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August 12 Meet-and-Greet with Congressman Mark Takai of Hawai’i

MarkTakaiCAPA21 co-hosted Congressman Mark Takai (D-HI) at the Minami Tamaki law firm in Union Square.

Meet-and-Greet with Congressman Mark Takai
Hosted by CAPA21, Glen S. Fukushima, Phong La, and Minami Tamaki LLP
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Law Offices of Minami Tamaki LLP

K. Mark Takai was elected to Congress in 2014 and currently serves on the House Armed Forces Committee and the House Committee on Small Business. He is one of the fourteen Asian American Members of Congress currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Mark represents Hawaii’s First Congressional District, a district that encompasses much of Oahu and is one of the few Asian American majority districts in the United States.

Mark was a 20-year member of the Hawaii State House of Representatives before being elected to Congress. He represented the district of Aiea/Pearl City, first winning his seat at the age of 27.

Mark has served as a member of the Hawaii National Guard for 14 years. He is currently a Lt. Colonel and works as a Preventive Medical Officer. He deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009.

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CAPA21 Welcomes Del. Mark Keam and Mona Pasquil to Our Leadership Team

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.

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CAPA21 Leadership Team Meets with Former Ambassador Gary Locke

CAPA21 Chair Glen S. Fukushima and many of our Leadership Council Co-Chairs met with former Ambassador Gary Locke last month in San Francisco. The meeting followed a fundraiser for America’s Opportunity Fund at O3 Bistro. Amb. Locke is a founder and Honorary Co-Chair of AOF.

Since we launched in 2014, one of CAPA21’s guiding principles is to work together with existing AAPI political efforts and aspire to complement, not compete with, existing progressive organizations. The AOF/CAPA21 meeting allowed both groups to share organizational priorities and begin discussions on areas or initiatives suitable for collaboration.

AOF seeks to increase the number of Asian American Pacific Islander elected officials in statewide and federal office and increase voter visibility and participation with communities of color to support AOF endorsed candidates.

AOF and CAPA21 staff will have a second round of discussions to explore how our organizations can work together to advance our AAPI communities.