WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 2, 2015) — President Barack Obama on Friday announced his intent to nominate Bo Thao-Urabe to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, according to the White House Office of the Press Secretary.
Bo Thao-Urabe is Senior Director of Capacity Building & Organizational Learning at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, a position she has held since 2006. Since 2014, Ms. Thao-Urabe has also served as Chief Operating Officer of RedGreen Rivers, LLC, a company she founded to promote the livelihood of Southeast Asian female artisans.
Ms. Thao-Urabe was a Senior Project Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 2004 to 2006. From 2001 to 2004, she was Executive Director of Hmong National Development, Inc. and from 1999 to 2001, she served as Community Services Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
Thao-Urabe has also worked as the Careership Program Manager at Metropolitan State University from 1998 to 1999 and was Executive Director of the Women’s Association of Hmong & Lao from 1996 to 1998. Ms. Thao-Urabe received a B.S. from the University of Minnesota.
President Obama also announced his intent to appoint Matthew John Matthews for the Rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as United States Senior Official for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, Department of State.
Matthews, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and concurrently as the Senior Official for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, positions he has held since June 2015.
Mr. Matthews previously served as Foreign Policy Advisor at U.S. Pacific Command from 2013 until June 2015 and as the Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2013. He served as Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia from 2007 to 2010 and at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia from 2004 to 2007. His earlier assignments with the Department of State include postings in Pakistan, Taiwan, and China. Mr. Matthews received a B.A. from the University of Oregon and an M.A. from John Hopkins University.
“I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service. I look forward to working with them,” Obama stated.