AAGEN is a 501(c)(3)

non‐profit, non‐partisan

organization that promotes

and supports Asian American

and Pacific Islander leadership

in government.



Hon. Norman Y. Mineta

Hon. Daniel K. Akaka

Hon. Michael M. Honda

Hon. Mazie K. Hirono

Hon. Robert Underwood

Hon. Samuel T. Mok

Carol A. Bonosaro



Chair: Tommy Hwang

Vice Chair: James Meng, Ph.D.

Treasurer: Tia Chu

Secretary: Benedict Eng

Executive Director:

Thomas Phan



Tin T. Cao

Patrick S. Eng

Carson Eoyang, Ph.D.*

Stanley Fujii

Bel Leong‐Hong

Alan Mikuni

John U. Moon

Hon. Ruby G. Moy

Karen Nakama

Hung Nguyen

Glenda Nogami, Ph.D.

Sumiye Okubo, Ph.D.*

Huong Q. Pham

Tara Van Toai, Ph.D.

Gary Wang



Danny Aranza

Norman Bowles

Jasemine Chambers, Ph.D.

Carson Eoyang, Ph.D.

Les Jin

Yann King, Ph.D.

Sumiye Okubo, Ph.D.

Ray Tsuneyoshi

Peter Wong

Sharon M. Wong

Jeremy Wu, Ph.D.

* Past Chairs


October 12, 2012                           

Contact: programs@aagen.org

(202) 558‐7499


AAGEN Launches Its Second Senior Executive Service (SES) Development Class

Program seeks to prepare candidates for the highest level of government service


WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 12, 2012) – Applications are being accepted for AAGEN’s SES Development Program (SES DP) now through December 26, 2012.  This career enhancing opportunity is available to aspiring SES candidates at the GS-15 equivalent level or higher with at least one year of experience as a manager or supervisor.  A limited number of openings are available for this class.  More information is available on www.aagen.org.


After a highly competitive search, the SES DP inaugural class was launched in March 2012. AAGEN created this program in response to the continuing need to boost the number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the federal government’s top echelon – the SES.  According to a study of SES diversity published by the Center for American Progress, "The projected ethnic, racial and gender makeup of the Senior Executive Service will not reflect that of the American workforce in 2030 and beyond.”  With this forecasted shortage, potential AAPI candidates must rise to meet the needs of our government and nation.


With participation from the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), AAGEN will again administer the next class of SES DP themed, “Preparing for Contemporary Leadership Challenges.”  Given today’s economic and budget austerity, federal executives need to serve as change agents who can provide strategic leadership at the highest levels of public policy and administration.  


The SES DP is in direct support of two Presidential Executive Orders. First, WHIAAPI was established in October 2009 to, among other things, foster the career development and advancement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the federal government. In August 2011, the second EO directed government-wide coordination of diversity initiatives. 


The SES DP is a tuition-free program that offers executive development courses, coaching in mock interviews, individual mentoring, and career counseling for candidates to gain the skills to effectively compete for SES positions.  Each candidate will be assigned an SES or a Flag officer mentor who will provide guidance throughout the program.  Other benefits include:


    SES Application Preparation

    Public Speaking Tutorials

    Leadership Training


    Networking Opportunities


Applicants must have the explicit approval and support of their current agencies to apply.   The next class will commence in March 2013 and the program will continue through February 2014.  The training sessions will be held in the Washington, DC metro area.


For questions on the application process and program details, contact programs@aagen.org.



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