Meet Our People

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Board Members:

  • Philip Chen

    Philip Chen

    APEX Computer Systems, Inc.

  • Rosalind Lu

    Rosalind Lu

    MUFG Union Bank

  • Andrew Cheung

    Andrew Cheung

    SoCalGas

  • Harry Lee

    Harry Lee

    HQL Advisory, Inc.

  • Mei-Chan Duan

    Mei-Chan Duan

    IBM

  • Cindy Lau

    Cindy Lau

    Resources Global Professionals

  • Linda Kim

    Bank of America

  • Michael Lee

    Michael Lee

    SoCalGas

  • Yiu Man So

    Yiu Man So

    Raytheon

  • Michelle Sim

    SoCalGas

  • Joanne Tran

    Southern California Edison

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.

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.

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.

Linda Kim

Bank of America

Linda Kim is a Vice President, Relationship Manager for Commercial Banking at Bank of America. In this capacity, Linda leads a team of financial specialists to deliver strategic financial guidance, credit, cash management and banking solutions. The mission is to help local companies and foundations thrive by achieving their goals. These include non-profit organizations, manufacturing, wholesalers and distribution for general industries that are active in the Greater Los Angeles area and its surrounding communities.

She was previously a Senior Fraud Operations Manager with Enterprise Fraud Intelligence Team at Bank of America. Her team was responsible for conducting case investigations, targeting fraud at early stages, video retrieval and recoveries. Prior to that, Linda was a Case Review Manager within Global Financial Crimes Compliance where she reviewed a team of investigators responsible for the investigation of fraud referrals from various lines of business to ensure operational integrity and accurate regulatory reporting.

Linda started her career at Bank of America in 2000 and has experience in Consumer Banking, Background Screening Investigations, Hedge Funds Investigations and Fraud Investigations. Linda is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Linda is a subject matter expert in processing financial crime referrals and a respected leader able to build highly motivated teams.

Linda is a strong champion for Diversity and Inclusion. She was the recipient of Bank of America Global Diversity and Inclusion Award in 2015, 2017, and in 2019; Bank of America Global Volunteer Service Award in 2016 for her work with Asian American Advancing Justice Los Angeles, Bank of America Southern California Employee Network Above & Beyond Award in 2014, and Bank of America Community Volunteer Honor Roll since 2015. She is currently the Co-Chair for Bank of America Greater Los Angeles Associate Engagement Council and Chair Emeritus for the Asian Leadership Network (ALN) of Southern California Chapter. On her spare time, Linda volunteers with various non-profit organizations as well as deliver financial education
within the community.

Linda serves on the Board of Directors for P.F. Bresee Foundation, Asian American Professional Association and the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACFE. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Portland State University and an Executive MBA candidate with USC Marshall School of Business in the year 2021.

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.

Yiu Man So

Yiu Man So

Raytheon

Yiu Man So is a Chief Engineer at Epirus Systems, before that he was 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.

Michelle Sim

SoCalGas

Michelle Sim is currently the Commercial Development Manager, leading commercial development activities for SoCalGas.  She joined the Sempra utilities in 2013 and have served in various business and policy development roles in the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors.

Prior to joining the Sempra utilities, Michelle began her career at the nation’s second largest school district, helping to manage over an $86 million utility budget portfolio, developing and implementing both demand-side and supply-side management strategies. In 2008, Michelle joined an architectural/engineering firm, Parsons, working primarily on government contracts with the US Army Corp of Engineers developing and managing traditional and renewable energy projects. She led the development of coupling facility condition and energy assessments to maximize energy savings opportunities and renewable technology implementation towards efficient, reliable, and sustainable energy solutions.

In 2016, Michelle was appointed by the then-U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Rule-Making Federal Advisory Committee, serving a 2-year term.

Michelle received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her Certified Energy Manager certificate from the Association of Energy Engineers. Michelle is the chair of the San Joaquin Valley Natural Gas Partnership and a steering committee member of the California Natural Gas Partnership.

Joanne Tran

Southern California Edison

Joanne is currently the Director of Financial and Corporate Audits at Southern California Edison.  The Audit Services Department assists management and the Audit Committee of the Edison International Board of Directors by providing independent and objective assurance services pertaining to internal controls, safeguarding of assets and governance, and advisory services requested by management to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Company’s operations.  Prior to joining the Audit Services organization, Joanne was the Director of Risk Management primarily responsible for supporting management in identifying, assessing, understanding, monitoring, and assigning ownership of market, credit, liquidity, and enterprise risks for SCE.  Previously, Joanne was the Director of Settlements and Operations Services responsible for managing the settlement of bilateral contracts and CAISO transactions for Power Supply’s $5 billion portfolio of renewable and fossil generation, natural gas, GHG, and financial products.

Joanne has been with SCE since 2005.  Prior to joining SCE, Joanne spent 11 years at Southern California Gas Company holding various positions in the Cost Accounting, Audit Services, Financial and Budgeting, and Gas Acquisition departments. Joanne is a CPA, CMA, and CFM.

Executive Champion:

  • Bill Walsh

    Southern California Edison

Bill Walsh

Southern California Edison

William Walsh is vice president of the Energy Procurement & Management organization at SCE. He is responsible for SCE’s wholesale energy contracting and management, energy and emissions trading, and wholesale energy market and settlement operations.

Previously, William was an Assistant General Counsel in the SCE Law Department. His groups were responsible for cybersecurity, litigating the company’s positions before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and all transactional work related to SCE’s energy procurement, interconnection agreements, and supply management activities.

William has held other legal management positions at SCE, including serving as the Director and Managing Attorney for the Resource Policy and Planning group, Power Procurement group, and Contracts and Intellectual Property group.

William has also served as the Manager of Renewable Procurement and was responsible for leading a team of originators in the procurement of all of SCE’s renewable power through competitive solicitations, bilateral opportunities, and standard renewable procurement programs.

William obtained his law degree from The George Washington Law School and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

**2020 Mentors and their profiles are currently being updated

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  • Alicia Jacobs

    Ajament Partners

  • Bill Mao

    Bill Mao

    Orange County Transportation Authority

  • Bryant Tam

    Bryant Tam

    Google

  • Charles Koo

    Amazon

  • Clint Chien

    Clint Chien

    Peking Handicraft

  • David K Lee

    David Lee

    Northrop Grumman Corp

  • Edwin Ro

    Edwin Ro

    Southern California Edison

  • Elaine Quach

    Elaine Quach

    Pacific Summit Energy

  • Elaine Quon

    Southern California Edison

  • Francis Cheung

    Francis Cheung

    President

  • George Martinez

    Retired IT Manager

  • Joanne Tran

    Southern California Edison

  • Kenji Coleman

    Retired - Southern California Edison

  • Leana Ahmed

    Bank of America

  • Lilian Phung

    Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)

  • Linda Kim

    Bank of America

  • Liza Legaspi

    Liza Legaspi

    SoCalGas

  • Michael Chee

    Michael Chee

    AECOM

  • Michael Lee

    Michael Lee

    SoCalGas

  • Noy Loeur

    The Auto Club Enterprises

  • Peter Kim

    Peter Kim

    Southern California Edison

  • Philip Chen

    Philip Chen

    APEX Computer Systems

  • Pokil Wong

    GDI Group

  • Shawn Do

    City National Bank

  • Steven Chan

    Steven Chan

    Arcus Biosciences

  • Thomas Phelps

    Laserfiche

  • Vinh Ngo

    Vinh Ngo

    Bank of America

  • Yiu Man So

    Yiu Man So

    Raytheon

Alicia Jacobs

Ajament Partners

Alicia M. Jacobs, is a trusted advisor, change agent and strategic business partner with leadership expertise in integrating human capital with company strategies and objectives by developing and implementing comprehensive programs to increase productivity, market share and bottom-line profit. Her strong business acumen and teaming skills have been recognized while deploying strategic and policy-making skills for workforce growth and transformation of companies through cost-effective best practices. She has a verifiable track record for implementation of business issues related to human capital management. Certified behavioral and values specialist with expert knowledge and skills in environments demanding effective leadership development training and coaching.

 Alicia uses her forward-looking, visionary skills to seek new ways to solve old problems. Alicia has provided coaching and consulting services for over 15 years to micro-enterprises, emerging growth companies, small to midsized companies, Fortune 500 companies, educational entities, non-profit agencies and government agencies.

As an executive coach and a career coach she is sought after to facilitate, teach, and coach professionals seeking advancements within organizations.  Alicia’s signature program “Career Advantage” has helped individuals obtain promotions within their respective companies such as Edison, Raytheon, IHop, CalArts. The County of Los Angeles, and The County of Orange.  Her “unconscious biases” workshops have engendered collaborative partnerships throughout organizations. She has moderated numerous communication panels on diversity and inclusion, including, facilitating “He Says, She Says” diversity panels for the University of Maryland. In addition, Alicia developed and facilitated the California State required Harassment Prevention Training for organizations  both locally and internationally.

As an adjunct associate professor within the Business Department at the University of Maryland, Alicia teaches business management and leadership on-line courses.  She was also a nominee for two teaching awards, the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award and the UMUC Teaching Recognition Award.
Alicia earned her MBA from the Presidential/Key Executive Program at Pepperdine University and her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College.
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.

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.

Charles Koo

Amazon

Charles is currently a Senior Manager of Program Management (Grocery Fulfillment) at Amazon. He currently leads a cross-functional team across Hardware, Software and Program Management to drive investment into automation solutions for grocery fulfillment across the Fresh and Whole Foods business lines. His previous roles within Amazon have spanned Fulfillment Operations, Supply Chain Planning and Facility Design.

Charles has a Bachelors in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego and a Masters in Industrial Engineering from USC.

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.

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

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

Elaine Quach

Elaine Quach

Pacific Summit Energy

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. Prior to that, she was with Southern California Edison (SCE) for 10 years supporting its power procurement function. Ms. Quach has over 20 years of experience in the areas of finance, accounting, tax, auditing, internal controls, and system implementation. Prior to joining SCE in 2006, Ms. Quach was the Audit Manager at Singer, Lewak, Greenbaum, & Goldstein LLP. She spent 10 years in public accounting working with clients in entertainment, healthcare, manufacturing, and software. Ms. Quach is a licensed CPA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Cal State LA, MBA from Pepperdine University, Strategic Leadership Certificate from UC San Diego Rady School, and Project Management Certificate from UC Irvine.

Elaine Quon

Southern California Edison

Elaine Quon is Principal Manager leading the SOX and Compliance Controls for Southern California Edison’s transformational Customer Service SAP implementation and has over 28 years of experience. Her career began at Arthur Anderson, L.L.P. when SCE was one of her audit clients and since then, she has worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment and held various positions at SCE in the areas of in the areas of strategic planning, technology portfolio planning and implementation and program/project management. She holds an undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles in Economics-Business and is a Certified Public Accountant. She currently volunteers as a UCLA Alumni Mentor program and enjoys helping others set and achieve their own personal and professional goals.

Francis Cheung

Francis Cheung

President

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.

George Martinez

Retired IT Manager

George has extended experience as a senior information technology manager in the healthcare,
utility/energy, and banking industries. He was adept at bringing his broad business and technical skillsets
to managing in a large corporate environment. He had a unique aptitude of conversing the language of
business with executive sponsors, major stakeholders and led his technical staff to achieve and exceed
IT and business objectives. He would be most helpful to mentees who are interesting in navigating and
advancing their careers in the corporate world.

Joanne Tran

Southern California Edison

Joanne is currently the Director of Financial and Corporate Audits at Southern California Edison.  The Audit Services Department assists management and the Audit Committee of the Edison International Board of Directors by providing independent and objective assurance services pertaining to internal controls, safeguarding of assets and governance, and advisory services requested by management to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Company’s operations.  Prior to joining the Audit Services organization, Joanne was the Director of Risk Management primarily responsible for supporting management in identifying, assessing, understanding, monitoring, and assigning ownership of market, credit, liquidity, and enterprise risks for SCE.  Previously, Joanne was the Director of Settlements and Operations Services responsible for managing the settlement of bilateral contracts and CAISO transactions for Power Supply’s $5 billion portfolio of renewable and fossil generation, natural gas, GHG, and financial products.

Joanne has been with SCE since 2005.  Prior to joining SCE, Joanne spent 11 years at Southern California Gas Company holding various positions in the Cost Accounting, Audit Services, Financial and Budgeting, and Gas Acquisition departments. Joanne is a CPA, CMA, and CFM.

Kenji Coleman

Retired - Southern California Edison

Kenji’s greatest passion is non-profit service, mentoring, and providing financial education to the locally underserved in LA and Orange County. 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 Cal Poly Pomona with a Master in Business Administration in the top 4% of his class. He graduated University of Redlands with a Bachelor in Business. Kenji graduate Magna Cum Laude, and received the Wall Street Journal Business Award.

Kenji has experience as an entrepreneur. He started a corporation that manages small residential properties; and purchases, renovates, and sells them. Kenji owned and managed as many as 19 units at once.

Kenji Coleman worked at SCE for 29 years and retired in 2019. He was a Senior Manager in the T&D business unit. Kenji led the Transmission Project Management group.  Responsible for customer requested movement of SCE’s electric facilities. Typically multi-year, multi-million dollar projects with cities, counties, or large customers.  Projects included CA High Speed Rail, Space Shuttle move, and all Caltrans freeway expansions, and Metro/Rail requests.

Mr. Coleman worked at both SCE, and Edison International. His experience includes working in:

  • Project Management (Manager),
  • District Management (Manager of construction crews, yard management, and planning/design),
  • Audits (Manager),
  • Customer Service (Major Account Executive),
  • Strategic Business Planning,
  • Emergency Preparedness and Business Resiliency, and 
  • Human Resources

Leana Ahmed

Bank of America

Leana Ahmed currently works in the Data Analytics & Insights Technology division of Consumer Small Business & Wealth Technology. She is the Risk & Governance execution lead for a suite of applications within that space. She works with application managers and the many compliance programs across the enterprise ensuring that the portfolio aligns with the Bank’s risk and governance objectives for application management. 

Leana has been working in web and data technology for over 22 years. She has been with Bank of America since 2007, joining via a legacy company acquisition. She started her career here by developing and supporting appraisal technology, specifically Appraisal Data Marts and Reports. Her aptitude for organizing data for use and application management led to her current role within the consumer space. 

Leana’s passion for diversity and inclusion was ignited at a very young age by observing her parents work towards these goals while growing up in Houston, Texas. As a teenager, she began working with her parents and community groups towards the acceptance of all. This passion drove her to co-chair Bank of America’s internal employee resource group North Texas chapter of ALN (Asian Leadership Network) in 2012. After moving to Southern California, she revamped the San Diego subchapter in 2014 for the Southern California chapter. 

In her spare time, Leana volunteers with a number of charities in Southern California. She partakes in cultural activities throughout the region via her lifelong study of Indian Classical and Middle Eastern dance. She was on the board of Ogrojatra in San Diego County, a non-profit dedicated to Bengali people and culture. Leana is an avid reader and occasional writer of science fiction. She has a passion for advancements in science and technology, regularly attending lectures in these subject areas.

Lilian Phung

Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)

Lilian Phung is a Client Human Resources Business Partner at the Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP), a Fortune 500 company that provides human capital management software and services.  In her role, she provides human resources guidance and account support to her clients, who are primarily small businesses with workforce sizes ranging from 20 to 150 employees. 

Prior to making the decision to pursue an MBA with an HR focus to transition into human resources management, Lilian held various positions in different industries. Lilian considers all the turns in her professional career as her collective experience, which she sees as one of her biggest strengths.

Lilian is an avid community builder.  She does this through mentoring students and emerging professionals in the HR industry, being a connector on social media, and volunteering with various non-profits.  Currently, Lilian is the Membership Chair at the Professionals In HR Association (PIHRA) – Pasadena Chapter, an annual Scholarship Reader and Resume Coach for Asian Pacific Islander (API) Scholars, and an advisor for AAPA Toastmasters Club. 

As an AAPA Mentor, Lilian can share her experience and insight on self-leadership, career development, how to work effectively with others, and how to network and connect with others as an introvert.

Linda Kim

Bank of America

Linda Kim is a Vice President, Relationship Manager for Commercial Banking at Bank of America. In this capacity, Linda leads a team of financial specialists to deliver strategic financial guidance, credit, cash management and banking solutions. The mission is to help local companies and foundations thrive by achieving their goals. These include non-profit organizations, manufacturing, wholesalers and distribution for general industries that are active in the Greater Los Angeles area and its surrounding communities.

She was previously a Senior Fraud Operations Manager with Enterprise Fraud Intelligence Team at Bank of America. Her team was responsible for conducting case investigations, targeting fraud at early stages, video retrieval and recoveries. Prior to that, Linda was a Case Review Manager within Global Financial Crimes Compliance where she reviewed a team of investigators responsible for the investigation of fraud referrals from various lines of business to ensure operational integrity and accurate regulatory reporting.

Linda started her career at Bank of America in 2000 and has experience in Consumer Banking, Background Screening Investigations, Hedge Funds Investigations and Fraud Investigations. Linda is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Linda is a subject matter expert in processing financial crime referrals and a respected leader able to build highly motivated teams.

Linda is a strong champion for Diversity and Inclusion. She was the recipient of Bank of America Global Diversity and Inclusion Award in 2015, 2017, and in 2019; Bank of America Global Volunteer Service Award in 2016 for her work with Asian American Advancing Justice Los Angeles, Bank of America Southern California Employee Network Above & Beyond Award in 2014, and Bank of America Community Volunteer Honor Roll since 2015. She is currently the Co-Chair for Bank of America Greater Los Angeles Associate Engagement Council and Chair Emeritus for the Asian Leadership Network (ALN) of Southern California Chapter. On her spare time, Linda volunteers with various non-profit organizations as well as deliver financial education
within the community.

Linda serves on the Board of Directors for P.F. Bresee Foundation, Asian American Professional Association and the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACFE. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Portland State University and an Executive MBA candidate with USC Marshall School of Business in the year 2021.

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.

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.

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.

Noy Loeur

The Auto Club Enterprises

Noy Loeur is working as a Strategic HR Business Partner at The Auto Club Enterprises where as a member of the Information Systems Senior Leadership Team, Noy leads and successfully executes human capital related programs to build organization capability and drive employee performance. Noy started his professional career in a year-long rotation program with the Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball (MLB) team and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks National Hockey League (NHL) team and would later join the LA Kings National Hockey (NHL) team in Public Affairs as a Community Development Liaison. He would later transfer his knowledge, skills, and experiences to The Boeing Company, where he spent over 16 years with Boeing’s $32B Defense, Space and Security (BDS) business unit in Global Corporate Citizenship, Learning & Leadership Capability and Human Resources functions in various progressive positions.

Noy holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Organizational Management and is currently a doctoral student at Pepperdine University working on his dissertation.  In his personal time, Noy enjoys spending time with his family and friends, surfing and playing basketball. Once in a while, he and his wife also enjoy visiting vineyards to free fermented grapes trapped in bottles.

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.

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.

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.

Shawn Do

City National Bank

Shawn is a solutions-driven strategist with proven experience in organizing people, data and technology to produce results.  He currently manages the Product Pricing & Insights team at City National Bank that is responsible for key macro-level financial and client-impacting decisions through portfolio and competitive analytics.  Shawn also actively participates in the Asian American Network colleague resource group as one of the communication and content leaders.

 Before joining City National, Shawn had managed business deposit products for the MUFG Union Bank retail footprint, where he was similarly involved in the employee resource space in various leadership roles within the ASPIRE Asian American group including national co-chair.  A number years were likewise spent prior at Bank of America in planning and design roles at the beginning of Shawn’s journey into banking after business school where initial introduction to Asian American professional organizations including AAPA occurred through involvement with the Asian Leadership Network.  Previous to the financial industry, he had worked in several operations, accounting, and technology roles in the public sector.

Shawn earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and his Bachelor of Science from UCLA.  In his other career, he was active in the Vietnamese American community in Southern California, was a long-time basketball coach and sports committee chair for the Westside Family LA YMCA and is presently the Board of Directors President for the Child Development Consortium of Los Angeles (CDCLA).  Additionally, he enjoys practicing Muay Thai and traveling in his spare time with the most memorable international trips to Machu Picchu in Peru and Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal.

 

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.

Thomas Phelps

Laserfiche

Thomas Phelps IV is the CIO and VP of Corporate Strategy for Laserfiche, a global
provider of intelligent process automation and enterprise content management
software. He leads IT, product support, industry marketing, analyst relations and
strategic alliances. Previously, Thomas was PwC’s national entertainment and
media champion for cybersecurity. He led the innovation of content security
practices used worldwide by the motion picture industry.

Thomas was the Advisory Services leader for a $30B aerospace and defense
company and a $15B tech company. He led engagements for Fortune 500
companies on IT transformation, security, privacy, internal audit and business
continuity management. Prior to PwC, Thomas was part of three new business
initiatives at Motorola, including the start-up Internet Software Products Division.
He has co-authored/contributed to five books, including publications by PwC, ISACA
and CRC Press. In 2019, Thomas became an Adjunct Professor for the Master in
Accounting with Emphasis on Data and Analytics (MAcc D+A) program at the
University of Southern California.

Thomas is the Chairperson of Long Beach Accelerator. He serves on several boards,
including Innovate@UCLA, STEM Advantage, Southern California, Society for
Information Management, and Advancing Women in Technology. He is a past-
president of ISACA Los Angeles and on the Speakers Bureau for ISACA
International.

Thomas has co-chaired sessions at the Wall Street Journal CIO Network Annual
Meetings, and been cited in many publications, including Forbes, The Economist,
CIO.com, IDG Connect, Tech Target, Inc. Magazine and others. He has co-
authored/contributed to five books, including publications by PwC, ISACA and CRC
Press. In 2019, Thomas became an Adjunct Professor for the Master in Accounting
with Emphasis on Data and Analytics (MAcc D+A) program at the University of
Southern California.

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

Yiu Man So

Yiu Man So

Raytheon

Yiu Man So is a Chief Engineer at Epirus Systems, before that he was 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.

Mentorship Program Officers:

  • Francis Cheung

    Francis Cheung

    President

  • Karen Loong

    Program Manager

Francis Cheung

Francis Cheung

President

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.

Karen Loong

Program Manager

Board Leadership Program Officers:

  • Andrew Cheung

    Andrew Cheung

    SoCalGas

  • Christine Najung Lee

    Christine Lee

    APCF

  • Michael Lee

    Michael Lee

    SoCalGas

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.

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.