The National Council of Asian-Pacific Americans, a coalition of 31 national organizations, last week elected D.C. LGBT rights advocate Gregory Cendana as its new chair, making him the organization’s first Filipino and first openly gay chair.
Cendana is the executive director of the D.C.-based Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance of the AFL-CIO.
In his role as chair of the NCAPA, Cendana will assist the organization in its efforts to represent the interests of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities and to provide a national voice on policy issues and priorities, according to a statement released by the organization.
In 2012, Cendana won election as an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He was part of a delegation of Asian-Pacific American leaders that met with President Obama earlier this year at the White House.