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Press Release: Leadership Changes at Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans

25 Oct

Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                                                           Contact: Pa Yang
October 24, 2012                                                                                                                 651-757-1740

Leadership Changes at Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans

(St. Paul, MN). Kao Ly Ilean Her, the current executive director of the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, will be leaving the organization at the end of this month after more than a decade of service. Ms. Her cited a new career path and changes in family matters as reasons for her departure.

The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) is a state agency created by the legislature to advise the legislature and the governor on issues of importance to Asian Pacific Minnesotans; advocate on behalf of those issues, and serve as bridge for and between Asian Pacific Minnesotans and non-Asian Pacific Minnesotans. CAPM is governed by a board appointed by the governor. The board effectuates its work through an executive director. The Board plans an extensive, broad, and open recruitment search to select a successor.

“I’ve had one of the best jobs in the world,” stated Ms. Her. “I am proud of the work CAPM has done and accomplished on behalf of and for the people of Minnesota. I am honored to see the agency and community grow in the public policy and civic engagement arenas. I have so appreciated the board for the mentorship, friendship, and support provided to me that helped shaped me into the person I am today. CAPM staff is among the best in the world. I thank them for allowing me to work with them to build, implement, and forward dreams, plans, and visions. And to the community, thank you for the learning, thank you for sharing of your selves and for believing that together we can build a better Minnesota. My heart is full of gratitude and joy at knowing you all. I have no doubt that CAPM will continue to grow and provide great service. Our best days are still to come.”

“I want to recognize all the great things that Ms. Her has done for the community. She’s been a great leader and role model,” stated Mukhtar Thakur CAPM chair.

“Ilean has done a marvelous job sometimes at a personal cost, because she put the Council before all of us. She’s managed the budget very carefully… she has pushed many issues and held her ground,” stated Adeel Lari, a well-respected political and community leader and former CAPM chair.

“I’ve worked with Ilean on many occasions and she has a lot of credibility, and her work has enhanced the name of CAPM. We hope to continue her legacy as she leaves,” stated Mr. Tran Nhon, CAPM board member.

The Board at the September 15, 2012 board meeting appointed a Selection Committee to conduct the search for a successor and approved a selection process. “The board has full faith in the staff’s capacity and ability to carry-on the work load of CAPM, thus the board is not going to appoint an interim executive director. Our full attention will be given to the search process,” stated Chair Thakur.

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