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  • September 21, 2020 08:00 | Thong Vu (Administrator)

    Monday, September 21, 2020: The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) election concluded and the results are shown below: 

  • May 25, 2020 14:00 | Kelly Sewell (Administrator)

    By Mark Lewack, FAPAC OPM Acting Chapter President

    During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we celebrate the contributions of AAPIs to this country.  May is also Military Appreciation Month. It is apt that during this Memorial Day, we commemorate the ultimate sacrifice that AAPIs have made on behalf of this country and their fellow countrymen and women.

    AAPIs have served in the Armed Forces with distinction since the War of 1812. Some say, they have fought for America since 1763 when Filipino sailors and crewmen deserted Spanish ships and settled in Mexico and the Louisiana territory.

    Among the most noteworthy of AAPI who gave their lives for our country was U.S. Army Brigadier General Vicente Lim, a Filipino-American officer and the first Filipino West Point graduate. He served under Generals Douglas MacArthur and Jonathan Wainwright in the Philippines during World War II. During the Battle of Bataan, Lim was the Commanding General of the 41st Infantry Division, Philippine Army (USAFFE). After the fall of the Philippines, he contributed to the Filipino resistance movement until his capture and subsequent execution.  The Japanese guards killed between thousands of men during the death march and countless others who wound up in Japanese POW camps like General Lim.  Lim was one of the most decorated Asian Americans who fought in WWII, earning among others the Legion of Merit and Purple Heart.

    As you commemorate the ultimate sacrifice of American servicemen and women this Memorial Day, remember the sacrifices of AAPI who gave their lives for our country. Without their contributions, some of American’s successful battles would have turned out differently. 

  • December 24, 2019 09:31 | Kelly Sewell (Administrator)

    The holiday season always evokes a fascinating sense of wonder for adults and children alike. While these weeks are often encapsulated by the excitement of twinkling lights, festive food, and spirited gift-giving, my favorite part of the season is the opportunity to express gratitude for the community that we've built together in the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC).

    As I look back over the past year, I am so proud of everything we've accomplished together. Here are just a few notable successes of 2019:

    • FAPAC supported national efforts that promote and celebrate diversity including the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), the National Diversity Coalition (NDC), APIA Vote, the National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS), Civic Leadership USA, among many other partners!
    • FAPAC hosted the 6th cohort of their Career Development Mentoring Program (CDP). The CDP is a tuition-free program that offers individual mentoring, professional development, and career counseling for high-performing federal employees. Applications for the 2020 CDP are due this Friday, Dec 27!
    • FAPAC selected the 2019 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and National Leadership Training Program theme of “Unite Our Mission by Engaging Each Other.” The 2019 theme focused on being mission-minded and increasing engagement of the AAPI community.
    • FAPAC held the 34th National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama on May 13-16, 2019. The NLTP offered high-quality training, networking opportunities, and practical strategies for personal and professional development for over 300 attendees from around the world. FAPAC also presented the Civilian, Uniformed Services, and Public Service Scholarship Awards to
    • The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved FAPAC as a participating charity for the 2019 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC runs from September 12, 2019 through January 12, 2020. Search CFC #73301 to donate to FAPAC!
    • Over 200 attendees attended the annual Summer Picnic in August for a great time of networking and recognition of FAPAC members.
    • FAPAC signed the lease for a physical office space at 12801 Fair Lakes Pkwy, Fairfax, VA in June. The office enables FAPAC to better organize and conduct operations to support its mission and activities.
    • We saw overwhelming success at FAPAC’s Student Career Fairs with over 450 students at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and over 1,000 participants at Cal Poly Pomona in Southern California. Attendees met with agency recruiters and gained critical knowledge of the federal hiring process.
    • In November, FAPAC opened registration for the 35th National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) on May 11-14, 2020 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA. FAPAC will celebrate this significant anniversary with the 2020 AAPI Month theme of "Unite Our Nation by Empowering Equality," host dynamic speakers, recognize dedicated public servants, and showcase the best of the AAPI community. Learn more at!

    I am very grateful to work with dedicated, talented, and passionate volunteers to advance the mission of FAPAC and serve the AAPI community. Together, we make FAPAC a robust organization that develops and recognizes government leaders. I look forward to all the ways we will continue this work in 2020 and invite you to join us!

    I wish you a warm holiday season with lots of love, laughter, and joy. May you treasure the good moments of the past and stay hopeful for the blessings to come in the New Year. 


    Olivia Adrian, FAPAC President

  • November 26, 2019 09:34 | Kelly Sewell (Administrator)


    FAPAC Announces Theme for 2020 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, is proud to announce the theme for the observance of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2020: Unite Our Nation by Empowering Equality. This year’s theme is the culmination of our 2017-2020 “Unite” series and focuses on diversity, inclusion, and leadership to advance the AAPI community.

    AAPI’s are the fastest-growing racial group in America and one that is often under- and mis-represented. For the 2020 AAPI Heritage Month theme, FAPAC will focus on empowerment as a means to increase representation in the public, private, and non-profit sectors and to work toward a unified voice in the AAPI community.

    FAPAC invites all employees of the Federal and DC governments, including the military, to the 35th National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) - a reputable training opportunity for public servants. The 35th NLTP will be held at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA on May 11-14, 2020 and is a celebration of AAPI Heritage Month each May. The NLTP delivers high-quality training, networking opportunities, and practical strategies for personal and professional development as it relates to the 2020 theme.

    During this three-day training, FAPAC will also recognize public servants with the presentation of the Civilian Awards, Uniformed Services Awards, and a $5,000 Distinguished Public Service Scholarship. The NLTP will host a free career exhibition and development programs for Current Students, Recent Graduates, and Veterans interested in public service. Visit to learn more.


    FAPAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization supports the interests of over AAPI employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments. Since 1985, FAPAC has been committed to its mission of promoting equal opportunity and cultural diversity for Asian American and Pacific Islanders in public service. FAPAC encourages the participation and advancement of AAPIs in the government workforce.

  • November 11, 2019 14:06 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    FAPAC 2019 Career Development Program GRADUATES!

    The CDP is a tuition-free program that offers individual mentoring, professional development, and career counseling for high-performing federal employees. Forty participants were selected for the 2019 program (20 mentors and 20 mentees). The program began in April 2019 through October 2019. Training sessions were held in the Washington, DC metro area. The 2019 CDP concluded at a graduation ceremony on November 8, 2019 at the USDA Whitten Building in Washington, DC.  Congratulations to the mentors and mentees on your success! 

    Mentee of the Year:  Mary Emeso Izegwire
    Mentor of the Year:  Thanh Trang
    Best Project:  Gion Lalican
    Recognition Award:  Steve Hortin
    Achievement Award:  YungChia Chen
    Diversity Award:  Holly Xie


    Olivia Adrian, President

  • October 30, 2019 13:50 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    FY2020 Committee Chairs Appointment Announcement

    Dear FAPAC Members:

    On behalf of the National Board of Directors, I am very excited to announce the selections of all the FAPAC 2020 Standing and Ad Hoc Committee Chairs in accordance with the FAPAC Bylaws, Article IV, as presented and strongly recommended by the Vice President of Operations, Ms. Fahmida Chhipa.

    On October 1, 2019, marks my 3rd year anniversary as the President of FAPAC.  Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement over the past three years. I have learned a lot from the FAPAC volunteers who are dedicated, committed and hardworking team, and to our most generous sponsors and partners who inspire me to do more. Thank you!

    I am very proud of all the progress we have made over the past three years as an organization: launched the Five Year 2017 FAPAC Strategic Plan, introduced a pilot program, 2017 FAPAC Leadership Shadowing Program, having official FAPAC office, a location where our volunteers can go to work; participating with the Combine Federal Campaign (CFC); a new look for our website, having seventeen Chapters across the nations,  held 2019 National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) in Huntsville AL, hosted by NASA, just to mention few initiatives and progress.

    I also want to bring attention to our upcoming 35th Anniversary, which focused on equality initiatives and programming.  The theme this year is “Unite our Nations by Empowering Equality”.  While we have taken numerous initiatives and partnerships, the NLTP is not just providing training, we ensure our AAPI community thrives and that issues of equality, career development and education are not only elevated through conversation, but addressed through sustainable programs with long term impact for our members.  FAPAC is dedicated to providing students and veterans the resources they need not only to access and succeed in higher education, but to make a successful transition to a new career.  

    Each year that FAPAC has been in existence has brought new accomplishments and each year new goals are set for greater achievements.  This year, we have new Team Leaders and our agenda is very aggressive and ambitious, we have a lot of work ahead of us, but with everyone’s support we can be successful!  I look forward to sharing what we have in store over the next twelve months, in collaboration with our sponsors and community partners throughout the country.


    ​Standing Committees​

    • Program Chair: Phuong Callaway (NTSB); Co-Chair: Cynthia Dunn (IRS)
    • Public Relations Chair: Kelly Sewell (DOI)
    • Nomination and Election Chair: Liqun Wong (DOJ); Co-Chair: Irene Ibanez-Manlapas (VA)
    • Affirmative Chair: Yvette Scott-Butler (DOI)
    • Membership Chair: Bharatiben Jamero (VA)
    • Chapter Chair: Katherine Toth (DOD)
    • Conference Chair: Peter Nguyen (FAA)
    • Constitution and Bylaws Chair: Nanda Gross (VA); Co-Chair: Leo Tadela (USPS)
    • Ethics Chair:  Gerald Tiqui (NASA)  

    ​Ad Hoc Committees​

    • Awards Chair: Eva Ngai (FAA); Co-Chair: Annabelle Flores (FAA) 
    • Sponsorship Chair: Julie Kelly (FAPAC); Co-Chair: Christine Salcedo (VA)
    • Community Outreach Chair: Ailyn Torres Smith (VA)
    • Newsletter Chair: Angel Kwok (USCG); Co-Chair: Abhijit Sengupta (DOE) 
    • Special Events Chair:  Hong Hitchings (VA)
    • Strategic and Long-Term Planning Chair:  Cailine Kim (VA)
    • Webmasters Chair: Thong Vu (FAA)

    Thank you to our Vice President of Operations who worked diligently to make sure we have a good team to serve this year!


    Olivia F. Adrian, President

  • September 28, 2019 12:42 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    The historical moment was captured and FAPAC is on the map!  We are nearly 35 years old and we finally have an office that we can call a place to have our volunteers to work! 

    Please click on the link to see photos: FAPAC Open House


    Olivia Adrian, FAPAC President

  • July 30, 2019 15:17 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)


    I am happy to announce that online giving for FAPAC through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) site is officially open! Employees and FAPAC supporters may now visit - a brand new, centralized giving portal for all potential CFC contributors across the nation!

    The CFC is one of the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaigns in the world, and how rewarding is it that Members and Friends of FAPAC have the opportunity to participate as Federal employees and supporters. Over the past 56 years, the CFC has raised $8.2 billion to help those in need around the corner, across the nation, and throughout the world.

    This fall, the 2019 CFC will begin September 9, 2019 through January 12, 2020. During this time, supporters can make pledge to the Federal Asian American Pacific Council (FAPAC) and donate to FAPAC CFC Number #73301

    This year FAPAC will celebrate its 35 Years Anniversary and it is an honor and a privilege for FAPAC to participate to this worthy cause this year! I would like to recognize and give special thanks to our Vice President of Financial Management, Ms. Jane Yang, along with the National Board of Directors for accomplishing this major milestone for FAPAC! 

    The CFC exists so you can donate to causes that are near and dear to your heart. We just made it easier to do so. I invite you to explore the CFC new online donation website, and I thank you in advance for showing some love and support!


    Olivia F. Adrian, President

  • January 15, 2019 14:00 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    The National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS) calls for an end to the partial government shutdown.  The six national non-profit organizations that promote the participation and advancement of minority and women managers and employees in the Federal Government provided letters to the United States President; Majority Leader of the United States Senate; and the Speaker of the House to immediately end the shutdown and let hard-working civil servants get back to work.

    NCEPS is coalition of Federal Affinity groups that collectively work to provide equity in the Federal workforce.  NCEPS members included National Image Inc., Blacks in Government (BIG), Federally Employed Women (FEW), Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE), and FEDQ (LGBT).

  • October 24, 2018 16:12 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)



    President: Olivia F. Adrian (DOI)

    Vice President: Kevin Le (FAA)

    Vice President of Operations: Fahmida Chhipa (USDA)

    Vice President of Finance Management: Jane Yang (PBGC)

    Vice President of Technology and Media Communications: Peter Nguyen (FAA)

    Executive Secretary: Rene Lau (DoD)

    Treasurer: Lily Ho (DoD)

    Auditor: Chuan-Ming Li (NIH)

    Regional Director: (RD-5) Xinzhi Zhang (NIH)




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