnKenneth An is the Director of the Boston Area Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At the EEOC, Kenneth has conducted outreach with the Asian-American community and eliminated discriminatory job advertisements in Chinese newspapers that were circulated nationally. Kenneth has sat on several Boards, such as the New England Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, and he co-chair the Asian Pacific American Heritage celebration at the JFK Federal Building. Kenneth is a co-founder of Quincy Asian Resources, a not-for-profit organization in Quincy, Massachusetts, and serves as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Asian-American Commission.
Kenneth has received awards for his professional and personal accomplishments, including an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Federal Asian Pacific American Coalition; EEOC District Director’s Awards; EEOC Chair’s Organizational/Core Awards; and, an Unsung Hero Award from the National Organization of Chinese-Americans.

Kenneth received his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Kenneth immigrated to the United States from Taiwan and also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Roberto Medina

Co-Lead of Region 1: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont

Roberto MedinaRoberto Medina is the Regional Communications Director for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) in the Boston Region.  He manages and coordinates SSA’s public relations/public information activities throughout the six New England states.  He also serves as the liaison for congressional staffers, regional stakeholders, and the media.  Mr. Medina began his career with SSA in the Chelsea, Massachusetts field office as a student aide.  He worked with SSA while obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University.  After obtaining his degree in May 1999, Mr. Medina was promoted to a Social Insurance Representative.  Mr. Medina has held several management positions within SSA; in particular, he was the District Manager for the Roxbury, Massachusetts and Lynn, Massachusetts field offices.  Mr. Medina was later assigned as Project Manager in the Center for Program Support in the SSA’s Boston Regional Office.

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Everett Lo

Co-Lead of Region 2: New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico

Everett LoEverett Lo is a Project Manager at the Social Security Administration’s New York Regional Public Affairs Office and is responsible for public education and awareness of Social Security’s programs and benefits in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  He works closely with the staff of:  Federal, state and local elected officials; government agencies; advocacy groups; community- and faith-based organizations and human resources; employee benefits and financial literacy professionals; as well as broadcast, print, and web-based media outlets.  He has served on Social Security’s Limited English Proficiency and Asian American and Pacific Islander national workgroups and is the chairperson of the regional Pacific Asian American Advisory Council.  Mr. Lo is a member of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Federal Partners, National HIV/AIDS Strategy Workgroup, and Prison Reentry Task Force.

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Michelle Davis

Co-Lead of Region 2: New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico

Michelle DavisMichelle Davis currently is the Regional Health Administrator (RHA) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) New York Regional Office.  As the RHA she serves as the principal Federal public health authority for the Secretary of HHS and the Assistant Secretary for Health.  The RHA also assures collaborative promotion of the Surgeon General’s initiatives.  Her duties include coordination, collaboration, and implementation of HHS priorities and initiatives with partners throughout NJ, NY, PR, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and eight Tribal Nations.  Prior to her current position, she worked in a variety of public health positions at the Federal, state, and municipal levels including serving as the; Deputy RHA for the Mid-Atlantic region, Deputy State Health Officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Deputy Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, and Senior Epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Maureen Russo

Co-Lead of Region 3: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, DC

Maureen RussoMaureen Russo is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law where she earned her JD.  She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar Associations.  Ms. Russo spent 12 years as a Trial Attorney for the Department of Labor before moving to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2003.  She is currently the Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Programs.  Ms. Russo recently accepted Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Regional Interagency Work Group co-lead position for Region III.

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Monique Scott

Co-Lead of Region 3: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, DC

To be added.

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Ronald Stephens

Lead of Region 4: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida

To be added.

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Ann Kalayil

Co-Lead of Region 5: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota

Ann KalayilAnn Kalayil is Regional Administrator of the General Services Administration’s Great Lakes Region and has served in the position since January 2011. As the agency’s regional chief executive, Ms. Kalayil heads operations that provide Federal agencies and the U.S. Courts in six states with support in vital areas such as real estate services, procurements, information technology, supplies, equipment, and vehicles.  Headquartered in Chicago, the Region has a workforce of 950 employees and an operating budget of approximately $450 million.  Prior to this appointment, Ms. Kalayil worked for more than 18 years at the University of Chicago in Information Technology Services, where she worked in Emerging Technologies and Communications.  She was previously the Director of Client Services and Support.

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Doug Nguyen

Co-Lead of Region 5: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota

Doug NguyenDoug Nguyen is the Deputy Regional Communications Director for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) six-state Chicago Region.  Mr. Nguyen began his SSA career in 1994 as a Bilingual Claims Representative and a Public Affairs Specialist on Chicago’s North side.  Since 1994, Mr. Nguyen has served as a board member and volunteer mentor for Exodus World Service, an agency which mobilizes volunteers to work with refugees.  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, Mr. Nguyen also served on the board of the Asian American Institute, a non-profit organization which empowers the AAPI community through advocacy.   Mr. Nguyen 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 also serves on the Asian American Advisory Councils for the Illinois Secretary of State and the Social Security Administration.   Mr. Nguyen was the recipient of the Chicago Federal Executive Board’s 2010 Employee of the Year Award for Outstanding Community Service.

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Angie Hoquang

Lead of Region 6: Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas

Angie Hoquang

Angie Hoquang is a Public Affairs Specialist for Area 5 of the Dallas Region of the Social Security Administration (SSA). In this capacity, she is responsible for the public information, education, and outreach efforts for SSA, targeting the underserved and hard-to-reach populations a in the Area. Ms. Hoquang also  serves as the SSA liaison to the AAPI community in Region 6.  She began her employment with SSA in 1991, and throughout her career, she has received numerous performance awards and several honor awards including two Commissioner’s Citations.

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Dave Hung

Lead of Region 7: Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa

Dave HungDave began his career with the Social Security Administration as a Claims Representative in Independence, Missouri, shortly after completing a BSBA in Accounting from Central Missouri State University. He has held various leadership positions in the Agency such as Operations Supervisor and Assistant District Manager in Kansas City, Missouri. Dave is currently the chair of the Kansas City Region Pacific and Asian Affairs Advisory Council, Treasurer of the Kansas City Management Association, and serves as the Director of Community Service and Outreach of the Greater Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals.

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Stephen Chen

Lead of Region 8: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Stephen head shotStephen Chen has worked for the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for over 12 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 graduate of Emory University for both college and law, he also holds a Masters in Education from Harvard.

The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.  OCR serves student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. An important responsibility is resolving complaints of discrimination. Agency-initiated cases, typically called compliance reviews, permit OCR to target resources on compliance problems that appear particularly acute. OCR also provides technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces. An important part of OCR’s technical assistance is partnerships designed to develop creative approaches to preventing and addressing discrimination.

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Linda Li

Co-Lead of Region 9: California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific Islands

LindaliLinda Li is a Program Analyst for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Since 1998, she has coordinated outreach, training and public information for the EEOC’s San Francisco District (currently covering N. California, N. Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.) Her primary mission is making EEOC accessible to multiple stakeholders: employers and workers, migrant workers and farmworkers, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, various racial and ethnic and religious communities, students and teens.  Prior to working at the EEOC, Ms. Li coordinated outreach and press for the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (later renamed the Center for Asian American Media) and the Asian Law Caucus.  She obtained an MA from Stanford and a BA from Brown University.  She was selected for the 2013-2014 FAPAC Challenge Team on Capacity Building, and is currently the Northern California lead for the Region 9 Regional Interagency Working Group.

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Christine Park-Gonzalez

Co-Lead of Region 9: California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific Islands

Chritsine Park-GonzalezChristine Park-Gonzalez currently serves as a Program Analyst for the Los Angeles District of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The EEOC enforces Federal laws which prohibit discrimination in the workplace.  As Program Analyst, Ms. Park-Gonzalez manages public relations, outreach and training efforts within the EEOC’s Los Angeles District, which includes Central and Southern California, Southern Nevada, the state of Hawaii, and the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, Wake Island, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  Ms. Park-Gonzalez joined the EEOC in 2001, initially as an Enforcement Investigator, later serving as an Enforcement Supervisor and ultimately as the Program Analyst in 2010.  Ms. Park-Gonzalez actively engages with the public, media, community-based and employer organizations to raise awareness about employee rights and employer responsibilities with respect to employment discrimination.

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Herbert Lee

Co-Lead of Region 9: California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific Islands

Photo - Herbert Lee 2DCHerbert Lee joined the U.S. Department of Labor as a Wage and Hour Investigator conducting compliance reviews under many Federal regulations such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Davis Bacon Act, Service Contract Act, Migrant and Seasonal Workers Protection Act, Break Time for Nursing Mothers, and the Family Medical Leave Act.  Mr. Lee has provided compliance assistance to many community organizations in Hawaii and has worked with various Federal and state agencies and non-governmental agencies regarding wage issues.  In 2013, Mr. Lee was selected as the Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist, a new position at the Honolulu District Office, offering compliance information and education to various advocacy and community groups as well as to business associations and employers.

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Lorinda Riley

Co-Lead of Region 9: California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific Islands

Lorinda RileyLorinda Maile Natsu Mall Riley, a Senior Program Analyst for the Department of Homeland Security, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, develops civil rights and civil liberties training for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement, intelligence, and legal personnel.  Lorinda has worked for the Office of Intelligence & Analysis as the National Tribal Liaison and the Departments of the Interior and Transportation as a Regulatory Program Manager.

Prior to joining the federal government, Lorinda practiced Federal Indian Law in Washington, DC.  In 2010 Lorinda completed an SJD in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona.  She graduated in 2006 with a JD/MA (American Indian Studies) from the University of Arizona and obtained a BA in Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles.  Having recently returned home to Hawai’i Lorinda enjoys going to the beach, cooking, and spending time with her husband and son.

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Ed Chu

Co-Lead of Region 10: Washington, Oregon, Idaho

To be added.

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