December 27, 2018 at 4:31 pm EDT | by Peter Rosenstein
Comings & Goings
Barbara Kinney, gay news, Washington Blade

The ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at: comingsandgoings@washblade.com. 

Ben de Guzman, gay news, Washington Blade

Ben de Guzman

Congratulations to Ben de Guzman, named Acting Director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA). He most recently served as the Community Outreach Specialist in the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning (LGBTQ) Affairs, helping to lead the agency’s constituent services and engagement efforts. De Guzman has been a leading voice at the local and national level on issues of racial equity, immigrants’ rights, veterans’ affairs, and LGBTQ justice for 20 years.

Previously, de Guzman served on the Executive Committee for the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure a legacy of remembrance for Filipino WWII veterans and their service to the U.S. and the Philippines. He led their communications, outreach and political strategies leading to the passage of the Filipino Veterans of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act in 2016. He also served as the National Coordinator for the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity, where he organized a national legislative campaign that created the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund in 2009. In October 2015 he helped coordinate Mayor Bowser’s first-ever Filipino American History Month commemoration.

Among his other positions, he served as National Managing Coordinator for the Diverse Elders Coalition. He coordinated local and national strategies to bring the voices of diverse constituencies to the 2015 White Conference on Aging. He planned the only Town Hall Forum providing feedback to Conference planners that was translated simultaneously in four languages; English, Spanish, Khmer, and Tagalog.

He was principal staff at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, where he managed the policy and programmatic work for NQAPIA and its federation of 40 Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander LGBT groups around the country. As a trainer for OCA: Asian Pacific American Advocates APIAU Leadership 101 program for more than a decade he has trained over 1,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander students.

Congratulations also to David Do, named Interim Director of Department For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV). Since 2015, Do served as Director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA). On taking the new job he said, “As the Department of For-Hire Vehicles continues to innovate the industry, I am looking at how big data will help us address equity and affordability issues in transportation. The key to that is looking at how we can leverage the industry to serve our most vulnerable communities.”

Do is a seasoned community advocate and a champion for neighborhood and constituent engagement. Prior to working for Mayor Bowser he served in the administrations of both Mayors Adrien Fenty and Vincent Gray. He has extensive experience working with numerous businesses and community-based organizations around the District, including his promotion of capital improvement grants during his tenure in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

Do earned a bachelor’s in Economics from the University of California, Merced and a master’s in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has also gone through the George Washington University/Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, certified public manager and regional executive program.

David Do, gay news, Washington Blade

David Do

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