Commission for Women - Commissioners - Jeanie Jew

Jeanie F. Jew, Chair, Springfield District

Jeanie F. Jew

Jeanie F. Jew is a nationally known speaker and consultant whose expertise and experiences are associated with programs and projects which focus upon the economic, educational, social, or political opportunities of groups and communities. She has been a consultant to the Federal agencies, the U.S. Congress, and to national organizations on matters relating to women and Asian Pacific Americans. Currently, she is the National Chair and immediate past President, Organization of Chinese American Women, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American women’s association. Ms. Jew has also served as a Member of the Executive Steering Committee of the National Council of Women’s Organization, which has more than six million members. And, she was a founding member of the Organization of Chinese Americans. She serves as an OCA advisory member of the Asian and Pacific Islander Education Scholarship Committee funded by the United Negro College Fund/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and was a principal speaker in its leadership conference. Ms. Jew was named OCAW’s National Woman of the Year in California. The McDonald Corporation has chosen Ms. Jew to continue to be the “face” of its I Am Asian/APA Heritage Month website.

Co-Founder of the original Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Caucus on Capitol Hill, Ms. Jew is a long-time political and community activist. Ms. Jew is the Creator of Asian Pacific American Heritage Week/Month, and the primary writer of all legislation which received overwhelming bi-partisan support from the U.S. Congress. The legislation called upon the President and the Congress to set aside a period in May (later extended to a full month) to focus national attention on the concerns, contributions and history of Americans of Asian and Pacific Island descent. Fairfax County, Virginia was America’s first County Government to recognize and issue a proclamation honoring APAs. Organizations and departments in the private and public sectors observe this landmark event annually with programs initiated by Ms. Jew -- especially in the areas of education, public and political affairs, and the arts. She developed a series of Heritage Minutes for television which profiles people and significant events in APA history, and is now leading an effort to have a series of U.S. postage stamps issued regarding APAs. She has hosted and participated in many TV talk and panel shows, as well as national conferences. Additionally, she was a former Member of the Board of Directors, Commonwealth of Virginia Public Television. She has appeared on NBC, ABC and CBS.

She has been involved in the formation of three financial institutions which included a credit union, a national bank, and a savings bank in McLean, Virginia in which she, as a Founder, served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and Chair of the Marketing and Education Committee.

Ms. Jew was born in New York, New York, and presently lives in Springfield, Virginia.

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