Roger J. Chiang

          Roger Chiang is the Director of the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Outreach Office of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The DNC APIA Outreach Office has run unprecedented outreach efforts in the APIA community, increasing APIA voter turnout by as much as 30% in high populated APIA precincts. Mr. Chiang is the primary APIA spokesperson for the Democratic Party, and works with Democratic Congressional Leadership and Congressional Asian Caucus to develop legislative agenda and strategies for pursuing policies affecting the APIA community, including racial profiling, hate crimes, immigration and the economy.

          Prior to joining the DNC in June 2001, Mr. Chiang worked as a Research Assistant at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  In December 2000, he was appointed an advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a Clinton appointee, Mr. Chiang was the highest- ranking Asian American at the HUD where he served as an Advisor to Secretary Andrew Cuomo.  Previously at HUD, he held the positions of Director of Scheduling and Advance, and later the Director of Operations. He was also HUD’s representative to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Mr. Chiang worked for the Gore/Lieberman 2000 and Clinton/Gore 1996 campaigns. He also worked for the University of California Office of Federal Government Relations, and former California Congressman Anthony C. Beilenson. 

          Mr. Chiang is from Chicago and Los Angeles.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California Santa Barbara, and currently is pursuing his Masters in Business Administration at the Johns Hopkins University.  He is also involved in many political and civic organizations. Currently, he is an Advisory Member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a National Board Member of the UCSB Alumni Association, a Board Member of the Indian American Leadership Incubator, a Steering Committee Member of the Asian Pacific American Institute as well as the D.C. Cares, an anti-hate crimes organization. 

          Mr. Chiang has received numerous awards and citations. Among them are: President's Citation for Meritorious Service (White House Award),  Secretary's Award For Excellence (U.S. Dept. of HUD), Outstanding Performance Award (U.S. Dept. of HUD), and citation as Rising Asian American in Government by the Asian American Government Executives Network. In 2002, Mr. Chiang was named, “Top 30 Under 30 Most Influential Asian Pacific Americans” by PoliticalCircus.com.

 

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