Date: June 22, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Location: Capitol Visitors Center 201
Topic: The Great Recession was the nation’s most severe in 60 years.  In its aftermath, recent college graduates and young professionals are facing a changed job market in which public sector and non-profit jobs are sparse.  In this panel, our panelists will present personal experience and practical information on how to secure that job that inspired you to join the public/non-profit sector. The session will end with breakout sessions on the following topics:
  • Federal Government
  • Consulting
  • Nonprofit
  • Foreign Service
  • Congress
  • Think Tanks
  • Campaign/Party Politics
  • Trade Associations
Daniel Chao, Chief of Staff, U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-38)
Margaret Hsiang, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Erika Kaneko, Program Manager, Partnership for Public Service
Patrice Yao, Human Capital Consultant, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Cristian Liu, Chair, Board of Directors, CAPAL


Welcome and Food 6:30pm – 6:50pm
Introduction 6:50pm – 6:55pm
Panel Discussion and Q & A 6:55pm – 7:55pm
Closing Remarks 7:55pm – 8:00pm
Breakout Sessions 8:00pm – 8:30pm

Panelist Bios

Daniel Chao has served as Rep. Grace Napolitano’s Chief of Staff for the past 5½ years. Prior to his promotion to Chief of Staff, he worked for the Representative in various capacities such as legislative correspondent, legislative assistant, legislative director, and deputy Chief of Staff since 1999. He also worked as senior legislative assistant in the Texas House of Representatives for State Representative Dawnna Dukes. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Daniel immigrated to Houston, Texas at the age of eight. He earned his B.A. from University of Texas at Austin in Government and Economics.

Margaret Hsiang is a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State. As a Foreign Service Officer, Margaret has served at our embassies in Beijing, China and Port Louis, Mauritius, and in the State Department Operations Center, the department’s 24-hour communications and crisis management center. She recently started a tour at the White House Situation Room. Prior to working for the State Department, Margaret was a staffer for Senator Carnahan and Senator Lautenberg. She is originally from New Jersey and graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis. Margaret was a CAPAL Board member from 2002-2004.

Erika Kaneko joined the Partnership for Public Service in February of 2009 and is a Program Manager on the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships team, where she manages the Best Places to Work Agency Services for federal agencies seeking to improve employee satisfaction. Prior to joining the Partnership, Erika was an Analyst with Dean and Company where she worked on a number of business growth and marketing strategy consulting projects for clients in the media services, computer software, and life sciences industries. Originally from Connecticut, Erika graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in East Asian Studies.

Patrice Yao is currently a Human Capital Consultant with Deloitte’s Federal Practice based out of Washington, DC. She specializes in the areas of human capital strategic planning, telework, and work life flexibilities and has served clients at the Dept of Homeland Security, including TSA and US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Prior to her career in consulting, Miss Yao received her Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Outside of work, Miss Yao is a founding member of the Patsy Mink Project, a Political Action Committee (PAC) aimed at increasing the number of progressive Asian American women in all levels of public service. Miss Yao is also active with the Organization for Chinese Americans (OCA) where she is on the Advisory Board for the Mentoring Asian American Professionals (MAAP) development program for young professionals.

Moderator Bio

Cristian Liu is the Chair of the Board of Directors of CAPAL and has served on the Board of Directors since 2008.