Carlson, who has been in the foreign service since 1985, is currently the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Batayola leads the International Community Health Services, Washington state’s largest Asian and Pacific Islander nonprofit health center provider to all those who need affordable care, especially immigrants and refugees. In 2014, former President Obama honored Batayola as a “Champion Of Change.” The award-winning Filipina has also been recognized for her outstanding business & philanthropic contributions, and was named a Woman of Courage by the University of Washington Women’s Center.
Blue was appointed by Biden to the 25-member commission. Blue is one of the highest-ranking AAPI officials in the labor movement. She became vice president of Service Employees International Union after serving on its executive board.
“She has also served at U.S. diplomatic missions in China (twice), Ukraine, Hong Kong, Mozambique, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic,” the White House said. “Her domestic assignments include Director of the Secretary’s Executive Secretariat Staff and Deputy Director of Korean Affairs.”
The White House said Carlson, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, has received numerous performance awards, including six Superior Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State.
She has bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and holds a master’s degrees from Georgetown University and the National War College. She also speaks Spanish and Chinese.