In 2008, NAAAP began a program to recognize the most exemplary leaders in the Asian community. The NAAAP 100 award is offered annually to the most influential leaders who have made significant contributions to their profession and the Asian community. Previous award winners include the late Senator Daniel Inouye, Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi, Superbowl MVP Hines Ward, and playwright David Henry Hwang.

In 2016, NAAAP also began a program to recognize our most promising up-and-coming leaders in the Asian community. Like NAAAP 100 honorees, these NAAAP Inspire honorees have had a significant impact in business, government, or nonprofits.

Nominations for both awards are due by Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 11:59 PM PDT. Anyone may submit a nomination, and self-nominations are permitted. If you submit using this form.You may also request a paper copy of the nomination form or ask questions of the program director at

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprising NAAAP’s leaders and approved by NAAAP’s National Board.  Decisions are based on the nominee’s career achievement and eputation, contribution to the Asian community, and alignment with NAAAP’s vision and mission. Individuals who nominated for a NAAAP 100 award are automatically also considered for a NAAAP Inspire award. Each year, typically two to three nominees will be selected for the NAAAP 100 honor and one nominee will be selected for the NAAAP Inspire honor.

The NAAAP 100 and Inspire award nomination form can accessed at or



A printable version is also available as a Word document, which can be requested at and returned to

NAAAP 100 and NAAAP Inspire Honorees will be guests at the annual Leadership Convention, held this year from August 23-25 at the Intercontinental Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta, GA and culminating in an awards dinner on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

For further inquiries, please contact the Director of NAAAP Awards, Anam Virani, at

2017 Presenting Sponsor

Congratulations to the recipients of the NAAAP 100 award in 2017

The following recipients will be honored at the closing awards gala at the 2017 Leadership Convention, ERG, and Diversity Career Fair, Presented by NAAAP, at the Chicago Swissotel:

Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee, poet

Bernie Wong

Bernarda “Bernie” Wong, philanthropist.

Linda Yu

Linda Yu, an acclaimed and award-winning journalist.

Congratulations to the recipient of the NAAAP Inspire award in 2017

The following individual was honored at the closing awards gala at the 2017 Leadership Convention, ERG, and Diversity Career Fair, Presented by NAAAP, at the Chicago Swissotel:

Nanxi Liu

Nanxi Liu, entrepreneur.

Congratulations to the recipients of the NAAAP 100 award in 2016

The following recipients were honored at the 2016 NAAAP National Convention and Diversity Career Fair in Las Vegas (Ms. Chang was honored at a ceremony earlier that year):

Juju Chang

Juju Chang is an acclaimed and prize-winning journalist for ABC News. She was the first Korean American to serve a prominent role on a national U.S. morning news television show when she joined Good Morning America in 2009 and is a founding member of the Korean American Community Foundation. She received her NAAAP 100 award at a ceremony in February 2016 hosted by The National Society of Leadership and Success.

Thomas Park Clement

Thomas Park Clement is the Founder and CEO of Mectra Labs, an inventor with 42 U.S. medical patents, a humanitarian, the author of The Unforgotten War and Dust of the Streets: The Journey of a Biracial Orphan of the Korean War, and a prominent leader of the Korean American Adoptee community.

Dr. Victor J. Dzau

Dr. Victor J. Dzau is the President of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) and Vice Chair of the National Research Council. He is the Chancellor Emeritus and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University, the past President and CEO of the Duke University Health System, and previous Chairman of the Department of Medicine at both Stanford University and Harvard University.

Dr. Omar Ishrak

Dr. Omar Ishrak is the Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, which is the world’s leading medical technology company with more than $28 billion in annual revenue and operations reaching approximately 160 countries. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society.

Dr. Santa J. Ono

Dr. Santa J. Ono is the 15th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia and former President of the University of Cincinnati. He is recognized as one of the most admired leaders in higher education and a visible, outspoken advocate for social progress. Dr. Ono has also held faculty and administrative roles in medicine and biology at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, University College London, and Emory universities.

Congratulations to the recipient of the NAAAP Inspire award in 2016

The following individual was honored as the inaugural recipient of the NAAAP Inspire award at the 2016 NAAAP National Convention and Diversity Career Fair in Las Vegas:

Brian Wong

Brian Wong is the Canadian co-founder and CEO of Kiip, a leading mobile advertising network.  Founded in 2010 by Mr. Wong when he was 19 years old, Kiip develops rewards platform technology for major brands, such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Capital One, P&G, and Unilever.   Mr. Wong graduated high school at age 14 and graduated from the University of British Columbia at age 18, landing a job at Diig in Silicon Valley before founding Kiip.  The youngest person at the time to ever receive venture capital funding and an individual lauded by multiple media outlets, including by Forbes “30 under 30” for three years, Mr. Wong published his first book The Cheat Code in September 2016.

Congratulations to the recipients of the NAAAP 100 award in 2015

The following recipients were honored at the 2015 NAAAP National Convention and Diversity Career Fair in Dallas:

Ronald W. Chang

Ronald W. Chang is the President of UPS Capital, a long-time advocate for developing Asian leaders, and a supporter of numerous diversity initiatives.

Mr. Chang has worked for over two decades at UPS, with an early role in 1991 as a supervisor in Finance and Accounting. In 1996, he moved to Singapore to become Controller of the Asia Pacific Region, where he was responsible for a $700 million book of business, comprised of twelve subsidiaries and countries spanning across Asia. In 1999, UPS relocated Mr. Chang to London to become Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions, Treasury for Europe and Asia, where he worked on cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures, currency hedging, and debt placements. When Mr. Chang was asked to become Vice President of Finance for UPS’ Pacific Region in 2005, he assumed responsibility for one of the corporation’s largest business units. His promotion to Global Head of M&A and Intellectual Property in 2007 marked an expansion of his strategic role, for which he led an M&A team to fulfill his acquisition vision while working with investment banks and the UPS Board of Directors. Mr. Chang’s service as Vice President of Strategy at UPS Capital in 2013 was quickly followed within a year to his promotion as the President of UPS Capital, which offers financing and insurance services to protect companies from risk and manage cash in their supply chains.

As an individual of Korean descent, Mr. Chang has also volunteered his time to uplift the Asian community and promote inclusion in general. He has mentored and served as a role model to his fellow coworkers at UPS, helping to shape the company’s Asian talent development initiative and diversity leadership program. In 2010, Who’s Who in Asian American Communities recognized Mr. Chang with a Leaders & Legends Award for his influential contributions. Mr. Chang has also volunteered his time and supported several community organizations, including the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP). Mr. Chang earned his Masters Degree from Pepperdine University and lives with his wife and two children in Atlanta.

Tammy Nguyen Lee

Tammy Nguyen Lee is President and Co-Founder of Against The Grain Productions and is an award-winning producer and filmmaker, professional actor, and philanthropist.

Born in Saigon, Mrs. Lee fled Vietnam on a boat when she was less than three months old and spent over a year in a Hong Kong refugee camp before being reunited with family in Dallas. After graduating near the top of her class from an International Baccalaureate program with intensive training in theater and music, she declined a scholarship to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts to be closer to family, matriculating at the esteemed Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU). As an undergraduate, she was a leader in several Asian organizations, and her short films Lunar Cycles and First Slow Burn were screened in various film festivals across the country. Mrs. Lee also reigned as Miss Asian American Texas from 1999-2001. Soon afterwards, she earned her M.F.A. at UCLA while producing films and continuing her work as a professional actor and spokesmodel.   In 2005, Mrs. Lee co-founded the nonprofit Against The Grain Productions, which is dedicated to Asian Americans in the arts and has raised funds for orphanages in Vietnam and given scholarships to emerging Asian leaders. Her documentary Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam has won numerous national and international film festival awards and has brought attention to the aftermath of what has been called “one of the most humanitarian efforts in history.”

For over a decade, Mrs. Lee has made a tremendous impact in her local community through ongoing charitable and civic efforts. Mrs. Lee serves as an educator in promoting awareness around poverty, Asian culture, and female leadership, with key roles at the SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center and the SMU Meadows Alumni Advisory Council. In 2010, Mrs. Lee was honored with a Distinguished Alumni award, and in 2012, she received the NAAAP DFW Leaders of Excellence Award. Her work on the Board of Directors for Women in Film Dallas and her close work over the past four years with NAAAP DFW have made her one of the most well-known and respected leaders in the Dallas Asian community. Mrs. Lee lives in Dallas with her husband, their two daughters, and their miniature schnauzers, Oscar and Emmy.

Albert Wong

Lieutenant Commander Albert Wong is the President of AKW Global Enterprises, a judge, an advisor, a diplomat, and a community leader.

Born in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, Mr. Wong immigrated to Canada in 1971. Immediately after receiving his Canadian citizenship in 1976, he became one of the first Asian Canadians to join the Canadian Armed Forces. For over 35 years, Mr. Wong has served as an officer and has been recognized as one of the top public affairs professionals within the military for strategic communications, issues of national security, and emergency management. Mr. Wong has also served on a number of UN peacekeeping missions in Africa and worked with President Karzai and his team to help stand up the government in Afghanistan. In addition to leading AKW Global Enterprises, his management consulting and communications company, Mr. Wong is the Chief Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, a Citizenship Judge for the Greater Toronto Area, a member of the Regimental Senate, and a Reserve Public Affairs officer.

Mr. Wong has dedicated a significant portion of his personal time to mentoring and helping others in Canada and abroad. He has acted as a mentor and served as a highly sought-after speaker for the Asian Canadian community, especially for those interested in military service. While in Afghanistan, he raised funds for orphanages and schools for mentally handicapped children and began initiatives to aid in the healing of post-traumatic active and veteran military. He served as the Chair of the Mississauga Board of Chinese Professionals and Businesses which raises funds for community initiatives. For his various efforts, Mr. Wong has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Canadian Forces’ Decoration, the Canadian Peacekeeping Service medal, the Vice-Regal Commendation, the United Nations Eritrea medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, the Chinese Canadian Legend award, and most recently in June 2015, the Transformation for Public Service award.

Congratulations to the recipients of the NAAAP 100 award in 2014

The following recipients were honored at the 2014 NAAAP National Convention and Diversity Career Fair in Anaheim:

Gary Locke

On March 9, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Gary Locke to be the 10th Ambassador of the United States of America to the People’s Republic of China. He was confirmed by the Senate on July 27, 2011 and was sworn in on August 1, 2011. He assumed duty as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the People’s Republic of China on August 13, 2011, serving until February 21, 2014.

Previously, Ambassador Locke served as the Secretary of Commerce, where he helped implement President Obama’s ambitious agenda to turn around the economy and put people back to work. As the administration’s point person for achieving the President’s National Export Initiative, he presided over a 17 percent increase in exports from 2009 to 2010, while exports to China saw a 32 percent increase. Ambassador Locke also oversaw a significant first step in the

President’s export control reform effort that strengthened national security, while making U.S. companies more competitive by easing their licensing burden for exports to partners and allies.

Before his appointment to the President’s Cabinet, Ambassador Locke served two terms as Governor of Washington, the nation’s most trade-dependent state. He expanded the sale of Washington products and services by leading ten productive trade missions to Asia, Mexico, and Europe. During the eight years of the Locke administration, Washington State gained 280,000 jobs, despite two national recessions.

As both Governor and Commerce Secretary, Locke’s innovations in government efficiency, customer focus, and priority-based budgeting, as well as successful and under-budget management of high risk initiatives, have won him acclaim by nationally recognized authors and organizations, including Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Along with his longstanding commitment to public service, Ambassador Locke has extensive experience working with China. As Secretary of Commerce, he co-chaired two sessions of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade that resulted in important changes to Chinese trade policy, helping to level the playing field for U.S. businesses exporting to and operating in China. As Governor of Washington, he successfully strengthened economic ties between China and Washington State, more than doubling the state’s exports to China to over $5 billion per year. As a partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, he co-chaired the firm’s China practice.

Ambassador Locke is the first Chinese-American to serve as Ambassador to China, as Secretary of Commerce, and as Governor. His grandfather emigrated from China to Washington State, initially finding employment as a servant, working in exchange for English lessons. His father, also born in China, was a small business owner, operating a grocery store where Ambassador Locke worked while receiving his education from Seattle’s public school system.

Ambassador Locke earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University and a law degree from Boston University. He is married to Mona Lee Locke, and they have three children together: Emily, Dylan, and Madeline.

Grace Lee Boggs

Born in 1915, Grace Lee Boggs is a legendary activist, philosopher, writer, and speaker whose seven decades of visionary thinking and political involvement encompass the major U.S. social movements of the past hundred years. A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Dr. Boggs received her B.A. from Barnard College (1935) and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College (1940). She developed a twenty-year political relationship with social activist C.L.R. James, followed by extensive civil rights activism in Detroit in partnership with her husband, James Boggs.

Dr. Boggs’ published writings include Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century (with James Boggs in 1974, reissued with a new introduction by her in 2008), Conversations in Maine: Exploring Our Nation’s Future (with James Boggs, Freddy Paine, and Lyman Paine in 1978), Living for Change: An Autobiography (1998), and The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century (with Scott Kurashige in 2011). Her writings and interviews have also been widely disseminated through newspapers, magazines, websites, and academic journals.

In her nineties, Dr. Boggs remains exceptionally active as a community activist and columnist for the Michigan Citizen. In 1995, her friends started the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership to continue James and Grace Lee Boggs’ legacy of revolutionary ideas and visionary organizing. In Fall 2013, the James and Grace Lee Boggs School was launched near Dr. Boggs’ home on the Eastside of Detroit by place-based educators dedicated to the Boggs’ vision. In 2014, the documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, directed by filmmaker Grace Lee, won several major film festival audience awards and premiered on PBS.

Dr. Boggs’ many honors include honorary doctorates from the University of Michigan, Wooster College, Kalamzoo College, and Wayne State University. She also has been given lifetime achievement awards from the Detroit City Council, Organization of Chinese Americans, Anti-Defamation League (Michigan), Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, Museum of Chinese in the Americas, and Association for Asian American Studies. Dr. Boggs has also been named as Detroit News Michiganian of the Year and has a place in both the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Harry Q. H. Lee, II

Harry Q. H. Lee, II is the Vice President of Corporate Contracts, Pricing and Supply Chain at Northrop Grumman Corporation, which is a Fortune 100 company based in Falls Church, Virginia and is one of the world’s largest global security companies. Mr. Lee leads all aspects of contracts, pricing and supply chain, including responsibility for the company’s risk review process and the development of company-wide contracts and pricing policies, direction, and training. Mr. Lee also has responsibility for developing and implementing Northrop Grumman’s supply chain strategies and key processes, including socio-economic business planning, strategy, and compliance. With over 35 years of combined aerospace and defense business management experience, Mr. Lee serves as the principal interface with key government regulators regarding all contracts and pricing matters, government regulatory policy, and oversight.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Lee was the Sector Vice President of Contracts, Pricing and Program Business Operations for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems, where he led 1400+ business management professionals responsible for executing contracts, pricing and estimating, cost and schedule management, ITAR/Export, and risk management disciplines. He joined the company in 1986 and rose through a number of increasingly-responsible management positions, leading aircraft and electronic divisions in New York, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and California. Prior to his time at Northrop Grumman, Mr. Lee worked for several years in contract management at Hughes Aircraft Company and G&H Technology, Inc.

In addition to earning a B.S. in Finance from California State University, Fresno, Mr. Lee has completed several executive and program management programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. At Northrop Grumman, he is an executive sponsor for the Asian Pacific Professional Network employee resource group and is also an active advisor to the South Bay chapter of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). Mr. Lee also serves as an executive advisor to programs established with Cal State Fullerton and the University of San Diego’s Rady School of Management. Since 2011, Mr. Lee has served on the Senior Advisory Council of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP).

David H. Tsubouchi

David H. Tsubouchi is the Registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Trades, is appointed as the Honorary Consul General for Mongolia, and is author of his memoir “Gambatte,” which was nominated for the Speaker’s Book Award. He also currently sits on the Board of Governors for Seneca College and on the Board of Directors for the Markham Stouffville Hospital. Mr. Tsubouchi has worked as a partner in several law firms and has also served on other Boards of Directors, including for Hitachi Canada, York University, the Canadian Professional Golf Tour, and Teranet Income trust. He also was appointed by the Republic of Vietnam as the Co-Chair of the Canada Vietnamese Business Council.

Mr. Tsubouchi holds the distinction of being the first Japanese Canadian to have been elected to any position in Canada. In 1988, he was elected as a Councilor for the Town of Markham, serving for six years. In 1995, he became the first Japanese Canadian to be elected to a provincial legislature and also to serve as a Cabinet Minister. Mr. Tsubouchi served as a Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Markham for two terms and has held several cabinet posts in the Ontario Legislature, including Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Solicitor General, Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet, and Minister of Culture. As a campaign chair, Mr. Tsubouchi has raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations and institutions, including Seneca College, Georgia Brown College, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, and the Rising Sun Campaign to assist victims of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan.

Mr. Tsubouchi has received several other awards and honors, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Bruce Bryden Award from York University, the Award of Merit from the Japanese Canadian Community, and the Canadian Horse Racing Industry Award of Recognition. Mr Tsubouchi is a frequent lecturer and key note speaker, speaking on matters including business development and the imprisonment of Japanese Canadians during WWII.

Born in Toronto, Mr. Tsubouchi’s parents were interned during World War II, when Canadians of Japanese descent were imprisoned and their property, possessions, and businesses were confiscated. His memoir “Gambatte,” which is a Japanese word meaning “do your best and never give up,” recalls his family and outlines his unusual career path, which has included acting, writing, law, politics, and community service. Mr. Tsubouchi holds a B.A. from York University, a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, and an LL.D. from Assumption University.

These honorees join our prior recipients:

  • Mr. Tom Hom, founder, Tom Hom Group
  • The Honorable Daniel Inouye, U.S. Representative, Hawaii
  • Ms. Constance Lau, President and CEO, Hawaiian Electric Industries
  • Mr. Don Liu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Xerox Corporation
  • Mr. Chris Lu, U.S. Cabinet Secretary, Assistant to the President, and co-chair, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Mr. Lang Lang, Pianist
  • Ms. Thear Suzuki, Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Mr. George Takei, Actor, Narrator, and Author
  • Dr. Doris Ching, Vice President of Student Affairs, University of Hawaii
  • Mr. Richard Lui, News Anchor, MSNBC and NBC News
  • Senator Vivienne Poy, Senator of Canada, author, entrepreneur, fashion designer, and historian
  • Mr. Ike Song, Vice President of Situation Awareness Systems, Northrop Grumman
  • Mr. Hines Ward, NFL Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers; and Commissioner, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Ms. Tracey Doi, Group Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
  • Mr. Brad Furukawa, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Northrop Grumman
  • The Honorable Mike Honda, Congressman of California’s 15th Congressional District
  • Dr. Jim Yong Kim, physician and president, Dartmouth College
  • Ms. Svetlana Kim, author, White Pearl and I: Memoirs of a Political Refugee
  • Ms. Sachi Koto, founder and CEO, Sachi Koto Communications, Inc.
  • The Honorable Norman Mineta, U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • Mr. I.M. Pei, architect and founder, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners
  • Mr. John Cho, Actor
  • Ms. Martha Choe, Chief Administrative Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ms. Chan Hon Goh, Director, The Goh Ballet Academy and Former Prima Ballerina, The National Ballet of Canada
  • Ms. Sonya Gong Jent, Vice President of Operations, State Farm Insurance
  • Ms. Doreen Ho, President and CEO of United Commercial Bank
  • Mr. Neil Horikoshi, President and Executive Director, Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Qi Lu, President, Online Services at Microsoft Corporation
  • Ms. Michelle Rhee, Chancellor, Washington D.C. Public Schools
  • Ms. Mable Yee, CEO and Founder, Engage Her, Inc.
  • Mr. Scott Oki, Founder and Chairman of Oki Developments, Inc.
  • Mr. David Lum, Motorola, Director of Asia/Pacific Product & Support Operations, Government & Public Safety
  • The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Former Secretary of Labor
  • Mr. David Henry Hwang, Playwright
  • Mr. J.D. Hokoyama, President and CEO of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)
  • Mr. Bill Imada, Chairman and CEO of IW Group
  • Mr. Paul Lee, Esq., Partner of Goodwin Proctor
  • Ms. Maya Lin, Artist and Architect