Presidential Election of 2008 and How We Win Our
President Obama's Record After His Election
a) High Level Asian American Appointments:
How Pres. Obama has acted regarding the Asian Am. Community as of today
2 Top Leaders in the 16 member Transition Team (TT):
Pete Rouse - a Japanese Am. is one of 3 co-chairs of the TT
Chris Lu - Executive Director of the TT
About 10 Senior White House Staff
Chris Lu - Asst to the President and Cabinet Secretary
Pete Rouse - Senior Advisor
Vivek Kundra - CIO, Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Aneesh Chopra - Chief Technology Officer (OMB)
Preeta Bansal - General Counsel, OMB
Tina Tchen - Head, Office of Public Liaison
Kal Penn - Associate Director of Public Liaison
Sonal Shah - Head, Office of Social Innovation
Madhuri Kommareddi - Associate Staff Secretary
A few more whose names we'll publicize later.
3 of the 15 Cabinet Secretaries:
General Eric Shinseki - Veteran Affairs Dept.
Nobel Laureate Steven Chu - Energy Dept.
Governor Gary Locke - Commerce Dept.
A Labor Secretary with the background to understand our concerns
Hilda Solis' old Congressional District includes Monterey Park.
Her parents are both immigrant workers. She and Judy Chu are good friends.
An Acting Chair of EEOC - Stuart Ishimaru
Sub-cabinet Level Appointments
2 Legal Counsels in important Cabinet Depts. & many others:
Ivan K. Fong - General Counsel, Homeland Security; Dept Sec. in rank
Harold Hongju Koh (고홍주) - Legal Counsel, State Department (one
of the top legal advisors in the State Dept.)
Tammy Duckworth (a Thai) - Asst. Sec., Dept. of Veteran Affairs
Rich Verma - Asst. Sec. of Legislative Affairs, The State Dept.
Rajiv Shah - Under Secretary of Research, Edu, & Econ, Agriculture Dept.
Howard Koh - Asst. Sec. of Health, HHS
Tony Babauta - Asst. Sec. of Insular Areas, DOI
Suresh Kumar - Asst. Sec. of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, Dept. of Commerce
NOTE: There are many other worthy appointments which we didn't list and many more new ones to come.