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September 17, 2019

Richard Pan                                                                                                                 David Chiu
Senator                                                                                                                       Assembly member
California State Senate                                                                                                 California State Assembly
Capitol, Room 5114                                                                                                     P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 95814                                                                                                Sacramento, CA 94249‐0017


Dear Senator Pan and Assembly member Chiu:

As leaders of Asian American professional organizations in Bay Area, we wish to thank you for bringing the question of the Asian glass ceiling to the attention of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and other members of the California Assembly and Senate.

Asian Americans, both immigrant and American‐born, have become a vital force in the growth and vitality in California’s business, cultural, and civic landscape. We are now 14% of the state’s population and 33% of its white‐collar workforce. As the majority of Silicon Valley’s high‐tech workforce, Asian Americans are proud to be the engine that powers the region’s innovation and energy.

Yet our achievements have obscured our community’s frustration in reaching more leadership roles across the state, whether in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, or Sacramento. As EEOC data shows, Asian Americans are the least likely to promoted into management; but, although many point to singular examples of Asian American CEOs, we are the least likely to reach executive levels in California. The EEOC data has also allowed us to quantify marginal progress for the blacks and Hispanics in the workplace, as well.

We know this because some workforce data is available in the form of Federally mandated EEO‐1 reports requiring race/gender details by job categories. Although confidentially submitted to the EEOC, many leading companies are now including their EEO‐1 reports in their annual Diversity and Inclusion reports, including Apple, Facebook, Google, and However, most companies do not.

We assert that increased transparency is now in the public interest through the release of the confidential EEO‐1 reports. We hope that you agree with the need for transparency and would consider a proposal for all companies doing business in the State to make their EEO‐1 reports public.

We believe that such public disclosure would encourage all companies to more closely examine the progress made by their diversity programs and would hasten progress to a fairer and more equitable workplace.


Very truly yours,

/Jeff Chin/
Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

/David Jeng/
David Jeng
Chairman, Monte Jade West ‐ Science and Technology Association (MJW)

/Kenneth Fong/
Kenneth Fong
Chair, National Governing Board, Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs (APAPA)

/MR Rangaswami/
MR Rangaswami
Founder and Chairman, Indiaspora

/Dennis Wu/
Dennis Wu
Chapter President, Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs (APAPA)/San Francisco

/Michael Chang/
Dr. Michael Chang
Founder, Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI)


September 17, 2019 | Ascend

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