Asian Americans in the First Lady’s Box at the 2015 State of the Union Address

8A-2015-01-22-SOTUAccording to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), President Obama’s guest list for this week’s State of the Union address included 23 people, who had the privilege of sitting alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.

Among the 23 guests were Kathy Pham and Dr. Pranav Shetty.

8A-2015-01-22-SOTU-KathyPhamKathy Pham is a computer scientist, and has used technology throughout her career to tackle pressing challenges. From Google to IBM to Harris Healthcare Solutions, she’s designed health care interoperability software, studied disease trends with data analytics, and built data warehouses for hospital. Now, she’s a part of the U.S. Digital Service, where her technology background unites with her passion for public service.

8A-2015-01-22-SOTU-PranavShettyDr. Pranav Shetty is the Global Emergency Health Coordinator for the International Medical Corps, a critical partner in the American-led fight against Ebola in West Africa. His experience in public health emergencies is invaluable, having responded to crises in Haiti, Libya, South Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, and the Philippines.

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