Meet the NAAAP National Team

The NAAAP National Administration team is a group of dedicated volunteers that serve the organization, run its programs on a national level and support our many chapters and ventures. Bios and photos are posted beneath the President’s Greetings.

If you are interested in joining the National team, please review our open positions and contact us. In additional to national opportunities, NAAAP chapters are always looking for volunteers to serve locally. Find the chapter closest to you.

Executive Team

Betty Lo

Interim National President

Betty joined Lumenor Consulting Group as the Organizational Change Management (OCM) Practice Lead where she is responsible for providing end-to-end OCM solution development and delivery to increase organizational productivity and profitability for Lumenor’s clients. In working with key clients, Ms. Lo ensures the successful implementation and adoption of OCM methodology to drive faster adoption, greater utilization and higher proficiency in the changes impacting the organizations. Ms. Lo brings over 20 years of experience leading organizational change management efforts across multinational Fortune 500 companies such as The Coca-Cola Company and Newell Brands, Nielsen and Accenture leading global and cross-functional programs in communications/PR, marketing, inclusion and diversity, and multicultural business strategy in addition to OCM centric initiatives. She has helped many organizations through transformational change, unlocking the trapped capacity for growth.

Betty was the Head of Marketing & Communications for Global Inclusion and Diversity at Accenture where she oversees the development and implementation of integrated marketing and communications programs for more than 400,000 employees. Ms. Lo was also responsible for the development of Accenture’s global community partnership initiative aligned to Accenture’s inclusion and diversity strategy, including women, LGBTQ, People with Disabilities, cross-cultural and multicultural ethnic communities. She also led a dynamic team that produces high impact global inclusion initiatives and programs such as Accenture’s International Women’s Day celebrations across 49 countries and over 200 locations.

Prior to Accenture, Betty served as Vice President, Community Alliances & Consumer Engagement for Nielsen and worked with community leaders, media, entertainment and consumer businesses to promote Nielsen’s education, philanthropic, and public affairs initiatives in the community. She led Nielsen’s community alliances, consumer engagement and events activations for the Eastern U.S., the national Asian American community, multicultural advertising, Diverse Intelligence Insight Series for the Asian American Consumer and Nielsen’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council.

Ms. Lo is an active leader in the community and serves on the national board of National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIA Scholars). As a mom to an active girl, Betty is also passionate about narrowing the gender equality gaps for the next generation of girls so they can realize their full potential.

Betty earned her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College and graduated from the Executive MBA program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

Fabian De Rozario

Immediate Past National President

Fabian De Rozario is a consultant and facilitator of talent engagement seminars/programs, delivering more than 100 workshops and seminars each year at Fortune 100 companies domestically and abroad. Program topics include diversity & inclusion, cross-cultural proficiency, workforce engagement, and leadership.

Fabian is a Senior Consultant and Lead Facilitator at Korn/Ferry International and also has a private consulting & training practice, GlobalConnect LP. He also serves as the Diversity Director for the National Society of High School Scholars.

Fabian was born and raised in Malaysia and completed his secondary education in Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with two B.S. degrees (Management and Marketing) and a M.S. degree in Parks & Recreation Administration.

He served in student services leadership, instructor, and corporate trainer roles at Northern Illinois University and at University of Arkansas at Little Rock (where he was the Director of the Donaghey Student Center). From 1998 to 2006, Fabian was the Director of U.S. University Relations and Global Operations for the Golden Key International Honour Society headquartered in Atlanta.

Fabian is a leader and frequent volunteer in the Atlanta community, serving as the 2009 & 2010 President of NAAAP Atlanta (National Association of Asian American Professionals) and co-founding MAG (Malaysian Association of Georgia). In June 2005, Fabian received the Georgia Society of Association Executives President’s Award and was named a “Mover & Shaker” of the association in 2007. Fabian is a 2006 honoree of Who’s Who in Asian American Communities (WWAAC) in Georgia and now serves on the WWAAC Foundation Board. He is also currently on the Board of Directors at CPACS (Center for Pan Asian Community Services). He is a graduate of the 2009 class of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute, and is a member of the 2011 Class of Leadership Atlanta. Fabian has previously served as NAAAP National’s Chief Business Development Officer (2011-2013) and Career Fair Director for the 2011 National Convention.

Cyndy Yu-Robinson

Executive Director 

In NAAAP’s first paid full-time position, Cyndy Yu-Robinson oversees daily operations of the organization.  She supports and coordinates the actions of NAAAP’s volunteer leaders in areas of business development, programs, communication, and administrative efficiency.

Cyndy has volunteered for NAAAP since 2009 and has worked on NAAAP’s Leadership Convention every year.  As Chief Marketing Officer from 2011 to 2013  she spearheaded NAAAP’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2012 and launched ALIST Magazine.  As Chief Programs Officer, she supported national programs including the NAAAP100 awards program, the National Leadership Academy, the NAAAP Leadership Convention and Recruitment Expo, the NAAAP Speakers Bureau, Women in NAAAP (WIN), Successful Parents in NAAAP, (SPIN), Fitness in NAAAP Everyday (FINE).

Cyndy Yu-Robinson has worked for 25 years in communication, public affairs, and public engagement.  Her passions include environmental sustainability, community service and philanthropy, and sports and fitness. Cyndy worked as a Congressional liaison and public information officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 18 years and served as the Asian Special Emphasis Program Manager for 9 of those years. She moved into private sector as Lenovo’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for one year, and served on numerous non-profit boards including that of Sustainable North Carolina for 3 years. Most recently, she did public outreach on roadway, transit, and water projects at AECOM, a global infrastructure and environmental services company.

Her service to the Asian community includes being a volunteer at the Asian Women’s Center in San Francisco, an officer of the Triangle Area Chinese American Society in North Carolina, President of the NC-Chinese Business Association, and project director for Census 2010 Outreach to Asians and Pacific Islanders in North Carolina.

Cyndy graduated from Stanford University in 1987 with a bachelor’s in human biology and from the University of California, San Diego, in 1991 with a master’s in international relations and Pacific Studies.

Cyndy and her husband Steve run a martial arts school in Raleigh and train athletes, including their daughter and son, for national and international competition. As a direct result of leadership and networking skills fostered in NAAAP, Cyndy’s martial arts school hosted the AAU Karate national championships and 3000 competitors at the Raleigh Convention Center in 2015 and will do so again in 2017.

Contact her at director at naaap dot org [] or cyndy dot yu dash robinson at naaap dot org

Will Cheng

Chief Chapter Relations Officer / Chair of the Presidents Council 

full bio coming.

After years of serving on corporate ERG boards, Will joined NAAAP MN in late-2016, as part of the team to reestablish the Minnesota chapter. For over a year, he has rebuilt the operational board, set a new vision that aligns to corporate API ERGs, and continues to influence ERGs in the Twin Cities. In 2019, Will was named NAAAP Leader of the Year and was elected by his peers to serve as Chair of the NAAAP Chapter Presidents’ Council.  By design for an interim period, the Presidents Council Chair position will serve as the CCRO, an advocate for needs, perspectives, and resources for chapters.

Will is part of the Cargill family, leading global Animal Nutrition finance data strategy and analytics. Prior to Cargill, he spent over 11 years at Target Corporation, working in In-Direct Procurement, U.S. Stores Business Intelligence, Canada Stores Business Intelligence and Marketing Insights & Analytics. He served on Target’s Asian Business Council (ERG) for over 6 years, most recently as chair, establishing a strategy that focused on API awareness, development and community engagement.

He resides in the south metro with his wife and daughter. Will is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity, and sits on the board for Medal of Honor Twin Cities and host committee for APIASF; and also advises for the Southeast Asian Diaspora Project (SEAD).

Ashley Mack

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Ashley Mack oversees NAAAP’s accounting, budget forecasts, payment and reimbursement policies, and guards against waste, fraud, and abuse. In 2018,Ashley also served as deputy general manager for the Leadership Convention in Atlanta.

Since 2016, Ashley has been supervisor of billing services, at Southern Company Gas. She leads a team of of 8 accountants responsible for $1B+ in annual billing revenue. At Southern Company Gas, Ashley is also co-founder & chairwoman of Soar Asian ERG, the company’s first Asian ERG with a mission to recruit, retain and advance Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees across the company and to support the AAPI communities they partner with and serve.

Iyleen Summer

Chief Programs Officer

As Chief Programs Officer, Iyleen oversees multiple NAAAP nationally branded programs including the Leadership Academy, ERG leadership training program, Leadership Convention, Women in NAAAP, NAAAP Pride, and NAAAP recognition programs (NAAAP 100, Inspire, and Pride Awards).  Iyleen has first hand program knowledge through planning the 2019 and 2020 Leadership Academy agenda and serving as a program assistant in NAAAP’s ERG leadership training conferences for five years.   Iyleen also planned professional development programs for NAAAP Boston for several years.

Outside of NAAAP, Iyleen currently works in product management at WorldStrides Explorica in Boston. Previously she has worked in the non-profit and higher education sectors. She has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Asian Studies. She also volunteers for the Diversity Board at the Big Sister Organization of Greater Boston.

Ezra Baeli-Wang

Chief Marketing Officer

Ezra Baeli-Wang is a speechwriter and organizer working in politics, AAPI visibility and opportunity, and LGBTQ+ activism in athletics. His commitment and approach to his work stems from his experience as a poet, Division I student-athlete, and as the mixed-race child of a queer parent and a first-generation immigrant parent.

He is a speaker at colleges, conferences, and community organizations nationwide, and led the Atlantic Coast Conference student-athlete community’s successful grassroots campaign to repeal North Carolina’s House Bill 2. Ezra also organized past and present UNC student-athletes, including professional and Olympic athletes, in the successful campaign to remove a confederate monument on UNC’s campus.

Currently, Ezra serves as the communications strategist for The Inclusion Playbook, a sports impact consultancy focused on LGBTQ equality and representation in athletics. He is also a speechwriting intern at West Wing Writers, the premier speechwriting firm in D.C., led by former speechwriters to United States presidents, vice presidents, governors, and cabinet secretaries.

Ezra is the recipient of the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, the Athlete Ally Action Award, and was named one of the top 10 most influential people in the North Carolina Triangle’s athletic community. His poetry has appeared in December Magazine and Hunger Mountain among other literary journals and has been nominated for the Best New Poetry Award and a Pushcart Prize. His speeches have been delivered everywhere from galas and graduation ceremonies to grassroots activism workshops and diversity and inclusion summits.

Sherman Wong

Chief Technology Officer

Sherman is CEO and Founder of Big Data Tomorrow, a data-driven startup company: (1) providing consulting services to organizations that range from big data challenges, product management, project management, and management of offshore development, and (2) building data-driven sites for various verticals.  Prior to joining the NAAAP Executive Team, Sherman provided all sorts of infrastructure advice and support to NAAAP Southern California chapters.

Hans Huang

Chief Legal Officer

Hans H. Huang has more than fifteen years of legal experience in small and large firms as well as serving as general counsel and an executive team member with multiple for-profit and non-profit corporations. Hans started his legal career as a volunteer with North Carolina Legal Services while attending the University of North Carolina School Of Law (JD ‘98). Although he joined the oldest North Carolina law firm of Maupin Taylor to handle Health Care Certificate of Need Litigation and Securities Fraud Matters, Hans also provided corporate counseling to multi-national companies and resolving complex international and cross-border disputes. In 2006, Hans became a partner with Maupin Taylor and expanded his practice when the firm merged with Williams Mullen. In 2009, Hans joined BioResource International, a biotech company headquartered in RTP as its Director of Corporate Development and General Counsel and eventually started his own firm in 2012.

Currently Hans participates in various entrepreneurial projects himself. He has operated, owned, sold, and developed various restaurants and lounges since 2004. Since 2012, Hans has joined several management teams including for the following: asset recovery and management services company; real estate development company; document management, logistics and fulfillment center; a winery; a clothing and accessories franchise including online operations; and a law firm focusing on Asian-owned businesses and Asian clients.
Hans’ non-profit experience includes forming, serving, and sitting as legal advisor to several non-profits, charities, and political organizations, including Band Together for North Carolina which organizes large functions benefiting various charities including The New York Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund and The Washington DC Survivors Fund, Special Olympics, and Operation Smile. Hans previously held Board positions with local non-profits and charities including SafeChild, North Carolina Chinese Business Association, Hyphen-American Leadership Organization (“HALO”), Leadership Raleigh Alumni Association, Raleigh Chamber/Small Business Section, Carolina First Fund Raising Campaign, UNC-CH’s Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and the NC Bar Association’s Minority Outreach Section Member.

Legal, Regulatory, and Procedural Compliance
Intellectual Property including DCMA, Trademark, and Copyright
501 (c)(3) Group Exemption Compliance
Agreements (Negotiating and Drafting)

Mike Valdez

Chief Business Development Officer

Mike Valdez serves as Chief Business Development Officer with the NAAAP National Administration. In this role, he oversees, coordinates and manages all activities related to NAAAP’s fund-raising efforts.

Mike’s began and continues his involvement with NAAAP in Chicago starting 2004 as a member in the Midwest Asian Affinity Business Network (MAABN) program, now Asian Affinity Group Leaders (AAGL). Through this involvement, he began to understand first-hand how NAAAP Chicago focuses on creating an open forum for Asian American corporate leaders throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas. Having served on NAAAP Chicago’s Board as Director of Corporate Relations from 2005 to 2007, Mike assumed the role of Director of Affinity Groups in 2008, was elected as Treasurer in 2010 and as Secretary in 2013.

Professionally, Mike is a Vice President with the Northern Trust Company in Chicago. With over 25 years of service, he currently is a Regional Banking Administrator. Mike also serves as Global President of the Asian Leadership Business Resource Council within the company. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Elmhurst College and a Masters in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

He resides in Crystal Lake with his wife Karen and two sons, Ethan and Harrison. Mike is a strong advocate for diversity & inclusion and a believer in giving back to the community. In 2013 Mike was chosen by the United Nations “Do One Thing” slogan contest committee and presented his winning slogan to the Second World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan.


Fabian DeRozario (Atlanta)


Tommy Yip (Dallas/Ft.Worth)


Brad Baldia (Philadelphia)


John Fok, WCFS (San Francisco)


Rose Olea (Chicago)


Vincent Yee, Staples (Boston)


Edward Yang, Bank of America (North Carolina)


Jhemon Lee (Los Angeles)


Henry King, TotalMed/Glove Solutions (Houston)


Albert Shen, Shen Consulting (Seattle)


Pierre Wuu, Click2Asia, Inc. (Los Angeles)


Roger Fong, BFE, LLC (Chicago)


Robert Tanzil, John H. Elton (New York)

National Administration

Farzana Nayani
ERG Program Architect & Advisor
Santosh Mathew
Director of ERG Relations
Lee Ann Chan

ERG Corporate Relations

Keith Nishida
ERG Program Marketing
Director of National Career Center
August Lew-Kee
Social Media Specialist
Phil Cheng

National Volunteer Coordinator

Ezra Baeli-Wang
Communication Strategist
Director or Women in NAAAP
Terry Wang
Audrey Salick
NAAAP100 & Inspire Awards Director
Mariben Andersen
Director of National Leadership Academy
Collegiate Campus Outreach

Board of Directors

Ronald Chang

Ronald Chang

Ronald Chang, President of UPS Capital, was appointed to this position in September 2014. Mr. Chang also maintains responsibility for UPS Inc.’s Intellectual Property Portfolio. He has over twenty years of financial experience with UPS, the world’s largest transportation and logistics company. This includes 15 years of International M&A, Treasury & Cash Management experience.

From 2007 until 2013, he was responsible for UPS’s Global Mergers and Acquisition Group and Intellectual Property Group. During this assignment Chang’s responsibilities were: developing and implementing UPS’s global acquisition strategy, management of the M&A team, conducting target company valuations, due diligence activities, negotiations and pre/post closing activities, and coordination with UPS’s Board of Directors and external stakeholders.

Mr. Chang’s other UPS assignments include: VP of Finance UPS in the Pacific Region (2005–2007), one of the largest business units within UPS, where he was responsible for accounting, control, budgeting, forecasting, analysis, as well as crafting and implementing business unit strategic initiatives; Treasury Europe & Asia (1999–2006); and Controller in the Asia Pacific Region (1996 – 1999), where he was responsible for group
financials of a $700 million regional business comprised of 12 subsidiary companies/countries spanning across Asia.

Mr. Chang received his MBA form the George L. Graziado School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University.

Betty Lo

Betty Lo

Betty Lo is Vice President of Community Alliances & Consumer Engagement for Nielsen and works with community leaders, media, entertainment and consumer businesses to promote Nielsen’s education, philanthropic, and public affairs initiatives in the community. Betty has over 18 years of experience with global consumer product goods companies including The Coca-Cola Company and Newell Rubbermaid leading initiatives in communications/PR, organizational development, change management, process improvement and building Asian-American business opportunities to increase organizational productivity and profitability. She has helped many organizations through transformational change to unlock the trapped capacity for growth and is experienced in leading cross-functional global teams.

Betty is an active leader within the Asian-American community and serves on the National Board of Directors for Asian/Pacific Islander American Chambers of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE), as a senior advisor for National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)–New York chapter, and on the Business Advisory Council of OCA–Asian American Advocates. She also served in various leadership roles, including President and Chair of the Board for NAAAP–Atlanta chapter, Co-Chair of the 2007 NAAAP National Convention, as executive board of Coca-Cola’s Women’s Forum, Coca-Cola’s Asian Employee Business Resource Group and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)–Georgia.

Betty has her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College and graduated from the Executive MBA program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

D. A. Abrams


D.A. Abrams

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

D.A. Abrams is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the United States Tennis Association, a position he assumed in February 2012. In this role, Abrams focuses on developing and innovating the USTA’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiatives on both the national and grass-roots levels. He works out of the USTA national headquarters in White Plains, N.Y.

Abrams’ responsibilities include expanding and strengthening strategic partnerships with affinity groups to help increase the visibility and reach of USTA programs and boost overall tennis participation, as well as to better establish the business case for growing diversity.

Abrams oversees and operates the D&I training for all members of the USTA board of directors as well as council chairs, committee chairs and USTA staff in addition to the presidents, delegates and executive directors of the 17 USTA sections. He also serves as the chair for a 22-member D&I Advisory Group at the USTA that serves to implement change and address various areas of opportunity within the organization.

Furthermore, Abrams is responsible for overseeing and cultivating the USTA’s seven Business Resource Groups. Under his leadership, the USTA has made significant contributions to the business of the organization, including enhanced partner benefits and a greater parental leave policy for both mothers and fathers. Since his appointment as CDO, the USTA has heightened its supplier diversity efforts, with the 2013 year-end spend with diverse suppliers equaling 13 percent.

In 2013, Abrams launched the USTA’s first “Cross Cultural Dexterity Training” program that serves to increase understanding of the impact of exclusionary behavior and the power of culture. He also developed a company-wide scorecard to measure the achievements of the USTA’s D&I objectives. He has also launched a company-wide internship program, implemented to provide diverse college-age students the opportunity to live the USTA experience for eight weeks.

Abrams has been involved professionally in tennis since 1989 and has worked with the USTA in various capacities since 1993. In 1997, he became the first African-American to serve as the executive director of a regional/sectional office, assuming the post for the USTA Missouri Valley Section. After returning to the national office in 2000, he was hired as the executive director of USTA Eastern in 2006, making him the first person ever to pilot two different USTA sections.

An author and Certified Association Executive (CAE), Abrams has published three books – “Certified Association Executive Exam: Strategies for Study & Success” (May 2013), “Diversity & Inclusion: The Big Six Formula for Success” (July 2013), and “New-School Leadership: Making a Difference in the 21st Century” (July 2014). In 2012, Sports Business Journal highlighted Abrams in its “Executive Transactions” section and Savoy Magazine featured him and the USTA in its “Corporate Diversity Matters” section. In addition, he’s been featured on the covers of Associations Now Magazine (July 2012) and Diversity Executive Magazine (August 2013). In 2000, he was named one of Tennis Industry magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” tennis executives.

A native of Philadelphia, Abrams played tennis at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, where he earned his undergraduate degree in accounting. Subsequently, Abrams earned a master’s degree from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, MN.

Aurora Abella-Austriaco

Aurora Abella-Austriaco

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is pleased to announce Aurora Abella-Austriaco as the newest addition to its Board of National Directors. Aurora is President and Owner of Austriaco and Associates Ltd. Her company concentrates in business litigation, commercial and real-estate transactions and other special chancery remedy cases, catering to a broad spectrum of clientele ranging from multinational corporations to startups and individual clients. Aurora served as past President to the prestigious Chicago Bar Association and was the 1st Asian American to be elected. She is currently serving her fourth year as Chicago Bar Association delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.

Donald Fan

Donald Fan

As Senior director in the Global Office of Diversity of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Donald is responsible for governance, strategy development, marketing & communications, and business insights. Prior to his current role, Donald worked in Wal-Mart’s Information System Division with various technical and analytical positions for eight years.

Donald currently serves as board of director of Global Diversity & Inclusion Foundation, board of director of University of Central Arkansas Confucius Institute, board of director of Chinese Association of Northwest Arkansas, member of the Wharton Advisory Panel of Executives, University of Pennsylvania, member of advisory council of the ARC, member of board, University of Central Arkansas Confucius Instute, and member of Executive Thought Leader Advisory Board of Cornell University.

Donald taught college in China before coming to the United States for graduate studies in 1990. Donald earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Master Degrees in Education.

Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is pleased to announce Jane Hyun as the newest addition to its National Board of Directors. Jane is a leadership strategist to Fortune 500 companies and an expert in cross-cultural effectiveness, onboarding, and Asian talent development. She has 25 years of direct business experience and is a renowned speaker on topics of leadership and cultural fluency and has held management posts at JPMorgan Chase, Deloitte, and Resources Global.

A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Economics and International Studies, Jane serves as an Advisor to the Center for Talent Innovation, Toigo Foundation’s President Circle, and is a board member of Operation Exodus, a New York City based non-profit that provides academic tutoring and mentoring to Latino youth in Washington Heights.   Furthermore, she is the research director for The Conference Board Cultural Fluency: How Culture Shapes Talent and Leadership Styles in Asia study.

Jane has appeared on media outlets such as CNN, CNBC, Wall Street Journal and Forbes discussing leadership, culture, and career development. She is the author of the bestseller, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, and is the co-author of Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences. Jane is passionate about helping individuals flourish in their workplaces and in their communities.

Michael A. Gonzales

Michael A. Gonzales

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant and Co-Founder  Diversity & Inclusion Consortium,

Former Director & Leader of Hallmark’s Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Department

Michael is the principal owner of NE&E consulting and travels the country as a consultant, executive coach, speaker, panelist and advisor on D&I topics impacting business and workforce imperatives. As the former corporate leader of Hallmark’s D&I department, he was responsible for Hallmark’s D&I’s strategies and priorities, their internal and external collaborations, partnerships and compliance. He was responsible for the execution of the D&I’s priorities regarding, workforce, workplace, marketplace and community.  Michael was also responsible for the company’s seven Employee Resource Groups, (ERG’s).

He is also the co-founder of the Diversity & Inclusion Consortium, a national organization of over 240 D&I practitioners and advocates. The Consortium was created when he saw a need for collaborative thought and sharing. The main objective of the Consortium is to share best practice and to provide each other insights  and support regarding D&I opportunities and challenges.

Michael also a frequent lecturer on university campuses advancing  student knowledge and appreciation for D&I not only for their college experience but in preparation for their professional career.

He currently serves on 12 national, regional and local boards and councils.

Michael is skilled in the areas of building critical relations, innovation and resourcing, business collaboration, employee relations, diverse and cultural understandings, compliance metrics and program management.

Nilyum Jhala

Nilyum Jhala

Nilyum Jhala joined Hallmark in 2017 as Vice President of Information Technology supporting the Retail Division and is responsible for all store technology operations supporting Hallmark Gold Crown brick and mortar retail, digital and conventional marketing, consumer & store of the future initiatives and omni-channel enablement.  He is the executive champion for AARCH, Hallmark’s Asian ERG.

Previously, Nilyum served at Dollar Tree Inc. for 4 years, where he led business facing technology initiatives for Family Dollar Brand, supported 60,000 employees, 8200 stores with $1.8 billion of POS transactions per year.  He also transformed Lowe’s supply chain systems and Office Depot’s human resources and payroll systems IT solutions.

Nilyum has a M.S. in computer and information systems from the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, and a B.E. in electronics and communications, from Barkatullah University, India.

Kim Cummings

Kim Cummings


Kim Cummings is assistant vice president, Human Resources and Diversity at BNSF Railway. In this role, Kim has responsibility for BNSF Railway’s diversity and inclusion efforts. She also provides leadership to the HR matrix teams supporting Law, Compliance and Audit Services, and Technology Services. Prior to this role, Kim was Regional Director – Human Resources at BNSF Railway in Ft. Worth where she leads HR teams in Texas, Gulf, Illinois, Southwest, Kansas and California.

In addition to joining the NAAAP National Board, Kim is a senior advisor and Vice President of HR for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Dallas– Fort Worth Chapter. Kim sits of several boards in DFW metro area that include: the University of Texas Arlington Human Resource Advisory Board and Girls Inc. of Tarrant County.

Kim has spent over 20 years in leadership roles encouraging and promoting employee engagement in companies that include Belo (Broadcast Media), Burger King Corporation, Dell and Target Corporation. Kim has received numerous community service and is a leadership recipient of the 2012 “HR Professional of the Year” designation by Ogletree Deakins Law Firm and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, 2015 DiversityFIRST™ Award from the National Diversity Council and named 2016 Texas Most Powerful Business Women by Texas Diversity Magazine.

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Kim obtained her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Texas State University graduating from the University’s Emerging Leader program and was inducted into Who’s Who in College & Universities students. Kim received her Master’s in Human Resource Development and Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin and has a Senior Professional designation in Human Resources and is certified employee relations professional. Kim is a member of the Fort Worth Human Resources Group and National Society of Human Resource Management.

In her spare time, Kim participates in half-marathons, teaches Human Resources Certification courses, volunteers with the Dallas Women’s Foundation – Orchid Giving Circle, Meed Center YouLead Global Youth Leadership program, Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA-DFW, Grapevine/Colleyville School District Diversity Advisory Council, United Way of Tarrant County, and speaks at local universities on the topics of diversity and human resources.


Senior Advisory Council

Bill Imada - Chairman and CEO, IW Group

Bill Imada is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the IW Group (formerly Imada Wong Communications Group), a full-service communications firm that specializes in the growing multicultural markets here in the U.S. The IW Group was ranked the seventh fastest growing public relations agency in the U.S. by PR Week (2002) and is among the top Asian American advertising firms in this country according to Advertising Age (2005).

With more than a decade of experience in marketing, public relations, advertising and training, Mr. Imada and his company have and continue to represent some of the top global brands, including Farmers Group, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Nike, McDonald’s Corporation, Merrill Lynch, Washington Mutual, GlaxoSmithKline, Blue Cross, Wal-Mart Stores and UPS. The IW Group also represents a number of prominent government agencies, including the California Department of Health Services, Tobacco Control Section and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Both Mr. Imada and the IW Group are active in the communities they serve, building bridges between corporations and community based organizations. They have given countless hours to help build the capacity of Asian Pacific American organizations, and have provided invaluable media and communications training for community leaders across the country. IW Group staff at every level lends their expertise to the boards of several community-based and national Asian American organizations. In addition, Mr. Imada and his company have been strong advocates for fairness in the media, speaking out against defamatory depictions in advertising. IW Group funded AAJC’s groundbreaking 2005 report, “Lights, Camera and Little Action,” which analyzed the limited roles for Asian Americans in prime time television programming. Recently, IW Group spearheaded the development of the first Asian Pacific Islander American national college scholarship fund.

Mr. Imada was elected president of the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) in 2004, and served on the board of directors for PRSA/Los Angeles. He also serves as a national speaker on multicultural issues and has served as a speaker for trade associations, universities and companies. They include the American Cancer Society, UC Berkeley, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Association of National Advertisers, Public Relations Society of America, Strategic Research Institute, American Marketing Association, and others.

Harry Lee - Sector Vice President, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Harry Q. H. Lee, II is the Sector Vice President of Contracts, Pricing and Program Business Operations for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems Sector, headquartered in Redondo Beach, California. With annual sales in excess of $10B, the Aerospace Systems sector is the premier developer, integrator, producer and supporter of manned and unmanned aircraft, spacecraft, high-energy laser systems, microelectronics and other systems and subsystems critical to maintaining the nation’s security and leadership in science and technology. Harry possesses over 33 years of combined Aerospace and Defense contract management experience. He currently has direct oversight and management responsibility of the sector’s 1,100+ Business Management professionals charged with executing the contracts, pricing and estimating, cost & schedule management, ITAR/Export and risk management disciplines.

Prior to his current appointment Harry was Northrop Grumman’s Corporate Director, Contracts. In this role he provided advice and senior counsel on the development of contractual mechanisms for company products and services, was responsible for executing the corporate risk review process, supported the formation and negotiation of contractual agreements regarding significant contractual undertakings. Since joining Northrop Grumman in 1986, Harry has led contracts organizations at the aircraft and electronic divisions in New York, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and California. Prior to coming to Northrop Grumman Harry also gained extensive contract management experience at the Hughes Aircraft Company and G&H Technology, Inc.

In addition to earning a B.S. in Finance from California State University, Fresno, Harry has also completed several executive and program management programs at The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University’s Kellog School of Management, and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. He is an active member and advisor to the South Bay chapter of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and serves on the Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee. Harry also serves on the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Senior Advisory Council and is an executive advisor to Upward Synergy in association with programs established with California State University Fullerton and University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management.

Joanne Tabellija-Murphy - Director, Constituent Relations, Corporate Affairs, Walmart

Building partnerships and strategies that enhance corporate reputation and stakeholder advocacy is the primary responsibility of Ms. Tabellija-Murphy’s role at Walmart. The goal, she and her team leads, is to transform social systems by coordinating philanthropic and corporate initiatives. They are focused on four markets: Asian American Pacific Islander, Women’s, Mature, and People with Disabilities. Building loyalty in these customer bases proactively contributes to the growth in the customer market segment. She holds seats as director on several boards and advisory boards, helping organizations to develop productive business strategies, including learning how to navigate corporations when they submit requests for support. Prior to joining Walmart, she worked for MillerCoors and Coors Brewing Company in Corporate Affairs, Supplier Diversity, Community Relations, Brand Marketing.

Kevin Bradley - Sr. Manager, Global Workforce Inclusion, The Boeing Company

Kevin is a seasoned professional with over 20 years in the Inclusion and Diversity arena. He has worked at notable companies such as McDonald’s Corporation, RR Donnelley & Sons, and Waste Management, Inc. His background also includes work in Human Resources and in the EEO/AA Compliance areas.

Throughout his career, Kevin has always lobbied to ensure that APA organizations were included in corporate giving and diversity strategies. He has also managed and counseled Asian Employee Resource Groups, advocating for them and working with them so their strategies were aligned to business strategic plans. Kevin was part of the group that founded the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship fund and served on that organization’s Advisory Council as well as the Marketing, Gala, and Fundraising Committees. He has also served for many years on the OCA Business Advisory Board.

As the Director, Diversity & Inclusion at Assurant, Inc., Kevin developed and implemented enterprise-wide policies and practices in areas related to equal employment, affirmative action, OFCCP audits and diversity initiatives for the businesses and communities in which Assurant operates. The Director also helps cultivate an environment that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable individuals to contribute to their full potential.

Previously, Kevin served for nearly 11 years as the Director of Inclusion and Diversity for McDonald’s Corporation.

Sonya Gong Jent - State Farm

In April 2012, Sonya Gong Jent celebrated 25 years of working at State Farm. In that time, she has worked or had oversight of Human Resources, Public Affairs, Recruiting, Customer Response Centers, Auto Claims, Health Company Operations, Developmental Agency Operations, Learning and Development. She is currently the VP of Operations for Multicultural Business Development. State Farm is a Fortune 50 company and conducts business in the US and Canada. In the fall of 2013, Sonya began a leave of absence to focus on a growing family and her volunteer work including NAAAP.

Sonya grew up in Mississippi and learned customer relationship skills as a 6 year-old, covering as a cashier in a family owned grocery store. Over the years, she has served on 7 boards (2 Chambers of Commerce, the Birmingham Urban League, Christmas in April, Illinois CASA, Franklin County CASA, and OCA Columbus) and on two occasions served as the President of those boards. She has completed programs such as Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute as a fellow (APAWLI) and Leadership Birmingham where she was the first Asian to participate since the program’s inception. She is a founding member of OCA Central Illinois and has volunteered and contributed in every city she has lived in, over 8 moves in the U.S. Her formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Mississippi in Marketing, The Thunderbird Global School of Management and Strategy sessions from MIT, Harvard and Darden. She has also completed training at the Gallup Leadership Institute & Center for Creative Learning.
Sonya jumped in head first in 2007 as the lunch Key Note at the NAAAP NATIONAL CONVENTION in Atlanta, GA. She has been a member in good standing of NAAAP Atlanta 2007-2008 and then NAAAP Chicago from 2008/9 forward. She helped create portions of the initial WIN – Women in NAAAP training and has served as a NAAAP National Senior Advisor since 2008. She is a past recipient of the NAAAP 100 award and supporter of the value NAAAP brings to the Asian community of professionals. Her focus as a Senior Advisory Board member to both the Chicago NAAAP Chapter and NAAAP National has been to provide guidance, question status quo, ask for accountability and raise the bar for those serving on each of the boards. Sonya has served on the NAAAP National Sr. Advisory Board twice and worked diligently as a member of the National Board of Directors in 2012-2013.