ACRS Names New Executive Director
The Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) has named Michael Byun as its next Executive Director. In 2014, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He was one of 10 members of the Commission to resign in protest of the Trump administration’s policies, saying they were incompatible with the Commission’s goals and values. Over his 25-year career, Byun has worked in issues including health disparities, social justice and immigrant and refugee issues, particularly among AAPIs. He serves on many local, state and national boards and advisory committees on AAPI issues. He is chair of the Ohio AAPI Advisory Council. “We are at a time of great challenge unlike anything we’ve seen before. Now, more than ever, we must work together to uphold values of equity, fairness, and social justice. We are also confronted with a dynamic shifting landscape for health and social services where ACRS is well positioned as it continues to innovate to be community responsive. It is in the organization’s DNA,” Byun said. The double University of Washington graduate, who is fluent in Korean, will assume the helm of ACRS in December. He will take over the position from Diane Narasaki, who will retire in October 2018, after 23 years after leading the organization. More here.