Michael Itti was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs in 2013. Itti serves as a small agency cabinet member and advises the Governor, state agencies, and other decision-makers on policies and programs that may impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington State.
Itti has a broad range of experience in civic and government affairs. He previously worked as a staff member in the Washington State Legislature, an education advocate for the League of Education Voters, and a program coordinator for the Win/Win Network. Itti serves on the board of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the George Washington University.
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Sam Huynh Le is Vietnamese American and grew up in Kansas, Florida, and Washington. Earning bachelor’s degrees in both Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Washington, he developed passions for education, community work, and public service. At the university, he served over 50 student organizations and thousands of students on behalf of the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) as the Director of the Asian Student Commission. His passions also led him to work with the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community around Washington State as the Community Outreach Chair of the Asian Coalition for Equality (ACE).
With his recent position as Legislative Coordinator for the Southeast Asian American Education Coalition (SEAeD), Le expressed the importance of elevating student and community voices through creative outlets, such as a photo gallery dedicated to Southeast Asian student stories. With the belief that storytelling is powerful, he serves as the Project Coordinator for the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) in order to further lift up the voices of communities.
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