Victoria Li is a licensed professional engineer in Texas with an extensive background in Civil/Environmental Engineering and executive leadership in government. Victoria has served as Department Director for the City of Austin for the past 7 years.
Before working with the city, Victoria was the executive director of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. She modernized the Board's operation and contributed significantly to the profession by promoting engineering professionalism. However, prior to working for the Engineers' Board, she was in charge of Air Pollution Permitting Program at the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality.
Victoria has always been very involved with the Austin community. She served on numerous boards and commissions, including AISD budget review committee, commissioner of the Water& Waste Water Utility Commission, City of Austin's Smart Growth Task Force, Board of CARITAS, (a charity organization), and Travis County Hospital District Board. She was selected as the Community Health Care Hero by Austin Business Journal in 2009. Most recently, Victoria co-chaired a bond committee reviewing bond proposals for the Austin Community college. Victoria currently chairs the Government Advisory Committee with the Professional Engineers' Board and is on the Industry Advisory Board with Texas A&M Prairie View.
Alice Yi, President
Alice came to the United States in 1981. She went to University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Chemistry. She worked with the Texas Department of Health and Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission as an environmental specialist in the early years.
In the past 30 years, Alice co-owned and operated 17 restaurants in Texas with her husband. However, Alice and her husband have been active in the political forum in Austin. They lead the Asian community through 20 years of service including helping Vietnamese refugees, raising handicapped orphans, and supporting city, county, state officials to the federal and presidential elections.
Lynn Yuan, Vice President
Lynn Yuan (CCIM) has been living in Austin since 1993 and actively involving in community activities. Lynn serves as Director of Austin AARC (Asian American Resource Center), Board of Director - CSA (Chinese Society of Austin). Lynn is the founder and CEO of Real Capital Group-Austin 360 Home, a leading real estate investment firm focused on acquisition, development, and real estate portfolio management for Asian Investors. Lynn also serves as the Managing Director of Asia-Pacific at Texas Investment Properties Group. Having lived in Austin, Texas for over 22 years, Lynn has acquired a great amount professional real estate experience as well as established a strong network among both Asian investors and fund managers. Lynn is recognized as a local market expert in commercial and residential brokerage, investment management, development projects, and property management. Mrs. Yuan has extensive experience working with clients and investors across the U.S. and Internationally. Prior to beginning her full time real estate career in early 2000, Lynn spent 15 years as a program management professional for Fortune 500 technology companies.
Yuejiao Liu, Treasurer
Yuejiao is actively involved in a number of organizations and institutions such as the Network of Asian American Organizations (NAAO), Girl Scout Central Texas, American Public Works Association, and local schools as well as other educational programs. Yuejiao serves on the Board of the Asian American Employee Network (AAEN) at the City of Austin as Board Chair for the 2012-2014 term. As AAEN’s Board Chair, Yuejiao has successfully led a large team of diverse employees to plan, organize and implement the Asian Pacific Cultural Heritage Celebrations. Each year, the celebration grows in participation, attendance and prestige.
Yuejiao is currently a Project Manager Supervisor at Public Works Department with the City of Austin in Texas. She directs a group of talented project managers in implementing the City of Austin’s capital improvement projects. Yuejiao received her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, P.R.C. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Transportation Engineering from University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Ohio and Texas and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Barbara Chang, Board Member
From 2008-2010 she was on the Political Awareness Committee of the Asian-American Student Association, where she and her team worked collaboratively to plan and execute events, such as an annual Asian-American Career Forum. In her free time, she likes to go restaurant hunting, salsa dancing, and traveling.Barbara provides administrative support to the Light and Salt Services in Austin. Barbara is a native Taiwanese and has worked in the nonprofit community in Austin as an Office Manager and Program Coordinator for the last Three years. She received a BS in Computer science and a BA in fine Art from New Jersey Montclair State University. Barbara developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as a beneficiary of an informal Cancer support program at the Houston Light and Salt association nearly 6 years ago. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for Austin region.
Chris Chen, Board Member
Chris Chen is the Assistant Director for Engineering Services at Austin Water for City of Austin. Chris is a licensed professional engineer with a wealth of senior management and consulting experience in water and waste water systems in both Asia and USA.
Chris has been actively participating in local Chinese community activities since he moved to Asutin in 2005. He has served as a board member for Chinese Society of Austin from 2006 to 2010 and a board member for Austin Chinese School since 2010.
Elise Chen, Board Member
Ms. Chan is the president and co-owner of Unintech Consulting Engineers, Inc. (UNINTECH), a structural and civil engineering design and consulting firm, which has been in business for over 20 years. She heads up the business development and strategic planning initiatives, oversees financial management, marketing and public relations, human resources and information technology for firm-wide operations.
Ms. Chan was a member of the San Antonio City Council for five years, from 2009 to 2013. She became the first Asian American woman and the first immigrant to serve on the council. Even though her period on council came during a challenging economic time, she worked to keep the city’s “AAA” general obligation bond ratings by Standard & Poor’s, Fitch, and Moody. Ms. Chan focused on economic development and was Chair of the Economic and Community Development Council Committee. She helped create over 18,000 private sector jobs for San Antonio’s economy.Since her election, Ms. Chan was a leader on council for the city's international economic development efforts. She helped in establishing the friendship city relationships with the city of Suzhou and Wuxi, China. San Antonio signed a Sister City Agreement with Wuxi in February 2012.Ms. Chan received her Master of Science in computer engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1993. In 1997, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in computer software engineering from Beijing University of Technology.
Dr. Betty Hwang, Board Advisor
Dr. Betty Hwang was elected to the Austin Community College District Board of Trustees in November 2012. She is the first Asian American to serve on the Board. She is a leader in higher education with broad experience as an entrepreneur, a computer expert, and an educator.
As an entrepreneur, Dr. Hwang founded and built a pioneering software company that helped the State of Texas and the City of Austin modernize their computer information systems. She was a professor at Purdue University, where she taught classes that provided hundreds of students with practical applied computing skills and enabled them to get jobs where they helped strengthen some of America’s leading corporations.
Dr. Hwang was the founding Chairwoman and CEO of Victina Systems International, a software consulting firm started in Austin in 1990. She led the company to provide software services to help a wide range of clients – including various government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations such as IBM and Intel – update their legacy computer systems and advance into the modern era. She has more than 20 years of expertise in software services and management.
Dr. Hwang earned her bachelor’s degree in English Education from National Taiwan Normal University and her master’s degree in Educational Administration from Louisiana State University. She was awarded a doctorate degree in Higher Education from the University of Texas, with a concentration in curriculum and instruction in Management Information Systems.
Richard Jung, Board Advisor
Mr. Jung focuses his practice in the areas of employment based immigration and business law, including entity formation, construction, commercial transactions, commercial lease, and employment matters. He has experience assisting clients from countries as diverse as South Korea, China, Mexico and France, in their efforts to invest and establish operations in Texas. He assists businesses in navigating regulatory challenges and helps them avoid unnecessary risks. Mr. Jung’s clients range in size from affiliates of Global Fortune 100 Companies to individual investors. Drawing upon his experience as a former CEO in international business as well as his experience in the law, he provides cost-effective, real world solutions for his clients and continues to be long-term advisor to them.
Todd Wong, Board Advisor
Todd Wong, of Wong & Wong, P.C. (the “Wong Law Firm”), brings over twenty two years of experience in practicing law. After having graduated from Baylor University (1983) and from the University of Texas School of Law (1986), [where he served as Executive Editor of the Texas International Law Journal], he began practicing as a litigator in Dallas, Texas with the law firm of Fanning, Harper & Martinson.
He moved to Austin in 1989 to work on consumer-business litigation and general business matters. In 1992, he began his own law firm and in 1996, with his wife, Paula (who has since retired and opened her own piano studio), founded the firm, Wong & Wong, P.C.
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