AAS Alumnus Dean R. Grafilo will be speaking at the ASU/AAS graduation banquet on Friday May 26, 2017. Dean R. Grafilo was appointed Director at the California Department of Consumer Affairs on February 22, 2017. With the department's executive team, he leads the 40 regulatory entities and other divisions within DCA. Prior to his appointment, Grafilo was Chief of Staff in the Office of California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta since 2012. He was Associate Director of Government Relations at the California Medical Association from 2009 to 2012, Chief of Staff in the Office of California State Assemblymember Warren T. Furutani from 2008 to 2009 and a Senior Legislative Assistant in the Office of California State Assemblymember Alberto Torrico from 2004 to 2008. Grafilo was an Organizer Representative at Service Employees International Union Local 925 from 2003 to 2004 and a political intern at the M.L. King County Labor Council in 2002 in Seattle. Starting in 1996 through 2001, he was a Field Representative and Organizer at International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 in Hawai'i. Grafilo earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington and Bachelors of Arts degree from San Francisco State University. At the time the AAS major was unavailable and so Dean minored in Asian American Studies. Dean is convinced that if it were not his experiences at San Francisco State University, the opportunities that have come his way would not have been possible.