WASHINGTON, DC – The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) welcomes the recent announcement of high-level appointees in the incoming Administration, including President-elect Trump’s choices, Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation, Nikki Haley for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Seema Verma for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
Photo caption - Women of influence at USPAACC’s CelebrAsian 2003 Excellence Awards Gala: from left, then PepsiCo President & CFO Indra Nooyi (now PepsiCo Chairman and CEO), then Labor Secretary Elaine Chao (Keynote Speaker) and USPAACC National President & CEO Susan Au Allen.
“USPAACC applauds President-elect Trump for nominating women and minorities to cabinet and high-level posts,” said USPAACC National President & CEO Susan Au Allen. “These key appointments have taken even greater significance as the world watches the incoming leadership put together an administration that is expected to represent a cross-section of America – a strong validation of substantive and real progress.”
Chao, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Transportation, has known USPAACC through her tenure as Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Director of Peace Corps under President George H.W. Bush, and as Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush. She is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) who has known USPAACC since 1990, when he met Hong Kong Barrister Martin Lee at a private dinner hosted by USPAACC National President Susan Au Allen. The meeting began a dialogue between the two lawmakers about preserving the “one country, two systems” mode of governance after Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Chao will oversee Trump’s campaign pledge to rebuild America’s roads, bridges, airports and transit systems.
Nikki Haley, the current Governor of South Carolina, has been selected by Trump as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. In this role, Haley will be second to the Secretary of State and will lead the United States mission to the U.N. and represent the interests of the U.S. at the Security Council on a host of important issues. As a two-time Governor, she is the first woman in the state’s history to hold the role and the nation’s fifth Asian American governor. She has transformed the local economy to become more business-friendly. As a result, major companies like Boeing, have relocated to South Carolina and small and minority businesses like a candy manufacturer, a USPAACC member, has invested in the state.
Seema Verma has been tapped to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Indiana-based Verma, who has worked closely with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, is best known for her work on Medicaid issues and has advised governors on the issues.
“We look forward to working with President-elect Trump and his administration that listens to the small and minority business community, the backbone of the American economy, the laboratory of innovation, and the engine that drives growth to make the America Dream a reality to all who want to work hard for it,” said Allen.
ABOUT USPAACC: Founded in 1984 as a national non-profit non-partisan organization, USPAACC has been the single unified voice advocating for equal opportunities for Pan Asian American businesses and professionals in the United States. with national headquarters in Washington, DC and Regional Chapters in California, New York, Texas, Georgia, Illinois and Virginia-Maryland-Washington, DC in the national capital region.
Through its innovative programs (such as 1-on-1 pre-scheduled business matchmaking meetings, Chief Procurement Officers Forum, CIO/CTO Forum, CEO Forum, Young Entrepreneurs: Agents of Change, Ideas Marketplace: What’s Your Pitch innovation competition, Supplier Diversity Managers Caucus, College Scholarship program, etc.), USPAACC promotes and propels economic growth by opening doors to business, educational and professional opportunities for Pan Asian Americans and their business partners in major corporations, government at federal, state, and local levels, and small/minority communities. USPAACC serves as the gateway to Pan Asian American suppliers, information about Pan Asian Americans, and the dynamic markets in Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.