Sahay Appointed to Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Posted: December 18, 2017

Gov. Tom Wolf has appointed Gannon University Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Anjali Sahay, Ph.D., to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

Sahay was sworn in during a ceremony on Dec. 13 in Harrisburg. Her appointment runs from 2018 through 2020.

"I am really honored to be selected for this position and work with other commissioners to advance the issues important to the local Asian Pacific American communities," Sahay said.

As commissioner, Sahay will act as a liaison between the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and legislators and other decision-makers, working to ensure that the government is responsive to the communities' needs. She will focus particularly on Erie's Asian American and Pacific Islander population, serving as a goodwill ambassador and a spokesperson for the Commission.

"As commissioner I hope to serve on several sub-committees on the commission such as 'Schools that Teach' and promote awareness of the challenges that face the AAPI communities in Pennsylvania, as well as work towards organizing town halls for a better understanding of the incredible diversity within our community and the needs of the AAPI communities as they write to recommend policy to the state government," Sahay said

About the Commission:

The Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs was created by Executive Order and consists of Commissioners that have been appointed by Governor Tom Wolf. GACAPAA is responsible for advising Governor Wolf on policies, procedures, and legislation that have an impact on the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in Pennsylvania. The Commission also serves as a liaison to federal, state and local agencies to ensure that services affecting AAPIs are effectively utilized and promoted. It is a resource for community groups and provides forums for developing strategies and programs that expand and enhance the civic, social, education, cultural and economic status of the AAPI communities. The Commission identifies programs, scholarships, mentoring programs, and resource for the benefit and advancement of AAPIs. The Commission also advocates for policies and legislation that serve the best interests of AAPIs in Pennsylvania