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Asian American/Pacific Islander Emphasis Program (AAPI)

Jenny Johnston, 360-704-7708
Washington's Asian American/Pacific Islander Program Manager

Jenny Johnston

Hello. My name is Jenny Johnston.  I am the Asian American and Pacific Islander Emphasis Program Manager.  I am excited to serve as a member of the Civil Rights Advisory Committee and to have the opportunity to promote diversity and inclusion in Washington State NRCS.

I grew up in Spokane, Washington, where I also attended college at Whitworth University.  I finished graduate school at WSU and was an intern with NRCS in various locations in Washington State.  I am currently a civil engineer in the West Area Office in Olympia. 

In college and grad school I was actively involved in multicultural clubs and organizations, particularly the Hawai’i Club and Pacific Islanders Club.  Through this experience I developed a passion for Pacific Island Culture and Dance.  I also enjoy cooking, crafts, gardening, break dancing, and most any kind of adventuring.

Program Goals:

  •  Promote and establish effective and equitable participation of Asian Pacific Americans in the work force.
  • Enhance career development and advancement of Asian Pacific American employees in NRCS and improve under-representation of Asian Pacific Americans.

  • Encourage awareness of the impact of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures and contributions.

  • Market natural resource conservation programs to the Asian Pacific American communities.


May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

President Carter introduced a week of recognition in 1978 and, in 1990, George Bush declared the month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated with community festivals, government-sponsored activities, and educational activities for students.


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Thismap (and list of countries) are all considered to be part of the Asian-Pacific Islander Complex.   (PDF; 100 KB)

Specialty items of interest


Related Links:

  • Asian Pacific Islander Organization (APIO): The purpose of APIO is to provide a forum for NRCS employees, retirees and friends to exchange ideas, network, mentor, train, and add value to the agency by being a linguistic, cultural and ethnic bridge to our communities and other employee organizations.  Asian Pacific Islander Organization