first_img November 18, 2015 Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the appointment of thirty dedicated business, civic and community leaders to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. The commissioners were sworn in by Secretary of State Pedro Cortés prior to convening the first meeting of the Commission, which was held at The Governor’s Residence.“In Pennsylvania today, our Asian American and Pacific Islander population represent one of the fastest growing racial groups in our Commonwealth. This population is a community of contrasts because overall as a racial group they contribute significantly to the economy through job creation, business ownership, and consumer spending.” Governor Wolf said. “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to face challenges to language access, diverse educational needs, they are disproportionately impacted by disease and many are uninsured, and there are increasing numbers of unemployment and those living below the poverty line. These are just a few of the issues that I hope this Commission will look at improving over the course of their service.“I know that this passionate group of leaders and professionals will act as tireless advocates on behalf of Pennsylvania’s diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Each of these individuals will be a tremendous asset to the Commission, and people across the Commonwealth will be well-served by their commitment to improving the lives of our Asian American and Pacific Islanders.The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, which was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members, is responsible for advising the Governor on policies and legislation that impact the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities; serve as a liaison to federal, state and local agencies to ensure that programs affecting AAPIs are effectively utilized and promoted; serve as a resource for community groups and provide forums for developing strategies and programs that will expand and enhance the civic, social, education, cultural and economic status of the AAPI communities; identify programs, scholarships, mentoring programs, and resource for the benefit and advancement of AAPIs. The Commission also acts as an advocate for policies and legislation it feels serves the best interest of APAs in Pennsylvania.Below is a full list of the individuals that have been appointed as members of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.Bibhuti Aryhal, Allegheny CountyBrad Baldia, Philadelphia CountyRob Buscher, Philadelphia CountySuresh Canagarajah, Centre CountyShuhua Fan, Lackawanna CountyAnuj Gupta, Philadelphia CountyDeep Gupta, Cumberland CountyNaimah Hares, Philadelphia CountyAmy Hever, Chester CountyFariha Khan, Delaware CountyMia-lia Kiernan, Philadelphia CountyPearl Kim, Delaware CountyKao Kue, Delaware CountyArchana Kumar, Erie CountyHelene Lee, Philadelphia CountyThomas Lee, Dauphin CountySamip Mallick, Philadelphia CountySalvador Parco, Erie CountyKiran Patel, Dauphin CountyAnna Perng, Philadelphia CountySancha Rai, Allegheny CountyKannu Sahni, Allegheny CountyNick Shenoy, Chester CountyPhuong Truong, Cumberland CountyJames Wang, Delaware CountyHani White, Philadelphia CountyCarol Wong, Philadelphia CountyMila Yochum, Allegheny CountyKay Kyungsun Yu, Philadelphia CountyWen Qin Zhang, Cumberland CountyFor more information on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, contact [email protected] or 717.772.9001Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Governor Wolf Names New Members to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

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