Our Team

Together, we build community, fight against racism and hate, and create a permanent and irrevocable sense of belonging for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

board members

Li Lu

Founder and Chairman, Himalaya Capital

Li Lu

Founder and Chairman, Himalaya Capital

Li Lu is the founder and Chairman of Himalaya Capital, a multi-billion-dollar investment firm that primarily focuses on long-term investment opportunities in Asia and the U.S.

"I feel that one plus one equals unlimited potential, and that's what really makes America powerful. As a Chinese American, I know when we leverage the strengths of everyone we create belonging and a future fueled by innovation, growth and opportunity."
Li Lu, Board Chair, The Asian American Foundation

Norman Chen

Chief Executive Officer, The Asian American Foundation

Norman Chen

Chief Executive Officer, The Asian American Foundation

Norman Chen is the Chief Executive Officer of TAAF. Norman brings a thirty-year career in entrepreneurship, healthcare, community leadership, and philanthropy spanning the United States and Asia. Norman is passionate about building organizations in both the nonprofit and private sectors that positively impact society.

Joseph Bae

Co-Chief Executive Officer, KKR

Joseph Bae

Co-Chief Executive Officer, KKR

Joseph Y. Bae is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (KKR), a global investment firm with over $365 billion in assets under management.

Jonathan Greenblatt

CEO and National Director, Anti-Defamation League

Jonathan Greenblatt

CEO and National Director, Anti-Defamation League

Jonathan Greenblatt is the CEO of ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and its sixth National Director. As chief executive of ADL, Jonathan leads all aspects of the world’s leading anti-hate organization.

Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Founder, Care.com

Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Founder, Care.com

Sheila Lirio Marcelo is a Filipina American Founder, former Chairwoman and CEO of Care.com. Marcelo founded her company in 2006, and under her leadership, Care.com became the world's largest marketplace for providing care,

Joe Tsai

Governor, Brooklyn Nets and New York Liberty
Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, Alibaba Group

Joe Tsai

Governor, Brooklyn Nets and New York Liberty
Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, Alibaba Group

Joe Tsai is Governor of the NBA Brooklyn Nets and WNBA New York Liberty. He co-founded Alibaba Group, a global Internet technology company headquartered in China, in 1999, and serves as the company’s executive vice chairman.

Jerry Yang

Founder, AME Cloud Ventures, Co-Founder, Yahoo!

Jerry Yang

Founder, AME Cloud Ventures, Co-Founder, Yahoo!

Jerry Yang co-founded Yahoo! in 1995 with fellow Stanford graduate student David Filo and served on its board and as a member of its executive team until 2012, including as CEO from 2007 to 2009.

Peng Zhao

CEO, Citadel Securities

Peng Zhao

CEO, Citadel Securities

Peng Zhao is Chief Executive Officer of Citadel Securities, a global financial services firm with offices across the United States, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

advisory council

Chao

Angela Chao

Co-Chair; Chair and CEO, Foremost Group
Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Co-Chair; Actor & Producer
Niu

X. Rick Niu

Co-Chair; President, Starr Strategic Holdings LLC
Pandith

Farah Pandith

Co-Chair; Former Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. State Department
Chen

Don Chen

President, Surdna Foundation
Chen

Lanhee Chen

Director of Domestic Policy Studies In the Public Policy Program and Hoover Institution Fellow, Stanford University
Crabbe

Kamana’opono Crabbe

Former CEO, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Eng

Patricia Eng

CEO, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Hasegawa

Lisa Hasegawa

Regional Vice President, NeighborWorks America
Hersh

Kenneth Hersh

President and CEO, The George W. Bush Presidential Center
Hogan

Yumi Hogan

First Lady of the State of Maryland
Khan

Moushumi Khan

Attorney
Kim

Jim Yong Kim

Former President, The World Bank Group
Lee

Erika Lee

Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of Minnesota
Lin

Jeremy Lin

Professional Basketball Player
Ling

Lisa Ling

Executive Producer and Host, CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling
Mar

Melvin Mar

Television and Film Producer
Moua

Mee Moua

Racial Healing and Racial Equity Consultant; Former State Senator, Minnesota
Nguyen

Amanda Nguyen

CEO and Founder, Rise
Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
Park

Michael Park

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Cooper Ramo

Joshua Cooper Ramo

Chairman and CEO, Sornay
Rice

Condoleezza Rice

66th U.S. Secretary of State; Tad and Dianne Taube Director, Hoover Institution
Sakurai

Motoatsu Sakurai

President Emeritus, Japan Society
Shum

Harry Shum

Emeritus Researcher and Former Executive Vice President, Microsoft
Silver

Mariko Silver

President and CEO, Luce Foundation
Toda

Eric Toda

Head of Social Marketing, Facebook
Underwood

Robert Underwood

Former Guam Delegate to U.S. House of Representatives; President Emeritus, University of Guam
Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

CNN Host
advisory council
Angela
Chao
Co-Chair; Chair and CEO, Foremost Group

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Angela Chao

Co-Chair; Chair and CEO, Foremost Group
Co-Chair; Chair and CEO, Foremost Group

Angela Chao is the current Chair and CEO of the Foremost Group, a global leader in dry bulk shipping and a pioneer in incorporating environmentally friendly designs into its modern fleet of ships.

Before joining the Foremost Group, Chao worked in the mergers and acquisitions department of what is now Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. She currently serves on a number of public and nonprofit boards.

Chao holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard, where she graduated magna cum laude in Economics in three years, and earned her MBA degree from Harvard Business School. She resides in Austin, TX and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Daniel
Dae Kim
Co-Chair; Actor & Producer

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Daniel Dae Kim

Co-Chair; Actor & Producer
Co-Chair; Actor & Producer

Daniel Dae Kim is an actor, director, and producer who captivates global audiences with compelling performances across film, television and theater. Kim can currently be seen in Netflix's "Stowaway" and in Disney's "Raya and The Last Dragon." Upcoming projects include AMC’s "Pantheon," an animated drama inspired by Ken Liu’s short stories, and National Geographic’s "The Hot Zone: Anthrax."

Kim is a longtime champion of diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and an important voice against anti-AAPI violence. In 2015, Kim launched his production company 3AD to feature traditionally underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. 3AD produces the ABC hit "The Good Doctor" and has several projects in development, including the recently announced "Shoot the Moon," with Ken Jeong. Kim starred on the hit series "Hawaii Five-0" and "Lost," as well as on stage in Lincoln Center's Tony Award-winning production of "The King and I."

Born in South Korea, raised in Pennsylvania, Kim began his career on stage after graduating from Haverford College and earning an MFA from NYU.

X. Rick
Niu
Co-Chair; President, Starr Strategic Holdings LLC

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X. Rick Niu

Co-Chair; President, Starr Strategic Holdings LLC
Co-Chair; President, Starr Strategic Holdings LLC

X. Rick Niu is President of Starr Strategic Holdings LLC, part of a global insurance and investment organization chaired by WWII hero Maurice R. Greenberg.

A regular advisor to world leaders, Starr presents a superior global capability that meets the principal investment, wealth management, commercial insurance and other strategic needs of emerging-market investors doing business in the U.S. and around the world, as well as companies and local governments in developed and developing countries seeking international investments that support commercial growth, capital optimization and job creation.

Niu is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Committee of 100. He has been involved in numerous charitable efforts helping to develop the next generation of American leadership, and actively supporting Starr's historic commitment to U.S.-China relations.

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Niu earned a B.S. from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He also attended INSEAD’s Senior Executive Leadership Program in Paris and Singapore.

Farah
Pandith
Co-Chair; Former Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. State Department

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Farah Pandith

Co-Chair; Former Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. State Department
Co-Chair; Former Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. State Department

Farah Pandith is author of How We Win and a world-leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism. She served as a political appointee under three presidents on the National Security Council, at the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and most recently as the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities. She is a senior fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In fall 2020, the Muhammad Ali Center named Pandith the first-ever Muhammad Ali Global Peace Laureate.

Don
Chen
President, Surdna Foundation

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Don Chen

President, Surdna Foundation
President, Surdna Foundation

Don Chen is the President of the Surdna Foundation where he leads the 100-year old foundation’s efforts to strengthen and further leverage its commitment to social justice.

Prior to his appointment, Chen was the Director of the Cities & States program at the Ford Foundation, where he worked to make housing more affordable, promote more equitable land use practices, and empower communities to have a powerful decision-making voice in U.S. cities and in developing countries. He also led a multi-program team to strengthen social justice organizations and networks in the U.S.

Chen was also the Founder and CEO of Smart Growth America, where he created the National Vacant Properties Campaign and Transportation for America, and managed a merger with the Growth Management Leadership Alliance.

Chen currently serves as Co-Chair of the Presidents’ Council on Impact Investing and on the boards of Living Cities, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and Philanthropy New York. He holds an M.A. from the Yale School of the Environment and a B.A. in political science from Yale.

Lanhee
Chen
Director of Domestic Policy Studies In the Public Policy Program and Hoover Institution Fellow, Stanford University

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Lanhee Chen

Director of Domestic Policy Studies In the Public Policy Program and Hoover Institution Fellow, Stanford University
Director of Domestic Policy Studies In the Public Policy Program and Hoover Institution Fellow, Stanford University

Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D. is the David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies at the Hoover Institution and Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford. He is also a Senior Counselor at the Brunswick Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors of El Camino Health.

Chen has worked in American politics, the U.S. government, academia, and business. He is a veteran of several high-profile campaigns and served as policy director and chief policy adviser for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 bid for the presidency; a senior adviser to Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign; and a health policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign. Chen was a presidentially-appointed member of the Social Security Advisory Board and a senior appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the George W. Bush Administration.

Chen's writings have been published in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He appears often on national television programming. He earned his Ph.D. and A.M. in political science from Harvard, his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his A.B. magna cum laude in government from Harvard.

Kamana’opono
Crabbe
Former CEO, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

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Kamana’opono Crabbe

Former CEO, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Former CEO, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Dr. Crabbe serves as a seasoned spokesperson and representative for the Native Hawaiian community on matters involving Native Hawaiian history and resilience, and current social, cultural, educational, economic and political issues and trends affecting Native Hawaiians.

A licensed clinical psychologist and chief executive, he has provided essential clinical health care throughout the Hawaiian islands, including its rural and underserved communities. He is dual trained in several of his culture’s highest ranking honors, bestowed to him by his elders and peers. Provides executive leadership to improve the well-being of Native Hawaiians and strengthen all of Hawai‘i and the Pacific.

Patricia
Eng
CEO, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

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Patricia Eng

CEO, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
CEO, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Patricia Eng is the President and CEO of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, the only national philanthropy serving organization focused on AAPI communities.

Eng previously served as Chief Service Officer at the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York to deepen and expand civic engagement through volunteer and service programs. She founded the New York Asian Women’s Center, the first organization on the East Coast working with battered immigrant Asian women. She innovated grantmaking strategy in several areas, including early support for men’s efforts to address masculinity and violence, and launched the first collaborative fund in the country focused on young women and gender non-binary youth of color.

A graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work and Princeton, Eng studied community organizing, politics, and teacher preparation.  She lives on the East Coast where she participates in several social justice giving circles.

Lisa
Hasegawa
Regional Vice President, NeighborWorks America

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Lisa Hasegawa

Regional Vice President, NeighborWorks America
Regional Vice President, NeighborWorks America

Lisa Hasegawa is the Regional Vice President of the Western Region at NeighborWorks America (NWA). She served as the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), the first national advocacy organization dedicated to meeting the affordable housing and community development needs of AAPI communities for 15 years.

She currently serves on the boards of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP). Previously, she worked at UCLA, the White House Initiative on AAPIs and the Department of Health and Human Services, and served on boards of the National Council for Asian Pacific Americans, Little Tokyo Service Center, Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).

She is a fourth generation Japanese American from Orange, CA, and attended UCLA and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Kenneth
Hersh
President and CEO, The George W. Bush Presidential Center

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Kenneth Hersh

President and CEO, The George W. Bush Presidential Center
President and CEO, The George W. Bush Presidential Center

Since 2016, Ken Hersh has served as President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a non-partisan institution which houses the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute.

In 1988, he co-founded NGP Energy Capital Management, one of the largest natural resources private equity firms in the world with over $20 billion of total committed capital. Until 2016, he served as CEO of the firm. From 1988 through 2015, under his leadership, NGP invested over $12 billion and achieved returns making it one of the nation’s leading private equity firms.

Additionally, Ken manages his family investment office and serves as Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group’s natural resources division. He is on the Hoover Institute’s
Board of Overseers, the Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council and, among other corporate and civic organizations, sits on the board of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

Yumi
Hogan
First Lady of the State of Maryland

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Yumi Hogan

First Lady of the State of Maryland
First Lady of the State of Maryland

Yumi Hogan is the first Korean American First Lady in the U.S. and the first Asian American First Lady of Maryland. She is a strong advocate for the healing power of the arts, food security, cancer awareness, empowering victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, and supporting veterans, first responders, and their families.

An accomplished artist and adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art, Hogan has been featured in exhibitions and museums around the world and proudly supports museums and local art councils across the state. Some notable projects include BWI Marshall Airport's galleries and a youth exhibition to bring awareness to children’s mental health. Combining her love for art and caregiving, she founded the nonprofit, Yumi C.A.R.E.S., to offer art therapy to patients ages 1 to 21.

Hogan served as the Honorary Chair of the Council for Arts and Culture at the University of Maryland and helped organize cultural events. She received multiple philanthropic awards, including the Inspirational Leader Award from the International Leadership Foundation, the Pheo Para Alliance’s Dr. Cyrus Katzen Humanitarian Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Moushumi M.
Khan
Attorney

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Moushumi Khan

Attorney
Attorney

Moushumi Khan is an attorney with 25 years of business, legal, and government experience. She is active in non-profits, public advocacy, and advising on emerging markets. Ms. Khan was most recently the founding CEO of Nirapon, a leading safety monitoring initiative of North American brands sourcing readymade garments from Bangladesh.

Ms. Khan served as the Country Director for The Foundation for Charitable Activities in Bangladesh, and as the first Director of Legal and Compliance at BRAC, the world’s largest NGO.

Ms. Khan is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Boards of the Interfaith Center of New York and Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd. She is listed in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ Global Expert Finder. Ms. Khan also helped found the Muslim Bar Association of New York.

Moushumi Khan earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, a MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an A.B. degree in Critical Social Thought, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College and a Certificate in General Course in Government at the London School of Economics. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jim Yong
Kim
Former President, The World Bank Group

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Jim Yong Kim

Former President, The World Bank Group
Former President, The World Bank Group

Jim Yong Kim M.D., Ph.D., is Vice Chairman and Partner at Global Infrastructure Partners. Kim served as the 12th President of the World Bank Group and helped the organization establish two goals to guide its work: to end extreme poverty by 2030; and to boost shared prosperity, focusing on the bottom 40% of the population in developing countries.

A physician and anthropologist, Kim’s career has revolved around health, education, and improving the lives of the poor. Prior to joining the WBG, he served as the President of Dartmouth and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003 to 2005, Kim served as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department and led their “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment to expand access to antiretroviral medication. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization.

Kim received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, was recognized as one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, and was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Erika
Lee
Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of Minnesota

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Erika Lee

Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of Minnesota
Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of Minnesota

Professor Erika Lee is an award-winning historian and author, Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies, Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and President-Elect of the Organization of American Historians.

The granddaughter of Chinese immigrants, Lee was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and testified before Congress in its historic hearings on anti-Asian discrimination and violence.

Lee is the author of four award-winning books including The Making of Asian America and America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in America, which won the American Book Award and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and more. Identified as an essential book illuminating the Trump era and the 2020 elections, it will be published with a new epilogue on xenophobia and racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Making of Asian America will also soon be republished with a new postscript about the latest campaigns against Asian Americans. Lee has been featured in PBS’s film series “Asian Americans” and has been interviewed for many news shows, podcasts, and publications.

Jeremy
Lin
Professional Basketball Player

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Jeremy Lin

Professional Basketball Player
Professional Basketball Player

A Palo Alto native, Jeremy Lin is a nine-year NBA veteran, NBA Champion, and philanthropist. His rise to prominence spread like wildfire during February 2012, when he took over the starting point guard role for the struggling New York Knicks and began one of the most improbable journeys sports has ever seen. Suddenly, everybody was following the inspiration of Lin that is forever known as “Linsanity.”

A Harvard University graduate, Lin helped pave the way for his Harvard team to become nationally-ranked for the first time in its history along with making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1946. Lin has played with the Warriors, Knicks, Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, Nets, Hawks, and NBA Champion Raptors.

Lisa
Ling
Executive Producer and Host, CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling

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Lisa Ling

Executive Producer and Host, CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling
Executive Producer and Host, CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling

Lisa is the Executive Producer and host of THIS IS LIFE on CNN.

Previously, Lisa EP’d and hosted Our America on OWN.  She was also a field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News' Nightline. For these shows she reported from dozens of countries; covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, among other issues that are too often ignored.

Lisa was the first female host of National Geographic’s flagship show Explorer which sent her to cover female suicide bombing, the spread of the MS-13 gang, and the humanitarian crisis inside North Korea.

She started in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age.  She then became a co-host of ABC hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time.

Lisa is the co-author of “Mother, Sister. Daughter, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood,” and “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and The Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home” that she penned with her sister Laura.

In 2014, President Obama appointed Lisa to the Commission on White House Fellows.  She is an advisory board member for Fostering Media Connections, The Amani Project, and a Baby2Baby angel.

Melvin
Mar
Television and Film Producer

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Melvin Mar

Television and Film Producer
Television and Film Producer

Melvin Mar began his career at Dreamworks SKG, Scott Rudin Productions, where he built a solid relationship with “Orange County” director Jake Kasdan. They have since worked together on films including “The TV Set,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “Bad Teacher,” “Sex Tape”, “Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle”, Jumanji: The Next Level, the indie feature "Lucky Grandma" and the hit television comedy “New Girl.” Besides serving as executive producer on the upcoming Doogie Kamealoha for Disney+,  Mar served as an executive producer on “Fresh Off the Boat”, "Bless This Mess", “Weird Loners”, “The Grinder” and "Speechless".

Mar and Kasdan have an overall deal at Walt Disney Television, where they are developing comedies and dramas for cable, streaming and network television. He is based in Los Angeles and New York.

Mee
Moua
Racial Healing and Racial Equity Consultant; Former State Senator, Minnesota

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Mee Moua

Racial Healing and Racial Equity Consultant; Former State Senator, Minnesota
Racial Healing and Racial Equity Consultant; Former State Senator, Minnesota

Mee Moua is a racial healing, racial equity consultant who provides training, facilitation and coaching support for individuals and organizations seeking equity transformation. She is passionate about democracy building, heart leadership, and making visible the interconnectedness among peoples. Some of her clients are local and State elected officials, community and national foundations, colleges and universities, and non-profits.

Moua was the President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and the Vice President the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Prior to her work in Washington, D.C., she was an attorney and a member of the Minnesota State Senate. Moua was born in Laos and came to the U.S. in 1978 as a refugee. She grew up in the midwest, attended Brown, received her M.P.A. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

She currently works and lives in Maryland with her husband and their three children.

Amanda
Nguyen
CEO and Founder, Rise

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Amanda Nguyen

CEO and Founder, Rise
CEO and Founder, Rise

Amanda Nguyen is an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2019. Nguyen penned her own civil rights into existence by unanimously passing the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. She has trained hundreds of activists using her theory of organizing, "Hopeanomics," to pass 34 laws protecting more than 85 million sexual violence survivors. Recently, her viral video sparked national coverage on anti-asian hate crimes.

Nguyen is the CEO and founder of Rise, a social movement accelerator where she teaches grassroots organizing. In recognition of her work, Amanda is a Heinz Laureate, Nelson Mandela Changemaker, Forbes 30 Under 30, Foreign Policy 100, Time 100 Next, Frederick Douglass 100, and Marie Claire Young Woman of the Year. Previously, Nguyen served at NASA and the State Department under the Obama Administration. She graduated from Harvard.

Indra
Nooyi
Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

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Indra Nooyi

Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Indra Nooyi is the former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo and served as a board member between 2001 and February 2019.

Currently, Nooyi is a member of the Board of Amazon and chairs the Audit Committee. She sits on the Supervisory Board of Philips and is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance committee. She is a member of the International Advisory Council of Temasek and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is a Dean’s Advisory Council member at MIT’s School of Engineering, and an Executive Committee member of the MIT Corporation. Nooyi serves on the Board of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the Partnership for Public Service. She is the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at West Point.

Nooyi holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and a master’s in public and private management from Yale.

Michael
Park
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

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Michael Park

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Michael Park is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he leads the firm's Global Organization and Accelerate Practices. Prior to that, he led McKinsey Academy and the firm's Strategy and Corporate Finance Practice. He also helped found and leads Asians at McKinsey, their Asian employee resource group.

As an active member in the community, Park has led McKinsey's research on accelerating growth and competitiveness in U.S. industry, including the McKinsey Quarterly article “Translating innovation into US growth” and work with the Brookings Institute, World Economic Forum, and state governments. He sits on the board of Global Health Corps and Leaders for Educational Equity.

Park was selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Partnership for New York City in 2011-12. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard with an A.B in Economics. Park and his wife and three children reside in New York City.

Joshua
Cooper Ramo
Chairman and CEO, Sornay

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Joshua Cooper Ramo

Chairman and CEO, Sornay
Chairman and CEO, Sornay

Joshua Cooper Ramo is Chairman and CEO of Sornay. He served as lead China advisor on over $200 billion of completed China transactions and led investments alongside China’s most significant commercial and financial players. Previously, he was CEO and Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates and the Foreign Editor and Senior Editor of TIME Magazine. He serves as a director of Starbucks and FedEx.

Ramo authored two New York Times bestsellers, The Age of the Unthinkable and The Seventh Sense, and has been featured in TIME, FORTUNE, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times. He shared an Emmy and Peabody Award for his work as as NBC analyst during the Olympics in Pyeongchang and Beijing, and has been seen on Meet the Press, CNN, CNBC, and Charlie Rose.

Ramo has been a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Asia21 project, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders for Tomorrow, and a founder of the US-China Young Leaders Forum.

Raised in New Mexico, Ramo holds degrees from the University of Chicago and NYU.

Condoleezza
Rice
66th U.S. Secretary of State; Tad and Dianne Taube Director, Hoover Institution

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Condoleezza Rice

66th U.S. Secretary of State; Tad and Dianne Taube Director, Hoover Institution
66th U.S. Secretary of State; Tad and Dianne Taube Director, Hoover Institution


Condoleezza Rice is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy. In addition, she is a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm.

Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first black woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999. Rice has won two of the university’s highest teaching honors – the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She is the author of bestsellers, Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom (2017); No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011); and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010).

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s in the same subject from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D.in political science from the University of Denver.

Motoatsu
Sakurai
President Emeritus, Japan Society

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Motoatsu Sakurai

President Emeritus, Japan Society
President Emeritus, Japan Society

In December 2019, Motoatsu Sakurai retired from Japan Society NY after serving as President for over a decade and is now President Emeritus. After a successful 40-year career in the private sector, Sakurai was the first business executive to serve as Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York.

After graduating from Tokyo University Faculty of Law in 1968, Mr. Sakurai entered Mitsubishi Corporation. He received an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France in May 1976. In 1978, Mr. Sakurai served as a Loan Officer with the World Bank and as an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C. In the mid-1980s to mid-1990s, Mr. Sakurai served in several senior managerial capacities for Mitsubishi International Corporation in New York and Washington, D.C. In 1995, he was named General Manager of Corporate Planning at MC and in 1998, General Manager for Regional Strategy and Coordination. In April, 2003, he was named President and CEO of MIC. Simultaneously, he was named President, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New York.  

Sakurai is married and lives in New York.

Harry
Shum
Emeritus Researcher and Former Executive Vice President, Microsoft

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Harry Shum

Emeritus Researcher and Former Executive Vice President, Microsoft
Emeritus Researcher and Former Executive Vice President, Microsoft

Harry Shum was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Research group until March 1, 2020.

He was responsible for driving the company’s overall AI strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts spanning infrastructure, services, apps and agents. He oversaw AI-focused product groups including Bing. He also led Microsoft Research, one of the world’s premier computer science research organizations, and its integration with the engineering teams across the company.

Previously, Dr. Shum served as the corporate vice president responsible for Bing search product development from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that, he oversaw the research activities at Microsoft Research Asia and the lab’s collaborations with universities in the Asia Pacific region, and was responsible for the Internet Services Research Center.

Dr. Shum joined Microsoft Research in 1996 as a researcher based in Redmond, Washington. In 1998 he moved to Beijing as one of the founding members of Microsoft Research China.

Dr. Shum is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow for his contributions to computer vision and computer graphics. He received his Ph.D. in robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2017, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering of the United States.

Mariko
Silver
President and CEO, Luce Foundation

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Mariko Silver

President and CEO, Luce Foundation
President and CEO, Luce Foundation

Dr. Mariko Silver is the president and CEO of the Henry Luce Foundation. She was previously the president of Bennington College. During the Obama administration, she served for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Policy. Dr. Silver also served for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as the Policy Advisor for Economic Development, Innovation, and Higher Education.

Prior to her government service, Dr. Silver was instrumental in the transformation and expansion of Arizona State University, leading in work on economic development policy and metrics, science, technology and innovation policy, state K-12 and higher education policy, sustainability science, and global health. Dr. Silver is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the boards of Scholars at Risk, African Leadership University, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). Dr. Silver holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from UCLA; MSc, Science and Technology Policy from SPRU, University of Sussex (UK) and B.A., History from Yale.

Eric
Toda
Head of Social Marketing, Facebook

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Eric Toda

Head of Social Marketing, Facebook
Head of Social Marketing, Facebook

Eric Toda is a marketing executive, angel investor, and non-profit board member. He is currently the Global Head of Social Marketing at Facebook and has held previous marketing leadership roles at Gap Inc, Airbnb, Snapchat, and Nike. Eric is also an advisor to many disruptive startups like Yumi, Wardrobe, Upaway, Fyllo, and many others. Eric sits on the board of directors for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Reimagine and LAAUNCH (Leading Asian Americans to Unite for Change) and is an investor at Hyphen Capital.

Robert
Underwood
Former Guam Delegate to U.S. House of Representatives; President Emeritus, University of Guam

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Robert Underwood

Former Guam Delegate to U.S. House of Representatives; President Emeritus, University of Guam
Former Guam Delegate to U.S. House of Representatives; President Emeritus, University of Guam

Robert Underwood was the Congressional Delegate from Guam in the 103-107th Congresses and recently retired as the President of the University of Guam. He is both a Professor Emeritus and President Emeritus and is the longest serving President in the University’s history.

Mr. Underwood has played a national leadership role on Asian Pacific American issues. He served as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, introduced legislation for the establishment of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, fought for Filipino World War II veteran equity, and was the founding chair of the national Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Underwood has served on numerous boards and commissions. He was Chair of the Chamoru Language Commission, served on the National Board of Educational Sciences, Guam Board of Education, founding member of the Guam Humanities Council, and on the National Advisory Council on Bilingual Education and American Folklife Center Board of Trustees (Appointed by Speaker Pelosi). He has worked for UNDP in Micronesia, and served as a delegate to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Program and WASC accreditation teams for universities and colleges in the Pacific.

Fareed
Zakaria
CNN Host

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Fareed Zakaria

CNN Host
CNN Host

Fareed Zakaria has hosted CNN’s flagship international affairs program, FAREED ZAKARIA GPS, since 2008. He has interviewed President Obama, Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin, Benjamin Netanyahu and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, among others. The program earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011 and has received multiple Emmy nominations.

Zakaria is also a columnist for The Washington Post and the bestselling author of Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World, In Defense of a Liberal Education, The Post-American World, and The Future of Freedom.

Zakaria was named a “Top 10 Global Thinker of the Last 10 Years” by Foreign Policy magazine in 2019, and Esquire once called him "one of the 21 most important people of the 21st Century.” In 2010, he was awarded the “Padma Bhushan” by the Government of India, one of the country's highest civilian honors.

Zakaria holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard.

team members

Prisca Bae

Chief Partnerships Officer

Sruthi Chandrasekaran

Director of Data and Research

Norman Chen

Chief Executive Officer

Seh Hee Choi

Events Production Manager

Sonia Chou

Manager, Corporate Affairs & Philanthropy

Nick Chow

Executive Assistant

Bernadette Cruz

Director of Operations

Stella Cunanan

Executive Assistant

Tong Yuan Douville

Program Associate

Charity Espiritu

Senior Program Officer, Anti-Hate & Belonging

Baonam Giang

Community Engagement Manager, Anti-Hate & Belonging

Christine Ho

Development Associate

Isabel Kim

Chief Financial Officer

Peter Li

Corporate Engagement & Development Manager

Beverly Liang

Project Manager

Joy Moh

Head of Communications and Marketing

Claire Kai-Li Mondry

Development Associate

Aryani Ong

Director of Anti-Hate & Belonging

Howard Ou

Director of Government Relations

Terry K Park

Education and Narrative Change Program Officer

Rohit Paul

Head of People, Talent and Culture

Justin Ticzon

Senior Communications Associate

Fatima Wahidi

Anti-Hate & Belonging Program Associate

Audrey Yamamoto

Chief Operating Officer
TAAF TEAM MEMBERS
Prisca
Bae
Chief Partnerships Officer

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Prisca Bae

Chief Partnerships Officer
Chief Partnerships Officer

Prisca Bae joins the Asian American Foundation from the private sector where she designed and launched philanthropic and social impact initiatives centered around communities of color and women.

At PepsiCo, Prisca oversaw the gender diversity and women’s strategy for the Global Diversity & Engagement Center of Excellence. She helped develop and launch a $100 million commitment to women and girls and worked with leaders company-wide on gender parity and pay equity issues. She also served as chief of staff to PepsiCo’s Global Public Policy and Government Affairs group. Prior to PepsiCo, Prisca advised companies and nonprofits on strategic women’s initiatives as Vice President at Seneca Women, the advisory firm founded by the former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer. Before joining PepsiCo, she served as the inaugural Director of the Women in the World Foundation, a public charity founded out of Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit at Newsweek & the Daily Beast and managed Goldman Sachs Gives, a billion dollar charitable fund for the partners of Goldman Sachs.

Prisca began her career as an attorney at Latham & Watkins, LLP and received her B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

She currently serves on the boards of The Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center at Columbia University, the Korean American Community Foundation and The Li.st, a community of high impact women in media, business and tech. Prisca was born in South Korea, was raised in Chicago, and is currently based in New York City.

Sruthi
Chandrasekaran
Director of Data and Research

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Sruthi Chandrasekaran

Director of Data and Research
Director of Data and Research

Sruthi Chandrasekaran (she/her) serves as TAAF’s Director of Data and Research. She leads strategy development and implementation for the Data and Research team and targeted studies that identify and address the needs of the AAPI community.

Sruthi brings her lived experience as a first-generation Indian American and a recent immigrant to the United States, along with her professional expertise in research and monitoring, evaluation, and learning, to TAAF. She has over a decade of experience working with small and large non-profit organizations, foundations, and government funding agencies on issues faced by marginalized populations. Sruthi also has extensive experience generating and using evidence to inform policy and programming across diverse contexts. Most recently, she was a co-Principal Investigator on a mixed methods, community-based participatory research study documenting the needs of, perspectives on, and access to sexual and reproductive health in the AAPI comunity.

Sruthi holds an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, where she was a Felix Scholar and Maude Royden Fellow, and an MA in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Madras). She was a Women Deliver Young Leader and a Global Health Corps Fellow. Sruthi resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and daughter.

Norman
Chen
Chief Executive Officer

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Norman Chen

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer

Norman Chen is the Chief Executive Officer of TAAF. Norman brings a thirty-year career in entrepreneurship, healthcare, community leadership, and philanthropy spanning the United States and Asia. Norman is passionate about building organizations in both the nonprofit and private sectors that positively impact society.

Prior to his appointment at TAAF, Norman co-founded and led the nonprofit Leading Asian Americans to Unite for Change (LAAUNCH) and created a landmark study of American attitudes towards Asian Americans in the Social Tracking of Asian Americans in the U.S. (STAATUS) Index.  

As a healthcare entrepreneur and investor, Norman was the founder and CEO of Asia Renal Care and built a leading network of specialty medical centers. He is also the co-founder of DeltaHealth Hospital, a world-class cardiovascular hospital in partnership with Columbia Heartsource and physician leaders from Columbia University. Norman has led successful life sciences investments at Fidelity Asia Ventures (now Eight Roads) and 6 Dimensions Capital.

Born in Minnesota, Norman grew up on the East Coast and now lives with his family in California. He is a board or advisory council member at The Nature Conservancy (CA), Children’s Medical Foundation, Marine Science Institute, and Positive Coaching Alliance. He holds a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Seh Hee
Choi
Events Production Manager

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Seh Hee Choi

Events Production Manager
Events Production Manager

Seh-Hee is responsible for the design and delivery of high-impact in-person and virtual events. She joins The Asian American Foundation from the Congressional think tank, Congressional Research Service where she planned legislative process training for newly elected members of Congress, chief counsels, and legislative directors. Prior to her time at CRS, she planned symposia, professional development conferences and international forums for institutions of higher education including Harvard University.

Sonia
Chou
Manager, Corporate Affairs & Philanthropy

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Sonia Chou

Manager, Corporate Affairs & Philanthropy
Manager, Corporate Affairs & Philanthropy

Sonia Chou is the Manager of Corporate Affairs & Philanthropy at The Asian American Foundation, working closely with TAAF's corporate and fundraising partners to unlock resources for the AAPI community and community based organizations. She has had the great privilege of working in the fundraising and development departments at organizations such as Supermajority, Lincoln Center, the New York Youth Symphony, and Voices of Ascension. She graduated from the University of Chicago, where she double majored in Art History and Anthropology with a specialization in Edo period Japanese tattoos. Sadly, she is not an art historian, anthropologist, or tattoo artist.

Nick
Chow
Executive Assistant

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Nick Chow

Executive Assistant
Executive Assistant
Bernadette
Cruz
Director of Operations

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Bernadette Cruz

Director of Operations
Director of Operations

Bernadette Cruz is Director of Operations at The Asian American Foundation managing vendor relations, contracting processes, and oversees effective procedures throughout the organization. She is passionate about building culture and values and unifying staff around mission, vision, strategies and work plans and supports all organizational functions including IT and technology, finance, budgeting as well as HR and new hire onboarding.

Prior to TAAF, she was Deputy Director of Operations at Supermajority, a women's activism group harnessing the collective power of women voters, was an award-winning Director of Marketing at Humane Society Silicon Valley, finding forever homes for shelter animals, and started her career in marketing and publicity roles at Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House, before finding her passion in the nonprofit sector in 2014. Bernadette loves a good road trip full of Whitney Houston singalongs.

Stella
Cunanan
Executive Assistant

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Stella Cunanan

Executive Assistant
Executive Assistant

Stella provides administrative support for TAAF staff that are based on the West Coast. She joins TAAF from the University of California, Hastings Law where she served as a lead administrative assistant to UC Hastings faculty. Stella was the recipient of the UC Hastings Certificate of Leadership and the UC Hastings Outstanding Contribution by Staff during her time there. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Visual Communication Design from San Francisco State University. She enjoys bringing her creative knowledge and problem solving skills to all of her roles.

In her spare time, Stella loves to collect records, go to concerts, cook, and try new restaurants. She's also an avid TV binger and loves to deep dive into TV shows she's currently obsessed with.

Tong Yuan
Douville
Program Associate

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Tong Yuan Douville

Program Associate
Program Associate

As the Anti-Hate and Belonging Program Associate, Tong Yuan manages the team's administrative needs, coordinates grantee communications, and cultivates collaboration within the Anti-Hate and Belonging National Network. In addition to her work on Anti-Hate, she provides event planning for many of TAAF commemorative events.

Prior to joining TAAF, Tong Yuan has worked in refugee employment services at the International Rescue Committee and as the coordinator of a healthy corner store program in Pittsburgh with Just Harvest. Passionate about the intersection of food, identity, and agency, she also apprenticed at Orchard Kitchen Farm in Washington State to experience the livelihood of the over 1 billion people globally who work in agriculture.Tong Yuan graduated summa cum laude with bachelor’s in medical anthropology and public health from Southern Methodist University, where she was a President’s Scholar and Maguire Public Service Fellow. She has published research on Rwanda’s family planning program, created materials for culturally competent health services for the Seattle/King County Clinic, and developed a food-secure resettlement pilot program for the IRC in Dallas. Tong Yuan was adopted from China and raised in Seattle, Washington. Her adoptee identity drives her to break down the myth of Asian Americans as a monolith.

Charity
Espiritu
Senior Program Officer, Anti-Hate & Belonging

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Charity Espiritu

Senior Program Officer, Anti-Hate & Belonging
Senior Program Officer, Anti-Hate & Belonging

Charity Espiritu manages the Anti-Hate and Belonging flagship program at TAAF and brings 15 years of experience in philanthropy, social impact, and public policy. Previously, she held leadership positions at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice, The Asia Foundation, and a startup social enterprise. She served as a board member at community nonprofits focusing on education, gender, and human rights. Charity has an MPA from Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She is from San Francisco, California.

Baonam
Giang
Community Engagement Manager, Anti-Hate & Belonging

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Baonam Giang

Community Engagement Manager, Anti-Hate & Belonging
Community Engagement Manager, Anti-Hate & Belonging

Baonam ‘Nam’ Giang serves as the Community Engagement Manager for the Anti-Hate and Belonging Program at The Asian American Foundation (TAAF). He supports the Anti-Hate National Network and the local AAPI Action Centers as they work to develop a national infrastructure for tackling hate across the country. He is passionate about serving the AAPI community, having spent most of his career embedded in local and national AAPI organizations.

Prior to joining TAAF, he was at the National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV). During his time at NAPIESV, he supported community-based organizations, governmental agencies, and grantees of various Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women programs in enhancing their capacity to provide culturally specific and linguistically appropriate services for AAPI victims and survivors in the U.S. and U.S. Pacific Territories.

‍Nam graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Criminology and a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in public and nonprofit management. In his free time, he enjoys serving as a youth group leader, playing basketball, snowboarding, and spending time in nature with his wife and daughter.

Christine
Ho
Development Associate

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Christine Ho

Development Associate
Development Associate

Christine Ho is the Development Associate at The Asian American Foundation, playing a key role in advancing TAAF's mission and vision through revenue-generating activities and partnerships for TAAF. Prior to joining TAAF, Christine was an Operations Associate on the Conservation and Markets Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, in which her team partnered with NGOs and the private sector to reduce overfishing and the degradation of ecosystems that result from the production of globally traded agriculture and seafood commodities.

Christine received her BA in Economics with a minor in Global Studies at UCLA and her MBA at Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business with a triple concentration in Leading Innovative Organizations, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing. Based in the Bay Area, she serves on the San Francisco chapter's Steering Committee at Project by Project, a 100% volunteer-run nonprofit organization that focuses on giving back to the AAPI community and developing AAPI leaders through innovative philanthropy.

When Christine isn't working, you can find her spending quality time with her family, friends, and shiba inu, as well as hiking in nature, going on food and music adventures, volunteering, reading, traveling, running, and keeping up with the latest TV shows and movies.

Isabel
Kim
Chief Financial Officer

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Isabel Kim

Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer

Isabel Kim is the Chief Financial Officer at The Asian American Foundation (TAAF).  She has over twenty years of experience in the finance field primarily in healthcare finance management within start-ups and non-profit organizations.  She oversees accounting, financial reporting, financial operations, treasury, FP&A, audit, and payroll.

Prior to joining TAAF, Isabel served as the Controller at Devoted Health, a health tech startup serving seniors in America who opt for a Medicare Advantage Plan.  She helped scale the Finance team through the exponential growth of Devoted Health.  Previously, Isabel held various positions at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Mass General Brigham (formerly known as Partners HealthCare) and a Federally Qualified Health Center, among others.

Isabel received her BA and MS from Boston University. She is also a graduate of LeadBoston’s Class of 2017 and Women in NAAAP’s 2015 Lean in Circle program.  Isabel was born and raised on Guam and enjoys spending time with friends and family back in the Pacific every year.

Peter
Li
Corporate Engagement & Development Manager

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Peter Li

Corporate Engagement & Development Manager
Corporate Engagement & Development Manager

Peter Li serves as a Corporate Engagement and Development Manager at The Asian American Foundation (TAAF). He works closely with corporate leaders, foundation executives, and individual donors, and on The AAPI Giving Challenge. After the Atlanta shooting in 2021, Peter wanted to give back to the AAPI community, so he joined in April of 2021 to help launch TAAF.

Prior to joining TAAF, Peter worked on political campaigns in major battleground states. Most recently, he served as Deputy Campaign Manager on Congressman Ron Kind’s 2020 reelection campaign in western Wisconsin, where he managed the organizing and targeting programs, and contributed to a 2.7 percent margin of victory in a district President Trump won. Peter has also worked on presidential, federal, and local campaigns in urban, suburban, and rural communities, and got his start in 2015 organizing for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in New Hampshire. 

Raised in Boston after his family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 7 years old, Peter is an avid fan of his hometown and its sports teams—the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Boston Celtics. Peter graduated as a Posse Foundation Scholar from Union College in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science. He is currently based in Washington DC.

Beverly
Liang
Project Manager

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Beverly Liang

Project Manager
Project Manager

Beverly Liang is a Project Manager at The Asian American Foundation, working across teams to create external branding and website content. She brings her expertise in guiding leading organizations in culture, technology, fashion, and retail, first as as Head of Strategy at 2x4, a globally recognized design and branding agency, leading projects for clients including Google, Prada, MoMA, and Target, and as a Strategy Director at UNIQLO's Global Creative Lab. She graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago with an AB in Cultural Anthropology, and is pursuing a MSW at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. Her favorite gelato flavor is pistachio, with hazelnut as a close contender.

Joy
Moh
Head of Communications and Marketing

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Joy Moh

Head of Communications and Marketing
Head of Communications and Marketing

Joy joins TAAF from Team Rubicon where she served as its first head of communications. She is a highly creative marketing and communications executive with a depth of experience building brand and comms strategies, negotiating key press placements, developing social media campaigns, executing stunts and events, establishing innovative partnerships and managing talent in both the profit and non-profit space. Her 10+ years of experience include serving as Director of Worldwide Publicity for Sony Pictures Entertainment and consulting on communication strategies for AAPI talent and activists.

Claire
Kai-Li Mondry
Development Associate

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Claire Kai-Li Mondry

Development Associate
Development Associate

Claire Kai-Li Mondry serves as a Development Associate at The Asian American Foundation (TAAF). As Development Associate, she provides operational and administrative support for revenue generating activities and partnerships at the organization. Claire joins TAAF from the Design Trust for Public Space where she assisted with fundraising for public space and place-making initiatives in New York City. Claire has previously held positions at other AAPI organizations like the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute, the Museum of Chinese in America, and Kundiman.

Claire graduated from Fordham University with a BA in American Studies and Political Science with a concentration in Diversity & Difference. Outside of her job at TAAF, Claire volunteers as a mentor to Asian American youth, teaching about the importance of community leadership and civic engagement. She is also a published writer with her essays on food, identity, and belonging featured in the Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal and Bricolage Magazine. Claire is originally from San José, California and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Aryani
Ong
Director of Anti-Hate & Belonging

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Aryani Ong

Director of Anti-Hate & Belonging
Director of Anti-Hate & Belonging

Aryani Ong is TAAF's Director of Anti-Hate & Belonging, and a Chinese-Indonesian American civil rights attorney.  She wrote an early community response guide to hate crimes for OCA managed the publication of a national audit of anti-Asian violence and lobbied for stronger federal hate crime law for the AAAJ-AAJC. Aryani has spoken before diverse audiences, including as an invited US expert before the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  She is Founder and President of Montgomery County Progressive Asian American Network and Senior Advisor to Communities United Against Hate.

A 30-year activist, Aryani carried out landscape studies on Asian American community organizations for Harvard’s Civil Rights Project and the Urban Institute, where she also co-authored Advancing Equity for AAPI Communities. She’s worked on a range of issues, notably the intersection of national security and civil rights.  Aryani co-founded the Asian American Federal Employees for Nondiscrimination where she promotes equity to protect Asian Americans from profiling during heightened U.S-Asia conflicts. She also has promoted representation of Asian Americans in media and society, civic participation, ESOL, and educational access.  Currently she serves as a board member of Asian American Futures and the Asian American Action Fund.  Aryani was named among Maryland's Top 100 Women.

Howard
Ou
Director of Government Relations

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Howard Ou

Director of Government Relations
Director of Government Relations

Howard Ou is joining The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) as the Director of Government Relations. He most recently served as Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement leading on AAPI, Housing, and Agency portfolios for his team. Prior to this role, Howard was on the Biden-Harris Transition Confirmations Team working to support successful Senate confirmations for Biden Administration Cabinet Nominees for both the Domestic and the Climate/Energy pods; and was the National AAPI & LGBTQ+ Deputy Director for the Biden for President Campaign. Howard joins TAAF with extensive experience as staff for Members of Congress from the California delegation as well as serving as Policy and Press Advisor for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Terry
Park
Education and Narrative Change Program Officer

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Terry K Park

Education and Narrative Change Program Officer
Education and Narrative Change Program Officer

Dr. Terry K Park (he/him) serves as TAAF’s Education and Narrative Change Program Officer. An award-winning educator, social justice advocate, and former performance artist, Terry has over twenty years of experience at the transformative intersections of anti-racist education, social change storytelling, and media advocacy.

Prior to joining TAAF, Terry founded Maum Consulting, an Asian American Studies-based educational social enterprise. He previously served as a full-time, teaching-focused professor of Asian American Studies at seven higher education institutions across the U.S., including Wellesley College, the University of Maryland, College Park, Hunter College, San Quentin State Prison and Harvard University, where he was awarded a Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Terry has also participated in several national and community-based Asian American organizations across the U.S., including a stint as the Executive Director of Hyphen, an award-winning Asian American news and culture magazine. As a social justice-oriented actor trained by Augusto Boal, Anna Deveare Smith, Judith Sloan, and Ernest Abuba, Terry wrote and performed a semi-autobiographical, oral history-based solo show, 38th Parallels, which enjoyed an Off-Broadway run with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre.

Dr. Park received his BA in International Studies from Vassar College, his MA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and his PhD in Cultural Studies with a designated emphasis in Studies of Performance and Practice from the University of California, Davis. A second generation Korean American born in Orange County and raised in San Jose, Salt Lake City, and Seoul, Terry currently resides in Oakland, California. Fun fact: in 2011 Terry was crowned Mr. Hyphen, an Asian American male-identifying beauty pageant, by performing as his alter ego, Magical Air Guitar Unicorn.

Rohit
Paul
Head of People, Talent and Culture

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Rohit Paul

Head of People, Talent and Culture
Head of People, Talent and Culture

Rohit serves as The Asian American Foundation’s Head of People, Talent and Culture, where he takes a lead role in developing TAAF’s culture and values while identifying its strengths and opportunities. He comes to TAAF after serving in a multitude of public sector leadership roles, including chief of human resources at the Illinois Tollway, deputy chief human resources officer at the Chicago Housing Authority, deputy chief talent officer at City Colleges of Chicago, and director of talent acquisition at Chicago Public Schools.

As a human resources leader, he launched initiatives to address and revitalize organizational culture and climate, developed inclusive performance processes, and designed professional learning programs. His thoughts on human resources have been shared in conferences, presentations, and the media.

Rohit currently serves on the board of two non-profit organizations focused on social justice. He holds undergraduate degrees from Loyola University Chicago, a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, a master’s in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s in cities from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In his free time, Rohit loves to workout, explore Chicago’s amazing restaurants, and spend time with his wife Kethaki and their kids Neeraj and Neetu.

Justin
Ticzon
Senior Communications Associate

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Justin Ticzon

Senior Communications Associate
Senior Communications Associate
Fatima
Wahidi
Anti-Hate & Belonging Program Associate

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Fatima Wahidi

Anti-Hate & Belonging Program Associate
Anti-Hate & Belonging Program Associate

Fatima Wahidi is the Program Associate for the Anti-Hate and Belonging Program at TAAF. Fatima began her career in philanthropy and nonprofit work, focusing on racial justice and education equity. Recently, she was a Bill Emerson National Fellow with the Chicago Food Policy Action Council, an Advisory Board Member with First Lady Michelle Obama's Better Make Room Initiative, and a Program and Fundraising Volunteer with the Kofi Adomako Foundation. Her professional experience includes five years of work with the Muslim Women's Professional Network and a fellowship with the American Pakistan Foundation.  

Fatima has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology from Washington University in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. She was inspired by her North St. Louis County community to work toward racial and socioeconomic justice. Fatima continues to search for how she can be of service to others and, in her free time, enjoys boxing, exploring local eateries, and spending time in nature.

Audrey
Yamamoto
Chief Operating Officer

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Audrey Yamamoto

Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer

Audrey Yamamoto currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of The Asian American Foundation (TAAF). She has more than twenty years of executive leadership experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors where she has consistently helped organizations maximize their impact while building a collaborative, team-oriented culture.


Prior to joining TAAF, Audrey served as the President and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Fund, the only foundation dedicated to supporting the San Francisco Bay Area’s most vulnerable Asians and Pacific Islanders. Under her leadership, the Fund reached historic levels of fundraising and grantmaking while launching new programs that increased the Fund’s visibility. Previously, Audrey served as the Executive Director of the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, where she led the organization through a strategic rebranding initiative that yielded unprecedented growth.


Audrey graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in economics and has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA with an emphasis in nonprofit management and entrepreneurship. She serves on the board of the Asian Health Services Foundation, is an inductee of the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame, an alumnus of Leadership California and recipient of the Asian Business League’s Leadership Award. Audrey is a fourth generation Japanese American who was born and raised in Union City, California and now resides in Oakland with her husband and two teenage sons.

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Ko Chin
Senior Advisor, Programs
Christina
Buggappa
Advisor, Grants Management & Organization Development
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Brad Jenkins
Evergreen Strategy Group
Nick Merrill, Mackenzie Long
A special thanks to the #seeusunite team
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Zhang

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Leonard

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Carter

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Kirkbride

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Kuehn

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Lirio

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Foster

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Hatcher

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Brunswick

Ali Rubin, Patti Solis Doyle, Wenchi Wei, Selena Shen, Nik Deogun, Tanya Takahashi, Deepali Bagati

Wieden+Kennedy

Neal Arthur, Karl Lieberman, Tobey Bennett, Madeline Parker, Gino Click, Kevin Kaminishi, Yukino Moore, Jasmine Sarbaz, Andy Lindblade, Alysha Kishan

Jesse Collins Entertainment

Jesse Collins, Kimmie Kim, Carol Donovan, Sandra Restrepo, Joe Bouye

The Lede Company

Amanda Silverman, Anna Bailer, Chelsea Thomas, Sandi Halimuddin, Christine Su

Boyarski Fritz

Jason Boyarski, Evan Zinaman

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