The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced the appointment of Susan Au Allen, National President and CEO of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC), to serve as Vice Chair of the Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC).
“Being named to serve as a Vice Chair of the Communications Equity and Diversity Council is an incredible honor and continues my active involvement with the FCC’s many good works and essential outreach and inclusion efforts, especially to our Asian American community. I thank FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel for this wonderful opportunity to lend my expertise and serve in this important, new leadership role,” USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen said.
As noted in the FCC’s press release issued today, the CEDC’s mission is to “focus on diversity and equity issues across the tech sector” and “provide the Commission recommendations on advancing equity in the provision of and access to digital communication services and products for all people of the United States.” This mission broadens the CEDC’s focus and responsibilities from the previously chartered Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE).
CEDC leadership consists of a Chair, Heather Gate, Vice President of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, and two Vice Chairs, Susan Au Allen, USPAACC National President and CEO, and Nicol Turner Lee, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation – Governance Studies, Brookings Institution, and leads a 35-Member Council and a 32-Member Working Group. Since 2017 Ms. Allen has been an active ACDDE member, co-leading the Supplier Diversity programs for nearly four years, resulting in two public Supplier Diversity events and a third, Tech Communications and Diversity Opportunity Symposium & Networking One-on-One Meeting Fair held this past April. All three events were designed for the minority community.
The FCC’s full announcement of Ms. Allen’s appointment to serve as a Vice Chair of the CEDC is available at https://www.fcc.gov/document/chairs-announced-fcc-diversity-committee-november-3-meeting-set.
The FCC noted that the CEDC will have three working groups – “Innovation and Access,” “Digital Empowerment and Inclusion,” and “Diversity and Equity,” respectively – charged with conducting its work during the current charter. The complete list of CEDC members, along with the composition of the three working groups, will be announced by the FCC at a future date. The CEDC will conduct its first meeting on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, and can be viewed online at www.fcc.gov/live.
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.
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