CAPA21 Chair Glen S. Fukushima and CAPA21 President Dale Minami welcome Mark Keam and Mona Pasquil as Leadership Council Co-Chairs.

Virginia State Delegate Mark L. Keam is the first Korean American and first Asian-born immigrant to serve in the Virginia state Legislature. He was first elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2011 and 2013. Having developed a strong reputation for bipartisanship and effectiveness, Mark focuses on creating jobs, improving schools, addressing traffic gridlock, reducing burdens on businesses, strengthening social safety nets, and making the government more transparent, efficient, and accountable.

Mona Pasquil serves as Appointments Secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is responsible for helping the Governor advance his administration by recruiting top candidates to serve the state. She is the first Filipino American in California history to serve as the Appointments Secretary. Prior to her appointment, Mona served as Chief of Staff to California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi and as Acting Lieutenant Governor, after Garamendi was elected to Congress. This marked the first time a woman, AAPI or Filipino American has served as Lieutenant Governor of California.

Mona and Mark join an incredible group of AAPI leaders and luminaries as Leadership Council Co-Chairs: Tessie Guillermo, Kiran Jain, Phong La, Ginger Lew, Steve Ngo (honorary), Dilawar Syed, Maeley Tom, and Helen Zia.

Leadership Council Co-Chairs help Glen and Dale focus CAPA21’s strategic direction and help ensure that we have viewpoints that represent the diversity of our Asian American communities.