Jimmy D. Lee

Jimmy D. Lee
Executive Director, The White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Mr. Jimmy D. Lee, of Chicago, Illinois, was appointed by President George W. Bush on January, 2006 to serve as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The Office of the White House Initiative was established under Executive Order 13339 to increase economic opportunities and improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through greater participation in federal programs where they may be underserved.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Lee was a Commissioner on the Presidentís Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and serve as Executive Director of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member for the Asian American Alliance, a small business development center dedicated to improving and expanding business opportunities in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in the State of Illinois. Mr. Lee previously served as the Assistant to the Governor for Asian American Affairs.

Mr. Lee is a strong advocate of community service and working with the youth of the community. He serves on a number of boards and commissions around the country and is an active youth group leader for his church in Chicago where he still goes back weekly to be a mentor and counselor for 150 students.

Affiliations and Organizations

Asian American Alliance and Small Business Development Center (Board Member from 2002 to Present)

Center for Asian Arts and Media (Board of Director from 2002 to Present)

Chicago Fitness Challenge (Board Member from 2005 to Present)

Chinese Christian Union Church (Youth Group Leader and Camp Directors from 1999 to Present)

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (Executive Director from 2002 to 2005)

Executives Club (City of Chicago from 2004 to Present)

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (Advisory Board Member from 2002 to Present)

Near South Planning Board (Board of Director from 2002 to Present)

Nielsen Media Corporation (Advisory Board Chairman from 2004 to Present)

Treasury Judy Baar Topinkaís Asian American Advisory Council (2004 to Present)

White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Presidentís Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Commissioner from 2004 to 2005)

White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Executive Director from 2005 to Present)

Piyachat Terrell, Acting Deputy Director

Ms. Terrell is the Acting Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and is committed to building effective partnerships with institutions and programs that serve AAPI community. Prior to her current appointment, Piyachat served as the National Program Manager for the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Program Manager for the EPA's American Indian/Alaskan Native (AIAN) program, budget coordinator for the NASA Office of the Inspector General, and Advisor to the NASA Deputy Administrator on employee issues. Piyachat currently serves as an advisor of EPA's Asian Pacific American Council (APAC), an EPA employee organization which promotes career development and advancement of AAPI employees.

Cianna Aguinaldo Ferrer
Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Cianna Ferrer is the Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Ms. Ferrer is responsible for administrative duties and relaying requests and information to the White House. Prior to her current position, Ms. Ferrer attended Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, where she obtained her bachelorís degree in International Business, graduating Magna cum Laude. Ms. Ferrer was very active as an undergraduate, being part of the International Affairs Society, a member of the Student Alumni Association, and doing community service for Boca Respite Volunteers. Ms. Ferrerís previous work experience consists of being a Resident Assistant for Lynn University for two years, interning at Siemens Network Convergence, and Primerica Financial Services. As a Resident Advisor for the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, Ms. Ferrer is dedicated to counseling interns on having a meaningful experience in DC. Ms. Ferrer will be attending American Universityís School of Public Affairs in the fall to obtain a masterís degree in Political Science. Ms. Ferrer was born and raised in Sandwich, Illinois.