Office of Civil Rights
May 1, 2013


Date: 05/01/2013 Description: Celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2013: Patricia Ong - State Dept Image Patricia “Trisha” Ong is a typical American in that she comes from an immigrant family. Born in Burma and of Chinese descent, she grew up in Los Angeles, California.

Trisha is currently working in the public relations section at Embassy Beijing. She also served as staff assistant to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke from 2011-2013 and in Human Resources from 2009-2011. Her other postings were in Washington, DC and Lusaka, Zambia. Trisha joined the State Department as a specialist in 2006.

In addition to government service, Trisha’s career accomplishments include working at three Olympic Games -- training 10,000 Olympic Village staff members in Atlanta in 1996 to managing Olympic sponsors’ multimillion dollar corporate marketing and hospitality programs for Sydney 2000 and Salt Lake City 2002. She has also previously worked in education and the IT industry including The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Scripps Women’s College of The Claremont Colleges, and Novell Inc.

Trisha holds degrees in social sciences and international business. She speaks Mandarin Chinese, Burmese, and some Spanish.