CAPAA Bids Farewell to
At CAPAA, we are truly fortunate to work with 12 incredible appointees who are fearless advocates for their communities. With hearts full of gratitude, we bid farewell to three tremendous public servants with large footprints and bigger hearts. On July 1, CAPAA Chair Lisa Dickinson, Commissioner Sina Sam and Commissioner Mohan Gurung each bid farewell as they passed their torches to new Commissioners.
Judge Lisa Dickinson of Spokane County retires from the Commission after three full terms and nine years as a CAPAA Commissioner, including one year as Chair and four years as Vice Chair. Her sound judgement, generosity of spirit, and commitment to social justice is largely the reason CAPAA is the strong and respected institution it is today. She is an endless advocate for the API community and always pushed CAPAA to better understand and serve Eastern Washington communities.
“It has been an honor to serve on this Commission for so many years and to advocate for an equal seat at the table for our API communities in business, government, higher education and in professional groups. I know the Commission is in good hands and am proud of the work that CAPAA does to make our State government accessible to API communities and to have our voices heard.” – Chair Lisa Dickinson, Spokane County
Commissioner Sina Sam of Whitman County departs the Commission after her first term, leaving Washington State with a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing some of our most marginalized and persecuted community members. As Chair of CAPAA’s Civil Rights and Immigration Committee, she spearheaded urgent issues, including the school to prison to deportation pipeline, ICE raids and the unconstitutional indefinite detention of immigrants and refugees, police brutality and injustice in the carceral system. Throughout her term, she channeled her deep love for the Southeast Asian community into community activism and ardent advocacy at the State of Washington.
“I am incredibly proud of my work with CAPAA, especially as the first female Cambodian Commissioner. We’ve mobilized against deportations of our families, advocated for equity and accessibility for LEP communities, and fought to make sure that every person in every corner of the state counts in the Census and in the eyes of decision makers. Together, we’ll continue to fight and build, ensuring all future generations have an opportunity to thrive.” – Commissioner Sina Sam, Civil Rights & Immigration Committee Chair, Whitman County
Commissioner Mohan Gurung of King County leaves the Commission imparting a deep appreciation for the rich culture, vast diversity, and deep spirituality of the South Asian communities in Washington State. A renowned and respected member of the Nepalese community, Commissioner Gurung used his platform to bring visibility to the vitality of his community and advocate for its needs. He implored us all to act as members of a global community, and brought tremendous value to his role as Commissioner by unifying us around our common humanity and collective resilience.
“As a Commissioner, I was closely involved with community issues relating to vocational and public education, public health, access to democracy, Census 2020, and small business support. Being the First Nepali American to serve on behalf of CAPAA, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all Commissioners and staff for the many milestones.” – Commissioner Mohan Gurung, King County
We are forever grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside these tremendous leaders, and are honored to call them our own. Help us thank them for their service – you may e-mail staff and we’ll be sure to forward on your well-wishes.