Currently Marita Cheng serves as the Interim President of APAPA East Bay Chapter. MaritaCheng was born and grew up in Hong Kong. Speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. Read and write Chinese and English. Graduated from Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Marita Cheng came to the US in 1974 for college education. Graduated with a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Oregon State University.
Upon her graduaction, she became a small business owner in 1984. She has business concentrated in catering from 10 to 2000 people, corporate and college cafeteria. She has management and leadership experience from food service management and restaurant operations to non-profit organizations, and public service.
Marita became an active member of the community in recent years. She was the brainchild andco-founder of Asian Business Alliance and Hayward-Yixing Sister City Committee. She has been board members for several organizatiosn including the Friends of Chabot College Foundation, Hayward Rotary, and Asian Business Alliance, and APAPA East Bay Chapter.
She was recognized as 2013 Woman of the Year of the 20th Assembly District by AssemblymanBill Quirk and was awarded as Volunteer of the Year by Mayor Michael Sweeney of City of Hayward.
David Sheen currently serves as the Vice President of APAPA-East Bay Chapter. David’s parents immigrated to theUnited States, so their children could pursue a higher education and obtain a more fulfilling life. Because David has had firsthand experience of the many obstacles and challenges that immigrants have to face in a new country, it was an easy choice for him to pursue a career in law with the goal of assisting others to achieve their American dream.
David is the Principal Attorney of JD Global Law Firm. He has over 14 years of professional experience as arespected attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has represented hundreds of clients ranging from multi-national companies to mid-sized and small companies, as well as individuals undergoing the U.S. immigration process.
David has also taken many leadership positions in the community. He is the President of Asian Business Alliance(2014-15). ABA is a supportive organization addressing the needs and challenges of many Asian and minority business owners, including limited exposure, language/cultural barriers, and other business development issues. He is a Past President of Citizen for Better Community (CBC 2007-08). David also serves on Congressman Eric Swalwell’s (CA Dist. 15) Immigration Advisory Board.
David is a frequent guest speaker on local media. He has been interviewed by Sing Tao Radio, San Jose Mercury
News, Channel 26 KTSF and KCNS TV on various legal and community service related subjects.
Aiwa currently serves as the Secretary of the APAPA-East Bay Chapter. Aiwa was bornin China and immigrated to the US when she was in college. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a MA in Education and then got her DPA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
Aiwa has more than 25 years of experience in the education field. Currently she teaches Public Administration at the Business School of Golden Gate University, San Francisco. She taught English at HanZhong Teacher’s University, China. She worked as an office assistant at the International Program Office and club leader of International Student Club at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA where she gained her first hand experience and knowledge of public policy about International students and management. Aihua has experience implementing public administration policies in an academic context as well as in the field. Aihua currently also is a Board member of the League of Woman Voters Eden Area, a Board Member of the Northern California Speed Skating Association, and a Board Member of her neighborhood HOA.
Aiwa is active in many community volunteering and believes in contributing for a better
April Chan currently serves as Treasurer of APAPA, East Bay Chapter. Her family immigrated to the United States from the Philippines and China. Her Chinese relatives were part of the few allowed into the country during the historic Chinese Exclusion Act.
April Chan is a former Congressional Aide and worked as a liaison to the Asian American community. In 2014, she was recognized as one of the most influential Filipina community leaders in the San Francisco East Bay. She also has been awarded an SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research Award) from the US Department of Education.
Currently, Francis Cheng serves as board member of East Bay Chapter. Francis Cheng was born in Shanghai, China and grew up in Hong Kong. He speaks fluently in Shanghainese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. He writes in Chinese and English. He came to the US in 1970 for college education.
Francis graduated from Oregon State University with double major in Bioscience and Pharmacy. He is experienced in both hospital and retail chain store pharmacy operation. He has been a pharmacy manager for over 35 years.
Francis enjoys cooking and baking. He loves fishing and wishes he could fish everyday. He also likes reading, gardening, travelling, and entertaining with friends.
Francis is a founding member of Asian Business Alliance and Hayward-Yixing Sister City Committee. He is also a board member of APAPA-East Bay Chapter.
HAL G. GIN is member of the Board of Trustees, Chabot- Las Positas Community College District since 2005. The district serves more than 24,000 students at its two colleges, Chabot in Hayward, and Las Positas in Livermore. He was first appointed to the seven-member board in 2005, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He is the first and only Asian American to serve on the governing board since the college district was established nearly six decades ago. In July 2015, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed him as Planning Commissioner on the Alameda County Planning Commission and prior to his appointment has served on the West (Alameda) County Board of Zoning Adjustments. His other board memberships include the Friends of Chabot College Foundation, City of San Leandro Successor Agency Oversight Board, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, East Bay Chapter, and Asian Business Alliance.
He is also actively serving the San Francisco Chinese community through his involvement as President of his family association, the Gin Sun Hall Benevolent Association. His other board memberships include the Hoy-Sun Ning Yung Benevolent Association, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (Chinese Six Companies), and member of the Board of Trustees of the Central Chinese High School.
Hal served more than three decades as an educators and administrator and retiring from California State University East Bay in 2005. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and social services, master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in Organization and Educational Leadership.
Kevin Ikuma currently is a board member of APAPA East Bay Chapter. He served as the President from 01/2013-07/2015 for APAPA East Bay Chapter. Kevin Ikuma has his own law firm Traback Du Bois & Ikuma which has received national recognition for achieving results in particularly challenging and notable criminal defense cases. He has worked for the past as a criminal prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney's office in numerous courthouses including Oakland, Hayward, San Leandro, Fremont and Pleasanton. He is well-versed in the art of negotiating, experienced in the nuances of plea bargaining, and knowledgeable and effective in all phases of jury trial presentation and preparation.
Kevin Ikuma graduated from University of California at Davis School of Law in 1996 for his J.D and graduated from Colorado State University, Fort Collins with M.S in Colorado in 1993.
He is involved in many community organizations. He is a member of Alameda CountyBar Association, Asian American Bar Association, Martin Kaufmann 100 Club, National Mock Trial Team, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Team, University of California Davis Moot Court Board, Volunteer Judge, Alameda County Mock Trial Competition, and Volunteer Attorney for the Asian Law Caucus.
Anna May has served APAPA since 2009, shortly after her election to the City Council in Hayward where she was the first Asian American and youngest woman to be elected to that office. Her support of APAPA includes organizing, moderating and promoting candidate forums and other APAPA events, mentoring APAPA interns and representing APAPA's mission through efforts to promote the organization in her public outreach.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan at the US Naval Hospital, Anna came to the United States as an infant and has traveled and lived in several Asian countries for work. She credits her Taiwanese mother for being the driving force behind various family members’ legal immigration to the United States. She is keenly aware of the overall detachment of Asian Americans from civic engagement and has been working to break that cycle in more than two decades of being a business owner. She has co-owned a chain of Chinese restaurants and currently co-owns a real estate brokerage while she serves the community in her work.
Anna is the founder and current president of the Mt. Eden High School Alumni Association. She has been a Rotarian since 1997 and is a Past Club President, a supporter of the arts, animal rescue, and has long served and supported non-partisan, non-political and non-profit community endeavors, with APAPA being among her favorites.
Annie is a Deputy District Attorney at the Alameda County DA’s Office. She is currently the Assistant Branch Head in the Pleasanton office. Before that, she was the co-team leader of the DNA/Cold Case Unit where she prosecuted cold homicide cases. Her prior assignments include Felony Trial unit where she tried homicides, and General Felony Trials where she tried serious felonies including robbery, sexual assaults, and homicides.
Before joining the DA’s Office, Annie worked in real estate and the stock brokerage industry. She is currently a member of several bar organizations and serves on several committees. Annie is also a board member for local and regional community outreach organizations that focus on empowering Asian Americans in the political arena. Annie co-founded the Asian American Prosecutors Association (AAPA), a statewide non-profit organization that strives to empower current and aspiring API prosecutors. She served as the President of AAPA from 2011-2014. Annie has been an APAPA board member for three years.
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.