Edward Chow, Jr. has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, and has dedicated his life to helping veterans. He served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (2009-2015), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (1993-2011), City Administrator for the City of Kent, WA (1989-1993), and Director of Emergency Services for Washington State. He has an illustrious background related to his military experience, beginning with service in the US Army Reserve. Upon graduating from Seattle University, where he earned his Bachelor of Commercial Science, he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant and served in the US Army, in Germany and also in Vietnam, awarded the Bronze Star, and completed his military service with the rank of Captain. He has served at the national and local levels of various veterans’ organizations, such as National Vice-President, Vietnam Veterans of America (2001-2005) and President of the Maryland State Council for the Vietnam Veterans of America (2006-2009), and is a life member of the Japanese American Veterans Association. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the Director of Programs for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization that serves as an informational resource to Congress about the Asian Pacific American community. In 2000, he received the Legion of Honor from the Chapel of Four Chaplains, and, in 1992, he received the President’s Executive Award from the Washington State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America. He earned his MPA from the University of Puget Sound, Certificate of Planning for Nuclear Emergencies from Harvard University, and Certificate from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs from the University of Texas Public Executive Institute.
Stan Tsai, President President and Chair, Community Service Committee
Born and raised in Taiwan, Stan Tsai came to the United States to attend college and earned a Master Degree in Computer Science. He worked as a computer software engineer in the healthcare field for more than 20 years. As a long time grass roots community service organization leader and volunteer, he serves in many Chinese community organizations in the Washington DC area, including as Chairman of the Board and President of the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, Inc. (CCACC); Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Asian American Homeownership Counseling, Inc.; Co-chair of the Asian American Advisory Group to the County Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland; Member of the Board of Directors for the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) and Co-president and Board Member of the OCA DC Chapter; Vice President and Board Member on the Republic of China (ROC) Veteran Association of Metropolitan Washington; Member of the Board of Directors for the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA); and Co-Chair of Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats-Maryland (CAPAD-MD).
Chiling Tong, APAPA co-Founder
Chiling Tong is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the International Leadership Foundation (ILF), and co-Founder of the Asian Pacific American Public Affairs Association (APAPA). She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and the Policy Committee Chair of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE), and co-Chair of the Coalition of Asian American Business Organizations (CAABO). She oversaw the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and served as a member of the U.S. Commerce Secretary's Advisory Council of Minority Business Enterprise and was an Ash Center Research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. She was the Chief of Staff and Associate Director at the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to her appointment with the MBDA, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Pacific at the International Trade Administration, in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Previously, she served as the Director of California's Office of Trade and Investment in Taipei, Taiwan, and served as Assistant Secretary for International Trade in the California Trade and Commerce Agency. She has also worked for the California State Senate Office of Public Affairs as the Chief Asian American Affairs Advisor and was appointed by President George W. Bush as a Commissioner of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Soohyun (Julie) Koo
Soohyn (Julie) Koo, Vice Chair
Soohyun Koo is the managing principal of Luceque Global Group, connecting opportunities globally and solving problems for corporations and organizations between the United States, Korea, and China. Previously, she was appointed by two successive Mayors to lead the office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs in the District of Columbia. During her 8-year tenure, she advised the Mayor and the District government agencies on issues related to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population of 40,000 in Washington, D.C. She also directed community engagement and outreach to an average of 35,500 people annually. In this role, she designed and orchestrated a comprehensive communication and outreach campaign that increased the agency’s community network by 500 percent. She also served in the same agency as an outreach coordinator, then deputy director for a total of 6 years. During this time, she spearheaded the sister city agreements between the District of Columbia and Seoul, Korea. She also worked closely with the D.C.-Beijing, China sister city committee to facilitate a cultural and economic partnership. In her native country of South Korea, she was a senior specialist for Korea-China’s Economic Relations and Corporation division at the headquarters of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Seoul, where she advised on trade and investment policy between China and South Korea. She is the recipient of the Downtown Business Improvement District’s (BID) 2009 Momentum Award for Downtown Detail, for her role in restoring the iconic Chinatown Gateway Archway. In addition, her work as a tireless advocate has won her numerous awards, including the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award. She earned her MA in Interpretation and Translation from the Graduate School of International Studies of Hankook University in South Korea, and is a certified conflict resolution facilitator. She is a senior advisor of the US-China Chamber of Commerce, advisory board member of the International Leadership Foundation, and serves as an advisor for several other non-profit organizations.
Name, Vice President
Divya Mehra, Secretary
Divya Mehra is a first generation American, born to Punjabi-Indian parents. She currently works as a documentation and proposal manager for an IT company, focusing on a biometric identity product. She has a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, and an M.S. in Public Policy, Peace Operations from George Mason University. Her passion is in international affairs and non-profit work. Her experience stems from starting her own non-profit with similar interests as APAPA – particularly, civic collaboration and community service, and hopes to bring some of her non-profit experience to the group.
Rana Shaikh, Treasurer
Rana Shaikh is vice president in the Small Business Banking division at BB&T, with over 16 years’ experience in the finance industry with expertise in business development, commercial financing, cash flow analysis, treasury management services, and portfolio management. She has also served as a Commissioner (since 2012) to the State of Maryland’s Governor's Commission on South Asian American Affairs, working closely with the South Asian diaspora community to engage individuals and organizations in partnerships with State government in promoting their social, cultural, and business interests, including through initiatives such as Muslim Legislative Night, formulating a book highlighting Muslim patient health, cultural, and religious needs that will be distributed by the State of Maryland to hospitals and medical care facilities, and hosting government officials for Ramadan events. She was the 2013 Co-Chair for the State of Maryland Asian American Business Conference, the largest Asian American Business Conference in the State of Maryland with over 600 attendees comprised of business owners, community members, state legislature, Governor, and state executives. The conference focuses on connecting Asian business owners to resources within the state government and provide relative information regarding, financing, taxation, import/export and government contracting. She is active in interfaith initiatives throughout the metropolitan region, most recently organizing an interfaith artists showcase. She is frequently called on to provide business expertise within the community, and focuses her work on building strong business relationships and financial solutions as a means to promote and uplift the South Asian community.
Allen Goshi, Chair, Advocacy Committee
Lieutenant Colonel Allen (Al) Goshi, U.S. Army, Retired, currently serves as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in Hawaii. Inspired by his family’s and the Asian and Pacific Islander community’s heritage of service during and after World War II, he attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He served in Armored Cavalry units in West Germany and the United States, and attended Georgetown University Law Center under the Army’s funded legal education program. During his 26 year career as a Judge Advocate officer, he became one of the Army’s legal experts on special operations, counterterrorism, foreign assistance, and rule of law development. He advised senior military and civilian government officials in the United States and on a dozen combat and operational deployments. He also served as a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), close quarters firearms, and freefall parachuting instructor. In his final combat tour, he spent 2 years in Afghanistan and South Asia assisting military and civilian officials with foreign government rule of law efforts. His awards include the Outstanding Armed Services Attorney Award from the Judge Advocates Association, the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medals, Combat Action Badge, as well as awards from foreign governments and the U.S. Department of State.
Haipei Shue, Co-chair Advocacy Committee
Haipei Shue, a native from mainland China, came to the United States as a graduate student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in sociology. He came to Washington DC in the early 1990’s as a student activist, human rights advocate, business lobbyist and an avid environmentalist. In the last ten years, he participated more in Chinese and Asian American community affairs and has been a strong advocate for its political participation. He is also a frequent commentator with media outlets and honorary president of the National Council of Chinese Americans.
Chair, External Affairs
Gail Schnell, External Affairs Committee Chair
Gail is the President & CEO of Schnell-Tech Solutions LLC, an IT Consulting and Contracting company, and is a US Army Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) veteran. After returning home from her deployment in Afghanistan, she started her company, which is woman-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned, and SDVOSB Certified. She was born in Hawaii, grew up on US military bases in Japan, and has a Philippine ethnic background. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Technology and is certified with Security+ and CISSP. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Rising Star Honoree Award at the Women Veterans Rock Rally. She was selected for a Fellowship with The Mission Continues as part of Bravo Class of 2012. She was chosen as a 2013 “Leaders & Legends” Honoree at The Women Veterans Summer Retreat. She is an alumna of Project Opportunity, V-Wise, WVEC, and EBV, and volunteers with Team Rubicon, IAVA, The Mission Continues, and Team Red, White, and Blue. She and her company mentored middle school girls in Cybersecurity. She serves as the Director of Veteran's Initiatives for ISSA-NOVA, and is the Veteran Education Department Team Lead for Hire Our Heroes. She was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to the Maryland Military Monuments Commission. She was selected in 2015 as a Women Warrior Honoree by NBC, and was honored with the President of the United States Call to Service Award while she was the Project Leader for the 9-ll Day of Service in Washington, DC.
Co-chair, External Affairs
Xin Tao, Co-chair, External Affairs Committee
Xin Tao is an attorney with Hogan Lovells, an international law firm, advising clients on food and drug law with a particular focus on food ingredients, food packaging materials, and dietary supplements. He has helped numerous food and dietary supplement companies evaluate the need for marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). With both a working knowledge of the applicable regulatory requirements and a strong understanding of food science, he is able to work with clients closely to navigate the evolving FDA/USDA regulatory environments, communicate with agency officials, and develop innovative regulatory strategies. He earned his BS in biotechnology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, his MS in biochemistry from Texas A&M University, and his JD from Georgetown University where he was Senior Editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.
Chair, Leadership Development
Rose Li, Leadership Development Committee Chair
Rose Li is President and CEO of Rose Li and Associates, Inc. (RLA), specializing in science management and research administration, including project management, research policy development, scientific writing and editing, peer review, and scientific meeting planning. Prior to founding RLA in 2003, Dr. Li held leadership positions at the National Institutes of Health, including as Special Assistant for Policy Development with the NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison, as Chief of the Population and Social Processes Branch in the Behavioral and Social Research Division of the National Institute on Aging, as Senior Policy Advisor to the NIH Office of Extramural Research, and as a program official with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She is past president of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (2010-2012), and currently serves as co-chair of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P) - DC Region. In 1999, she was named Outstanding Woman in Science, Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Commission for Women, and was selected as a Fellow of the Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation. She earned the endorsement of the Washington Post as a Republican candidate for Delegate (Maryland District 16) in 2014. She served on Maryland Governor-Elect Larry Hogan’s Transition Team, and was appointed by the Governor to the Commission on Aging. She is a member of the Asian Pacific American Advisory Group to the County Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland. She appears occasionally as a commentator on Montgomery County’s 21 This Week public affairs cable TV program. She completed her BA and MBA from the University of Chicago, her PhD from Princeton University in Public and International Affairs, with a concentration in population policy, and postdoctoral studies on aging in Asia at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Co-chair, Leadership Development
Bouy Te, Co-chair, Leadership Development Committee
Bouy Te, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, immigrated to Minnesota in 1981 where he restarted his high school education, and subsequently began his career in education and politics in education. He started as a classroom teacher with the Minneapolis Public School District and as the district’s Federal Title VII Parent Program Developer for 6 years. In 1993, he was selected by the National Coalition of Advocates for Students (NCAS) in Boston, MA to direct the first national project that focuses on building partnerships between Asian American/immigrant families and U.S. public school systems. In 1999, he became one of the two highest-ranking Asian American political appointees at the U.S. Department of Education. In 2001, he was named the National Education Association’s (NEA) Director of School System Capacity, the highest-ranking Asian American executive staff member in the NEA’s 150-year history. In 2014, he began a career in real estate while continuing his advocacy work on education and political empowerment issues. He has served in numerous leadership roles with Asian Pacific American organizations, i.e. President of the National Association for the Education and Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese Americans (NAFEA), Chair of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and a Founding Board member for the National Cambodian American Organization (NCAO). He recently joined Angkor Association Inc. (AAI), a Cambodian American organization that focuses on providing social and cultural support to the Cambodian American community in the DC/VA/MD area, as the Vice President for policy and compliance. He earned his MPA with concentrations in Laws and Government from Hamline University, MN, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota.
Song Hutchins, Board Member
Song Hutchins is President and CEO of Asian-American Homeownership Counseling, Inc. (AAHC), established in March 2010 to help promote responsible and sustainable homeownership, particularly among recent immigrants who have significant difficulty navigating the American financial and housing system. In December 2007, she founded the DC Metro Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), for which she now serves as President and inaugural Chairperson of the Board of Directors. AREAA DC Metro is dedicated to providing its members with essential information to help grow their businesses and learn how to best serve the Asian American community in today’s volatile housing market. She is a Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP) and Vice President at Capital Point Funding Group, Inc. where she is an expert on reverse mortgages for seniors serving the Maryland, Virginia, and DC region. She is Chairwoman of the Washington Korean Realty Association (WKRA) in the Greater DC area. WKRA’s mission is to help guide Korean realtors to better serve the Korean homeownership community with up-to-date market information, rules and regulations (compliances), and provide direct educational programs to consumers. She is also Co-chair of the Asian American Advisory Group to the County Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland.
Roy Liu, Board Member
Roy Liu is an associate with Hogan Lovells. His practice focuses on navigating global traders and investors through a variety of complex U.S. regulatory and litigation issues. His areas of practice include U.S. export controls and economic sanctions, reviews and investigations by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, anti-corruption compliance (including compliance with the FCPA ), and U.S. customs regulations. He also has experience in antidumping investigations and WTO and trade policy issues. He earned his BA in philosophy and mathematics from Williams College, and his JD from Stanford University.
Farah Moiduddin, Board Member
Farah Moiduddin is a program manager for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Her program reaches and assists all facets of the FDA work to enforce laws and regulations, such as the Food Safety Act of 2009. With her familiarity in FDA policy and her experience in information technology, she is able to marry the two to assist the FDA in streamlining its processes and automating reviews to make more efficient and timely decisions on enforcement actions. She earned her Bachelor's degree at University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). During her tenure at UMCP, she worked full-time at Booz Allen Hamilton, which shaped her career at the FDA.
Corinna Yi-Yuan Shen
Corinna Yi-Yuan Shen, Board Member
Corinna Shen was born and raised in Taiwan. She is a prominent Asian American entrepreneur and community leader in the Washington Metro Area, with 40 years of experience in business ownership, marketing, public relations, and community organizing. After attending Ming Chuan University in Taipei, she settled in Seattle, Washington in 1975 where she managed a family-owned seafood business as well as a Seattle-based import export company. Currently, she is the owner of Gourmet Inc. T/A Seven Seas, a Chinese restaurant located in Rockville, Maryland. As a business owner and expert on Asian cuisine, she has hosted various culinary workshops as well as television news, radio shows, and other trade shows. She is also a partner with MIE Group, an international public relations consulting company. She served as Director of Public Relations for the International Leadership Foundation (ILF) for 12 years. She is co-founder and Board member of the Washington Chinese Gourmet Association, and a member of the Asian American Advisory Group to the County Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland. She has received recognition for her business leadership and community service by the White House, U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Maryland State, Montgomery County (MD), City of Rockville, and Taiwan.
Clifton Yin, Board Member
Clifton Yin is a communications specialist at a government consulting firm, Energetics Incorporated, where he supports the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office. He previously worked at the California State Assembly, first as a Jesse M. Unruh Fellow and then as a legislative assistant, for Assemblyman Robert Huff. He has also worked at Capital Development Strategies, a Sacramento-based political fundraising firm, and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based think tank. He serves as a council member of the Millennial Action Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering future-oriented political leadership. He also volunteers as a career mentor for college students as part of a Taiwanese American Professionals program. Clifton graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a bachelor's degree in government and history and received a Master of Public Policy degree with a focus on environmental and regulatory policy from Georgetown University. Although he was born in San Jose, California, he spent much of his childhood growing up in Beijing, Seoul, and Taipei.
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.