CATAPULT 2011

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Conference for Achievement Through Asian Pacific Undergraduate Leadership Training APSC Constituents attended CATAPULT last Saturday, Feb 12. Presidents, vice presidents, and rising leaders attended resource workshops such as APA Community 101 and University Funding Sources.

Attendees also heard guest speaker Victoria Tung, Penn grad/APSC alum/current Associate Director for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Commerce.

Victoria Tung Bio

Victoria Tung serves as an Associate Director for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Commerce.  In her role, she works closely with congressional, state and local elected officials on legislation, issues and programs pertaining to the agency.  Her portfolio includes economic development, census 2010/economic analysis, minority business development and recovery act implementation. Prior to her appointment to the Obama Administration, she was the first Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Victoria had the unique responsibility to ensure that CAPAC was a leading voice for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population, which has been historically overlooked, particularly on the federal level.  She also worked closely with Senate and House Democratic Leadership, national community based organizations, federal agencies, private companies and the other constituency groups such as women, LGBT, African American and Hispanic groups to educate Members of Congress and their staff on pertinent domestic issues affecting our nation's minorities. Victoria also spent some time as a congressional fellow for Congressman Mike Honda of California.  Throughout her six years on Capitol Hill, Victoria played a significant role in shaping the Congressional policy agenda for AAPIs in this country through her strong leadership skills and strong understanding of the legislative process. Her passion for policy, advocacy and politics can be seen through her active involvement in the past few Congressional and Presidential campaigns.  She played an integral role during this election cycle by working with the Obama campaign with their AAPI outreach.  During the 2006 election cycle, Victoria helped lead the Democratic National Committee AAPI pilot project in Las Vegas, Nevada.  During the 2004 Presidential cycle, she was on the Kerry-Edwards Health Policy Team.  She has also been active in her community through her work with the Asian American Action Fund and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. Victoria was listed as one of Capitol Hill’s top staffers in the National Journal’s “The Hill People” and received the Kellogg Health Scholars Minority Health Award.  She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in International Relations.