Dr. Albert Wang is an internist and a partner at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic.He was born in Taiwan and came to the US at the age of 14. He is married to his wife Anna, and a proud father of three wonderful children, age nineteen to twenty-seven. Dr. Wang graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a BS in Biochemistry,and MD from UC San Diego.
He has broad experience in community service in many areas. He has served as President of the American Cancer Society, Northern California Chinese Unit, Citizens for Better Community,Friends of Children with Special Needs, Vision New America, and is currently the President of Asian Americans for Good Government PAC.
Dr. Wang’s political experience includes managing campaigns for Chinese Americans running for elected offices. He has directed the campaign of Fremont City Councilman Steve Cho (2000,2004, 2008), Fremont Unified School District Board members Anna Muh (1996) and Ivy Wu(2004). He has been active in promoting Asian American leadership development, founding the Citizens for Better Community Summer Youth Internship Program in 1994. He also participated vigorously in the national fight against the violation of the basic civil rights of Dr. Wen Ho Lee and Captain James Yee.
For his long history of community service, Dr. Wang was honored with the American Cancer Society Silicon Valley Region Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award, Citizen of the Year Award by Citizens for Better Community, the Dana Sambor Volunteerism Award from Alameda and Contra Costa County Joint Developmental Disability Council, “A League of Their Own”award from the Fremont Education Foundation, 2007 KQED Disability Culture Award, featured on KGO TV Profile for Excellence in 2010, and was selected as Community Hero by the World Journal for 2005. Currently, Albert serves as the chair for APAPA’s Bay Area Region.
Joel Wong currently serves as the President of the APAPA-Bay Area Region (APAPA-BAR). He was born and raised in Hong Kong and graduated from the Diocesan Boys' School. He received a full scholarship from the United Christian Board of Higher Education in Asia from the International Christian University in Tokyo where he majored in Biology. In 1963, Joel came to the United States to study at the University of Houston, where he received his graduate degree in Industrial Microbiology.
Joel has worked as a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional and a Registered Environmental Assessor in private industry, and at the Lawrence Livermore National laboratory. During this time, Joel was also the owner of Environmental Safety Resources, an environmental consultant firm that conducted environmental assessments and occupational health and safety consultations. His teaching experience included teaching Occupational Health as an Adjunct Professor at the Cal State University East Bay, UC Davis and UC Berkeley.Joel has also been involved in Asian American affairs and at various times served as the Chair of the Asian Pacific Affairs Council at LLNL, President and Board Members of the Chinese American Political Association and the CAPA Public Affairs Education Fund. After his retirement in 2000, he doubled his efforts in public service and served on the 80-20 Initiative's National Board of Directors.
Phong La is Vice President and General Counsel of PTR Manufacturing Inc. PTR supplies the flat panel display and solar industry with precision machined and sheet metal parts. Phong also serves as the General Counsel for the Sai La Family LP, a family owned real estate holding company. His legal and real estate experience spans the management, operation, and development of commercial and residential properties in Northern California. In addition, Phong has his own law practice and is also a licensed Real Estate Broker and Realtor. Phong taught courses in Real Estate Law, Real Estate Economics and Property Management at San Jose City College.
Phong holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of California at Davis and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Phong serves on various boards and commissions. Phong serves on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Woman Against Rape(BAWAR), a rape crisis center for men, woman and children serving Alameda County; Co President of the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County; Special Adviser for the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association – Bay Area Region;a board member and former Treasurer for the Newark Chamber of Commerce; Executive 307/2014 Committee Chairperson for the Asian Americans for Good Government PAC, and Commissioner of the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs.
Phong was a former member of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Fremont and former board member of the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay. Phong was born in Cam Ranh, Vietnam. His family escaped Vietnam and arrived in America when he was two years old. Phong currently resides in Fremont, CA. In his spare time, Phong enjoys fishing, camping, hiking and operating his vineyard. He is a fifth generation fisherman and the first generation in his family not to do it for a living, which is a blessing because he would starve if he did.
Henry currently is the Vice Chair of APAPA Bay Area Region. He was born in China and raised in Taiwan. He immigrated to the US in 1974. He went to San Jose State University and got his MS in Industrial & Systems Engineering,1978. Henry is the Founder and Chairperson, California Green Technology Center from March 2012 to present, promoting green tech exchange & investment to California. He is the Founder and President of USA-China-Link from 2003 to present, specializing consultation on technology & business transfer between USA and China. He is also the Founder and President, Giant Y, Inc. from 1985 to 2013, specializing manufacturing process & assembly equipment for Surface Mount Technology (SMT), a modern technique for printed circuit board assembly.
Henry has dedicated to 50+ major projects over 30 years ranging from international charity, education, youth, senior, handicapped, health, homeless, business to leadership training. He was the Commissioner for the State of California Economic Development (12/2009 – 1/2013). He served as the President for the Fremont Rotary Club from 2006 to 2007 and the Chairman (2004-2005) & Director (1997-2006) for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. He is the Co-Founder, Past President, and Director for Citizens for Better Community (CBC). He also served as the Commissioner for the Economic Development Advisory Commission (2001-2008) in the City of Fremont.
Our mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education and active participation in civic and public affairs. The organization educates the public about public policy and provides opportunities for our youth to gain firsthand knowledge and experience in governmental and public affairs.