Meet Our People

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Board Members:

  • Daphne Ng

    Daphne Ng

    Southern California Edison

  • Philip Chen

    Philip Chen

    APEX Computer Systems, Inc.

  • Rosalind Lu

    Rosalind Lu

    MUFG Union Bank

  • Andrew Cheung

    Andrew Cheung

    SoCalGas

  • David Alexander

    David Alexander

    LADWP

  • Harry Lee

    Harry Lee

    HQL Advisory, Inc.

  • Kenji Coleman

    Kenji Coleman

    Southern California Edison

  • Mei-Chan Duan

    Mei-Chan Duan

    IBM

  • Cindy Lau

    Cindy Lau

    Resources Global Professionals

  • Michael Lee

    Michael Lee

    SoCalGas

  • Jennifer Li

    Jennifer Li

    Novotech Nutraceuticals

Daphne Ng

Daphne Ng

Southern California Edison

Daphne Ng is Chairman of the Board and 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.

Philip Chen

Philip Chen

APEX Computer Systems, Inc.

Dr. Philip Chen is the Co-Founder of AAPA and current Board Member. He is CEO of APEX Computer Systems Inc., which he founded 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. Previously, he was a research scientist with McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories and Dynamic Technology, and published numerous scientific research papers and reports in fluid dynamics, instrumentations, numerical computations and data processing. Dr. Chen graduated from the University of Southern California in 1974 with a doctorate in aerospace engineering and a minor in computer science.

Rosalind Lu

Rosalind Lu

MUFG Union Bank

Rosalind Lu is a Board Treasurer at AAPA and 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, Ms. Lu was a senior project manager of Operational Finance with Southern California Edison (SCE). She 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. Ms. Lu 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

Andrew Cheung

SoCalGas

Andrew Cheung is General Counsel for AAPA and Cap and Trade Program Manager for SoCalGas (Southern California Gas Company). He 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. Mr. Cheung 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. Mr. Cheung holds a BA degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale University and a JD from the UCLA School of Law.

David Alexander

David Alexander

LADWP

David Alexander is Chair of the Governance Committee at AAPA and Chief Information Security Officer at LADWP (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. 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.

Mr. Alexander has been recognized in his industry for his efforts in leadership. He has received the 2016 Government CTO of the year by the Los Angeles Business Journal and has engaged in leadership in the ISACA Los Angeles Chapter as Vice President, President, and Director.

Harry Lee

Harry Lee

HQL Advisory, Inc.

Harry Q. H. Lee II is Chair of the Strategy Committee at AAPA. He 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. Mr. Lee 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

Kenji Coleman

Southern California Edison

Kenji Coleman is a Board Member at AAPA and 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).

Mr. Coleman 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). He 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.

Mei-Chan Duan

Mei-Chan Duan

IBM

Mei-Chan Duan is a Board Member at AAPA and previously held various Executive and Management positions in Finance, Procurement and Human Resources at IBM (retired).  She worked 31 years of service with the company, including 16 years in US and 15 years in Asia (Hong Kong for 9 years, Shanghai for 2 years and Tokyo for 4 years). 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.

Cindy Lau

Cindy Lau

Resources Global Professionals

Cindy Lau is a Board Member at AAPA and Vice President at Resources Global Professionals (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. She then moved from SF to Pasadena to live closer to family in SoCal.

Ms. Lau 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. She has a B.S. from the Haas School of Business and was an Ascend Board Member in NorCal.

Michael Lee

Michael Lee

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 including Near Zero Emissions Engines, CNG hybrid vehicles, low pressure and conformable CNG storage tanks and natural gas infrastructure. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and has worked in various industries including entertainment, finance, telecommunications, and energy efficiency.

Jennifer Li

Jennifer Li

Novotech Nutraceuticals

Jennifer Li is a Board Member at AAPA and the President of Novotech Nutraceuticals, Inc., in Ventura, CA, 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, she 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, Ms. Li 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”.

Executive Champion:

  • Colin Cushnie

    Colin Cushnie

    Southern California Edison

Colin Cushnie

Colin Cushnie

Southern California Edison

Colin Cushnie is Executive Champion at AAPA and 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.

Mentors:

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  • David Alexander

    LADWP

  • Steven Chan

    Steven Chan

    Arcus Biosciences

  • Michael Chee

    Michael Chee

    AECOM

  • Philip Chen

    Philip Chen

    APEX Computer Systems

  • Francis Cheung

    Francis Cheung

    Bank of America

  • Clint Chien

    Clint Chien

    Peking Handicraft

  • Rita Chuang

    Rita Chuang

    Orthodontist

  • Colin Cushnie

    Colin Cushnie

    Southern California Edison

  • Harry Giang

    Harry Giang

    Grant Thornton

  • Linda Kim

    Linda Kim

    Bank of America

  • Peter Kim

    Peter Kim

    Southern California Edison

  • Dexter De Mesa

    Dexter De Mesa

    SCE FCU

  • Mary Lam

    Mary Lam

    ACT Camps

  • Michael Lee

    Michael Lee

    SoCalGas

  • David K Lee

    David Lee

    Northrop Grumman Corp

  • Liza Legaspi

    Liza Legaspi

    SoCalGas

  • Bill Mao

    Bill Mao

    Orange County Transportation Authority

  • Tae Nam

    Tae Nam

    American Realty Advisors

  • Vinh Ngo

    Vinh Ngo

    Bank of America

  • Thomas Phelps

    Thomas Phelps

    Laserfiche

  • Edwin Ro

    Edwin Ro

    Southern California Edison

  • Jennifer Roeder

    Jennifer Roeder

    Resources Global Professionals

  • Yiu Man So

    Yiu Man So

    Raytheon

  • Bryant Tam

    Bryant Tam

    Google

  • Gil Tam

    Gil Tam

    Southern California Edison

  • Pokil Wong

    Pokil Wong

    GDI Group

  • Vanessa Yang

    Vanessa Yang

    Team Adhoc

David Alexander

LADWP

David Alexander is the Chief Information Security Officer at LADWP (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. 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.

Mr. Alexander has been recognized in his industry for his efforts in leadership. He has received the 2016 Government CTO of the year by the Los Angeles Business Journal and has engaged in leadership in the ISACA Los Angeles Chapter as Vice President, President, and Director.

Steven Chan

Steven Chan

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.  Prior to joining Arcus Biosciences, he was Vice President Finance, Corporate Controller at MyoKardia where he joined a team that took the company public in 2015.  He has also held senior management positions at Solta Medical, a global medical device company, and Moody’s Analytics, a software and services company.  He started his career at KPMG and has experience managing all aspects of the accounting and finance functions at companies in varying stages of growth, including two IPOs.  Mr. Chan is a certified public accountant in California (inactive status) and holds a B.S. in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Michael Chee

Michael Chee

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. Mr. Chee currently supports both AECOM corporate communication and branding efforts in the greater LA metro region, and provides strategic communications counsel and program support to its largest client, the Los Angeles Community College District and its seven campuses across the LA region. AECOM is one of the world’s premier, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firms. They design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets in more than 150 countries around the world—across a broad range of markets including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government services.  Mr. Chee is also a board member of the Asian Pacific Community Fund.

Philip Chen

Philip Chen

APEX Computer Systems

Dr. Philip Chen is the Co-Founder of AAPA and 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. He founded Apex Computer Systems, Inc. in 1983, a nationwide service organization that provides desktop support services, network infrastructure, and business software solutions to companies. A minority Chinese-owned business who understands the challenges of today’s environment, Apex assists the Chinese-owned small business community in Southern California through support and involvement in various community business organizations and regularly hosting free informational seminars. Dr. Chen graduated from USC in 1974 with a doctorate in aerospace engineering and a minor in computer science.

Francis Cheung

Francis Cheung

Bank of America

Francis Cheung is immediate Past President of AAPA and was Senior Vice President for Bank of America (retired). He 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. Mr. Cheung was Senior Vice President for Bank of America, responsible for infrastructure demand management until 2015. Prior to this, he was Director of Technical Services and Technology Planning, and 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. Francis has a deep passion for developing leaders and has been an advocate for the advancement of Asian American professionals serving as Co-Chair of Asian Leadership Network at Bank of America and a long-time board member of AAPA. He His retirement is a new chapter of his life where he dedicates his passion and experience to focus on meaningful causes.

Clint Chien

Clint Chien

Peking Handicraft

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.  Prior to Peking, Clint was a senior finance manager for Southern California Edison major capital projects program.  He was an investment banker at Wedbush Morgan Securities, successfully originating and executing M&A and financing transactions.  Clint started his career as a civil engineer.  He holds a BS, Civil Engineering from UCLA and MBA, Finance & Strategy from Anderson School of UCLA.

Rita Chuang

Rita Chuang

Orthodontist

Dr. Rita 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 the co-Founder of MD BootCamp and Aspire Admissions Consulting services, helping candidates gain admissions to medical, dental, and professional schools. She has several entrepreneurial projects including AllCoveredNow.com, which provides staffing solutions.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Chuang served as the Clinical Director of the University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine’s Department of Orthodontics.  Dr. Chuang earned dual degrees in Biological Sciences and Economics from Cornell University, medical training at UCLA and dental training at USC. She also enjoys mentoring the youth through the Big Brother Big Sisters Program and the TAP mentorship program. She speaks Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese and Spanish.

Colin Cushnie

Colin Cushnie

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.

Harry Giang

Harry Giang

Grant Thornton

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.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mr. Giang was a Manager at EY’s Transaction Advisory Services group specializing in business valuation services.  Prior to joining EY, he was a Senior Manager at Strategic Equity Group, an investment banking and valuation advisory services firm focused on middle market companies.  Mr. Giang graduated from California State University, Pomona with a BS in Business Administration concentrating in Finance. He also holds the CFA® charterholder designation.

Linda Kim

Linda Kim

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.  Ms. Kim is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a subject matter expert in processing financial crime referrals.  Prior to this role, she was a Hedge Funds Investigator, Due Diligence Investigator and Background Screening investigator.  She started her career in Consumer Banking. Ms. Kim has been a strong champion of Diversity and Inclusion. She is the recipient of Bank of America Global Diversity and Inclusion Award and Bank of America Southern California Employee Network Award.  She is the Co-Chair of Asian Leadership Network (ALN) of Southern California Chapter.  She also served on various officer roles within ALN and Toastmasters Club. Ms. Kim plays an important role in engaging associates with several Employee Network groups in promoting diversity and volunteerism.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Portland State University.

Peter Kim

Peter Kim

Southern California Edison

Peter Kim is the Regulatory & Compliance Senior Advisor for the Customer Service Re-Platform Program at Southern California Edison (SCE).  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.  In the past 20+ years, he has journeyed through the Global Supply Chain, Procurement, Finance and Project Management functions that span Food, Education, Non-Profit, Aerospace, Retail and Utilities industries. Mr. Kim is a proud AAPA and Board Leadership Program (BLP) Alumni, volunteer, and served as the AAPA Alumni Relations Coordinator.  He also started the Korean-Americans United for Service (KAUSE) Employee Resource Group (ERG) at SCE.  Mr. Kim double-majored in International Economics and East Asian Studies at UCLA, earned his MBA in Marketing from USC and recently completed his MS in Leadership & Management (MSLM) at the University of La Verne.

Dexter De Mesa

Dexter De Mesa

SCE FCU

Dexter De Mesa currently serves in the capacity of Director of Commercial Lending and Business Services at SCE FCU (Southern California Edison Financial Credit Union). 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.

Mr. De Mesa is a member of Asset Liability Committee and Business Loan Committee. Mr. De Mesa is also the founder and organizer of MBL Peer Forum, a collective group comprised of lending executives that meet on a quarterly basis to share knowledge and discuss industry trends focused on commercial and Member business lending.

Mr. De Mesa possesses a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, attended Western CUNA (Credit Union National Association) Management program, and completed the CUNA Business Lending Program.

Mr. De Mesa is passionate about mentoring and has served in that capacity at CU SoCal where he coached aspiring leaders to management positions. Mr. De Mesa is an advocate of lifelong learning and servant leadership. He appreciates the value that AAPA provides to the community and is humbled by the opportunity to serve.

Mary Lam

Mary Lam

ACT Camps

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, she harnessed her longstanding passion for helping others to found ACT (Action, Consistency, Transformation) Camps, a company focusing on communication, personal growth and leadership development. Ms. Lam is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council serving on the John Maxwell Team Member Services Committee. She advocates lifelong learning, a practice she cultivates in her own daily life.

Ms. Lam is a Certified Scheele Learning Strategies Reclaim the Brilliance Facilitator, a proven program that shows participants how to access their inner resources to best facilitate continual learning. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and proudly serves as a mentor with the Asian American Professional Association. Previously, Ms. Lam was president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers, and an Executive Board Member of the Los Angeles County Asian American Employees Association.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Texas at Dallas

Michael Lee

Michael Lee

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 including Near Zero Emissions Engines, CNG hybrid vehicles, low pressure and conformable CNG storage tanks and natural gas infrastructure. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and has worked in various industries including entertainment, finance, telecommunications, and energy efficiency.

David K Lee

David Lee

Northrop Grumman Corp

David K. 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. He is an engineering professional with extensive experience in configuration and data management as well as project management. He also has a solid background in diversity, engagement and inclusion from his involvement with company employee resource groups. Mr. Lee holds various executive board member and officer positions with various non-profit organizations supporting the increase in diversity leadership. He enjoys reading, writing, traveling and volunteering in the community. Mr. Lee has a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from CSU Northridge and numerous professional certifications

Liza Legaspi

Liza Legaspi

SoCalGas

Liza Legaspi is a Project Manager at SoCalGas (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. Prior to being a Project Manager, Ms. Legaspi was a Communications Lead and Sr. Communications Advisor at Southern California Gas Company. Prior to these roles, she was an Account Director at ES Advertising, Account Supervisor at interTrend Communications, Inc. and Marketing Manager at Advanced Telecom Solutions, Inc.  Ms. Legaspi has a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Polytechnic University of the Philippines and a Master’s of Business Administration from Brandman University.

Bill Mao

Bill Mao

Orange County Transportation Authority

Bill Mao is CIO of 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 agencies 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. His corporate career includes key management positions in finance and information technology with the Walt Disney Company, Digital Equipment Corporation and Xerox. Mr. Mao received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters in Business Administration, from Pepperdine University. He is tri-lingual, being fluent in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and English.

Tae Nam

Tae Nam

American Realty Advisors

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. In his 16-year career, he has supervised portfolio and asset management of over $4 billion in real estate, participated in acquisition and disposition of over $1 billion, and has structured and completed over $650 million in lease transactions. Prior to joining ARA, Mr. Nam was a Senior Director, Asset Management, at Adler Realty Investments, Inc. where he was responsible for overseeing asset management and assisting with acquisitions of industrial, retail, office, and land development properties across the U.S. Prior to that, he served as an Executive Vice President at Jamison Properties, Inc. Mr. Nam has earned a B.S. degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School.

Vinh Ngo

Vinh Ngo

Bank of America

Vinh Ngo is Senior Vice President, Senior Risk Executive for the Commercial Real Estate Bank division at Bank of America. He 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. He joined the Bank as a Real Estate credit analyst, went on to work as an Underwriter, and later a Relationship Manager.

Mr. Ngo is a co-chair of the Greater Los Angeles Asian Leadership Team, an across the lines of business group that focuses on Asian business integration at the Bank. He is a Chair Emeritus and Advisor for the Asian Leadership Network, an Employee Network that focuses on career development and community outreach. He is a board member of the Chinatown Service Center which provides health and social services for the low-income community in greater Los Angeles; Board President for the Garvey Education Foundation and is currently serving a 4-year elected term as a Governing Board Member of the Garvey School District. Mr. Ngo received the prestigious Bank of America Global Diversity and Inclusion Award for his positive impact in the workplace and in the community in 2016. He has also received continuously since 2008, The President’s Volunteer Service Award. In his spare time, he enjoys being an involved father to his two teenagers, attending their many activities as well as bringing them to various volunteer events to teach them the value of giving

Thomas Phelps

Thomas Phelps

Laserfiche

Thomas Phelps IV is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy & CIO for Laserfiche, a global software company headquartered in California. He is currently responsible for corporate strategy, vertical marketing, analyst relations, corporate training and enterprise IT governance. He was part of the executive team that launched Laserfiche Cloud in 2015, which provides organizations with an innovative cloud platform that enables a digital, collaborative business. Previously, Mr. Phelps was the national entertainment and media champion for cybersecurity at PwC. He led C-level relationships with clients and served as the Advisory Services leader for two Fortune 500 companies. Prior to PwC, he was on the Motorola start-up team that launched the Internet Software Products Division, and worked on the “away team” for Motorola’s MOS-12, a new $1.5B wafer fabrication facility. Mr. Phelps is on the Executive Board for UCLA IS Associates, serves as board member and immediate past-president of Ascend Los Angeles, and is a board member of ISACA Los Angeles. He earned his BBA in Management Information Systems from University of Texas at Austin

Edwin Ro

Edwin Ro

Southern California Edison

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. His past work experience includes internal audit, information security, and information systems at various organizations including Farmers Insurance, LA County, and KPMG. Mr. Ro is a member of the Information Systems Audit & Control Association and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He studied Business Administration at California State University, Northridge and earned his MBA from University of California, Irvine

Jennifer Roeder

Jennifer Roeder

Resources Global Professionals

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. Throughout her career, Ms. Roeder has been in a variety of Human Resource (HR) leadership roles at both large corporate organizations and with small independent firms. She has been responsible for an entire company’s HR organization and she has managed a Leave and Disability organization at a remote call center. Her project management skills have been applied towards large organizational transformation and she has consulted independently on corporate strategy development. In 2012, she received the Asian American Professional Achievement Award and was inducted into the President’s Pioneer Society at Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Ms. Roeder is passionate about career development and mentoring. She has mentored all levels of professionals throughout her career, and continues to mentor both new and experienced career professionals. She volunteers part time with Great Minds in STEM, a non-profit group that promotes STEM education in under-represented communities, by helping them to institute sound policies and procedures in their HR department. Ms. Roeder holds a Bachelors in Psychology from CSU Bakersfield and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University.

Yiu Man So

Yiu Man So

Raytheon

Yiu Man So is a Senior Principle Engineer/Project Chief Engineer at Raytheon. 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. He developed a STEM workshop, titled “Bring your child to the workshop and you may go home with a scientist”. Over the past ten years, Mr. So served as Chair of the CESASC Scholarship Committee (2007-2009), Chair of NAAAP Scholarship Committee (2008), President of CESASC (2009-2010), and Chair of CESASC Student Essay Competition Project since 2013. He mentors students during the FIRST Robotic competition, Judge for the California State Science Fair, and Grand Judge for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). He received Six-Sigma award from Raytheon Company and has delivered motivational speeches at high schools, universities, and Asian American events.

Bryant Tam

Bryant Tam

Google

Bryant Tam 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, Mr. Tam started as an Analyst and was soon managing multi-million-dollar capital projects. Then, at the age of 29, he became the youngest Asian-American Operations Supervisor in SCE’s Distribution Business Line, leading a front-line operations team servicing six major cities. In 2015, Mr. Tam made the leap to join Clutter, a Sequoia Capital backed startup and led their SoCal Region amidst frantic growth. After a year in the start-up scene and in an effort to continue pursuing his passion for making an impact with technology, he relocated to the Bay Area and joined Google. Mr. Tam is currently a Portfolio Manager for Google’s Data Centers around the world focused on Energy, Location & Strategy. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Irvine and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Gil Tam

Gil Tam

Southern California Edison

Gil Tam is a retired executive from Southern California Edison. 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. Mr. Tam has provided career mentoring and coaching to young professionals as well as high school and college students for over 10 years. He is an Elder at a Presbyterian Church and a member of the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International. He graduated from California State University of Long Beach with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1974, and has retained a Professional Engineering License in the State of California since 1976.

Pokil Wong

Pokil Wong

GDI Group

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. He is currently a B2B market management consultant for information technology. As an AAPA mentor, he specializes in personal branding, career planning, and corporate culture. Education: B. S. in Biology, M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Doctor of Education.

Vanessa Yang

Vanessa Yang

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. Ms. Yang 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. She started her career in public accounting as an auditor with Singer, Lewak, Greenbaum and Goldstein LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. She later transferred her technical accounting, supervisory and communication experiences to The Walt Disney Company, where she spent over 11 years with Disney Consumer Products, the Walt Disney Internet Group/Interactive Media and the Walt Disney Studios in financial reporting, accounting and finance.

Ms. Yang has always enjoyed collaborating with other team members, meeting new people to achieve a common goal and coaching/mentoring her staff. As a result, she has often been selected to lead or serve on various committees and special projects throughout her career and beyond. Ms. Yang is a licensed CPA and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Cal State LA, where she started as an international student from Germany. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Mentorship Program Officers:

  • Freya Nishimura

    Freya Nishimura

    AAPA

Freya Nishimura

Freya Nishimura

AAPA

Freya Nishimura is Sr. Events Director 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 “Inter-Generational Differences: Can Coaching Bridge a Gap in the Workplace?”

Board Leadership Program Officers:

  • Andrew Cheung

    Andrew Cheung

    SoCalGas

  • Christine Najung Lee

    Christine Lee

    APCF

Andrew Cheung

Andrew Cheung

SoCalGas

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. Mr. Cheung 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. Mr. Cheung holds a BA degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale University and a JD from the UCLA School of Law.

Christine Najung Lee

Christine Lee

APCF

Christine Najung Lee is Development Manager at APCF (Asian Pacific Community Fund) and oversees the organization’s Asian & Pacific Islander (API) nonprofit sector capacity building programs, grants management, volunteer program as well as other resource development programs. Previously, she served as Marketing Manager in overseeing APCF’s communications, marketing strategies, event planning, and media relations. With over a decade of experience in the API nonprofit field, she has served at various Los Angeles-based organizations, including the Koreatown Youth & Community Center, Little Tokyo Service Center, Asian & Pacific Islander Older Adults Task Force, and a community health clinic in Koreatown. In addition to program management experience in public health, community outreach, cultural competency, youth leadership development, and community organizing, Ms. Lee has a background in journalism, with a feature article having won the New American Award. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for The K.W. Lee Center for Leadership as well as the Adventist Health White Memorial Community Leadership Council, and was formerly on the Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council. She holds a Master of Social Welfare as well as a bachelor’s degree in English and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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