Christina Lagdameo Receives Prestigious Award from AAUW, NASPA

June 02, 2010


Lisa Goodnight,


Deputy at White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders Has Long Focused on Empowering People of Color, Women

WASHINGTON —  Christina Lagdameo, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, will receive the prestigious AAUW/NASPA Women  of Distinction Award at the 2010 National Conference for College Women Student  Leaders (NCCWSL). This year’s ceremony, which will be held at the University of  Maryland, College Park, on Thursday, June 3, marks the 25th anniversary of the  conference.

The 2010 Women of Distinction Awards pay tribute to  leaders who have made extraordinary contributions in their professions or in  their communities. In addition to Lagdameo, the following individuals will be  honored:

    • Dorothy Height (in memoriam), chair and president emerita, National Council of Negro Women
    • Patti Solis  Doyle,  partner, Utrecht & Phillips, a Washington, D.C., law firm,and first Hispanic woman to run a  major U.S. presidential campaign
    • Marie Tillman, founder and  chair of the Pat Tillman Foundation
    • Nomfundo Walaza, chief executive  officer, Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa

Lagdameo  and the other 2010 Women of Distinction honorees join a prestigious group of  more than 100 women who have been celebrated in conjunction with the National  Conference for College Women Student Leaders since the inception of the  conference in 1985.

Working to  Empower Minorities
Long  committed to the social, economic, and political empowerment of marginalized  communities, including low-income individuals, women, and youth, Lagdameo  worked for the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2000 to 2007.  During that time she examined more than $45 billion in federal income support  programs, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Refugee Resettlement, and  issues relating to asset poverty. Before her April 2010 appointment as deputy  director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders  for the Obama administration, where she works to improve the quality of life of  Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Lagdameo worked in India for an organization  that rescues and rehabilitates women and children survivors of sex trafficking.  She also has worked with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development in Paris on an e-government financing project.

Lagdameo has mentored girls through programs such as the  Asian American LEAD program, a nonprofit for Vietnamese refugees, and the New  York City-based “I Have a Dream” program. She was formerly chair of the  national board for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the only  multi-issue, progressive, community organizing, and policy advocacy  organization for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls in the United  States.

As an undergraduate at the University of Maryland,  Lagdameo led a successful campaign to establish the first Asian American  studies program in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and later received  one of the first Asian American studies certificates from the school. In 1998,  she was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national Leadership Honor  Society, and in 2008, she received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the  University of Maryland, College Park, for distinguishing herself as a young  graduate both personally and professionally.
A Woodrow Wilson Public Policy and International Affairs  Fellow and a Presidential Management Fellow, Lagdameo received her master’s  degree in urban policy from the New School for Social Research in New York  City.

2010 NCCWSL Events and Sponsors
As  part of this year’s 25th anniversary celebration of the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders and its awards  program, a special reception will be held for this year’s honorees. Several  past honorees will attend this celebration, including Amy  Richards, Soapbox: Speakers Who Speak Out, Inc.; Brigadier General Wilma L.  Vaught, USAF, and president, Women in Military Service for America Memorial  Foundation, Inc.; and Dorothy Gilliam, founder and director of the Prime Movers  Media Program at the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington  University.

The Ruth Z. Sweetser Honorary Fund and  Prudential are platinum sponsors of the 2010 National Conference for College  Women Student Leaders. Other conference sponsors include the University of  Maryland, College Park, and The Princeton Review.

Since 1985, the National  Conference for College Women Student Leaders has provided a platform to help  thousands of college and university women to develop leadership skills,  network with other student leaders, and interact with women who hold leadership  positions. The conference is presented each June by AAUW and NASPA.


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