Celebrating APIA representation in Clark County

(L-R) Rochelle Nguyen, Paul Nimsuwan, and Duy Nguyen

I AM grateful to Commissioner Justin Jones and all the Clark County Commissioners for their work ensuring diversity and inclusion of all Nevadans. Commissioner Jones’ district has the largest growing Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) population in the state, and the appointments of Paul Nimsuwan, Kathy Godges, and Duy Nguyen reflect that great diversity.

This cycle, the APIA community, and Nevada as a whole, made great strides in representation.

Rochelle Nguyen, the first Vietnamese-American Legislator in Nevada’s history, was appointed mere weeks ago.

Paul Nimsuwan, newly appointed to the Enterprise Town Advisory Board, is the only APIA on the board. This leadership and new representation are paralleled by Kathy Godges, newly appointed to the Spring Valley Town Advisory Board.

And, One APIA Nevada Executive Director Duy Nguyen was appointed to serve a four-year term as the first APIA to serve on the Clark County Planning Commission.

Our place at the table can only grow with more representation and higher civic engagement. I am confident that these individuals will provide a voice for Nevada’s burgeoning APIA community and only expand our influence.

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Evan Louie is the chair of One APIA Nevada, a grassroots, nonprofit organization that advocates for policies empowering everyday Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) in Nevada. Its mission is to coordinate APIA electoral work of local and national organizations in-state, engage in direct voter contact, and recruit and endorse candidates who engage and uplift the voices of the APIA community. The organization focus on immigration, education, healthcare and workforce policies that uphold the dignity and self-determination of working Asian Pacific Islander communities. 

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Evan Louie

Evan Louie, a Las Vegas resident is an advocate for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community. He was appointed to the Commissioner of Minority Affairs, chairing the Economic Development Subcommittee under the Department of Business and Industry.

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