Due to her active involvement in the Asian Pacific American community, ILF CEO, Chiling Tong, was recently appointed by Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, to the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American (APA) Affairs, for a term of 4 years. Tong said that, “It is such an honor to be chosen to represent the APA community. I believe that ethnic commissions are so important in giving minorities a chance to have their needs and interests addressed. I will do my best to ensure that the APA community in Maryland has their voice heard.”
The Asian Pacific American (APA) Affairs Commission was created to assist Maryland State government in responding effectively to the needs and concerns of the APA community in Maryland. The commissioners are appointed by the Governor and act as liaisons between State government and their communities. The Commission serves in an advisory capacity, along with the Governor’s Office on Asian Pacific American Affairs, to the Governor of Maryland on issues relating to the rights and interests of APAs. They raise awareness of issues facing the APA population, as well as promote State-wide initiatives to their community. The Commissions are also tasked with initiating and supporting programs and activities to promote social, cultural, educational business and health interests of their communities.