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

    Linda Kim

    Bank of America

  • Michael Lee

    Michael Lee

    SoCalGas

  • Yiu Man So

    Yiu Man So

    Raytheon

  • Michelle Sim

    SoCalGas/SDG&E

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

Linda Kim

Bank of America

Linda is a Senior Fraud Operations Manager with Enterprise Fraud Intelligence Team at Bank of America.  Her team is responsible for conducting case investigations, targeting fraud at early stages, video retrieval for fraudulent cases and increasing potential for recoveries. Prior to that, Linda was a Case SAR Review and Approval 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 in Consumer Banking servicing clients with their banking needs in a financial center. She then moved into the investigation area as an Analyst, then an Investigator with Background Screening Investigations completing background checks for applicants. Linda was then an Investigator with Hedge Funds Investigations completing full background investigations on Hedge Funds clients and firms, and onto the Fraud Investigations area; analyzing and investigating fraud referrals from all lines of businesses. 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 and in 2017, Bank of America Global Volunteer Service Award in 2016 for her work with Asian American Advancing Justice, Bank of America Southern California Employee Network Above & Beyond Award in 2014, and was on Bank of America Community Volunteer Honor Roll in 2015 – 2018. She is also an active member of many other Bank of America Employee Networks.

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 with over 1,500 members. Previously Linda was the chapter co-chair of ALN from 2015 – 2017 that led the chapter to win a Global Diversity and Inclusion Team Award in 2017. Linda is also the Volunteer Co-Chair for Bank of America Central Los Angeles Regional Council. She has served various officer roles since being an ALN member in 2005 and board member positions in toastmasters Clubs in the Greater Los Angeles area; and is a member of the ALN San Gabriel Valley Toastmasters Club. She is a mentor with the Asian American Professional Association (AAPA) and ALN Leadership Development Program. Linda serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACFE, P.F. Bresee Organization and Asian American Professional Association. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Portland State University.

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/SDG&E

Michelle Sim is currently the Clean Transportation Manager, leading market development activities in medium and heavy-duty alternative-fuel vehicle market for both SoCalGas and SDG&E (Sempra utilities) and hydrogen business 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.

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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  • Gina Alexander

    Handbag Designer LAB

  • 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

    Laserfiche

  • Edwin Ro

    Edwin Ro

    Southern California Edison

  • Yiu Man So

    Yiu Man So

    Raytheon

  • Bryant Tam

    Bryant Tam

    Google

  • Gil Tam

    Gil Tam

    Southern California Edison

  • Pokil Wong

    GDI Group

  • Vanessa Yang

    Vanessa Yang

    Team Adhoc

Gina Alexander

Handbag Designer LAB

Gina Lopez Alexander born and raised in Los Angeles, California has been an entrepreneur all her life. Gina grew up in the family business of hotel and restaurants in the South Bay.  Her father  Cesar Lopez Sr. was the Mayor of Wilmington and her uncle Monty Manibog was the Mayor of Monterey Park.

Gina was also Miss Philippines 1985, Miss Gardena 1987 and a runner up in Miss California.  Gina is the Founder and Design Director for her handbag manufacturing company for 20 years.  Gina’s strength are sales and marketing, her first business she generated 7 figures selling to Nordstrom, Saks, and appearing on QVC and HSN  6 times. Some of her clients are Kobe Bryant, Jimi Hendrix Estate, Jennifer Lopez and more.  Gina is a Social Media Influencer and is an Official Amazon Influencer, with over 200 products as an FBAmazon Seller .  Gina was also named top engager on Facebook and has over 28 million searches and impressions on Google.

Gina is also the Founder and CEO of Handbag Designer LAB,  and Founder of Foster Adopt Social Impact aka FASIP, this non profit helps to find homes for over 800 Asian Pacific Islander children in LA County.  Gina and her husband Richard Alexander  have been coaching and mentoring young entrepreneurs since 2012.

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 is a Senior Fraud Operations Manager with Enterprise Fraud Intelligence Team at Bank of America.  Her team is responsible for conducting case investigations, targeting fraud at early stages, video retrieval for fraudulent cases and increasing potential for recoveries. Prior to that, Linda was a Case SAR Review and Approval 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 in Consumer Banking servicing clients with their banking needs in a financial center. She then moved into the investigation area as an Analyst, then an Investigator with Background Screening Investigations completing background checks for applicants. Linda was then an Investigator with Hedge Funds Investigations completing full background investigations on Hedge Funds clients and firms, and onto the Fraud Investigations area; analyzing and investigating fraud referrals from all lines of businesses. 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 and in 2017, Bank of America Global Volunteer Service Award in 2016 for her work with Asian American Advancing Justice, Bank of America Southern California Employee Network Above & Beyond Award in 2014, and was on Bank of America Community Volunteer Honor Roll in 2015 – 2018. She is also an active member of many other Bank of America Employee Networks.

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 with over 1,500 members. Previously Linda was the chapter co-chair of ALN from 2015 – 2017 that led the chapter to win a Global Diversity and Inclusion Team Award in 2017. Linda is also the Volunteer Co-Chair for Bank of America Central Los Angeles Regional Council. She has served various officer roles since being an ALN member in 2005 and board member positions in toastmasters Clubs in the Greater Los Angeles area; and is a member of the ALN San Gabriel Valley Toastmasters Club. She is a mentor with the Asian American Professional Association (AAPA) and ALN Leadership Development Program. Linda serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACFE, P.F. Bresee Organization and Asian American Professional Association. She earned a Bachelor’s 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

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

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.

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

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:

  • James Patrick-Huang

    AAPA

  • Mary Butcher

    AAPA

James Patrick-Huang

AAPA

James Patrick-Huang is Executive Director of the Asian American Professional Association (AAPA), and a self-made multi-millionaire and lifelong student of investing.  Inspired by his parents, he initiated his investment career at the age of 18, beginning with stocks, later adding residential then commercial real estate to his investing expertise.  Mr. Patrick-Huang holds a post at Robert Bender & Associates, a 50-year-old Pasadena-based asset management firm, where he is responsible for investor relations, business development, marketing and public relations.  Prior to joining Robert Bender & Associates, Mr. Patrick-Huang held executive positions at the world’s leading irrigation equipment manufacturing company and, prior to that, at a mid-sized automotive parts manufacturing and distribution company, and at a leading global management consulting firm where he was, at various times, responsible for overall business operations (reporting to the Board of Directors), global sales and profitability, new product development, and technical project management.  Mr. Patrick-Huang is committed to disaster and humanitarian relief, poverty alleviation, and science, technology and financial literacy education.  Mr. Patrick-Huang earned his B.A. in International Relations and his M.B.A. in finance and marketing from the University of Southern California.

Mary Butcher

AAPA

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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