Originally published: January 8, 2016
When President Obama re-established the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) by signing Executive Order 13515 in October 2009, he also established the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, created the Initiative's Interagency Working Group, and indicated a commitment to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Eight years later, we asked Asian-American leaders to share some of their memories of their time working under the Obama administration, as well as what the Obama administration has come to mean to them.
Bill Imada, Commissioner, President's Advisory Commission on AAPIs
Working under the vision and leadership of President Barack Obama has been nothing short of exceptional. When asked if I would consider serving on the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, I realized that this would be an opportunity of a lifetime. I said yes immediately. Who would say no to serving a leader who invites diverse views and opinions, and who embraces constructive criticism? As an entrepreneur, small-business owner, and community leader, it was important for me to bring a private-sector voice to the Commission.