Krystal Ka'ai

Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI)

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Krystal Ka'ai

Krystal Ka‘ai is the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI). In this role, she is responsible for directing the efforts of the White House Initiative and Presidential Advisory Commission on AANHPIs and advising the Biden administration on the implementation and coordination of federal programs as they relate to AANHPIs across executive departments and agencies. Prior to joining WHIAANHPI, Krystal worked on Capitol Hill for a decade, including serving as the Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) for eight years. She previously held positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; the State of Hawaii, Office of Hawaiian Affairs; and the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation. Krystal was born and raised in Hawaii and is the first Native Hawaiian to ever lead WHIAANHPI.