PA-Gov: Wolf Names Members of Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission

Governor-WolfGovernor Wolf oversaw the swearing in of the appointees for the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs yesterday.

The commission was created by Executive Order in August. The commissioners were sworn in by Secretary of State Pedro Cortés at the Governor’s Residence.

“In Pennsylvania today, our Asian American and Pacific Islander population represent one of the fastest growing racial groups in our Commonwealth. This population is a community of contrasts because overall as a racial group they contribute significantly to the economy through job creation, business ownership, and consumer spending.” Governor Wolf said. “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to face challenges to language access, diverse educational needs, they are disproportionately impacted by disease and many are uninsured, and there are increasing numbers of unemployment and those living below the poverty line. These are just a few of the issues that I hope this Commission will look at improving over the course of their service.”

“I know that this passionate group of leaders and professionals will act as tireless advocates on behalf of Pennsylvania’s diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities,” the Governor concluded. “Each of these individuals will be a tremendous asset to the Commission, and people across the Commonwealth will be well-served by their commitment to improving the lives of our Asian American and Pacific Islanders.”

The full list of members is presented below:

Bibhuti Aryhal, Allegheny County

Brad Baldia, Philadelphia County

Rob Buscher, Philadelphia County

Suresh Canagarajah, Centre County

Shuhua Fan, Lackawanna County

Anuj Gupta, Philadelphia County

Deep Gupta, Cumberland County

Naimah Hares, Philadelphia County

Amy Hever, Chester County

Fariha Khan, Delaware County

Mia-lia Kiernan, Philadelphia County

Pearl Kim, Delaware County

Kao Kue, Delaware County

Archana Kumar, Erie County

Helene Lee, Philadelphia County

Thomas Lee, Dauphin County

Samip Mallick, Philadelphia County

Salvador Parco, Erie County

Kiran Patel, Dauphin County

Anna Perng, Philadelphia County

Sancha Rai, Allegheny County

Kannu Sahni, Allegheny County

Nick Shenoy, Chester County

Phuong Truong, Cumberland County

James Wang, Delaware County

Hani White, Philadelphia County

Carol Wong, Philadelphia County

Mila Yochum, Allegheny County

Kay Kyungsun Yu, Philadelphia County

Wen Qin Zhang, Cumberland County

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