CIA Welcomes Leaders of the National Association of Asian American Professionals
This is the first in a series of articles about the work of CIA’s Community Outreach and Liaison Staff in raising awareness of CIA's national security mission and expanding sources of mission-critical talent.
CIA hosted leaders of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) in March to discuss ways the Agency can enhance outreach and recruitment in the Asian American community.
Following the welcoming remarks, members of an Asian Pacific American employee panel—comprised of officers from the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), National Clandestine Service (NCS), Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) and Directorate of Support (DS)—shared stories about their paths to the CIA. NAAAP members and Agency officers also participated in a brainstorming session to explore new ways the Agency can reach the Asian American community.
“The Agency’s senior leaders understand the importance of diversity and inclusion,” said Matthew C., an NCS officer and senior member of the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council. “We, as an Agency, understand that striving for a diverse workforce is a never-ending goal.”
After the meeting, NAAAP leaders lunched with nine senior Agency officers and received a surprise visit by then-acting CIA Director Michael Morell. Mr. Morell reaffirmed the Agency’s commitment to recruiting and retaining a highly talented diverse workforce and shared some of the CIA’s daily challenges.
“I felt [Mr. Morell] really showed how important the initiative is for the CIA and also how much partnerships like NAAAP mean to the Agency,” one NAAAP visitor said. “I walked away with a strong sense of obligation to strengthen our relationship, and I am sure so did the others.”
Since 2011, the CIA has increased collaboration with a number of Asian Pacific American professional and community organizations to organize events around the country. NAAAP is one of the nation’s largest Asian and Pacific Islander professional associations and strives to empower leaders through professional development, community service and networking.
To learn more about CIA’s diversity outreach efforts, visit the Diversity section of CIA.gov.