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: Thomas Phan
Vice Chair:  Franklin Odo, Ph.D.
Secretary:  Ping Ge, Ph.D.
Treasurer:  Marina Milton
Executive Director: Stanley Fujii 

Huong Q. Pham
Ming Zhu, Ph.D., P.E.
Patrick S. Eng
Stacey Pham
Chiling Tong
Marla Hendriksson
Rod Rimando
Edward Kim
Carson Eoyang, Ph.D.
Alan Mikuni
Jong Ho Hwang
Daud Santosa
Kumar Bala
Tin Cao
Vivian Chen, Ph.D.
Belkis Leong-Hong
Sumiye Okubo, Ph.D.
James Meng, Ph.D.
Ellen Law
Benedict Eng

Tommy Hwang*
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.

All Advisory Committee members are past AAGEN Chairs. “*” Indicates the immediate past Chair.  


The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) is sponsoring the next SES Development Program with participation by the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


Applications for the 2013‐2014 Class will be accepted through December 26, 2012. To apply for the program or learn more about the requirements, please visit www.aagen.org.


All eligible individuals are encouraged to apply. The program is open to professionals (GS‐15 equivalent level or higher) with at least one year of supervisory experience. Current federal government employees and professionals from outside the federal government may apply.


A selection panel consisting of members of AAGEN, WHIAAPI and OPM will review all qualified applications and select highly motivated applicants for the class commencing in March 2013. AAGEN will select twenty‐four candidates for the class, up to four of whom will be selected from applicants outside the federal government.


The program will be offered at no tuition to the selected candidates and their respective organizations, although the selected candidates are expected to commit time to the program. Successful candidates must obtain permission from their organization to participate and an agreement from their organization to cover any travel‐related costs. The program will cover approximately the period of March 2013 through February 2014. The training will be conducted in the Washington, DC metro area and the one‐on‐one mentoring session with an SES mentor will be scheduled by the candidate and their assigned mentor.


A candidate's home organization and/or the candidate should anticipate travel and other related costs to the training venues if they are based outside of the Washington, DC metro area. The program curriculum will consist of 2‐3 days per quarter of class work, speakers and networking sessions. In addition, one mentor/mentee session per quarter will be scheduled, along with any activities assigned by the SES mentor and/or trainers to be completed by the candidate on their own time.


Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are underrepresented in the federal government's senior Executive Service (SES). To address this issue, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13515 to reestablish the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific  Islanders in 2009. Section 3(d)(ii) of the EO mandates that federal agencies create plans that "identify ways to foster the recruitment, career development, and advancement of AAPIs in the federal government." In August 2011, President Obama also signed Executive Order 13583 to establish a coordinated government‐wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce.


In March 2012, AAGEN launched the inaugural class of the SES Development Program consisting of 20 candidates.


Please distribute this announcement within your organization and encourage eligible candidates to apply. Your support is essential to the success of the program.


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