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Newsletter: August 2021


How to: Join a Board or Commission

This month's How-To video outlines how you can join a local board or commission. Watch to learn about the different types of boards and commissions and how you can get involved.

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Virginia Boards and Commissions Overview


Thinking of running for office but want to build more public service experience first? Consider applying for an appointment to a local Board or Commission!


Watch this video for an overview of gubernatorial appointments to boards and commissions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Leading this presentation is Shawn Soares, Special Assistant for Board Appointments and Director of Asian American & Pacific Islander American Outreach from the Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam.

Congratulations Helen on Your Retirement!


Dear APAICS community, This past July, Helen M. Ruggiero, APAICS’ beloved Chief Operating Officer and longest serving member of the APAICS family, retired. “APAICS and our entire community thanks Helen for her dedicated work and service to expand AANHPI representation on and beyond the Hill,” said Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, APAICS president and CEO. “We deeply appreciate the integral role Helen played at APAICS where she welcomed and nurtured hundreds of APAICS Fellows and Interns along with countless other alumni from APAICS programs. In fact, for many of us, Helen was one of the first faces that we met when starting in DC. Helen’s positivity and warmth made her treasured by all and we thank her for her mentorship and friendship.” Helen joined APAICS in August 2006 and was responsible for financial responsibility, fundraising, grant writing and event planning for the organization. Additionally, she served as the liaison to the APAICS Board and Advisory Council. Please join us in thanking Helen for her transformative work in our community at hruggiero45@gmail.com.

Two Days Left Until Women's Collective Summit

Registration for our 3rd annual Women's Collective Summit closes in two days! This year we will convene on August 12, 2021 under the theme "The Power of She" in recognition that the time for AAPI women to run, win, and lead is now.

The Women’s Collective aims to build a community that inspires and supports AAPI women to become politically engaged by leading the national conversation on AAPI women representation in politics, uplifting AAPI women in politics, creating resources and tools for AAPI women to increase representation in public service, and to connect leaders and stakeholders.

This year's summit will cover a variety of topics ranging from "How to ask a woman to run for office" to "Staying healthy on and off the campaign trail." Register now to hear from AAPI women elects and the leading voices from the movement to increase women's representation in government.

Legislative Leadership Academy: Less Than 1 Week Left to Apply!

Are you a mid-senior level legislative staffer looking to take the next step? Apply to the APAICS Legislative Leadership Academy by Friday August 13th at 11:59 PM ET!


This program teaches AAPI individuals with previous or current experience in an entry to mid-level legislative role to hone their leadership skills, deepen their confidence, strengthen relationships, and build community to more effectively position themselves and pursue senior management roles such as Legislative Director, Chief of Staff, Committee Staff Director, or Communications Director.


The program will consist of three highly interactive weekend sessions; each session is 6 hours total and will take place over the course of 2 days. In addition to covering relevant topics in leadership and professional development, a special feature of this program is one-on-one coaching with a certified executive coach for each program participant. Other program features include: special guest speakers and a team-based group project.

You're Invited!

APAICS in Conversation with Sheri Daniels

Join us on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 for APAICS in Conversation. This 30-minute fireside chat with an accompanying Q&A session allows our audience to hear from leading AAPIs in their field.

On this episode of AiC, we are joined by Sheri Daniels, Executive Director of Papa Ola Lokahi. This conversation will discuss similarities and differences between access to healthcare in the islands versus the continental United States, and explore Sheri's path to leadership.

Thank you APAICS Summer Interns!


Our 2021 Summer intern cohort consists of Congressional interns placed on Capitol Hill and Office interns who support the work of APAICS. Their commitment to public service and AAPI political engagement brought them to APAICS and we hope that their internship experiences will empower them on their public service journeys.

  • Agung Putra – Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02)

  • Al Edrich Labang – Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)

  • Amber Nguyen – Rep Judy Chu (CA-27)

  • Anna Lee – APAICS Office

  • Ashwin Mahadevan – Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08),

  • Claire Chang – APAICS Office

  • Joyce Shin – Rep. Marilyn Strickland (WA-10)

  • Lejing Lin – APAICS Office

  • Natalie Seara – APAICS Office

  • Parisa Mahmud – Rep. Jamaal Bowman (NY-16)

  • Ranen Miao – Rep. Jamaal Bowman (NY-16), The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

  • Revathi Menon – APAICS Office

  • Ritika Reddy – Rep. Byron Donalds (FL-19)

  • Victor Qiu – Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07)

Farewell to the APAICS 2021 summer intern class! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to AAPI representation in public service.