THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Seattle, Washington) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release May 14, 1999
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES KAREN LAU SULLIVAN AS U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TO THE PACIFIC COMMUNITY The President today announced his intention to appoint Karen Lau
Sullivan to be United States Representative to the Pacific Community.
Ms. Karen Lau Sullivan, of Kailua, Hawaii, is Vice President and owner of a real estate investment and development corporation, Hoaloha Ventures, Inc. in Honolulu. In addition, she served on the staff of the East-West Center, a Honolulu-based cross-cultural research institute established by Congress to promote greater understanding between the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and the U.S.
During the Carter Administration, Ms. Sullivan served on the White House staff and at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She also served as a Congressional Aide to the House Subcommittee on Mines and Mining and to Reps. Heftel and Mink of Hawaii. Ms. Sullivan received her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Whittier College and her M.A. from the University of Hawaii.
The Pacific Community was founded in 1947 as an international effort to promote economic and social advancement in the South Pacific islands. The commission provides information, training and technical assistance to the region's inhabitants to achieve these goals. There are currently 27 member countries and territories, each sending one representative to the commission. The area served covers Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, and includes 22 Pacific Island countries and territories.