By Mary Gordon
The Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO), under the leadership of President Evan Low, Mayor, Campbell, California, held its business meeting at this year's NLC Congressional City Conference. In a special election, Vice President Stephen Sham, Councilmember, Alhambra, California, was elected as APAMO's new president.
At the meeting, APAMO continued its tradition of hearing presentations from Washington, D.C.-based Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations so that opportunities for information-sharing and networking remain top priorities for the group.
Presentations were given by Gene Kim, executive director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Floyd Mori, President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), and Gloria Chan, Life Coach.
Mr. Kim spoke about the upcoming plans for CAPAC to host a meeting with members of its caucus on May 8 in Washington, D.C. He also discussed their talks with the media about the lack of AAPI reporters and experts in news reporting. CAPAC is a non-partisan group. 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.
Mr. Mori spoke about the upcoming APAIC events in May, also in Washington, and talked about the earlier years when the formulation of the groups was growing and being established. Additionally, he talked about the achievements of the organizations and the increase in AAPI elected officials since the recent November election.
For the election of the Board of Directors, Immediate Past President Gilbert Wong, Vice Mayor, Cupertino, California, praised outgoing President Low for his service and congratulated new APAMO President Stephen Sham for his new role.
"I know that APAMO is in good hands with President Sham leading the way," Wong said. "APAMO is moving forward and more and more colleagues are joining us to have a voice within NLC."
In addition to President Sham, APAMO's officers are: Suzanne Chan, Councilmember, Fremont, California (vice president); Doris McConnell, Councilmember, Shoreline, Washington (treasurer); Leland Cheung, Councilor, Cambridge, Massachusetts (secretary) and Evan Low, Mayor, Campbell, California (Immediate Past President).
At-large members are: Elisa Chan, Councilmember, San Antonio, Texas; Ling-Ling Chang, Councilmember, Diamond Bar, California; Conrad Lee, Mayor, Bellevue, Washington; Edwin Lee, Mayor, San Francisco, California; Polly Low, Mayor Pro Tem, Rosemead, California; Anu Natarajan, Vice Mayor, Fremont, California; Madison Nguyen, Vice Mayor, San Jose, California and Gilbert Wong, Vice Mayor, Cupertino, California.
APAMO members will return to Washington in early May to participate in the APAICS and CAPAC events. In addition, they will support NLC's legislative advocacy agenda by conducting another APAMO Lobby Day on May 8. More details will be available soon.
Details: For more information about APAMO and sponsorship/membership opportunities, contact NLC staff at (202) 626-3169.