Washington, D.C. (February 24, 2011) – The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies announced Thursday the hiring of Gloria Chan as President and CEO of the organization.
Ms. Chan spent over four years working on Capitol Hill advocating on behalf of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Most recently, she served as the executive director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, a caucus of 30 Members of Congress, then chaired by Rep. Michael Honda (CA-15), and currently chaired by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32).
In this position, Ms. Chan worked regularly with congressional leaders, as well as AAPI national and local leaders around the country. Ms. Chan came to Capitol Hill in 2006 as an APAICS Anheuser-Busch/Congressman Frank Horton Fellow.
“I am honored to be named the new President and CEO of APAICS, an organization with such important history in our community,” said Chan. “I look forward to helping the organization further its important mission of developing Asian American and Pacific Islander leadership and civic engagement, and to raising the profile of our community on the national stage. I look forward to working with leaders in our community to help APAICS strengthen its capacity and reach its full potential.”
Before moving to Washington DC, Ms. Chan clerked for US Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz in the Southern District of New York, and also was a judicial intern for New York State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan. In 1999, she founded Chinatown Youth Initiatives, a youth leadership nonprofit for high school students in New York City, the advisory council of which she currently chairs.
Chan also served on the board of the Organization of Chinese Americans-NY Chapter. She received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and her law degree from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the New York State bar.
“We are thrilled to have Gloria Chan on board as our new President and CEO,” said APAICS Chair Jim Park stated. “Gloria is the perfect person to manage this organization at this important stage in APAICS’s development. Gloria’s leadership experience on Capitol Hill and her proven dedication to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community will help APAICS reach new levels of service to our community, our elected officials, and our youth leaders around the country. The Board of Directors and I look forward to working with Gloria.”
Rep. Honda, APAICS board member, and former chair of CAPAC said that Chan is a “visionary and has the skills and heart needed to take APAICS to the next level.”
“As executive director of CAPAC, she has proven her ability to inspire, motivate, and collaborate with various sectors of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, and has shown her dedication to strengthening our community’s infrastructure,” said Honda. “I am pleased that she will be continuing her work in the community at APAICS, and look forward to working together to push our community to new heights.”
Rep. Chu, current chair of CAPAC remarked that it was a pleasure working with Chan during this past year in her role at the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
“I congratulate her on her new leadership position at APAICS,” said Chu. “I look forward to working with Gloria and the Board of APAICS to strengthen collaborations between APAICS and the caucus. There is much work ahead for all of us to continue building and strengthening our community.”
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies 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. Founded in 1994 by former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, APAICS serves as a resource to Congress and the general public on issues related to the political advancement of Asian Pacific Americans.