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.

WHIAAPI Updates

WHIAAPI Civil Unrest Statement on Friday, June 5, 2020
WHIAAPI Commemorates AAPI Heritage Month
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

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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
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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

A Statement from the Chairman

Greetings Texas Republicans,

We still have unfinished business from our convention that requires our attention. We must reconvene our convention to address our Rules and Platform. Our previous assembly decided to select (10) individuals to form a committee to decide our way forward. Individuals were nominated and delegates had the opportunity to “upvote” the person they thought should be on the committee. We have contacted those individuals; when someone declined, we went to the next highest vote getter on the list. Their task is to make a recommendation for our reconvening.

Per the motion, I have been selected as chair of this committee. However, I am declining this position as I want to allow the committee to do its work independently. The highest recipient of votes who has agreed to serve is Deon Starnes. She has a wealth of experience with our convention process and the committee will be well served by her leadership.

I look forward to reviewing the committee’s recommendations and leading the work on a convention that will complete our important business. In the meantime, we will continue to function and operate under the Rules and Platform approved at the 2018 Convention until completion of our own Reconvening Convention.

“Texas GOP, we are the storm”

Chairman Allen West
Republican Party of Texas

JUL 22 – Covid-19 Town Hall w Dr. Peter Hotez

Please join me tomorrow night at 7PM for a virtual town hall via Zoom on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine development with Dr. Peter Hotez! Dr. Hotez is the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and a staunch vaccine advocate. This discussion will give an overview of COVID-19 in the Houston/Harris County Area, highlight the response moving forward, and provide expert insight into the current race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Please RSVP to austin.halvorson@house.texas.gov.

Representative Sarah Davis
Texas House District 134

 

JUN 8 – TARC Fort Bend Runoff Candidate Forum

We are so excited for you to join us for our June General Meeting as we host the Fort Bend County Runoff Candidates from three different races virtually over Zoom on Monday, June 8th at 7:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to learn what each candidate will bring to the table and ask some questions you may have!

RSVP: TCHAN48@ENTOUCH.NET

Candidates joining us will include:

• House District 26
o Jacey Jetton
o Matt Morgan

• Fort Bend County Tax Assessor-Collector
o JJ Clemence
o James Pressler

• Congressional District 22
o Troy Nehls

Meeting Details:
Event: TARC Fort Bend Runoff Candidate Forum
Time: Monday, June 8, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Moderator: Zoey Wang, TARC President

Please join a few minutes before 7:00 PM CT by clicking on the link below.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71252850501?pwd=WkFrVzJtRUV6Y2lXVVBkQ0ZkVFZuUT09

 

FEB 10 – Congressional District 7 Candidate Forum with Maria Espinoza, Kyle Preston, Jim Noteware, Cindy Siegel and Laique Rehman at Tracy Gee Community Center

The Texas Asian Republican Club invites you to the U.S. Congressional District 7 Candidate Forum with Maria Espinosz, Kyle Preston, Jim Noteware, Cindy Siegel and Laique Rehman on February 10, 2020 at the Tracy Gee Community Center in Houston, TX.

Seating opens at 6:00 PM. Dinner is optional and starts at 6:30 PM. $10 per person (members) and $15 per person (non-members) for dinner.

The Forum is a free event and begins at 7:00 PM.

Tracy Gee Community Center is located at 3599 Westcenter Drive, Houston TX 77042.

RSVP: TCHAN48@ENTOUCH.NET

JAN 13 – (Update I: Kim Son Restaurant, Stafford TX) Texas House District 26 Forum with Jacey Jetton, Leonard Chan and Matthew Morgan

The Texas Asian Republican Club invites you to the Texas House District 26 Forum with Jacey Jetton, Leonard Chan and Matthew Morgan on January 13, 2020 at the Kim Son Restaurant in Stafford, TX. Seating opens at 6:30 PM.

This is a FREE Forum Event. Seating opens at 6:30 PM

Dinner is optional and starts at 7 PM. $5 per person (members) and $15 per person (non-members) for dinner.

Forum begins at 7:30 PM.

Kim Son Restaurant (Stafford) is located at
12750 Southwest Fwy, Stafford TX 77477.

RSVP: TCHAN48@ENTOUCH.NET