AAGEN is a 501(c)(3)

non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes and supports Asian American and Pacific Islander leadership in government.


Hon. Norman Y. Mineta

Hon. Daniel K. Akaka

Hon. Michael M. Honda

Hon. Mazie K. Hirono

Hon. Robert Underwood

Hon. Samuel T. Mok

Carol A. Bonosaro


Chair: Vivian Chen, MSW, Sc.D.

Vice Chair: Bertrand Tzeng, esq.

Treasurer: Mark Xu, Ph.D.

Executive Director: Van Tran

Executive Secretary: Gita Uppal


Darlene Bouma

David Chien, Ph.D.

Carson Eoyang, Ph.D.

Stanley Fujii

Belkis Leong-Hong

Jong Ho Hwang

Ellen Law

Shanel Lu

Glenda Nogami

Alan Mikuni

John Unyong Moon

Ruby Moy

Sumiye Okubo, Ph.D.

Huong Q. Pham


Danny Aranza

Norman Bowles

Tin Cao

Jasemine Chambers, Ph.D.

Carson Eoyang, Ph.D.

Tommy Hwang

Les Jin

Yann King, Ph.D.

Sumiye Okubo, Ph.D.

Ray Tsuneyoshi

Peter Wong

Sharon M. Wong

Jeremy Wu, Ph.D.


Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are underrepresented in the federal government's senior Executive Service (SES). To address this issue, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13515 to reestablish the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific  Islanders in 2009. Section 3(d)(ii) of the EO mandates that federal agencies create plans that "identify ways to foster the recruitment, career development, and advancement of AAPIs in the federal government." In August 2011, President Obama also signed Executive Order 13583 to establish a coordinated government‐wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce.


The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) has been sponsoring the SES Development Program with participation by the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM),  and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


In March 2012, AAGEN launched the inaugural class of the SES Development Program consisting of 20 candidates. This program has been noted as a model of success by OPM and several agencies for its development of new SES candidates for successful SES appointments in the past 6 years.


Applications for the upcoming 2019‐2020 Class will be accepted through January 15, 2019. To apply for the program or learn more about the requirements, please visit www.aagen.org.


All eligible individuals are encouraged to apply. The program is open to government or non-government executive professionals (GS‐14 equivalent level or higher) with at least one year (GS-15) or five years (GS-14) of supervisory experience.  Current federal government employees and professionals from outside the federal government may apply.


A selection panel consisting of executive members of AAGEN, WHIAAPI and OPM will review all qualified applications and select highly motivated applicants for the class commencing in April 2019.  The next class will commence in April 2019 and the program will continue through May 2020. AAGEN will select up to twenty‐four candidates for the class, up to four of whom will be selected from applicants outside the federal government.


The program will be offered at no tuition to the selected candidates and their respective organizations, although the selected candidates are expected to commit time to the program. Selected candidate must be a regular member of AAGEN at program selection and for the duration of the program period. Successful candidates must obtain permission from their organization to participate and an agreement from their organization to cover any time spent on the program and travel‐related costs.  The training will be conducted in the Washington, DC metro area and the one‐on‐one mentoring session with an SES mentor will be scheduled by the candidate and their assigned mentor.


A candidate's home organization and/or the candidate should anticipate travel and other related costs to the training venues if they are based outside of the Washington, DC metro area. The program curriculum will consist of 2‐3 days per quarter of class work, speakers and networking sessions. In addition, one mentor/mentee session per quarter will be scheduled, along with any activities assigned by the SES mentor and/or trainers to be completed by the candidate on their own time.


Please distribute this announcement within your organization and encourage eligible candidates to apply. Your support is essential to the success of the program.


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