2018 Program Mentors - Asian American Professional Association

2018 Program Mentors

David Alexander


Chief Information Security Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

David Alexander is the Chief Information Security Officer at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility. He continues to evolve a comprehensive Information Security Program. With over 25 years of IT and power system operations experience, Mr. Alexander has levied his extensive technical and business operation experience to apply sound IT Security practices while meeting the demanding business requirements of the power industry. Learn More.

Steven Chan


Vice President of Finance/Corporate Controller, Arcus Biosciences

Steven Chan is a financial executive with over 20 years of financial leadership and international industry experience at technology, financial services, retail, and life sciences companies. He’s currently working as Vice President Finance, Corporate Controller at Arcus Biosciences, a biotech company, in the Bay Area and is in-charge of its financial and accounting operations. Learn More. 

Michael Chee


Senior Manager, Media and Community Relations, AECOM

Michael Chee is a communications expert with more than 25 years of experience dealing with media and reputation issues on behalf of corporations and clients in the private and public sectors as well as the health care industry.  He has unique insight into designing and assisting clients to navigate complicated 21st century communication arenas. Learn More.

Philip Chen


CEO and Founder, APEX Computer Systems, Inc.

Dr. Philip Chen is the CEO and Founder of APEX Computer Systems, Inc. After working as a research scientist with McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories and Dynamic Technology, and publishing numerous scientific research papers and reports in fluid dynamics, instrumentations, numerical computations and data processing, Dr. Chen decided to branch out and maximize his talents in the technology sector. Learn More.

Francis Cheung


Past President, AAPA/Sr. Vice President (Retired), Bank of America

Francis Cheung has over 35 years of technology management experience in Financial Services, Entertainment, Oil Services and Engineering/ Construction and held technology management positions at Bank of America, American President Lines, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Halliburton Company and Brown & Root. Learn More.

Clinton Chien


Chief Financial Officer, Peking Handicraft, Inc.

Clint Chien is Chief Financial Officer of Peking Handicraft, Inc.  Besides traditional CFO functions, he also leads the IT, HR, Legal and warehouse operations for Peking Handicraft, Inc.  Prior to this, Clint was a senior finance manager for Southern California Edison major capital projects program. Learn More.

Rita Chuang


Orthodontist/Founder, Aspire Admissions Consulting

Dr. Rita Y Chuang is an Orthodontist who enjoys designing stunning smiles. She appreciates the profound transformation a smile can make on an individual’s confidence and quality of life. She enjoys coaching and mentoring others to fulfill their highest potential. She is also the co-Founder of MD BootCamp and Aspire Admissions Consulting services. Learn More.

Colin Cushnie


Vice President, Energy Procurement & Management, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Colin Cushnie is Vice President of Energy Procurement & Management in the Power Supply unit at Southern California Edison (SCE).  He is responsible for SCE’s energy contracting, energy and emissions trading, and energy market operations. Previously, Mr. Cushnie was director of Portfolio Planning & Analysis in the Power Supply unit at SCE. Learn More.

Pam DiMaria


Sr. Vice President, Real Estate Banking, City National Bank

Pam DiMaria is Real Estate Banking’s Risk & Division Administrative Manager, responsible for establishing the technology and organizational infrastructure necessary for continued growth, and managing the Real Estate Credit Services team for City National Bank, leading a team of talented colleagues who support the Special Assets and OREO Divisions. Learn More. 

Harry Giang


Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Transaction Services, Grant Thornton LLP

Harry Giang is a Senior Manager in Grant Thornton’s Southern California Advisory Practice specializing in Valuation Services with more than 11 years of professional experience advising publicly-traded and privately-held companies on valuation and finance matters for financial reporting, tax planning, transaction advisory, gift and estate planning, and strategic planning. Learn More.

Linda Kim


Vice President, Senior Global Financial Crimes Compliance Manager, Bank of America

Linda Kim is a Vice President and Senior Global Financial Crimes Compliance Manager with Global Risk and Compliance at Bank of America. She is responsible for investigation of frauds and financial crimes.  She leads a team of investigators that reviews initial fraud referrals and complete require SAR reporting. Learn More. 

Peter Kim


Regulatory & Compliance Senior Advisor,  Customer Service Re-Platform Program, Southern California Edison

Peter Kim is currently the Regulatory & Compliance Senior Advisor for the Customer Service Re-Platform Program at Southern California Edison.  He has been involved with SCE’s $1.6B SmartConnect (Advanced Metering Initiative) and managed a diverse array of Finance and Project Controls projects for the Planning & Performance Reporting and T&D MPO organizations. Learn More.

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Director, Business Banking Commercial Services, Southern California Edison Federal Credit Union (SCEFCU)

Dexter De Mesa currently serves in the capacity of Director of Commercial Lending and Business Services.   Mr. De Mesa possesses over 15 years of leadership experience and is a subject matter expert in the area of commercial, business and residential lending.  Prior to SCE FCU, Mr. De Mesa served as Vice President of Commercial Lending at Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal), and Regional Manager for Fair Lending Practice Group. Learn More.


Mary Lam


Founder & President, ACT Camp/ Supervising Appraiser, LA County (retired)

Mary Lam is an Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team, an elite group of certified coaches mentored by renowned leadership expert and New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell.  After more than 25 years of service in the public sector, Mary harnessed her longstanding passion for helping others to found ACT (Action, Consistency, Transformation) Camps, a company focusing on communication, personal growth and leadership development. Learn More.



Research & Development Project Manager, SoCalGas

Michael Lee is the Clean Transportation Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Manager, at SoCalGas. The main focus of his area is to develop and demonstrate new technologies for clean transportation. Learn More.

David Lee


Project Manager, Configuration and Data Management, Northrop Grumman Corporation

David Lee is the Project Manager for Configuration and Data Management at Northrop Grumman Corporation, providing management support to programs and projects, including Earth Observing System (EOS): Aqua and Aura, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), Advanced Technology Programs (ATP), Advanced Mission Programs (AMP), Space Radar (SR), and Airborne Laser (ABL), among others. Learn More.

Liza Legaspi


Project Manager, Southern California Gas Company

Liza Legaspi is a Project Manager at Southern California Gas Company. Her expertise is in planning and executing direct response marketing programs, applying continuous improvement processes to create competitive advantages and develop strong business relationships, and developing effective brand marketing and advertising programs. Learn More. 

Bill Mao


CIO, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)

Bill Mao is CIO at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). He started his career as its Manager of Financial Planning and Budgeting (FP&B). He later became head of the agency’s information technology department.  There, he restructured the department into a customer oriented, technology-embracing organization whose goal is to bring relevant value added technology to OCTA’s diverse business units. Learn More.



PMO Manager, SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric

Hector Moreno is a project management professional with over 30 years of experience in technology, internal audit, and project management in the utilities field.  He’s currently a Project Management Office Manager for Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric. Learn More.

Tae Nam


Senior Vice President, American Realty Advisors (ARA)

Tae Nam is currently a Senior Vice President at American Realty Advisors (ARA), one of the largest privately-held real estate investment firms in the U.S with over $8 billion in assets under management. His responsibilities include asset management services, strategic planning, underwriting new acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, and financial analyses for each of the assets in the portfolios. Learn More.

Vinh Ngo


Senior Vice President, Risk Manager, Commercial Real Estate Bank Division, Bank of America.

Vinh Ngo is a Senior Vice President, Risk Manager for the Commercial Real Estate Bank Division at Bank of America. Vinh joined the Bank in 1996 after graduating from the University of Southern California with dual degrees in Accounting and Real Estate Finance. In his current role, he is responsible for the bank’s commercial real estate portfolio for the Greater Los Angeles and Southern California area markets. Learn More.

Thomas Phelps


Vice President of Corporate Strategy & CIO, Laserfiche

Thomas Phelps IV is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy & CIO for Laserfiche, a global software company. He is currently responsible for corporate strategy, vertical marketing, analyst relations, corporate training and enterprise IT governance. He helped launch Laserfiche Cloud in 2015, which provides organizations with an innovative cloud platform that enables a digital, collaborative business. Learn More.

Elaine Quach


Director, GL Accounting, Pacific Summit Energy LLC (PSE)

Elaine Quach is the Director of GL Accounting at Pacific Summit Energy LLC (PSE) responsible for overseeing the commodity accounting operations and financial reporting including liquefied natural gas (LNG) activities for PSE and its affiliates.   She is also responsible for the technical accounting of PSE’s commodity transactions. Learn More.

Edwin Ro


Senior Manager, Business Controls, Customer Programs & Services Division, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Edwin Ro is currently the Senior Manager of Business Controls in the Customer Service Unit, Customer Programs & Services Division at Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for managing a team of professionals who lead and manage projects that pertain to internal and regulatory audit support, quality assurance, and focused process reviews. Learn More.

Jennifer Roeder


Los Angeles Human Capital Recruiting Director, Resources Global Professionals (RGP)

Jennifer Roeder is the Los Angeles Human Capital Recruiting Director for Resources Global Professionals (RGP). She is responsible for full life cycle recruiting of professional staff.  This includes sourcing, screening   and interviewing candidates as well as developing and maintaining a diversified pool of candidates to match anticipated market hiring needs. Learn More. 

Yiu Man So


Senior Principle Engineer/Project Chief Engineer, Raytheon Company

Yiu Man So is a Senior Principle Engineer/Project Chief Engineer at Raytheon Company. He has co-authored several journal articles and conference papers on Photonic oscillators and holds two U.S. patents. Mr. So has demonstrated a passion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic) for the younger generation. Learn More.

Bryant Tam


Portfolio Manager, Google

Bryant is Portfolio Manager at Google. He has over 12 years of combined experience in Operations, Performance & Program Management, and Strategic Planning & Execution. He started his professional career in management consulting before joining Southern California Edison (SCE) in 2009. At SCE, Bryant started as an Analyst and was soon managing multi-million-dollar capital projects.  Learn More.

Gil Tam


Director (Retired), Grid Contracts, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Gil Tam is a retired executive from Southern California Edison Company. He started his career with Edison in 1975 as an Assistant Plant Engineer at a power generating station. Over the course of 32 years, he progressed through several management positions and finally retired in September 2007. After his retirement from Edison, he worked as a Principle Consultant for Electric Power Group in Pasadena for 6 years. Learn More.

Pokil Wong


President, GDI Group/ Marketing Manager (retired), IBM

Pokil Wong joined IBM in 1984 in Houston, Texas as a student intern. He had a 26-year sales/marketing career with IBM working with Fortune 500 clients in large enterprise projects. Mr. Wong is currently a B2B market management consultant for information technology. Learn More.



Director, Client Services & Recruitment, Team Adhoc

Vanessa Yang is the Director of Client Services and Recruiting at Team Adhoc, a boutique consulting firm in Pasadena focusing on interim and outsourced project services as well as executive search. Vanessa leverages her 15 plus years of experience in audit, accounting and finance to help make connections between a need and the solution within her network, which often goes beyond her immediate job responsibilities.  Learn More.