CKA’s first-ever National Summit is, in many ways, the natural evolution of our previous signature event – the White House Community Briefing. Held first in 2012, the White House event’s popularity propelled us to think of how to maximize the experience for Korean American leaders from across the country in their engagement of our public officials. Thus was born the idea of a multi-day gathering in our Nation’s capital with opportunities to connect with our Legislative and Executive Branches of government.
The 2015 White House Briefing promises to be yet another highlight for CKA members and community leaders alike. The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the White House Office of Public Engagement will co-host the event. Here are some confirmed speakers for the Friday, October 23 event:
Michelle K. Lee is Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Prior to joining USPTO, Ms. Lee was Deputy General Counsel for Google and the company’s Head of Patents and Patent Strategy. She is the first woman to serve as Director of USPTO.
Robert R. King is the Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues. The Office of the Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea was created by the North Korea Human Rights Act of 2014, which called for a Special Envoy to “coordinate and promote efforts to improve respect for the fundamental human rights of the people of North Korea.” Mr. King has served in the ambassadorial ranked position since 2009.
Juliet K. Choi is the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Prior to joining USCIS in 2014, Ms. Choi was the chief of staff and senior advisor for the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also served for five years with the American Red Cross, National Headquarters, as a member of the Disaster Services executive leadership team.
Chris Kang is a former White House Special Counsel and the current National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. As Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to President Obama in the Office of the White House Counsel, Mr. Kang was in charge of the selection, vetting and confirmation of the President’s judicial nominees and advised on commutations and executive clemency.
Kiran Ahuja is the Executive Director of White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which, along with the Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific islanders (AAPIs), advises federal agency leadership on the implementation and coordination of federal programs as they relate to AAPIs. Ms. Ahuja previously served as the founding Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.
Aditi Hardikar is White House Office of Public Engagement’s Associate Director and the White House’s primary liaison to the AAPI and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. Prior to joining the Office of Public Engagement, Ms. Hardikar served as the director of the LGBT Leadership Council at the Democratic National Committee.
Space is limited for the White House Briefing, so register today here.