Asian/Pacific Islander Americans have served in a myriad of ambassador and federal representative roles. However, A/PIA ambassadorship is not restricted to only Asian countries. Those appointed by former and current presidents have served across international borders from Ethiopia to Belize. A/PIA leaders have also climbed the ranks as foreign policy advisers, national security experts, and other roles of diplomacy. For their work as ambassadors and representatives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans have also garnered many awards for their contributions to foreign policy and national security. Each individual highlights the growing size of A/PIA government officials who are bringing their diverse voices to foreign think tanks.

May 2021

Krystal Ka’ai

the first Native Hawaiian to serve as executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI). 

Erika Moritsugu

she is currently serving as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Senior Liaison.

April 2021
January 2021

Katherine Tai

was nominated for the position of U.S. Trade Representative by President Biden. If confirmed, Tai will be the second Asian American woman to be appointed to a presidential cabinet.

J. Peter Pham

assumed office as the United States Special Envoy for the Sahel Region of Africa, appointed by President Donald Trump. Pham is the first Vietnamese American to receive the personal rank of ambassador.

March 1, 2020
October 17, 2016

Joseph Y. Yun

assumed office as the United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy, appointed by President Barack Obama. Yun has received nine Foreign Service Performance Awards and holds a Presidential Meritorious Service Award.

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