The Asian Pacific American Leadership Project (APALP), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering civic involvement and leadership development for Asian Pacific Americans, honored Mona F. Pasquil, Appointments Secretary, Office of California Governor Jerry Brown, during ceremonies held at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites at downtown Los Angeles on 21 April 2011.

Pasquil is a third generation Filipino-American. Her paternal grandfather was a Philippine Scout, and her maternal grandparents belonged to the first wave of farm workers that settled in California. She was born and raised in Walnut Grove, in the Sacramento River Delta. Photo above shows Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon (right) poses with Mona Pasquil (center) and Representative Judy Chu (left). (Photo by Benny Uy)