The Federal Asian Pacific American Council is proud to present its 36th National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) virtually! The NLTP is a premier training destination for Federal employees, including DC government, and military. The NLTP is designed to provide training in leadership, diversity, inclusion, career advancement, and management.
This year's theme is "Advancing Leaders through Purpose-Driven Service".
The FAPAC is proud to present its 36th National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) virtually! This year's theme is "Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service," the start of the new theme series for 2021-2024 highlighting FAPAC’s efforts in “Advancing Leaders.” The NLTP is a premier training destination for Federal employees, including DC government, and military. The NLTP is designed to provide training in leadership, diversity, inclusion, career advancement, and management.
Long-time aviation executive Ali Bahrami became the FAA's Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety on July 10, 2017. Previously, he was Vice President for Civil Aviation at Aerospace Industries Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association that represents the nation's leading aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers.
As Associate Administrator, Bahrami leads the organization responsible for setting safety standards and overseeing all parts of the aviation industry — airlines, manufacturers, repair stations, pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, and any person or product that operates in aviation. These programs have a direct impact on every facet of domestic and international civil aviation safety.
The Aviation Safety Organization's programs are carried out by 7,400 employees located in Washington headquarters, regional and directorate offices, and 125 field offices throughout the world. The organization's annual budget is more than $1.4 billion.
Bahrami first joined the FAA as an engineer in 1989, and from 2004-2013 served as manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate. In that capacity, he was involved in decision making regarding appropriate safety actions for the existing fleet and the development of recommendations aimed at improving the design standards for the future aircraft models.
He directed the U.S. validation of the Airbus 380 through successful collaboration with the manufacturer and the European Aviation Safety Agency. He also directed the FAA certification of the Boeing 787 and the 747-8 passenger and freighter models.
Bahrami came to the FAA following a 10-year stint at Douglas Aircraft, where he was a senior engineer. There he was the lead engineer responsible for aerodynamic and structural loads analysis on large commercial airplanes, such as the MD-80 and the MD-11.
He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from the University of Michigan.
Jennifer Kumiyama was born with Arthrogryposis and uses a wheelchair daily. Kumiyama received voice lessons at Long Beach City College and California State University of Long Beach. In 2000, Jennifer earned a spot on Warner Bros. reality TV show “Popstars 2” and earned national accolades from many publications including Variety Magazine and TV Guide – referring to her as “the girl in the wheelchair, who’s voice blew everyone out of the water”. Shortly after that in 2002 – Jennifer was cast in Disney’s “Aladdin; a Musical Spectacular” at Disney California Adventure Theme Park, where she is the first performer in a wheelchair to ever be on any Disney stage in the world. She performed 4 times a day for 8,000 guests a day, who visit from every corner of the world. It was at Disney that Jennifer took on her real role as an advocate for people living with disabilities – showing the entire world that talent sees no boundaries. This motivated her to become a speaker – sharing her story with schools, social groups, and major businesses. Her new passion, in addition to singing – is being a voice for people living with disabilities by breaking attitudinal and architectural barriers. "Aladdin; a Musical Spectacular" closed on January 10, 2016.
In 2010, Jennifer was crowned Ms. Wheelchair California and Ms. Wheelchair America 2011, 1st Runner Up. During her reign she spread the message of hope through her platform “Empowering Children with Disabilities to Make Their Own Dreams Come True”.
Jennifer was cast in a major role as ‘Carmen’ in Sundance Film Festival hit and Academy Award Nominated film “The Sessions”, MTV’s teen sensation “Awkward” and became the founder and owner of The Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation in 2011 and has since retired as the State Coordinator in 2016.
Since the closing of 'Aladdin' Jennifer worked for former Long Beach Councilwoman, Senatoe Lena Gonzalez. She currently works at Progressive Solutions Consulting, a boutique firm that works to elect more women, women of color, and members of the LGBTQ and disability communities. Jennifer is also a AD 70 Delegate in the California Democratic Party.
Mr. Nguyen has been with the FAA since 1991 and has held various Program Manager and Team Lead positions in the Management System Division and Information Technology Division. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems from Strayer University. He currently holds a certification from the National Training Standard for Information Systems Security Professionals, which was obtained at the National Defense University, Information Resources Management College.
Currently Mr. Nguyen serves as the manager for the Finance and Management Organization at the FAA. He is currently responsible for managing the Information Technology supporting various agency level Investment Decision processes such as Joint Resources Council, Post Implementation Review, and Earned Value Management in support of the Executive Secretariat of the Joint Resources Council.
Since joining Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) over two decades ago, Mr. Nguyen has been very active and passionate as an officer of the organization. He has accomplished many goals is currently FAPAC President for the two years term. During this term, he was successfully demonstrated his leadership skills with the creation and leading the first highly successful WHIAAPI Challenge Team. He has also directly involved with the creation of the first FAPAC Business Advisor Partners. He continues to be key advisor member and a mentor for the FAPAC Career Development Program for High Performers. He was also served as the Program Committee Chair and was previously the Scholarship & Internship Committee Chair for FAPAC.
Mr. Nguyen is very active with Asian Pacific American & Pacific Islander (APAI) organizations. He was the National President for the FAA National Asian and Pacific American Association (NAPA) representing over 2000 members nationwide. As the President of NAPA that lasted four years, he had brought NAPA from virtually non-existent to a very strong, powerful, and unites employees association. Mr. Nguyen is currently the Executive Director for NAPA. In addition, he was a key member of the Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN), and an active member of the National Asian Peace Officers Association (NAPOA) as which he was a certified Law Enforcement Officer for Virginia for the last 25 years.
Mr. Nguyen’s latest accomplishment is being selected to be the Executive Vice President of Operation Frequent Wind Association (OFWA). OFWA was formed for educational and humanitarian purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) 3 of the IRS code. The primary education and humanitarian purposes is to provide a forum for historical preservation of the Vietnam Veterans and the Refugees of the Vietnam War.
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi represents the 8th District of Illinois, which includes Chicago’s west and northwest suburbs. He serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, the Committee on Oversight and Reform and as Chairman of its Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Vice-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Immigration Task Force, and as an Assistant Whip for the Democratic caucus. He also is the founder and Chairman of both the bipartisan Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic and the bipartisan Solar Caucus.
Raja previously served in Illinois state government on the board of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the office’s anti-corruption unit, and as Deputy State Treasurer, before becoming president of small technology businesses in the Chicago area. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University, and received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Raja and his wife, Priya, a physician, live in Schaumburg with their two sons and daughter.