AANCART Principal Investigator Tung Nguyen, M.D., appointed to the President's Advisory Commission on AAPIs

Tung Nguyen, M.D., AANCART Principal Investigator, has been appointed to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by President Barack Obama.

Dr. Nguyen joins 17 other members of the Commission to provide advice to President Obama and the co-chairs of the White House Initiative, Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, on ways to improve the quality of life and expand opportunities for AAPIs. Other appointees to the Commission includes Olympic Champion Apolo Ohno and Professor May Chen.

Biographical Information of the new co-chair of the White House Initiatve and intended appointees to the Presiden'ts AAPI Advisory Commmission: (as stated in the official press release)

Christopher Lu is Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary at the White House. Mr. Lu is one of President Obama's longest-serving advisors, starting in 2005 as Legislative Director for then-Senator Obama, before becoming Acting Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate Office. After Election Day 2008, Lu was named the Executive Director of the Obama-Biden Transition Project. His 15 years of government experience includes eight years as Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Government Reform Committee (Democratic Staff). Mr. Lu is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

May Y. Chen is an adjunct professor at the City University of New York, where she has taught labor studies courses and coordinated labor exhanges with Asia for the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies since 2009. Previously, Ms. chen was the International Union Vice President of UNITE HERE from 1999-2009, and Local 23-25 Manager and New York Metropolitan Area Joint Board Secretary-Treasurer from 2004 to 2009. In her time at UNITE HERE, Ms. Chen held a number of positions, including Assistant/Associate Manager from 1997 to 2004 and Assistant Director and Director of the Education Department from 1989 to 1997. From 1970 to 1979, she was an adjunct professor and teacher at several schools and universities in Calfornia, including the University of California at Los Angeles and California State University at Long Beach. Ms. Chen is a Founding Member of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and continues ot serve on its New York Chapter Board.

Apolo Ohno is an American short-track speed skating competitor, an eight-medalist in the Winter Olympics, a 12-time National Champion, and America's most decorated winter Olympian. He was named the U.S. Speedskating's Athlete of the Year for 2003, and was a 2002, 2003, and 2006 finalist for the Sullivan Award, which recognizes the best amateur athlete in the U.S. In addition, Mr. Ohno has been very involved in philanthropic activities, including participating in the Global AIDS Program (GAP) campaign to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, The Salvation Army, the Ronald McDonald House, and Nikkei Concerns, and organization that provides assistance to Japanese elders. In 2002, Mr. Ohno helped Senator Ted Kennedy launch the "Math Moves U Hipest Homework Happening" program, which gave students the opportunity to do math homework online with celebreties and athletes. Mr. Ohno is also a global ambassador for the Special Olympics.