About Us

The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) works to promote diversity in government by supporting and mentoring government leaders who are from an Asian American and Pacific Islander background.  According to the Congressional Research Service, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders only make up about 3.3% of the current congressional membership. Due to this extremely low statistic, it is more important than ever to increase the diversity of our government and assist more Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to make their way into our congressional system. 

AAGEN was established in 1993 through the devoted work of just a few Asian American executives working within the federal government.  They created a network of Asian and Pacific Islander executives to create opportunities for Asian Americans as well as to diversify leadership in the workforce. Years later, AAGEN has impacted the lives of many Asians and Pacific Islanders who are working in all facets and levels of the government.

In October of 2005, AAGEN held their first leadership conference, a day long training session structured to assist high potential executives in strengthening and building their federal careers.  Embodying the values and mission of AAGEN, the annual conferences allow executives to hone their management and leadership skills while also offering one-on-one mentoring and coaching.  This mentoring, along with the Senior Executive Service (SES) development program, truly allow Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to gain the skills and motivation necessary to become a strong leader in the federal workforce. The importance of AAGEN and its various workshops cannot be understated. Not only does the work of AAGEN benefit the lives of Asian and Pacific Islander government executives, it allows the federal workforce to represent and include a more diverse group of leaders.

The Asian American Government Executives Network is at the forefront of creating a government body that is rich in diversity and teeming with qualified, experienced individuals. This is done through the dedication of volunteers who believe in AAGEN’s mission. For those who support AAGEN’s vision but are unable to donate their time, monetary donations are just as appreciated to fund and support leadership programs and scholarships.

Your donation to the CFC will help support the AAGEN’s mission of promoting, expanding, and supporting Asian American and Pacific Islander leadership in government as well as allowing the cultural diversity of our federal system to flourish. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds raised will go toward the AAGEN scholarship fund to give more Asian Americans the opportunity to gain important skills and become leaders in their field. If you would like to donate to the AAGEN, please use CFC # 45979

If you would like to know more about our organization, please visit http://www.aagen.org/.


Message from the AAGEN Chair!


Welcome back to those who were on Furlough and thank you to all that kept the fires burning when staff were out.  I wish to personally wish each of you, on behalf of the organization, a happy new year.  I know it has been a challenging year, with all the turmoil we see daily while still having to manage with reduced budgets due to the continuing resolutions.  But I am confident that each of you have been managing at a high level and have found time to enjoy the holiday season.  Let’s count our blessings for all the work we are doing to make a difference to the people we serve. 

Now that you have returned, I want to give you a quick update on a few.  The Board has been busy working on its strategic plan but finding that the lofty goals set may have been more than we anticipated.  Especially given the reduced staff in our day jobs and uncertain times, it leaves many having limited time to devote to AAGEN.  But nonetheless, we are forging ahead and making tremendous progress on our revised website.  We will be hiring a web developer to complete the plans set by the website team soon.  In addition, the program chair is busy preparing for the annual leadership workshop to be held this year on June 6th in the Doubletree Hotel.  So save the date to attend!  The program will not disappoint you!  Finally, the leadership team has been vetting the applications to select our next Senior Executive Service Development Program class.  The next class will begin in the Spring!  The call for scholarships nominations also has been posted.  So there you have it in a nutshell. 

All of this takes the commitment of dedicated volunteers of whom I continue to thank.  We can’t do it by ourselves and hope that you will consider joining us now and paying forward all you have gained by volunteering for one of our committees.  Currently we are looking for individuals to participate on our outreach, membership and communication committees.  We also have a new vacancy on our board and looking for a member at large.  If you are interested, PLEASE let us know as we desperately can use your help.  But if that isn’t in the cards, I hope you will remember to make your donations to support our work either directly or via CFC #45979.  Refer to the article on our website for more information on how to contribute. 

Remember we are as strong as the weakest parts and hope you will connect to the organization in a more meaningful way this year as we make a difference to strengthen the workforce. 

Best in 2019 is still to come!  Cheers!

Dr. Vivian Chen, Chair


Our Mission
To promote, expand, and support Asian American and Pacific Islander leadership in Government.

Our Objective
To promote and expand diversity and inclusion in government and develop future executive leaders.

Our Profile
The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN), founded in 1993, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization of the highest ranking Asian American and Pacific Islander career and appointed executives, foreign service officers, legislative and judiciary members, and military officers in Government.

Our History
The Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) started in 1993 with a few Asian American executives in the federal government who explored ways of establishing a collaborative network of Asian and Pacific Islander American executives government-wide.  Since then, AAGEN has become a fully participating partner in the public area.  It has 771 members of which 203 are active members.  It has active members throughout the country in federal, state and local government.

Combined Federal Campaign
Our CFC # is 45979.  Thank you so much for your generous support.


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