A TESTIMONIAL FOR FAITH BAUTISTA
A Filipina Appointed to Key Administration Post
BY CESAR D. CANDARI, MD, FCAP EMERITUS
Faith Bautista of San Francisco, a Filipina-American community leader was one of five members of Community Development Advisory Board appointed by President Donald Trump for terms of 4 years:
This is a key administration post, the White House announced on September 15, 2017.
The Community Development Advisory Board’s major function is to give advises to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund on policies and activities.
Faith Bautista is the President and CEO of National Asian American Coalition (NAAC), HUD –approved Homeowners, small business and Consumer Advocacy organization serving our nation’s 20 million Asian Americans. Through Faith’s dedication and handwork, the NAAC has expanded with its headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, a housing in San Diego and neighborhood outreach Hope Booths in over 23 island Pacific Shores. Faith advocates in the halls of Congress, in the California Legislature and in front of key Federal legislature, such as the Federal Reserve, FDIC, OCC, FHFA, STC, FCC and SEC and among America’s Fortune 500 corporations, as a major voice for the Asian-American community. She holds a position as advisory board of first republic bank, one west/cit, banc of ca, Royal business bank, PG&E and consumer action Board.
Why All Asian Americans Must Work Together to Fulfill Our Dreams.
The National Asian American Coalition is a unique organization. Faith Bautista stated: “We have a Board of Directors more diverse than any in corporate America; it includes Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Korean Americans, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, and Filipino Americans. In addition, Vietnamese American and Cambodian Americans are key members of our staff.
The primary mission is to empower twenty million Asian Americans and two million Asian American small businesses to become a national economic powerhouse.”
Today, the NAAC is the nation’s leading Asian American nonprofit advocating against foreclosures, advocating for greater economic and small business development and in advancing the growing economic and social power of Asian Americans.
Faith added to say: “Working closely with prominent Black, Latino and other Asian American organizations, it is our intention to be a resource for all corporate and governmental leaders that wish to ensure that they have a diverse 21st Century blueprint and footprint.” National Asian American Coalition is a 501(c) 3 Non-profit Organization, a HUD Approved Home Counseling agency and an IRS approved VITA site.
This writer is a friend and town mate of Faith Bautista who grew up in the province of Antique, Philippines.
We have all the reasons to be proud at this very moment for Faith’s appointment. The challenge is very much in our midst. There is so much to be achieved by Filipino Americans in this country our second homeland, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” There has been a significant change in the lives of the Fil-Am after the fourth wave landed in this country. The new immigrant generations are more comfortable in America who has shown their impressive services with much recognition and appreciation from the American public.
Now, significant and fast-growing Fil-Am communities are in California, New York and Las Vegas.
In my previous article I stated; “we Filipino Americans grow in number, we also become active in matters that impact the lives of the people. What a great CHANGE and improvement in our quest to be recognized by state, county and city government. Filipino empowerments are in our dreams, goals and aspirations in this beloved country we have adopted with an awakening, albeit sluggish, finally reached the pedestal from ethnic to mainstream- the levels where we can actually take pride of our multi-cultural diversity.”
Today, Filipinos in America are now visible in the American mainstream especially the younger generation. Their families have raised them to levels where they can actually take pride. It is a journey that we all feel proud, awesome to witness.
With high esteem, our congratulations to Faith Bautista and with open hearts we must contemplate on the following statements I wrote in my book “Success is a Journey”: Modest achievements, contributions to society, heroism, and lessons in life, dreams, joys, and woes are parts of life on this earth. Faith has experienced all these in tandem with her profound and compassionate leadership.
Leadership is a quality hidden in the personality of a human being. Human personality is very complex, and it is difficult to grade individuals according to one’s personality. Leadership, on the other hand, depends on the organic structure of the personality, which includes experience, skill, responsibility, intelligence, power of organizing people and social interaction. It also includes charity and humanitarian messianic zeal, passion and total devotion. Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion. That is what Faith Bautista is all about.