Department of the Interior (DOI) FAPAC Chapter

Established 2017

Chapter Information and Events

MISSION: To support the Department of the Interior in addressing issues of interest to the DOI Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and to foster professional development and networking among its members.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this Chapter (FAPAC-DOI) shall be to implement the goals and objectives of the national-level entity Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) as set forth in the National bylaws and in accordance with DOI Departmental Policy.

Next Chapter Meeting: Late March 2021 (details TBD)

For more information, email:

Upcoming events

Member Highlights

Welcome FAPAC-DOI Intern, Ashley Chou!

About Ashley

Ashley is a Taiwanese American student living in Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently enrolled at Harvard College as a sophomore, majoring in History of Science with a secondary in Mind, Brain, and Behavior. Her interests include public health, British fiction, and Greco-Roman mythology. She has always striven to stay connected with her heritage, whether by volunteering as a teacher’s assistant at a local Chinese school or participating in an Asian student exchange program. As such, she is very excited to be working with FAPAC-DOI!

Meet the Board

Lena Chang, President

Current position and where you work:

Senior Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office

Ventura, California

Why did you join FAPAC-DOI?

FAPAC-DOI came to me at a time in my life and career when I realized that sharing our stories as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has tremendous value. My personal goal for diversity and inclusion is to break biases through sharing our stories, creative outreach, and education. My goal as a member of the FAPAC-DOI board is to continue to work with all of you to inspire the desire to

engage members of the AAPI community across the DOI, supporting and highlighting each other as we create ways to build awareness and community both nationally and within our home offices.

More about Lena

Lena was born and raised in southern California. Her early background is in special education and wildlife rehabilitation, specializing in birds of prey. Inspired by conservation, she went back to school to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology before being hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2008. In her current position, Lena works with State, Federal, and private partners toward conservation of threatened and endangered species in coastal southern California. Lena served as FAPAC-DOI Executive Secretary (now Vice President of Outreach) in FY2019.

Karen Sinclair, Vice President of Outreach

Current position and where you work:

Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office

Ventura, California

Why did you join FAPAC-DOI?

Due to being mixed race and adopted at a young age, I strive to reconnect to my heritage through trying new recipes, learning about the history of Asian Americans, and engaging in conversations about race. I look forward to becoming more actively involved with the FAPAC-DOI community! 

More about Karen:

When not in the office, Karen enjoys teaching her friends about local birds and native plants, training her deaf dog, and encouraging others to document their observations of nature through art.

Shuwen Cheung, Vice President of Finance

Current position and where you work: 

Accountant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, Falls Church, Virginia 

Why did you join FAPAC-DOI? 

There has been a lot of positive attention on diversity, inclusion, and related issues in my work environment in the past few years, especially from senior management. I'd like to get involved to learn and contribute more to the movement and put more attention toward dealing with unconscious bias in the workplace. I am interested to join the FAPAC-DOI Board to encourage the movement toward a more diversified and inclusive work environment. 

More about Shuwen:

Shuwen was born and raised in Taiwan. Her early background is in International Trade, specializing in Cost Accounting. Inspired by exploring more opportunities, she went back to school to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics before being hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2008. In her current position, Shuwen is proud to be involved with the WSFR group working through partnerships to conserve and manage fish and wildlife and their habitats for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.

AAPI Heritage Month 2020!


FAPAC-DOI "Co-Workers"

“This is Kaio (named after Kaio-ken from Dragon Ball Z, yes). She is 5 years old. Like me, she is an immigrant from Southeast Asia. She is a rescue street kitten that my husband and I adopted when we worked in Manila, Philippines. At the time, she was a little less than 4 weeks old, but her mother was run over by a car and could not nurse her. She's come a long way, and she is an introverted cat with a fun-loving streak and a warm heart.”  

Thao Tran, Office of Wildland Fire, Washington, D.C.

Biscuit –Female Bluetick Coonhound Mix, 5 years old

Mr. Krabs – Male(?) Goldfish, 2 years old(?)

Out of office co-worker that we visit frequently:

Cody – Male Quarterhorse, 19 years old

Cindy K. Lowman, JD, CISSP, CIPP/G, Branch of Financial Policy and Analytics, JAO-PERMA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lakewood, CO

"George is an 11-year old cockapoo rescue. He’s a grumpy old man who’s a great office mate and sleeps all day while I’m working. When he's not asleep, George loves a good squeaky toy, head scratches, and playing fetch."

Kelly, DOI Office of Human Capital

“I'd like to introduce you to my dog - Dusty, a Chocolate Lab. Dusty is 5 years old.  He loves to go on walks; however, I must closely monitor him because he also loves water and given an opportunity, he'll dive in.” 

Karen Ridgeway, EEO Specialist and the Special Emphasis Program Manager for Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement, Washington, D.C.

“Our sweet cat is a rescue pet and we adopted him from Anchorage Animal Care and Control in July 2013. The staff named him Mochi, and we kept the name since the thought of our family fur member being named after a Japanese rice cake immensely pleased me. The veterinarian estimated Mochi was 2 when we adopted him, so he's around 9 years old now. Mochi is a tuxedo domestic short-haired cat and he is atypical regarding the perception of a stereotypical cat.

He is very loving and affectionate and friendly to our friends. Mochi loves curling up on our lap or enjoys being next to us. I took a break to sit on the couch and he chose to perch on top of it. He is truly a great teleworking buddy.”

Barbara Green, Equal Opportunity Manager, National Park Service, Anchorage, AK

"Bella is a rescued Ragdoll cat; I adopted her when she was 9 years old, and she’s 15 now. She’s incredibly affectionate and talkative…loves joining me on conference calls! Bella is diabetic and relies on insulin and a special diet; with management, she’s as as healthy and as happy as can be.

My “field team” is a flock of sikie chicken crosses. From left to right: Kaki, Ume, Yuzu, Momo, and Anzu. They are very productive!"

Lena Chang, Senior Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and

Wildlife Service, Ventura, CA

Chapter Member Barbara Green with the National Park Service in Anchorage, Alaska, recently wrote a piece for InHR Quarterly titled "Born in the Year of the Rat". Read the whole February 2020 newsletter here.

Thanks to our January 2020 special guest Damon Yeh, Founder of @asianboulderingcrew

Damon is a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee who has taken a deep interest in the intersection between conservation and outdoor recreation, and how to engage underrepresented communities in the outdoors. As an avid rock climber, he has started the @asianboulderingcrew on Instagram to highlight API climbers who are also leaders in other areas, and to spread the love of the outdoors with the API community. Ultimately, his goal is to ensure that the API community has a collective voice in matters pertaining to the environment and our public lands. 

Past Events

Our 2019 AAPI Heritage Month Celebration with special guest, Executive Director Holly Ham of the White House Initiative on AAPIs, was highlighted in This Week at Interior and In HR Quarterly.

In our 2020 AAPI Heritage Month event, Dr. Russell M. Jeung, Chair and Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, presented a keynote based on his work related to race and as the founder of Stop AAPI Hate, a center that tracks hate incidents to develop strategic policy interventions. We also heard from Olivia Adrian, President of FAPAC, and Nikolao Pula, Director of the DOI Office of Insular Affairs.

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