“It’s an honor and privilege to have been selected by President Trump to serve on the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  My fellow commissioners and I are focused on improving economic, professional and educational opportunities for all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Out of all the diverse groups in this country, Asian Americans and Pacfic Islanders face a higher level of reverse racism and discrimination when it comes to college acceptance, leadership and advancement within Fortune 500 companies and opportunity for small business vibancy.  This commission is committed to making positive change in all of these important areas.”  said Carnahan.

The Commission provides advice to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Transportation, who serve as Co-Chairs of the Initiative.  Together with the Initiative, the Commission works to broaden access by AAPI employers and communities to economic resources and opportunities.  Additionally, the Commission works to advance relevant evidence-based research, data collection, and analysis for AAPI populations, subpopulations, and businesses.


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Minnesota Jennifer Carnahan attended a briefing at the White House yesterday as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Carnahan was appointed to the President’s commission last year and sworn in by Vice President Pence earlier this year.

Yesterday’s attendees were briefed by Derek Kan, Deputy Director of WH Office of Management and Budget, Brooke Rollins, Director of WH Domestic Policy Council, Tim Pilkerton, Executive Director of the WH Opportunity Initiative, and Kevin O’Connel, Director of the Office of Space Commerce.


For Immediate Release
August 6, 2020
Contact: Jack Tomczak
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