Don Sun currently serves as the President for the APAPA-Silicon Valley chapter. He completed his undergraduate studies in China, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Planning from Renmin University. After moving to the US, Don earned his Master degree in Regional Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. He has also received a JD from Peninsula Law School, and did postgraduate research on China Economic and Political reform at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University.
Don has worked as a City Planner for the China Institute of Urban Planning, Economic Daily and Central Committee of PRC of Rural Development Police Center. He is the CEO of Sierra Tea in Cupertino and publisher of Silicon Valley Impressions Magazine.
He has been actively involved with the Cupertino community for the last 10 years, with extensive experience in promoting Asian Community involvement in civil service. He has worked with Cupertino Rotary Club, and Cupertino Historical Society, and was appointed Chairperson of the Cupertino Planning Commission in 2013 and is commissioner for his second term.
Jerry Chen graduated from Dan Jiang University in Taiwan before moving to the US. He is a partner of Child Education School Business with a wealth of experience in both the computer distribution industry and international trade. He previously worked in the food distribution business as well.
Rita is new elected APAPA treasure, former Miss China North America, former national speed skater,professional singer, partner of Silicon Valley Tax and Accounting. Her offices are in San Jose and Cupertino, practice independently. She is member of Cupertino Rotary, and actively serves in humane society as well.
Rita was born in mainland China. She loves playing piano, pastel drawing, swimming and skiing.
Chris is a long-time member of APAPA and an active voice in the Silicon Valley community.He volunteers his time on traffic, education, and civil rights issues. He actively serves the local and international community through organizations such as the Cupertino Rotary, Shin Shin Educational Foundation, United Asian Americans for Activism (UAAFA), and the Constitutional Rights Foundation.
Chris was born in China and grew up in Southern California. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and now practices patent law in Silicon Valley. Besides working and serving the community, he enjoys reading nonfiction and general aviation.
Vickie Zhang is an educator and advocate for women and youth empowerment locally and globally. Highlights of her work include co-founding and directing the IvyMax Foundation, a 501(3c) non-profit dedicated to leveraging grass-roots level efforts to build stronger and more sustainable local and global communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Great Los Angeles area, and Orange County. This organization has extended aid impoverished rural areas in China and Nepal, and established the Global Philanthropy Leadership internship programs in the summer and winter. She is also active in promoting Asian American business and public service in the San Francisco Bay Area. Vickie serves as the President of the Hunan Association of San Francisco Bay Area and Vice-President of California Hunan League.
Ms. Zhang received her B.A. degree in English from the Beijing International Studies University before serving as an Assistant Professor at the university; she also obtained her M.A. and MBA degrees in the U.S. Ms. Zhang has worked in higher education and the high-tech industries in the U.S. for more than ten years.
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.