Online Video Resources

The Appointee Process: Perspectives from Latina & AAPI Women

APAICS and LatinasRepresent hosted a conversation with previous AAPI and Latina political appointees about their appointment processes and experiences.

Featuring: Angela Manso (State), Noelle Lee (White House – First Lady), Victoria Tung (Commerce), and Irasema Coronado (CEC).

Appointments 101

During this webinar, Candace J. Yu, a former appointee in the Obama Administration, shared insights from her experience recruiting and hiring political appointees as well as navigating the political process. Insights are intended to demystify and provide transparency to the process and do not represent “official” guidance. Following a brief presentation, attendees had the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session.

Featuring: Candace J. Yu (White House), Asian American and Pacific Islander alumni of the Obama Administration (AAPI44s)

The Appointee Process

Every presidential administration has approximately 4,000 non-career positions across the federal government to fill. NCAPA and APAICS are working to ensure any administration has the widest pool of qualified, diverse public servants to choose from and Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are historically underrepresented in public service including as federal appointees. We talked to previous AAPI political appointees to hear about their appointee processes, what to expect, how to prepare, and where to start.

Featuring Namrata Mujumdar (Treasury), Grace Choi (State), Chris Chan (SBA), and Yvonne Hsu (HUD)

Pathways to Service 2020 — Taking your Voice Online: Designing a Digital Campaign

The third and final webinar in the Pathways to Service 2020: Finding your Civic Voice webinar series. Brought to you by the Appointments Project & Ready to Run Kansas Women’s Leadership Series.

Featuring: APAICS President & CEO Madalene Mielke, Helena Buchman, Pathway Campaigns, and Colin Hoffman, Sandlot Strategic

Five Nuggets of Knowledge

Ever wonder what you need to know before you run for office? Here are ‘5 Nuggets of Knowledge’ from former local elected Fmr. APAICS Director of Programs and Community Engagement, Vimala Phongsavanh!

How to Build Community through Public Boards & Commissions


    • Vimala Phongsavanh, Fmr. APAICS Director of Programs and Community Engagement
    • Ben DeGuzman, Acting Director, DC Mayor’s Office on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs
    • Nina Ahmad, Ph.D., Former Deputy Mayor, Public Engagement, Philadelphia
  • Jessica Caloza, Board of Public Works, Los Angeles, CA
  • Daphne Kwok, President Obama’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs

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