Out actor Maulik Pancholy appointed to White House advisory commission

Joining Pancholy on the White House committee will be out businessman Michael Byun

Out actor Maulik Pancholy appointed to White House advisory commission
27 April 2014

Gay actor Maulik Pancholy was appointed to a White House advisory committee focused on Asian-Americans.

Late last week the White House announced Pancholy, and 13 others, are now part of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

‘This Commission is charged with working to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) through increased participation in and access to federal programs.’ the White House explained in its statement.

‘These members will advise the President on innovative ways to engage AAPIs across the country and to improve their health, education, environment, and well-being,’ the statement continued.

According to the release, the 39-year-old actor is ‘active with a number of non-profit and social policy organizations such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the New York City Anti-Violence Project, and the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission.’

Pancholy, known for his recurring roles on the TV series 30 Rock and Weeds, came out last year in an Out magazine interview.

Earlier this year, he announced his engagement to partner Ryan Corvaia.

Out businessman Michael Byun was also appointed to the commission. Byun is the executive director of Asian Services in Action, Inc. He also serves on the Ohio Governor’s AAPI Advisory Council and Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development

Byun is the past president of the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition.

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