Michael C. Lin to Assume Executive Director Position at OCA
OCA is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael C. Lin will become OCA Executive Director effective December 1, 2006.
Lin has been an OCA member for over 25 years and is retiring after 30 years at the National Institutes of Health where his last position was as a Program Director responsible for nurturing and funding cutting edge research in the cardiovascular field. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Montgomery College in Maryland, and has served as the Chair of the Maryland Governors Commission on Asian Pacific Americans Affairs (1998-2002).
Lin was also OCA National President from 1995 to 1998, where during his tenure OCA spearheaded a national voter registration campaign, co-sponsored by 18 other prominent national Asian Pacific American organizations. Under his leadership, OCA also convened the historic Asian Pacific American Leadership Summits, attended by the top community leaders and major civic organizations across the nation, to address issues confronting the Asian American community. He expanded OCAs education initiatives, including the highly popular internship program which provides opportunities for college students to work in the Congress, various federal agencies, non-profit organizations and at the OCA National Headquarters.
OCA is truly fortunate to have Michael accept the position of OCA Executive Director, said OCA National President Ginny Gong. His long history with OCA, at both the local and national levels, will enable him to bring stability, historic background, continuity, and most important of all, an intimate knowledge of OCAs mission and vision for the future. We are very grateful for his personal commitment to ensuring OCAs future is taken to the next level and beyond. As the Past OCA National Center Campaign Chair, Lin was instrumental in providing guidance and direction for the organizations capital campaign, and has continued to be involved with its architectural design, construction and renovation, tapping into his twenty-plus years of experience as the managing partner for a hotel in the metro area.
"OCA would also like to thank outgoing Executive Director Dorothy Wong for her leadership, dedication and belief in OCA," said Gong. She has contributed to OCAs strategic direction and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors as she returns to the Pacific West Coast.