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.
Founded in 1984 in the nation’s Capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the most established and effective national nonprofit nonpartisan organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Our mission is to promote and propel economic growth and job creation by opening doors to business and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporations, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small, minority and diverse business communities. For 35 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the unified voice for equal opportunity in business for Asian Americans, as the gateway to corporate and government contracts, to Asian American suppliers, and information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.
Our signature annual thought-leadership programs include: College Hallmark Scholarship Program that began in 1989, One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings in 1998, Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus in 2004, Federal Contracting Town Hall Meetings in 2005, Fast 100 Asian American Businesses in 2008, Business Executive Coaching: ReadySetGrow in 2011, Chief Procurement Officers Forum in 2011, What’s Your Pitch Innovation Competitions in 2015, Chief Technology & Information Officers Forum in 2017, and Corporate Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus in 2017.
Headquartered in Washington DC, USPAACC reaches Asian American businesses nationwide through regional chapters in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia National Capital Area.
Businesses can be nominated or apply for the innovative national award program that recognizes the robust growth of 100 leading Asian American-owned businesses“We celebrate the fastest-growing difference makers, risk takers, and boundary breakers powering America’s economy,” says USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen
SD Champions provides tools to nurture corporate, government, and large nonprofit supplier diversity programs, while also encouraging and supporting the certification and development of the small and diverse businesses that make these programs a reality.
The SD Champions program advanced by USPAACC represents a purposeful shift away from awards solely based on a corporation's ability to spend and moves toward a new emphasis that encourages transparency, innovation, inclusion, impact on the community, and integration in supplier diversity programs.