The White House Initiative – Meet Tina Wei Smith, WHIAAPI Executive Director

Meet Tina Wei Smith, WHIAAPI Executive Director

We are excited to announce that in December of 2019, Tina Wei Smith joined the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) as Executive Director. In this capacity, she is responsible for directing the efforts of the White House Initiative and the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs to advise federal agency leadership on the implementation and coordination of federal programs as they relate to AAPIs across executive departments and agencies. The Initiative and the Commission work to broaden access by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) employers and communities to economic resources and opportunities, thus empowering AAPIs to improve the quality of their lives, raise the standard of living for their families and communities, and more fully participate in our economy.

“It is an honor to serve the 22 million people who make up this important group of Americans. Our work has never been more critical as our nation and the AAPI community combat the challenges of COVID-19 and the pandemic’s associated economic impact,” says Smith. “WHIAAPI Co-Chairs, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao could not be more committed to this effort as they advise President Trump on how our government can best serve these vibrant and growing American communities.”

Smith previously served at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Office of the Secretary and the Office of Public Liaison during the Bush Administration. There she supported the outreach to the minority communities, including outreach to the Asian Pacific Americans. She has also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Heritage Foundation. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Smith spent the last 5 years in higher education and global engagement.
Her full bio can be found here.

For more information on President Trump’s Executive Order 13872 on Advancing the Economic Empowerment of AAPIs can be found here.


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Press Release for the WHIAAPI Virtual Events with Department of Commerce, Transportation, Department of Labor, Office of Personnel Management, and Small Business Administration
Secretary Chao and AAPIs in Leadership
Administrator Carranza and Doing Business with the Government
Deputy Secretary Pizzella and Acting Director Rigas, and Advancing AAPIs in the Federal Government
Secretary Ross and National AAPI Business Summit 2020
Press Release for 2nd AAPI Business Town Hall
Secretary Wilbur Ross’s Remarks at the National AAPI Business Summit 2020

PAC-AAPI Updates

President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Section:
At the end of 2019, President Donald J. Trump nominated fourteen esteemed individuals to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In January of 2020, the Commissioners were sworn-in at the White House Lunar New Year celebration by Vice President Mike Pence. Secretary Ross, Secretary Chao, and Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia also delivered remarks at this very special ceremony along with a Lunar New Year stamp reveal from the US Postal Service. From January through March, Secretary Chao and the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs hosted business roundtable discussion and listening sessions across the country, including Silicon Valley, Las Vegas, and Houston. Read more

Dr. Paul Hsu, Chair, and his opening remarks at the PAC-AAPI Inaugural Open Meeting
Press Release for AAPI Business Town Hall & PAC-AAPI Inaugural Open Meeting

The President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs will host their second open meeting on Wednesday, August 5th. The public may attend virtually and provide comments during the public comment period.

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM ET

Click here to register