Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


Fil-Am confirmed as deputy secretary

A Filipino-American will serve in the Obama administration as deputy secretary of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Nani Coloreti was appointed by President Obama in November to be the Deputy Secretary. She was confirmed by the US Senate 68-28 Dec. 2, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Her new duties are to oversee HUD's daily operations which includes a $45 billion annual budget and 8500 employees, the report added.
A Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established with her help after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010 where she served as acting chief operator.


NYC lawyer chair of Commission on Human Rights

Filipino American Attorney Carmelyn P. Malalis was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as the new chair of the city's Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).
Mayor de Blasio is commited to promoting New York City's progressive human rights law and improving commuity relations throughout the five boroughs of New York, according to a statement cited by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Malalis is a partner at Ouotten & Golden LLP and the co-chair of the firms LGBT Workplace Rights and Disability and Family Responsibilities Discrimination practice groups.
She is one of the Fil-Ams appointed by Mayor de Blasio besides Minerva Tantoco who was confirmed as the city's chief technology officer.•



David Ige appointed to Hawaii Governor's cabinet

Following his win in the general election as the new Governor of Hawaii, David Ige appointed six more members to his cabinet. Among them is Fil-Am Luis P. Salaveria who will serve as director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).
Salaveria has 20 years of private and public sector experience, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report. He recently served as deputy director of finance where he assisted the director of finance in the planning design and management of the annual improvement budgets of the state of Hawaii, the report added.
Additionally he assisted with the management of the State Treasury by introducing and implemeningfiscal and economic legislation and policies. •



CA "Teacher of the Year" helps immigrant students

Filipino American Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher was selected as one of California Teachers of the Year. She was chosen among 300,000 teachers in the state of California. She is a native of Cavite.
Marquez-Prueher recalled her struggle to assimilate to the US culture when she immigrated from the Philippines at the age of nine, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She could not speak English very well and her teacher thought she had a learning disability.
Using her experience as a child, she understands the transition of two cultures for her students. She makes sure that other teachers can effectively help the students who have recently immigrated to not make them feel isolated.
She will be honored in a ceremony this February as one of the top five teachers in California. •



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