May 3, 2016, 1:29 PM UTC / Updated May 3, 2016, 1:29 PM UTC2016 marks the final year of an administration that has been touted as the most diverse in American history, according to a UC Berkeley study reported on by the Washington Post.
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NBC Asian America spoke with 50 of the many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in President Barack Obama’s administration, who served in capacities from the Department of Homeland Security to the National Endowment of the Arts.
Click on the names below to read about each member:Albert Shen, National Deputy Director, Minority Business Development AgencyAlissa Ko, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental AffairsCamille Calimlim Touton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Department of the InteriorChris Lu, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of LaborDaleep Singh, Acting Assistant Secretary of Treasury, U.S. Department of the TreasuryDavid S. Kim, Deputy Administrator, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Department of TransportationDavid W. Yang, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict & Humanitarian Assistance; USAIDDJ Patil, U.S. Chief Data Scientist, U.S. Office of Science and Technology PolicyFrom left, the White House’s Rebecca Lee, Doua Thor, Alissa Ko, and Manar Waheed.
Benjamin To / NBC NewsDoua Thor, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Department of EducationEduardo Alfonso Angeles, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Associate Administrator for AirportsEric Nguyen, Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel, Office of the White House CounselErika Lizabeth Moritsugu, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentEsther Kia’aina, Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, U.S. Department of the InteriorGaurab Bansal, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary, White HouseHarriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentHeather Fong, Assistant Secretary, Office for State and Local Law Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityJane Chu, Chairman, National Endowment for the ArtsJanet Nuzum, Senior Advisor and Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs, U.S. Department of AgricultureJasjit Singh, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of JusticeJennifer Park Stout, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of StateJenny R. Yang, Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity CommissionJetta Wong, Director, Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT)Juliet Choi, Chief of Staff, U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration ServicesKaren K. Narasaki, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil RightsKiran Ahuja, Chief of Staff, U.S. Office of Personnel ManagementSusumu Ken Yamashita, Associate Director, Office of Global Operations, Peace CorpsMaju Varghese, Assistant to the President for Management and Administration, White HouseManar Waheed, Deputy Policy Director for Immigration, White House Domestic Policy CouncilMathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, USEPA Office of Land and Emergency ManagementMichael Brush, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Advance and Operations, White HouseMichelle K. Lee, Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of CommerceMina Hsiang, Healthcare Director, U.S. Digital Service, White HouseNani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentNisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of StateOmar Daniel Khan, Assistant U.S Trade Representative, Intergovernmental Affairs and Public EngagementParita Shah, Chief of Staff, Millennium Challenge CorporationPaul Monteiro, Director, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of JusticePortia Wu, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Administration, Department of LaborPriya Aiyar, Acting General Counsel, U.S. Department of the TreasuryRakesh Kilaru, Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel, Office of the White House CounselRishi Sahgal, Counselor, U.S. Department of EnergyRohan Patel, Special Assistant to the President, White HouseRuchi Jain, Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, White HouseStacy Koo, Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff for Presidential Personnel, White HouseTarak Shah, Chief of Staff, Department of Energy’s Office of the Under Secretary for Science and EnergyTina Tchen, Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff to the First Lady, and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and GirlsDr. Tung Thanh Nguyen, Chair, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, U.S. Department of EducationVinai K. Thummalapal