APAICS Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Nominated to Head U.S. Pacific Command

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September 24, 2014

CONTACT:  Floyd Mori, APAICS President/CEO

fmori@apaics.org

APAICS Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Nominated to Head U.S. Pacific Command 


Washington, D.C.-The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) applauds President Obama’s nomination of Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. to head the U.S. Pacific Command. APAICS is a national non partisan, non profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian American & Pacific Islander participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.

Earlier this year at its 20th Anniversary Gala, APAICS awarded Adm. Harris with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless dedication and unwavering commitment in public service for securing and protecting U.S. national security abroad. Floyd Mori, President and CEO of APAICS said of his nomination, “ADM Harry Harris has proven himself to be a great military leader, and the Asian American  and Pacific Islander community is proud of the example he has set for the entire nation. He has been particularly active in working with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in fostering greater participation and engagement in public affairs. We congratulate ADM Harris, who is Japanese American, for becoming one of the top military leaders over the entire globe.”

Currently Adm. Harris is the commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in the Pacific, a position he has held since October of 2013. In this role, Adm. Harris oversees 100 million square miles of Indo-Asia-Pacific region, approximately 200 ships and submarines, 1,100 aircraft and 140,000 sailors and civilians. He started his career with the U.S. Navy as a flight officer when he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1978 and worked his way up the ranks, logging in more than 4,400 hours in maritime patrol surveillance aircraft and serving in every U.S. geographical combatant command in Europe, Africa, and Asia. He also held the position as chief speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Communication Networks (OPNAV N6).

Adm. Harris’s father was an American Chief Petty Officer who met his mother while on duty in Kobe, Japan where he was born. He said the movie Go For Broke made him proud of his Japanese heritage and the courage and patriotism of Japanese Americans who served in the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service inspired his career aspirations with the U.S. Navy.

 

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APAICS Announces New Program Director

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September 17, 2014

CONTACT:  Floyd Mori, APAICS President/CEO

fmori@apaics.org

APAICS ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Washington, D.C. – The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is pleased to announce that Amy Watanabe has been selected as the organization’s new Program Director. APAICS is a national non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian American Pacific Islander participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.

Ms. Watanabe joins APAICS at a critical stage in its twenty year history when new programs in leadership development have grown to include regional leadership and policy summits, a military leadership component, and integrated programs with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). The core components of APAICS leadership development programs, such as the Leadership Academy for elected officials, Summer Internship program, and Congressional Fellowship program have increased AAPI participation in local, state and federal offices. Ms. Watanabe will oversee these programs along with helping to develop a new research project.

Over the past eight years, Ms. Watanabe has worked with local and national community organizations to develop advocacy and leadership skills for youth and young adults, particularly in the Asian Pacific American community. Most recently, Ms. Watanabe worked at the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) in its Washington, D.C. office as a program coordinator and in corporate relations. She also served as the Daniel K. Inouye Fellow, where she was the primary staff to oversee key legislative issues for the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Floyd Mori, President and CEO of APAICS, said, “We are very fortunate to have Amy join us here at APAICS and bring new enthusiasm and experience to our staff.  We look to her to improve what we are doing and to implement fresh new thought and develop additional programs.”

Ms. Watanabe received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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APAICS 21st Annual Awards Gala

APAICS would like to invite you to our 21st Annual Awards Gala taking place on May 13, 2015, and located at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Gala 2015 Save the Date

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Snehal Majithia

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The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.