2017 Board of Directors

MEI-CHAN DUAN
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Director (Retired), Integrated Supply Chain, IBM

Mei-Chan Duan retired from IBM in 2009 after 31 years of service with the company. She worked 16 years in US and 15 years in Asia – lived in Hong Kong 9 years, Shanghai 2 years and Tokyo 4 years. She held various Executive and Management positions in Finance, Procurement and Human Resources. She previously managed the Global Procurement Organization – Asia Pacific, with over 500 employees in 16 countries. She initiated and launched a Global Leadership Development Program for IBM Integrated Supply Chain organization. She was an IBM certified Leadership Training instructor and has mentored employees in US, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

 

Ms. Duan, on behalf of IBM, received the Supplier Diversity Program Award in White House (2006) and was a guest speaker at ISM’s Inaugural Women Executive Supply Management Summit (2009). In 2011, she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the White House. Ms. Duan has a MA degree in Mass Communication from Purdue University, Indiana.

PHILIP CHEN
SECRETARY

Co-Founder, AAPA/CEO, APEX Computer Systems, Inc.

Dr. Philip Chen graduated from the University of Southern California in 1974 with a doctorate in aerospace engineering and a minor in computer science. 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. He founded his company, Apex Computer Systems, Inc. in 1983. Today, Apex is a nationwide service organization that provides desktop support services, network infrastructure, and business software solutions to clients ranging in size from small local companies to Fortune 500 enterprises. A minority Chinese-owned business who understands the challenges of today’s environment, Apex is deeply dedicated to educating and assisting the Chinese-owned small business community in Southern California through support and involvement in various community business organizations and hosting free informational seminars on a regular basis.

ROSALIND LU
TREASURER

Rosalind Lu, Financial Analysis Manager, Vice President, MUFG Union Bank

Rosalind Lu is currently a Financial Analysis Manager with MUFG Union bank. In addition to handling operational budget for Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and operations, she works directly with Executive Leadership and Department heads to analyze key metrics and provide data integral to decision making.

 

Prior to joining Union Bank, she was a senior project manager of Operational Finance with Southern California Edison (SCE).  Rosalind joined SCE in 2007 and has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility.  She started as a project analyst and rose through the ranks to be the finance manager overseeing analysis of IT expenses and making financial recommendation for operational management. Rosalind earned a bachelor’s degree in International Journalism from Xiamen University, and a MBA from Paul Mirage School of Business, University of Irvine.

ANDREW CHEUNG
GENERAL COUNSEL

Cap and Trade Program Manager, Southern California Gas Company

Andrew Cheung is currently Cap and Trade Program Manager for Southern California Gas Company and manages the customer and governance aspects of the greenhouse gas reduction program for the largest natural gas utility in the nation. He was previously Senior Commercial Counsel for the utility and provided legal advice to key departments including Gas Operations, Customer Solutions, and Supply Management. He has negotiated a wide variety of transactions in renewable technologies, clean transportation, and energy efficiency. Prior to joining SoCalGas, he was Associate General Counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District and Attorney for Southern California Edison Company. Andrew holds a BA degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale University and a JD from the UCLA School of Law.

DAVID ALEXANDER
CHAIR, GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Director, Information Security, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

David Alexander is the Director of Information Security 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 20 years of IT and power 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. He is also responsible for the development and coordination of LADWP’s strategic and tactical IT security planning initiatives to reduce risks, respond to incidents, and limit exposure to liability that may result in financial and image loss to the utility.

HARRY Q.H. LEE, II
CHAIR, STRATEGY COMMITTEE

Principal, HQL Advisory, Inc.

Harry Q. H. Lee, II possesses 35+ years of Aerospace & Defense business & contract management experience, retiring from Northrop Grumman Corporation as the V.P. Corporate Contracts, Pricing & Supply Chain. Harry has received several awards and community service honors, including being recognized in 2014 as the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) 100 Honoree,  the Asian American Professional Association 2014 Executive Award and the Elevate 2013 Executive of the Year.  He is a frequent lecturer on professional and career development, focusing on ascending the corporate ladder and achieving one’s greatest potential. Harry serves on the NAAAP National Senior Advisory Council and is an executive advisor to Upward Synergy in association with leadership development programs established with California State University, Fullerton and the University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union and AAPA.

KENJI COLEMAN
BOARD MEMBER

Senior Manager, Transmission Project Management, Southern California Edison

Kenji Coleman is senior manager of Transmission Project Management, in the T&D unit at Southern California Edison (SCE).  He is responsible for customer requested relocation projects. These are typically transportation or land development projects requiring movement of SCE’s electric facilities.  Projects include freeway widening, rail expansion, residential development, and large moves (e.g. Space Shuttle). Mr. Coleman worked at Edison International, and SCE. His experience includes Strategic Business Planning, Audits, Customer Service, Human Resources, Project Management, and District Management (construction crews, yard management, and planning/design).

 

Kenji is passionate about non-profit service, mentoring, and providing financial education and services to the locally underserved. Volunteer service includes: SCE Federal Credit Union (non-profit, board), Business for Social Responsibility (global non-profit, board), California Governor’s OES (steering committee), and Center for Financial Empowerment (non-profit, board). Kenji graduated magna cum laude from University of Redlands with a bachelor’s in business, and received the Wall Street Journal Business Award). He also graduated among the top 4% of his class at Cal Poly Pomona with a master in business administration.

CINDY LAU
BOARD MEMBER

Vice President, RGP

Cindy Lau is Vice President at RGP. Previously, she was Managing Director of Strategic Accounts at RGP, where over the past 11 years, she has managed multi-million dollar accounts, client relationships, and developed strategies for new business.  She started her career as an Auditor at Deloitte, then joined DHL to get Internal Audit experience.  Her love for international travel led her to Oracle for 9 years, where she traveled around the world as a member of their global Internal Audit team, then later as a Consultant, living and working in Europe and Asia.  Last year, she moved from SF to Pasadena to live closer to family in SoCal.

 

Cindy is passionate about giving back to the community.  She has tutored homeless children and served as a Mentor, Career Coach and Workshop Leader to UC Berkeley students and to low-income women returning to the workforce, coaching them on networking skills, resume writing, effective interviewing, and career development.  Cindy has a B.S. from the Haas School of Business and was an Ascend Board Member in NorCal.

JENNIFER LI
BOARD MEMBER

President and Co-Founder, Novotech Nutraceuticals, Inc.

Jennifer Li is the President of Novotech Nutraceuticals, Inc., in Ventura, California, a company which specializes in manufacturing nutritional and functional food ingredients in the U.S. such as Omega-3 powder and 75 types of chelated minerals. Prior to Novotech, Jennifer had a 25-year government career with the City of Dallas, where she held various executive positions for 21 of those years, including serving as Director of the Budget and Research, Police Executive Assistant Director (equivalent to 3-star Executive Assistant Chief) for the Dallas Police Department (DPD), overseeing all the Support Services, Human Resources and Financial Management for the DPD’s 4000 police force, and serving as the head of International Business Development to brand “Dallas” globally. In 2008, after devoting three years in marketing and promoting international business to create jobs for Dallas’ economic development, she retired from the City of Dallas to start her own business.

 

With over two decades of serving on more than 10 non-profit boards, Jennifer has been a great advocate for Asian Americans through her broad community involvement and also received more than 10 awards from her work and community services. She received the Hua-Kuang Award and was named the World’s top 10 Outstanding Chinese Business Women Entrepreneurs in 2016. Jennifer holds a BA in Economics, an MBA from Texas Woman’s University and was a graduate of “Leadership Dallas”.

DAPHNE NG
BOARD MEMBER

Sr. Manager, Customer Contact Center Specialty Operations, Southern California Edison

Daphne Ng is the immediate past President of AAPA. With more than 20 years of public relations, marketing and community outreach initiatives experience, she has become an expert in conducting results-driven communications and outreach campaigns, targeting the local and national Asian American and Pacific Islander (AA&PI) community. Ms. Ng began her career at Edison in 1996, where she worked for 10 years in the company’s customer service business unit division, and leading the company’s first AA&PI outreach initiative. She also engaged local government partners in energy efficiency savings opportunities. Currently, she manages specialty operations at the Edison Customer Contact Center. She continues to serve on the board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, USC Asian American Pacific Student Services, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Association of Southern California and Network of Indian Professionals. She is the founder and co-chair of Asian/Pacific Islander American Employee Resource Groups of Southern California.

FRANCIS CHEUNG
PRESIDENT

Sr. Vice President (Retired), Bank of America

Francis Cheung is President of AAPA (Asian American Professional Association) and a retired technology executive. He has a deep passion for developing leaders and has been an advocate for the advancement of Asian American professionals. He served as Co-Chair of Asian Leadership Network at Bank of America and as a long-time board member of AAPA. He has over 35 years of technology management experience in Financial Services, Entertainment, Oil Services and Engineering/ Construction. He held technology management positions at Bank of America, American President Lines, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Halliburton Company and Brown & Root.

 

Mr. Cheung was Senior Vice President for Bank of America, where he was responsible for infrastructure demand management, including forecast, capacity and performance management of infrastructure resources until 2015. Prior to joining Bank of America, he was Director, Technical Services, and later as Director, Technology Planning through 2005 before he moved to Oakland, CA and led the program management function as Director, Program Management Office. He continued his innovation of bringing emerging technologies such as digital content management and distribution/infrastructure best practices to improve business position and cost effectiveness. His retirement is a new chapter where he dedicates his passion and experience to focus on meaningful causes.

COLIN CUSHNIE
EXECUTIVE CHAMPION

 Vice President, Energy Procurement and Management, Southern California Edison

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, responsible for the company’s wholesale energy solicitation valuations, energy portfolio analysis and risk assessment, demand and price forecasting, and transmission congestion risk management.

 

Mr. Cushnie also served as director of Regulatory Affairs for SCE, representing SCE before the California Public Utilities Commission and other agencies on matters relating to energy procurement and market design. He was responsible for coordinating SCE’s energy requirements during the state’s 2000-2002 electricity crisis, which required the state of California to assume responsibility for power procurement for the state’s financially distressed investor-owned utilities. Mr. Cushnie graduated cum laude from Whittier College with a bachelor’s in economics and business administration.