Secretary Norman Y. Mineta’s career in public service has been both distinguished and unique. He served in Congress for over twenty years and was appointed to the Cabinet of both Democratic and Republican presidents.
For almost thirty years, Mineta represented San Jose, California – the heart of Silicon Valley – first on the City Council, then as Mayor, and then from 1975 to 1995 as a Member of Congress. Throughout that time, Mineta was an advocate of the burgeoning technology industry. He worked to encourage new industries and spur job growth, and he supported the development of the infrastructure to accommodate the industry and its tremendous growth.
Mineta served as the Chairman of the House Transportation and Public Works Committee from 1992 to 1994, after having chaired the Subcommittee on Aviation and the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation. He was the primary author of the groundbreaking ISTEA legislation – the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991.
In 2000, Mineta was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the United States Secretary of Commerce. Secretary Mineta was the first Asian American to ever be appointed to a President’s Cabinet. At the Department of Commerce, Mineta was known for his work on technology issues, for achieving international cooperation and intergovernmental coordination on complex fisheries issues, and streamlining the patent and trademark process.
Mineta was appointed Secretary of Transportation by President George W. Bush in 2001, where he served until he joined Hill & Knowlton in July 2006. Following the horrific terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, Mineta guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration – an agency with more than 65,000 employees – the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since World War II.
Mineta was also a Vice President of Lockheed Martin where he oversaw the first successful implementation of the EZ-Pass system in New York State.
Recognized for his leadership, Mineta has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom – our nation’s highest civilian honour – and the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, which is awarded for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States.
While in Congress, he was the co-founder of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and Chair of the National Civil Aviation Review Commission in 1997.
He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. Secretary Mineta is married to Danealia (Deni) Mineta and has two sons, David K. Mineta and Stuart S. Mineta, and two step-sons, Robert M. Brantner and Mark Brantner.
Susan Jin Davis, Chief Sustainability Officer, has over 25 years of experience in the communications and technology industry. In her current position, she is responsible for identifying sustainable strategies and priorities and for implementing the Company’s Sustainability Program across all of Comcast NBCUniversal business units and functions.
Prior to her current role, Susan was Senior Vice President of Operations Compliance and was responsible for implementing product policies, operationalizing regulatory and legal requirements, reducing costs to the cable business and managing business compliance.
In 2011, Susan negotiated a historic Memorandum of Understanding between Comcast and the Asian American community as part of the Company’s merger with NBCUniversal that created ground-breaking commitments in the areas of programming, supplier and employment diversity and community investment. She serves on Comcast’s Internal Diversity Council and is a Company liaison to the Comcast and NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council. She is an executive sponsor of Asian Pacific Americans at Comcast, a Company Employee Resource Group.
Ms. Jin Davis was also responsible for launching Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program in 2011. Internet Essentials offers low-cost Internet service, discounted computer equipment and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. Internet Essentials is Comcast’s largest, most successful community investment initiative, having connected more than 1 million families – over 2.4 million low income Americans – to the power of the Internet in their homes.
Ms. Jin Davis has also been integrally involved in the Company’s approach to digital literacy, providing resources to customers on safe Internet use with particular emphasis on helping families understand the Internet and teaching children how to responsibly use Comcast’s services. She created and led the Company’s On-Line Safety Advisory Council, an external body of leaders in the area of on-line safety.
Ms. Jin Davis was recently recognized by Forbes as one of “Five Women of Color Who Should Be On Your Radar Screen.” She has completed the Women in Cable Telecommunications Senior Executive Summit at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the Women’s Executive Leadership Program at the Wharton School of Business, and CTAM’s Executive Management Program at the Harvard Business School. She received the 2010 Paragon Award of the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Cable and was a fellow in the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute of the Women in Cable Telecommunications. She has been named one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable” by CableFAX and one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Minorities in Cable” by CableWorld for many years. Ms. Jin Davis is actively involved in Comcast’s diversity efforts, particularly as it relates to the Company’s relationship with the Asian American community. She serves as the Chair of the Board of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies and is a director on the Boards of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, and the Juvenile Law Center. Ms. Jin Davis also serves on the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College. She lives in Kennett Square, PA with her daughter, Sophia.
With a 27 year career at Toyota North America, Ann brings her expertise in Strategic Planning, Marketing and Community Relations to the APAICS board. At Toyota, Ann held key positions such as Corporate Manager of Lexus Marketing and Vice President of Strategic Planning, Communications and Community Relations at Toyota Financial Services. She also continues to serve on the American Financial Services Association’s Education Foundation board. Ann grew up in Japan and the Philippines and received her BA in Economics from American University in Washington, DC.
Robin Rorick is the vice president of Midstream and Industry Operations at the American Petroleum Institute. Rorick joined API in 1996 and for the last five years has worked as API’s Director of Marine and Security, with responsibility for maritime transportation issues and emergency response.
In his 20 years at API, Robin has worked in various capacities in Communications, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs and Policy Analysis. Additionally, Robin has been involved with each segment of the industry—Upstream, Midstream and Downstream—working on a myriad of issues including climate change, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and fire and safety to name a few.
Robin is responsible for all energy infrastructure issues for the Institute including the gathering, processing, storage and transportation (i.e. marine, pipeline, rail and trucking) of oil and natural gas. Robin regularly represents the API to the media, at conferences and at other speaking venues.
A graduate of the College of William and Mary and then later Johns Hopkins University, Rorick lives with his family in Fairfax, Virginia.
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Jason Chan is a Director of External Affairs for AT&T, where he leads AT&T’s national Asian American and Pacific American Islander (AAPI) engagement.
Jason works to launch grassroots, high-impact campaigns that promote AT&T’s point of view in regard to federal and state legislation and regulation. He partners with the California and Federal External Affairs and Policy teams to develop strategies for third party campaigns and ensure strong cohesive messaging to communicate policy initiatives.
He is also works to ensure AT&T is an admirable corporate citizen, by strengthening the relationship with the AAPI community. With over a decade of experience in AAPI advocacy, Jason has been instrumental in developing the company’s investment in the community.
Prior to joining AT&T, Jason held multiple government appointments with the City and County of San Francisco and served as the Political Director for the Ed Lee for Mayor Campaign.
Jason holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
Dr. Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 27nd District in 2013, after serving California’s 32nd District from 2009. She immediately got to work representing the interests of her constituents, voting on several environmental bills and working through the night on her first day in office, during a marathon debate on important healthcare reform legislation as part of her first assignment on the House Education and Labor Committee, where she serves on the Subcommittees on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and Healthy Families and Communities.
Rep. Chu also serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where she is a member of the Immigration and Citizenship, Commercial and Administrative Law, and Constitution and Civil Rights subcommittees, and on the Government Oversight Committee, where she is a member of the Information Policy and Census and National Security and Foreign Affairs subcommittees.
In addition to her vote in favor of passage of the historic health care reform bill, Rep. Chu has already championed a number of causes in Congress. She has used her extensive experience as a legislator and educator help improve our nation’s education system, helping pass a landmark college affordability bill to boost federal college grants and keep student loan interest rates low, and recently introducing a bill that would maintain adequate federal funding for much needed school lunch programs. She has also unveiled a new framework for awarding School Improvement Grants called Strengthening Our Schools (SOS), which provides a more holistic and research-based alternative to the more punitive and overly restrictive guidelines currently used.
She is working hard to help Americans emerge from the Great Recession, co-sponsoring a bill that would extend and expand the enormously successful Jobs NOW program, which uses federal stimulus funds to subsidize jobs at the local level and has already resulted in more than 11,000 jobs in Los Angeles County alone.
Congresswoman Chu is also a strong advocate for effective, humane and progressive immigration reform, having been an original co-sponsor of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR-ASAP) bill introduced by Rep. Luis Gutierrez.
Congresswoman Chu began her career as an educator and taught psychology at Los Angeles City College and East Los Angeles College for 20 years. She was first elected to the Garvey School District Board of Education over 24 years ago.
She was then elected to the Monterey Park City Council, where she served as Mayor 3 times. From there, she was elected to the California State Assembly, where she was Chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, which has control over all legislation with a fiscal impact to the state. While in the Assembly, she introduced and helped pass the most successful tax amnesty bill in the nation, which was estimated to bring in $300 million but actually brought in $4.8 billion in revenue for the state budget without raising taxes. She was then elected to the State Board of Equalization, California’s tax board.
Rep. Chu earned her B.A. in mathematics from UCLA and her Ph.D. in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.
In his role as Group Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of TMCC, Ron Chu oversees all corporate accounting, financial reporting and corporate taxation for Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (aka Toyota Financial Services) and its affiliated entities. As principal accounting officer Chu is responsible for the Company’s quarterly and annual Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, in accordance with TMCC’s status as a public registrant for its debt issuance in the US market.
Chu joined TMCC in March 2002 as national manager of tax. In 2007, he was promoted to corporate manager of tax, and in June 2010, was named vice president, accounting and tax. Chu was promoted to group vice president &chief accounting officer in January 2017. Chu was the executive sponsor of Toyota Asia American in Alliance, which supports Toyota’s business objectives, provides development opportunities for members and serves the community.
Prior to joining TMCC, Chu served as tax director at Asia Global Crossing. Before that, he was senior manager at KPMG’s Los Angeles office.
Chu is a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed in California, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Tax Executive Institute (TEI).
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, Chu earned a master’s degree in taxation from Portland State University, and a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany.
Angie Cooper is Senior Director of Global Public Policy for Walmart. Angie manages Walmart’s policy team who is responsible for legislative and regulatory strategy, political development, and reputation management for the company.
June Jee is involved in government affairs and legislative activities in NYC. She is also responsible for philanthropic strategy, grant-making, and initiatives in the foundation’s priority areas. June is an active member in the community and serves on various Boards, including MoCA, APAICS, UEAA, and WNET’s Advisory Board. She was the National President of Verizon Asian Employee Network (APEX). June received her BA in Art from City College of New York and received her Corporate Community Relations Certification from Boston College.
Tariq Khan is a recognized business leader and sought- after public speaker on changing market trends, disruption, customer relationships, social media services, leadership and diversity and inclusion. Tariq’s work has been highlighted in interviews and articles that have been published in trade and industry publications nationally and globally. Tariq is founder and CEO of Global Diversity Marketing and Global Diversity University, both companies are focused on executive consulting, training and development with a core emphasis on growing diverse market segments (multicultural, millennial and women). The client list for these companies includes major Fortune companies.
Tariq is best known for his thought leadership, leading marketing initiatives while creating the business case for diversity and inclusion. Throughout his distinguished twenty-year career, he held senior management roles at global Fortune companies including MetLife, Nationwide, and ING. In his last corporate position, Tariq was senior vice president and head of market development for ING, where he created and implemented their innovative strategy to expand into growing emerging markets.
Tariq has traveled around the globe and has developed, supported, and managed the largest and most diverse sales force in the financial services industry. He developed several award winning marketing and branding campaigns, including groundbreaking programs for the African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Women’s markets.
Tariq has made equally impressive contributions in the non-profit area. He serves on several prestigious boards including the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the Asian Pacific Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and the National Association of Asian MBA (NAAMBAA). Tariq is also a member of the board of directors of Stratford University.
In addition to being the CEO of Global Diversity Marketing, Inc., Tariq is also an adjunct professor of marketing and public relations, teaching graduate courses at New York University. Tariq holds a bachelor’s degree in international marketing and advertising from Baruch College, an MBA in marketing and management from St. John’s University and an Executive Management Certificate from Babson College. Tariq has spoken at many industry conferences on leadership, diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, connecting with millennials, social media trending and disruption around the globe.
Founding The IAMBIC Group was more than establishing a business for David. Through his pioneering work in multicultural marketing and outreach beginning at Anheuser-Busch Companies, he has developed and implemented signature marketing and sales campaigns that continue to influence how companies and nonprofit organizations build their strategic plans to reach and capture share and profit in diverse markets in the U.S. and Asia.
His appointment at the Treasury Department to serve as the Chief of Staff of the United States Mint gave him the opportunity to manage public affairs, government relations, and international affairs. During his tenure, he led an agency-wide team that created the first brand platform for the Mint since the agency’s inception in 1792. The campaign received the prestigious 2011 REBRAND 100 Global Award.
An alumnus of The Raben Group and AARP, he has completed the trifecta – corporate, government, nonprofit. He started the Asian marketing program at AARP, where in six months, he launched the first ever Asian advertising campaign and increased the number of lifetime memberships among Asians that was higher than all other multicultural groups combined.
David is active on several boards including the: Duke University Library Advisory Board, National Osteoporosis Foundation, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging and OASIS Institute. Follow David on Twitter at @TheIAMBICGroup
Based in Bloomington, IL, Ken Lam helps develop and implement strategic direction for P&C Underwriting – Business Lines at State Farm Mutual Insurance Company®. As Operations Vice President, he is responsible for the approximately 1,400 employees that service the 6th largest Business Lines insurer in North America.
In his 32 years with State Farm®, he has served in a variety of roles including commercial fire underwriter in Bloomington, IL, commercial fire superintendent in Newark, OH, executive assistant to the Chairman’s council at corporate headquarters, Vice President Operations in Tempe, AZ, Vice President Administrative Services and Operations Vice President in Milwaukee, WI. Ken is a member of the Board of Directors for Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois. He and his wife have two children.
Roberto is the founder and President of Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (ESI), a company that focuses in providing high-end and multi-disciplinary Management and Information Technology (IT) consulting services to Commercial and Government clients. Now in its 15th year, ESI is a successful company having been named in the top 30% of 2010 Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing companies with core competencies in Business Process Transformation and Management; Knowledge Management; Information Technology; Outreach and Communication Strategies; and Media and Production. Collectively, through ESI’s services, our clients have realized over $100 million in cost savings and Return on Investments (ROIs). In 2010, Roberto also developed the media and production capabilities of ESI that focuses in creating a network of Internet TV channels focused in assisting organizations gain visibility in the mainstream through the use of Streaming Video, Internet TV and social media marketing.
Roberto is an active participant in Filipino-American and Asian-American communities. Currently, Roberto is a member of the Board of Directors for the US-Philippines Society (www.usphilippinessociety.org), the preeminent Filipino-American organization in the U.S., whose mission is to increase the Philippines’ profile in the US, support the Fil-Am communities, and promote leadership and encourage Filipino Americans to get involved in community services and political process. Roberto is also a founding member and President of Cartwheel Foundation International, Inc. (CFI), a newly formed non-profit organization that will focus in conducting research and applied research in areas such as education, healthcare, information technology, etc. In addition, CFI also provides early childhood development and education, adult literacy training, and college scholarship programs to the Indigenous People (IP) in the Philippines. Roberto has served Directorship positions at the National Council for Asian American Business Associations and the Philippine- American Chamber of Commerce where he provided leadership and mentorship to members in demystifying the intricacies and complexities of Government Contracting as well as empowered members to enter the entrepreneurial world.
Grisella M. Martinez is Vice President, Government Relations, for the National Association of Broadcasters, the premier trade association for radio and television broadcasters. In this role, she advocates for broadcasters and the unique ways they serve their local communities before Members of Congress and their staff.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for GALA Hispanic Theatre and the Latino Advisory Council, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Grisella previously served as policy director for the House Democratic Caucus under former Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-CA). Before joining Rep. Becerra’s staff, she worked for both the National Immigration Law Center and the National Immigration Forum, where she was the director of Policy and Legislative Affairs.
Grisella earned an LL.M. from Washington College of Law at American University, a J.D. from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, and a B.A. in English and Political Science from James Madison.
Rep. Scott Nishimoto was first elected in 2002. He has the distinction of being selected as the first Anheuser-Busch/Frank Horton Fellow with the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies. He has been a member of the Hawaii Bar Association since 2003, received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law in May 2002 and his Bachelors degree in Sociology in 1997. At UHM, Rep. Nishimoto was elected student body president of the Associated Students of UH. His professional experience includes serving as a staff member in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and working as a law clerk at Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks. Rep. Nishimoto was a member of the 2003 Japanese American Leadership Delegation invited by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to meet with Japanese leaders in the political, business, non-profit, academic and cultural fields. He currently is on the board of directors for the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation and is a member of the State of Hawaii Workforce Development Council. In addition, Rep. Nishimoto serves on the Department of Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Interim Steering Committee, Diamond Head Lion’s Club, Kaimuki Adult School Community Council and School Community Based Management Councils for Liholiho and Ala Wai elementary schools.
Jimmie Williams is an accomplished federal and state government relations professional with19 years of progressive experience in housing and financial services. Resourceful “out of the box” thinker with a skill for establishing contacts, building relationships, and working with opposing entities to address and resolve difficult issues.
Jimmie Williams has a proven record of working successfully with industry, government leaders, senior management, community groups and trade associations to proactively address legislative and policy issues. Understanding of Federal Election Committee laws and guidelines and proven track record in PAC development, management and fundraising.
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Jay Chen was elected to the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees in 2015 after serving eight years on the school board, and in 2012 was the Democratic nominee for Congress from his congressional district. A graduate of local public schools and Harvard University, he also studied at the University of Costa Rica and Peking University.
Jay previously worked at Bain & Company as a management consultant and currently owns his own real estate business. His first job was as a travel writer for the Let’s Go budget travel series, covering Central America and South America. He is a Lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve, a Marshall Memorial Fellow, and speaks Mandarin and Spanish. Jay resides in Hacienda Heights with his wife Karen and two young children.
Throughout his 20 year career in the housing related field, Jim Park held positions in the nonprofit, government, corporate and small business sectors. In those positions, Park worked to advance sustainable homeownership and community revitalization efforts, particularly for the underserved and multicultural communities. Park served in the Clinton Administration as a political appointee working in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Park is the co-founder and CEO of New Vista Asset Management – a national distressed asset management firm focused on creating sustainable housing opportunities in communities affected by foreclosures. In addition to his role as Chair of APAICS, Park is currently the president of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, and an appointed member of the Federal Reserve’s Consumer Advisory Council. Park also participates on numerous boards of national nonprofit organizations dedicated to expanding homeownership opportunities for underserved communities. He is current on the boards of the Low Income Investment Fund and the National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development, and is a trustee of National Housing Conference.
Park attended University California, Irvine where he received his degrees in Economics, Political Science and Art. He also attended George Washington University where he received his Master’s in public policy and administration. Park currently resides in San Diego, CA with his wife Judy and three children.
Fred Underwood is Director of Diversity and Community Outreach Programs at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and manages the Association’s diversity and fair housing program. Since 1990, Fred has led the Association as it moves to embrace diversity and fair housing. He staffs NAR’s Equal Opportunity – Cultural Diversity Committee, and leads the development of NAR’s policy on fair housing. Fred initiated a comprehensive program on diversity in the housing market and developed precedent setting partnerships with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to jointly address issues diversity, fair housing and outreach to the community. He maintains liaison with private fair housing and civil rights organizations and promotes cooperation between the housing industry and fair housing organizations.
Fred has a 25-year career in promoting fair housing and inclusive communities. Prior to coming to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® in July 1990, Fred was an Equal Opportunity Specialist in HUD’s Chicago Regional Office. He previously coordinated the Fair Housing Program for the City of Evanston, Illinois, and was a tester and testing supervisor with the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities in Chicago. In the early 1980’s, Fred was Director of the Southwest Community Congress, an interracial coalition of grassroots organizations on Chicago’s southwest side. Fred has served in an advisory capacity for a number of organizations including the University of New Hampshire’s “Home of your own” project and the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington.
Fred grew up in Seoul, Korea, where his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were missionaries for the Presbyterian Church. Fred has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and holds the RCE, REALTOR® Certified Executive, designation. He and his family live in Alexandria, Virginia.