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AARP Texas Director Tina Tran Honored with National Achievement Award

AARP Texas Director Tina Tran was honored on October 2nd with the OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award.

The annual award recognizes an Asian American Pacific Islander employee who demonstrates commendable dedication to business success and their community. She was honored along with five other honorees.   

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“Tina Tran is the epitome of a 21st Century, servant leader,” said Rawle Andrews Jr., AARP regional vice president. “She is technically sound, she has a strong work ethic, and she operates with a high degree of integrity and a keen sense of fairness inside and outside our Association. We are proud of her most recent achievement and we look forward to her continued successes as an executive, teammate and champion for Texans 50 and older.”

An immigrant from Vietnam, Tran serves Texas’ 2.3 million AARP members and their families in her role as state director, leading a team that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.

“Tina is an AARP trailblazer, as she is the first AAPI AARP State Director on the Continental U.S.,” said Daphne Kwok, vice president of multicultural leadership, Asian American & Pacific Islander audience. “When she’s not coordinating inclusive outreach strategies, organizing community engagement or spearheading advocacy efforts, Tina spends her spare time volunteering. It’s apparent she is guided by an unshakeable commitment to equity and access, and AARP is better for it.” 

Established in 1991, the annual award ceremony is co-hosted by OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, and the OCA Business Advisory Council.

Prior to joining the AARP Texas team in 2014, Tran served as the legislative director for Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis and managed Texas’ largest state legislative internship program, placing over 60 students of color in policy positions in and around the State Capitol during one legislative session. 

“Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders have a long and honorable legacy of serving their communities that is often overlooked and forgotten,” Tran said. “The more we normalize our representation, the more we challenge pervasive stereotypes.”

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