THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Aboard Air Force One) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release August 8, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MARTHA CHOE AS CHAIR OF THE ADVISORY COMMISSION
ON ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS
The President today announced his intent to appoint Martha Choe as Chair of the Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Ms. Martha Choe, of Seattle, Washington, is the Director of the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development of the State of Washington. Prior to her appointment, she served as a member of the Seattle City Council, having been elected in 1991 and, again, in 1995. Previously, Ms. Choe was Vice President of the Bank of California in commercial lending, credit administration, and private banking. She serves as a trustee of Western Washington University and has been recognized for her accomplishments by Newsweek magazine, the Seattle Chinese Post, the Japanese American Citizens League, the Korean American Professional Society, and the Korean American Alliance.
Ms. Choe received a B.A. degree from the University of Washington and a M.B.A. degree from Seattle University.
The Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders was established by Executive Order 13125 to advise the President on the development, monitoring, and coordination of Federal efforts to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The Commission will study ways to increase public sector, private sector, and community involvement in improving the health and well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to increase their participation in Federal programs where they may be under-served. The Commission will study ways to foster research and data collection on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including information on public health.