State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump appointed Vanna Howard of Tewksbury to serve on the Asian American Commission (AAC). Howard was sworn in by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg at the State House on January 10, 2018.\n\nHoward currently serves as the Greater Lowell Regional Director in the office of U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas. She is also a genocide survivor under the Pol Pot regime from 1975-1979. Since 2008, she has been a volunteer at the Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence, which serves approximately 250,000 meals each year to those in need. In addition, Howard has served on the Board of Directors of the Lowell Community Health Center since 2013 and also volunteers her time as a board member for Acre Family Child Care, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell. She is also fluent in Khmer. Howard attended the University of Massachusetts Lowell and has an undergraduate degree in liberal arts with concentrations in political science and legal studies. She will return to UMass Lowell this fall to pursue a graduate degree in public administration.\n\nHoward will serve on the commission for a term of three years, after which she is eligible for reappointment.\n\nThe AAC, established in 2006, meets monthly with the goal of recognizing and highlighting the many contributions of Asian Americans to the social, cultural, economic, and political life of the Commonwealth, and to identify and address the needs and challenges facing Asian Americans in Massachusetts.\n\nBump\u2019s other appointees to the AAC are John Naranja of Braintree and Loan Thi Dao of Somerville.