Ki Wilson is a Director of the Global Network Field Operations for the Verizon Potomac South region. In his present assignment, he leads a multi-discipline team responsible for delivery of Voice, Data, and Video products and services for domestic and global customers throughout Potomac market segment. Ki has over three decades of telecommunications experience, including 10-year tenure in the United States Air Force prior to joining the former Bell Atlantic Company of Virginia in 1990. Originally from South Korea, Ki holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and Executive Leadership Development Certificate from Wharton-Penn University. Ki currently serves on the board of Verizon Asian Pacific Employees for Excellence (APEX) Employee Resource Group and Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Washington Metropolitan area.
Nina Un rediscovered her passion for volunteerism and non-profit work while a stay-at-home mom. She is a supporter of numerous charitable organizations and is an active volunteer in the community. In addition to her commitment to AALEAD, Nina is a founder of Care To Lunch, a charity-focused lunched series in Tyson’s Corner and also co-founded Jade Philanthropy Society to encourage leadership and local philanthropy by Asian Americans in the metropolitan area. Professionally, Nina began her investment consulting career in 1997 with Cambridge Associates and was most recently a Group Director at Morgan Stanley. Nina is currently a financial advisor with The Juergensen Group at Merrill Lynch. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, food and friends, and watching her boys play baseball. Nina resides in McLean with her husband and their two sons.
Sharon Eliatamby is a consummate professional with 24+ years of well-developed knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry. She is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University. Raised in Malaysia, Sharon comes from a multinational background and is fluent in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Hokkien and German. She has worked with exclusive hotels, convention properties, catering organizations, high-profile events and clients. Sharon has an impressive and successful track record working as a leader and helping increase service standards, quality and profitability. She has impeccable interpersonal skills and professionalism when handling international protocols. She is also a member of the International Association of Protocol Consultants, a graduate of the Emily Post Institute. Sharon is so passionate about hospitality that she made a commitment to herself to give back to the community. In her spare time, she teaches etiquette to students from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Sharon has received numerous awards for exceptional service and performance. She was also recently awarded the “President’s Award” from Society for Hospitality and Food Service Management (SHFM) for her dedication and devotion to the hospitality world.
Sue Graham has built her entire executive career as a high energy, fiscally conscious, and goal-driven technology executive. Sue began her career in information technology while at the Kansas State University Computing Center in Manhattan, Kansas. Sue earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Computer Science with a concentration in software engineering from Kansas State University. In 1989 Sue founded InfoPro, with the vision of creating, building, and sustaining an organization capable of competing effectively in the federal market, and able to provide services that strengthened InfoPro customer’s ability to meet the mission the public expects.
Sue was also recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, and was nominated as one of the Top Twenty-Five Influential Minority Women in Business by the Minority Business & Professionals Network, Inc., in 2002. She is listed in the Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.
Steve Hsu has served as a mentor for a current AALEAD middle school youth in DC for over three years for AALEAD’s Mentoring Program. In addition, he has been involved with AALEAD by volunteering for the Summer Program at Thomson Elementary School as well as sharing his experiences at AALEAD’s Aspire to LEAD events. Outside of AALEAD, Steve is active in the Asian American professional community. Since 2012, Steve has been a management consultant with PwC in their Financial Services Advisory practice, specializing in risk management. Prior to his career in consulting, he worked at J.P. Morgan in various roles in fixed income operations. Steve graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Finance and earned an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.
Hanh Le is the executive director of the Weissberg Foundation, a family foundation in Arlington, VA that works to advance social justice locally, nationally, and internationally. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the chief program officer at Exponent Philanthropy, where she led educational programming, content development, and internal learning efforts. Hanh has directed training, grant, and technical assistance programs for KaBOOM!, Community Technology Centers’ Network, and the Peace Corps. Hanh holds degrees in environmental geology from the College of William & Mary and urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia. Inspired by the power of collaborative impact, she co-founded DC’s Cherry Blossom Giving Circle and co-chairs the Metro-DC chapter of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Hanh is passionate about family, friends, dogs, biking, food, matrixes, and bad TV.
Karen Urcia joined Renner and Company in 2003. She specializes in auditing, accounting and tax services to trade associations, public charities, scientific organizations, federal award recipients, schools, and other not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Urcia also works with closely held businesses and their owners. In addition to providing traditional accounting and tax services to clients, Ms. Urcia has developed substantial expertise in such areas as tax planning, financial reporting, financial projections and budgeting and can also assist clients with QuickBooks to better maintain business records. She provides services in Tax Exempt, Individual, Partnership, Corporation and S Corporation tax return preparations. Ms. Urcia is actively involved in organizing several tax related seminars for both businesses and not-for-profit organizations throughout the year that are sponsored by the firm. She has also stepped in with training and development of new and current staff members within the firm. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband.
Yang-Ro (Yang) Yoon has worked in international development for over three decades and has started to explore social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. As the first Korean-born and -educated female professional economist to join the World Bank, she worked as a Senior Economist in various sections and regions of the Bank – Research, Africa, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and Caribbean Countries, China and the World Bank Institute. At the Bank, she was deeply involved in the aid effectiveness and international governance. While being a Bank staff, Yang had also a stint at WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, working for the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. After her retirement from the World Bank, Yang has established an NGO, Foundation for Empowerment (in Washington DC), and cofounded the Heinz and Liselotte Nehring Stiftung/Foundation (in Mannheim, Germany). Yang is particularly interested in nurturing citizens’ true ownership and self-confidence (“can-do” spirit) in order to unleash their creativity and innovation. Yang views herself as a deeply rooted global villager. She loves art and is passionate about cultural exchange; in 2015 her philanthropy helped the Smithsonian’s Freer/Sackler Gallery revive and reinvigorate the then dormant Korean Film Festival DC. Yang graduated from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (English Major) in Korea and got a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Harvard (Kennedy School of Government) followed by Master’s degree in Labor Economics and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Cornell University.
Khang Hiu has a deep connection with the Asian-American Community going back to his college years when he was Asian Student Union President and Vietnamese Student Association Treasurer. Khang’s involvement with AALEAD proudly extends over 15 years beginning as a mentor. He has fond memories of mentoring a middle school Vietnamese student for two years whose family lived on Park Road NW. Khang is currently a Director at HTS Infosys, LLC, which is a family and minority owned small business providing IT, Program Management and Administrative Support to the Federal Government and Industry. Born in Cau Mau, Vietnam, but grew up in Manassas, Virginia, Khang holds a BA from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon University. In his spare time, Khang loves to travel the world, invest in real estate, sample and cook different cuisines, and spend quality time with family and friends.
Board Chair Ban Tran works at Merrill Lynch with 40 years of professional experience in wealth management, international banking, trade finance, and foreign exchange in New York, DC and Vienna. He is a frequent lecturer at local companies, universities and non-profit organizations, speaking on subject such as retirement planning, estate wealth protection and transfer, and concentrated stock diversification strategies. Mr. Tran graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations, and earned his MBA in International Finance from George Washington University. In his spare time, Ban enjoys gardening, yoga, basketball and is an avid marathon and triathlon participant.
Eun Yang anchors News4 Today, the #1 rated morning news in Washington for which she has won 2 EMMY awards. Yang joined News4 as general assignment reporter specializing in covering breaking news for News4 at 11. She then anchored the weekend editions of News4 Today. Yang has been the first to tell Washington area viewers about breaking overnight news, severe weather, and major Washington stories since 2010. Her field anchor assignments have included the Inaugurations of presidents, visits by two Popes, Opening Day at Nationals Park which she covers every year, and the Winter Olympics in South Korea. In addition to anchoring News4 Today, Yang files compelling community stories about people and organizations important to the Washington area. She also won an EMMY for hosting a local restaurant show called Foodies: DC for several years. Before joining News4, Yang worked at the National Geographic Channel in Washington and WUSA-TV.
Yang was named Alumna of the Year by the University of Maryland Asian Studies Program and serves on the Board of Visitors for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She was inducted into Montgomery County’s Women’s History Archives. Born in Seoul, Korea, Yang moved to the Washington area before she was three. She grew up in Prince George’s County and Montgomery County, attended Paint Branch High School and graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Maryland.
She and her husband are raising their three kids in Washington, DC.
Sandy Dang is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF). Prior to joining VEF, she was the co-founder and principal of 11plus Philanthropy, a company that provides leadership training to nonprofit leaders. For a decade, she was the founder and Executive Director of Asian American Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (AALEAD), an organization that supports immigrant and refugee families through a broad array of educational and social services, including academic enrichment, one-on-one mentoring, leadership training, and family support services.
In 2011, Ms. Dang was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Education Foundation. In addition, she is currently serving on the Community Advisory Board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Community Advisory Council for WETA Television. She was selected as one of the 12 Washingtonians of the Year 2001. She also holds a BA from Duke University, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, and a Masters in Social Work from Catholic University.
Jacob Hsu is the CEO of Catalyte (www.catalyte.io), a workforce data science company and one of the fastest growing providers of software engineering services in the United States. It produces diverse, affordable and sustainable
software engineering talent for the world’s most progressive companies. Catalyte closes the talent gap by leveraging an AI-based algorithm to identify exceptional individuals with the aptitude to become great developers and with a
proprietary talent transformation program that creates ready-to-hire software engineers.
Prior to Catalyte, Mr. Hsu was CEO of Symbio, a global software engineering and R&D services company. He transformed Symbio from an early stage startup to a global diversified IT services company. Together with its parent company VXI, Symbio had over 23,000 employees around the world.
Before joining Symbio, he was the founding CEO of Trilogica, a data aggregation software company, and the founding CEO of Epitome, a banking applications company. Mr. Hsu began his career in investment banking focused on mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Hsu has also co-founded or been a founding investor in over thirty other companies in the United States and Asia. He received his bachelors from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was named by Chief Executive Magazine as one of the world’s Top 12 Young Global Leaders of Tomorrow and as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Mr. Hsu is a founding member of the Markle Foundation’s Rework America Task Force, focused on modernizing the nation’s outdated labor market and unlocking economic opportunity for American job seekers, workers and businesses. He is also a board member of Welcoming America, which helps cities in the US be more welcoming of new immigrants.
Amee Shah serves as the CEO of Artemis Consulting, Inc., a professional services firm offering IT technology solutions and management consulting services to the commercial and public sectors. She has considerable experience in fostering business partnerships and realizing success for her clients while providing IT management, program management, organizational transformation and business process improvements services to public and commercial clients. Ms. Shah has previously worked with IBM and SRA International. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, a Master’s degree in International Relations from The American University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School at the University of Maryland. Before joining the AALEAD Advisory Board, she served as the Member of the AALEAD Board of Directors for four years. She is a strong supporter of the Girl Scouts of the National Capital Area, leading and co-leading troops for many years.
Susanna Chang, serves as a manager at Aronson LLC, with nearly 10 years of experience focusing in the government contracting space. She works with her team to execute various assurance services, which are typically mandated by third-party lenders or creditors, shareholders, bonding companies, or security regulators. From the preparation of financial statements to providing business and financial consulting, Susanna applies her extensive industry knowledge to bring clients efficient and effective assurance services, which improve internal accounting controls and reporting systems. Mrs.Chang graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in accounting, and is an active Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. She resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and german shepherd and enjoys running and traveling in her spare time
Minh Le has been a long time advocate for empowerment of the Asian and Vietnamese community in the U.S. From 2001-2003 she served on the Board of Asian American LEAD, a non-profit organization which supports low income and underserved Asian American Youths. As a believer in civic participation, Ms. Le helped organize Asian Americans during the 2008 and 2012 election cycles and also served on various political committees at the national and state level. Ms. Le also served as Commissioner to Maryland Governor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs during the O’Malley administration. She is also served two terms as an elected Council Member of Chevy Chase Village, a municipality just outside of Washington, D.C. Currently, Ms. Le is a member of the Kennedy Center Community Advisory Board.
Ms. Le received her Master degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Economics from the George Washington University. She worked in the field of International Development focusing on agribusiness, micro-finance and humanitarian assistance before taking a break to raise her family. Currently, she owns her own business as an Empowerment Coach, helping to empower women in business, civic engagement, and their personal lives.
Minh Le is married and has two children. She also has a friendly dog called Tabasco.
Valerie J. Pelton is an attorney, mediator and former U.S. Air Force Signals Intelligence and Adversary Electronic Combat Operations Officer who has represented U.S. and international technology, telecommunications and aerospace companies. She currently works for the U.S. Postal Service. She is admitted to practice in Texas, Virginia, New Jersey, California and the District of Columbia. Ms. Pelton was awarded a Master of Laws (Highest Honors) in National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law from The George Washington University (“GWU”) Law School, a Masters Certificate in Government Contracting from the GWU Business School, a J.D. from Whittier College, an M.A. in Political Science by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and a dual baccalaureate in Modern European Studies and French from Vanderbilt University. She is active in Washington area business, legal and sailing groups and is studying Chinese culture and Mandarin language at GWU’s Confucius Institute. Ms. Pelton Co-chairs the International Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and serves on the Advisory Boards of Devotion to Children and Asian American Youth Leadership, Empowerment and Development. Her work is published in the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, The International Lawyer, Journal of World Energy Law & Business, Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal and Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems.
Smita Dutta is currently developing new international regions at Amazon Web Services after many years at IBM. Her other work experiences includes as an analyst at a bank in Switzerland, and as an exhibition researcher at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She holds an MBA from Yale and an MA in history of science from the Johns Hopkins University. She was on the AALead board for 10 years and served as Board Chair for 3 years. She lives in Arlington with her husband and daughter.
Jeffrey Slavin was initially elected as mayor of Somerset in 2008 where he was previously a member of the Town Council from 2002 to 2008. Active in Montgomery County’s philanthropic community and nonprofit sector, he has served on a variety of boards and commissions. He is a member of the Maryland Mayor’s Association, has been elected to several terms on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Municipal League and has served as a trustee of the Community Foundation for Montgomery County. In 2011 he was named as the county’s Philanthropist of the Year. Jeffrey has been a licensed real estate broker since 1983, and for over 25 years had his own property management company. A graduate of Tufts University, Georgetown University Law Center, and the State and Local Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, he also has participated in numerous leadership programs, including Leadership Montgomery and Leadership Maryland.
Lan Tran is a Board Certified Orthodontist with a practice in Tysons Corner, VA at Novel Smiles. He was born in Vietnam but has grown up in the northern VA area. He attended Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Tech, The College of William and Mary, and VCU School of Dentistry. He enjoys traveling, mentoring, volunteering, and learning new things. His passion is in understanding why people do what they do and how to maximize human potential. He has traveled to 20 countries, and hopes to reach 100 before all is said and done. He looks forward to bringing energy to AALEAD and making an impact in whatever way he can.
Mr. Rex Wu, Co-Founder of SEAL Foundation (non-profit organization 501c approved) and National Field Director of Premier Financial Alliance (PFA) Inc, went from a Aerospace Engineer to an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist. After graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Masters in Aerospace Engineering and then working as an engineer, Rex was not totally satisfied . He later found his true passion in Premier Financial Alliance after being introduced to the Living Benefits Crusade in 2007. Rex has been a 5-Diamond Million Dollar Club Member since 2008 and recently has earned his 9th diamonds, received the Presidential Rolex Watch, and has been awarded the infinity team MVP consistently from 2008 – 2014. Rex is passionate about educating families the real secrets of money and helping them to achieve their own financial security utilizing different financial vehicles, and give back to the community via his newly found non-profit organization named SEAL Foundation. Rex Wu and his teams have helped thousands of families across the US to build wealth, protect asset, and distribute them in some of the most efficient ways available in the financial services industry. Rex believes everyone can achieve financial independence with the right education and discipline.