AAPA Staff

Francis Cheung, President, AAPA

Francis Cheung

Francis Cheung is President of AAPA (Asian American Professional Association) and a retired technology executive. He has a deep passion for developing leaders and is an advocate for the advancement of API 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, responsible for infrastructure demand management, including forecast, capacity and performance management. 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 of his life where he dedicates his passion and experience to focus on meaningful causes.

 

Lia Andika, Program Director, AAPA

Lia Andika

Lia Andika is an alumnus and Program Director of AAPA, managing its mentorship program and signature events (keynote sessions, leadership workshops, Achievement Awards, Executive Forum, and Leadership Symposium. She also manages communications, marketing, volunteers, and community outreach. Outside of AAPA, Lia manages marketing and communications initiatives for Sugar Mama Desserts, a bay area ice cream business inspired by Asian flavors and fresh organic ingredients. Previously, Lia was Senior Development Associate at LAANE (Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy), a social justice advocacy organization, where she managed the membership program, marketing campaigns, and executed awards galas and membership events. Before this, Lia did development and grant writing at the Fair Trade Resources Network and the World Resources Institute. Lia has a Bachelor’s in Urban Planning from Rutgers University, NJ, and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management & International Development from American University, DC. In her spare time, Lia enjoys hiking, backpacking, cycling, and volleyball.

 

 

Freya Nishimura, Program Manager, AAPA

Freya NishimuraFreya Nishimura is Program Manager of AAPA (Asian American Professional Association), managing AAPA’s events (keynote sessions, leadership workshops, Achievement Awards & Graduation ceremony, Executive Forum, Leadership Symposium, and networking events),  volunteers, sponsorship and outreach efforts. She previously spent more than 15 years in the IT Department of Southern California Edison specializing in Training Management, Resource Management and Project Planning & Analysis. While at SCE, she founded the Filipino American Employee Resource Group to promote diversity and cultural awareness, and RivOrators, a Toastmaster’s group promoting leadership, communication and public speaking skills. Freya earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Maryknoll College, Manila, Philippines, a graduate of the AAPA Mentoring Program, and recently became a Certified Professional Coach from the International Coach Academy after 18 months of client-coach peer studies and research. She completed a research paper on Intergenerational Differences: Can Coaching Bridge a Gap in the Workplace.