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APAMO engages dialogue with AAPI groups.

The Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO), under the leadership of President Gilbert Wong, mayor, Cupertino, Calif., held its business meeting at this year's NLC Congressional City Conference. It also continued its tradition of hearing presentations from Washington-based Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations during the session so that opportunities for information sharing and networking remain top priorities for APAMO.

APAMO members heard from Gene Kim, newly appointed executive director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Gloria Chan, new president and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Chris Aldridge, director of prevention programs, HealthHW and Christine Chen of Strategic Alliances.

Kim spoke about the goals of CAPAC, which was founded in 1994 by then-Rep. Norman Mineta. The nonpartisan group is comprised of members of Congress who have strong interests in promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander issues and advocating the concerns of AAPIs. A major goal is to help to ensure that legislation passed by Congress provides for the full participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and reflects the concerns and needs of their communities.

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Chan spoke about the upcoming APAICS Gala Awards Dinner as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. APAMO leaders and members are invited to attend and NLC is working with APAICS to ensure that APAMO leaders are a part of the program for the organization's first Annual Leadership Symposium on May 3.

Regarding the HealthHIV organization, Aldridge shared information about its purpose, which is to exchange information about policies, best practices and model programs by engaging leaders through strategic planning and capacity building to create comprehensive, sustainable community programs.

The organization recruits mayors and municipal leaders to educate them on HIV policies, practices and leadership strategies including the National HIV/ AIDS Strategy.

In addition, NLC's Stephanie Spirer spoke about the organization's top legislative priorities and Ricardo Gambetta shared information about NLC's Immigrant Integration Program.

APAMO President Wong also offered a congratulatory tribute to APAMO Immediate Past President Jean Quan, who was recently elected mayor for the city of Oakland, Calif., where she previously served on the city council.

In the coming weeks, APAMO will join with the Hispanic Elected Local Officials, Women in Municipal Government and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials for a joint NLC Lobby Day event in Washington where the groups' leaders will help lobby Congress for legislative priorities.

In addition to President Wong, APAMO's officers are Evan Low, mayor, Campbell, Calif. (vice president); Steven K. Sham, mayor, Alhambra, Calif. (secretary); Helen Kawagoe, city clerk, Carson, Calif. (treasurer) and Quan (immediate past president).

At-Large Members are: Tzeitel Paras Caracci, mayor, Duarte, Calif.; LingLing Chang, councilmember, Diamond Bar, Calif.; Conrad Lee, councilmember, Bellevue, Wash.; Otto Lee, councilmember, Sunnyvale, Calif.; Polly Low, councilmember, Rosemead, Calif.; Doris McConnell, councilmember, Shoreline, Wash.; Josie Rosales, councilmember, Kodiak, Alaska; and Anthony Spitaleri, mayor, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Details: For more information about APAMO and membership opportunities, contact NLC staff at (202) 626-3169.
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Author:Gordon, Mary
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Date:Mar 28, 2011
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