Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Virginia

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Take a look into Asian Pacific Americans' impact on Virginia's past, present, and future.


Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage at these locations across the Commonwealth.

Noteworthy Asian Pacific Virginians

Throughout the month of May, the spotlight is on noteworthy Asian Pacific Virginians of Virginia's past, present, and future.

Photo of Dr. Marie Sankaran Raval, M.D.

Dr. Marie Sankaran Raval, M.D.

The Doctor

Dr. Marie Sankaran Raval, M.D. was appointed to the VAAB in 2020.  She is an Anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor at VCU Health. Prior to her current position, she was employed by Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she served as an Anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor.

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Suhas Subramanyam

The Delegate

Suhas has since worked tirelessly to improve the health and prosperity of all Virginians and Americans. He served on Capitol Hill as a health care and veterans policy aide, where he worked to expand and improve health care access to millions of Americans and drafted legislation to increase job opportunities and funding for veterans. He later earned his law degree with honors at Northwestern University School of Law, volunteering at the Center for Wrongful Convictions. Suhas is a proud resident of Loudoun County and has always maintained his commitment to serving his community.

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Carla Okouchi

The Educator

Carla Okouchi was appointed to the Virginia Asian Advisory Board in 2019 for a four-year term and serves as the Chair for the Education Subcommittee.

Carla is a Music Educator and Choral Director in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Over the past two decades, she has served as lead building mentor guiding high school aspiring educators and new music teachers. Within FCPS, she has served on the Equity Stakeholders Committee, Teacher Evaluation Task Force, Fine Arts Coordinator Selection Panel, and the Budget Task Force. She also served on the School Board Human Relations Committee.

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Learning Resources

Check out the resources below to learn more on Asian American's impact on the history of Virginia.