A participant's sketch of what collaboration looks like to her

A participant's sketch of what collaboration looks like to her

BLUEPRINT FOR NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
(Under the Obama Administration)


Summary
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) was reinstated by President Barack Obama in 2009. Its purpose is to assist the Executive Branch with the allocation of resources and to advise with policy-making pertaining to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The initial blueprint was intended to help prepare and guide the next presidential administration and ensure a smooth transition. 

Process
I was selected to design and facilitate a two-day ideation workshop for the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs. The primary objective of this workshop was to collect all of their recommendations, strategies, and insights to the team—staff and commissioners—that may form under the next presidential administration, should it be reinstated by new leadership in the executive branch. 

This included managing four facilitators, approximately 25 commissioners, and five WHIAAPI staff before, during, and after each workshop.

Outcome
Results from these sessions outlined the first draft of the blueprint and set a basic framework for initial final product.


Position Designer-in-Residence
Role Workshop Design & Facilitation; Organizational and Systems Design; Draft of Blueprint