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


Contact: programs@aagen.org

October 29, 2017

(202) 558‐7499

AAGEN Launches Its 5th Senior Executive Service (SES) Development Class of 2018-2019
ONLINE Application Registration is OPEN
Now until 18 December 2017

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 30) – Applications are being accepted for AAGEN’s SES Development Program (SES DP) now through December 18, 2017. This career enhancing opportunity is available to aspiring government and non-government executive professions with at least one year (GS-15 equivalent level or higher) or five years (GS-14 equivalent) of supervisor experience. Current federal government employees and professionals from outside the federal government may apply. A limited number of openings are available for this class. More information is available on www.aagen.org.

The SES DP inaugural class was launched in March 2012. AAGEN 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. 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 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
  • Mentorship
  • Networking Opportunities

Qualified competitive applicants must have the explicit approval and support of their current agencies for the duration of the program to be selected into the program. The next class will commence in April 2018 and the program will continue through May 2019. The training sessions will be held in the Washington, DC metro area. Details can be found on the AAGEN website.


Copyright 2023 by AAGEN Privacy Statement

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software