NAAAP: Energized in 2017 with new leadership

by | Dec 30, 2016 | NAAAP Blog, National News | 0 comments

New York, NY (Dec. 23, 2016) – The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) starts 2017 with a new Executive Director and new momentum.   Cyndy Yu-Robinson will serve as Interim Executive Director of NAAAP, the premier leadership organization for Asian professionals in North America.

“Since its founding 35 years ago, NAAAP has been entirely managed by volunteers.  I’m delighted that we selected one of our own valued volunteers to serve as Executive Director.  With Cyndy’s leadership, NAAAP will achieve long-standing goals,” said Ron Chang, Chairman of the NAAAP Board of Directors and President of UPS Capital.

The new Executive Director will conduct NAAAP’s national operations under direction of its Board and work closely with a seasoned volunteer Executive Team.  Existing NAAAP programs include the National Leadership Academy, Leadership Convention, the online Career Center, NAAAP100 awards, and Women in NAAAP.  Cyndy is committed to diversifying fundraising efforts and membership benefits, as well as growing NAAAP’s Employee Resource Group program.


“NAAAP has never lacked the ability or passion, only the bandwidth to grow the organization,” said Cyndy Yu Robinson. “I love NAAAP’s pan-Asian and pan-professional reach.  I am excited to work with my fellow NAAAP colleagues in a full-time capacity as NAAAP’s first Executive Director.”

Fabian De Rozario will continue to serve as National President, leading a team of volunteers who focus on NAAAP’s national programs and support to chapters.

Cyndy has had a 25-year career in communication, public affairs, and public engagement at AECOM, Lenovo, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  She also advocated for diversity and inclusion activities with each employer and served as the APIA Outreach Director for North Carolina during the 2010 Census.  Cyndy has volunteered for NAAAP for the past seven years, including spearheading NAAAP’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2012 and launching as NAAAP’s Chief Marketing Officer.  Cyndy grew has also served on seven other non-profit boards and volunteered with Asian-serving organizations in cities where she has lived. A graduate of Singapore American School (1983), Stanford University (BA, 1987) and University of California, San Diego (MPIA, 1991), Cyndy and her family now reside in Raleigh where she will continue working for NAAAP.

About NAAAP:  The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is the premier leadership organization for Asian professionals in North America, with nearly 30 chapters and several thousand members.  Since 1982, NAAAP has operated as a nonprofit to inspire, develop, and connect leaders in all major industries and countless communities.  NAAAP engages in professional development programs and community service on the local and national level.  For more information, please contact Miranda Wong, NAAAP’s Chief Marketing Officer, at [email protected] or see