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

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,

Sonal Shah

Founding President, The Asian American Foundation

Sonal Shah

Founding President, The Asian American Foundation

Sonal Shah is the founding President of TAAF. One of the foremost global leaders on social impact and innovation, Shah has started and led social impact efforts in academia, government, and the private and philanthropic sectors for over twenty-five years.

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
Benjamin

Esther

Benjamin

CEO and Executive Director, World Education Services
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 M.

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
Singh

Shamina

Singh

President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
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.

Esther
Benjamin
CEO and Executive Director, World Education Services

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Esther Benjamin

CEO and Executive Director, World Education Services
CEO and Executive Director, World Education Services

Esther Benjamin is a global executive with over 25 years of experience in business, government, and non-profit organizations. She has led partnerships and programs in education, engagement, health, and economic development in more than 100 countries. She is currently CEO and Executive Director of World Education Services. Previously, she was CEO for Africa Operations for Laureate Education. She was integrally involved in Laureate becoming the largest certified B Corp in the world and the first Public Benefit Corporation to IPO on any stock exchange globally.

She served in the administration of President Obama, leading Global Operations for the Peace Corps. President Clinton appointed her a White House Fellow, and she worked with the Secretary of Labor on international policies and programs. She held management roles at the International Youth Foundation, the International Partnership for Microbicides, and at Grant Thornton.

Esther was a United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Officer in Somalia. Esther holds master’s degrees in International Affairs and Applied Economics from American University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from North Central College. New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore profiled Esther as “The Globalist” in his book The Work: Searching for a Life that Matters.

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.

Shamina
Singh
President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

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Shamina Singh

President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Shamina Singh has been on the frontlines of developing and implementing solutions to make the global economy work for everyone, everywhere, for more than 20 years. She is the Founder and President of the Center for Inclusive Growth, the philanthropic hub of Mastercard, and the Executive Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, where she is activates the philanthropic dollars of the Mastercard Impact Fund, a $500 million pool of capital committed to advance inclusive growth around the world.

Deeply committed to public service, Shamina was executive director for the historic first President’s Advisory Commission and White House Initiative on AAPIs that was created by Executive Order in 1999. In 2015, she was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a six-year term on the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She is a graduate of the Presidential Leadership Fellows program and an alum of the Young Global Leaders program of the World Economic Forum.

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.

taaf team members

Norman

Chen

Chief Executive Officer

Sonal

Shah

Founding President

Prisca

Bae

Vice President

Karim

Farishta

Chief of Staff

Bernadette

Cruz

Director of Operations

Isabel

Kim

Director of Finance

Peter

Li

Project Manager

Matt

Andryc

Technical Project Manager

Tim

Chen

Data Researcher

Tong Yuan

Douville

Program Assistant

Nick

Chow

Executive Assistant
TAAF TEAM MEMBERS
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.

Sonal
Shah
Founding President

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Sonal Shah

Founding President
Founding President

Sonal Shah is the founding President of TAAF. One of the foremost global leaders on social impact and innovation, Shah has started and led social impact efforts in academia, government, and the private and philanthropic sectors for over twenty-five years. Prior to her appointment at TAAF, Shah founded and led Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, a cross-disciplinary center that provided students a first-hand opportunity to work on social impact projects in the public, private and social sectors.

Shah has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. She served as Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, where she was tasked with creating innovative approaches to using technology for social programs across the federal government and with building public private partnerships at scale. Previously, she worked as an international economist at the Department of Treasury, setting up the central bank in Bosnia, working for post-conflict reconstruction in Kosovo, and implementing poverty reduction strategies in Africa. In the private sector, Shah led technology initiatives for civic voice and impact investing as the head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org.

Prior to her time at Google.org, she developed the environmental strategy and ran the initiatives for investing in clean technologies at Goldman Sachs.. Shah serves on the boards of Oxfam America, the UBS Optimus Foundation, and The Century Foundation. She also serves as an adviser to the Democracy Fund and is coordinating the Initiative on Tech & Society at Georgetown University. In 2020, she served as the National Policy Director for Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.

Prisca
Bae
Vice President

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Prisca Bae

Vice President
Vice President

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.

Karim
Farishta
Chief of Staff

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Karim Farishta

Chief of Staff
Chief of Staff

Karim Farishta currently serves as the Chief of Staff of The Asian American Foundation. Most recently, he served as Associate Director for the Office of the Vice President-elect for the Presidential Inaugural Committee and as the Texas AAPI State Director for the Biden for President campaign. Karim began his work in public service at the Obama White House, where he served as Program Manager on the presidential transition and personnel teams. Building on his work in government, he was campaign manager for Sri Kulkarni’s bid for US Congress in Texas, executing a 27-language minority voter outreach program.

He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka, where he launched an urban collaborative in Colombo to convene government, corporate, and community leaders to address shared concerns. A native of Houston, Texas, Karim’s family hails from Bangladesh, Burma, India, and Pakistan. Karim holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and graduated summa cum laude in International Affairs as a Harry S. Truman Scholar from The George Washington University.

Bernadette
Cruz
Director of Operations

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Bernadette Cruz

Director of Operations
Director of Operations
Isabel
Kim
Director of Finance

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Isabel Kim

Director of Finance
Director of Finance
Peter
Li
Project Manager

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Peter Li

Project Manager
Project Manager

Matt
Andryc
Technical Project Manager

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Matt Andryc

Technical Project Manager
Technical Project Manager

Tim
Chen
Data Researcher

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Tim Chen

Data Researcher
Data Researcher
Tong Yuan
Douville
Program Assistant

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Tong Yuan Douville

Program Assistant
Program Assistant
Nick
Chow
Executive Assistant

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Nick Chow

Executive Assistant
Executive Assistant

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Ko Chin
Senior Advisor, Programs
Aryani
Ong
Senior Advisor, Anti-Hate & Belonging Program
Chloe
Miller
Operations
Aditi
Naik
Operations
Christina
Buggappa
Grants Management and Operations
Beverly
Liang
Branding and Content
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Brad Jenkins, Elle Kurata
Evergreen Strategy Group
Nick Merrill, Mackenzie Long, Diana Goswami, Amir Jones



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