Governor Brown Announces Appointments


5-31-2013

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Rajan Gill, 20, of Yuba City, has been appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. Gill has been a student at the University of California, Davis since 2012 and has served as managing partner at Gill Ranches since 2010. He was lead researcher at Kesar Singh Dhillon Ghadar Memorial Trust in 2012. Gill is vice president of Phi Alpha Theta, Davis Chapter. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. He is a Republican.

Phong La, 36, of Fremont, has been appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. La has been an attorney at the Law Office of Phong H. La since 2008. He has been vice president and general counsel at PTR Manufacturing Inc. and general counsel at Sai La Family LP since 2004. La was an adjunct professor at San Jose City College from 2007 to 2011 and a trial attorney at Kimball Tirey and St. John LLP from 2005 to 2006. La is treasurer of the Newark Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, co-president of APA Democratic Caucus of Alameda County and a member of the City of Fremont Human Relations Commission. He is a board member of Bay Area Women Against Rape, the Asian Pacific Islander American for Public Affairs Association and the Asian Americans for Good Government Political Action Committee. La earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. La is a Democrat.

Kirin Macapugay, 35, of Chula Vista, has been appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. Macapugay has been director of marketing and business development at Operation Samahan Community Health Centers since 2012. She was resource development manager at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation from 2010 to 2012. Macapugay was director of development at Operation Homefront from 2007 to 2010 and development manager at the Union of Pan Asian Communities from 2006 to 2007. She was a foundation manager at Paradise Valley Hospital from 2001 to 2006. Macapugay is a board member of the San Diego Association of Nonprofit Professionals, National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum San Diego, Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence, BIBAK San Diego and Kalingas North America Network. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, San Diego and is a CFRE International certified fundraising executive. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Macapugay is a Democrat.

Catherine Mann, 62, of Elk Grove, has been appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. Mann has been a case manager at Turning Point Community Programs Northgate Point Regional Support Team since 1998. She is president and founder of the To’utupu ‘oe ‘Otu Felenite Association. Mann is a board member of Health for All, the Pacific Rim Foundation, the Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy and Leadership and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Mann is registered decline-to-state.

Tamiko Wong, 38, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. Wong has been executive director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center since 2013 and has been an independent consultant since 2010. She was the conference planning consultant for the 2011 Advancing Justice Conference. Wong is a board member of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, the Asian Business League of San Francisco, OCA San Francisco and Cherry Blossom Alumnae. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Wong is a Democrat.

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