OAPIA Participates in Fresh Start Outreach and Engagement

The DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) is participating in a new hands-on approach to outreach and engagement. This fresh start allows OAPIA to stay directly connected with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to provide AAPI constituents with easy access to OAPIA to share their concerns and issues. As part of this new approach, OAPIA hosted a Fresh Start Open House, and will conduct weekly walkthroughs and have community office hours.

On February 11, 2015, Mayor Muriel Bowser and OAPIA Director David Do welcomed community members and District government employees to OAPIA’s Fresh Start Open House and Lunar New Year celebration. The over 150 participants who attended met Mayor Bowser, Director Do, and the OAPIA staff.

“I was excited to meet many community members and to outline the Bowser Administration’s vision,” said David Do, OAPIA Director. “I will bring my experience and deep understanding of community groups and local stakeholders to my new role as Director. Under Mayor Bowser’s leadership, my team will move forward together by continuing to build bridges between the District’s AAPI community and all Washingtonians.”

Additionally, Director Do committed each Friday to visiting AAPI owned small businesses and community based organizations (CBOs) in the District. During these community walkthroughs, Director Do listens to the concerns of business owners and offers advice on how the District government can assist.

Director Do is holding his community office hours in each District ward. Residents are encouraged to come with questions or concerns or just stop by and chat with Director Do. Office hours were held in Columbia Heights in Ward 1 at Samuel Kelsey Apartments on February 19, 2015 and in Chinatown in Ward 2 at the Joy Luck House on February 25, 2015.

Upcoming community office hours include: Chevy Chase in Ward 3 at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, on March 4, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Petworth in Ward 4 at Qualia Coffee, 3917 Georgia Ave NW, on March 11, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Interpretation service will be available.

Follow OAPIA’s outreach activities on Twitter (@dcoapia) or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dcoapia. For more information, please call (202) 727-3120 or email oapia@dc.gov.

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