NAAAP Leadership Team
NAAAP’s greatest asset is our members, volunteers, and leaders. Meet our National Board, Executive Team and Administration, and Chapter leaders.
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National Board of Directors
National Board members oversee the strategic vision, financial sustainability, and talent cultivation for NAAAP.
Executive Team and Administration
The NAAAP National Administration team is a group of dedicated volunteers who plan and reserarch programs on a national level.
NAAAP chapter leaders are the key to successful professional development, networking, community service and signature programs.
National Board of Directors
Ronald Chang, Chair
Ronald Chang, President of Corporate Treasury for UPS, was appointed to this position in October 2018. He has more than twenty-five years of financial experience with UPS, the world’s largest transportation and logistics company. Past assignments include President of Enterprise Transformation, President of UPS Capital Corporation, and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Intellectual Property Group along with a number of international postings.
Ronald received his MBA from the George L. Graziado School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University.
Fabian DeRozario, Vice Chair
Fabian De Rozario is a community and business leader who has led, coached, and trained thousands of people globally. Fabian is a thought-leader and an energizing speaker in the topics of people-engagement, diversity, and inclusion practices, delivering more than 100 workshops and seminars each year worldwide.
Fabian started his consulting & training practice GlobalConnect LP in 2005 and was previously an on-call consultant and senior faculty with Korn Ferry, a global organizational consultancy. He has worked with more than 150 corporations, mostly Fortune 500 companies. He is a subject expert of diversity & inclusion, talent engagement, unconscious bias, cultural agility, and leadership. Fabian also previously served as NAAAP’s National President/CEO and currently serves on NAAAP’s National Board of Directors.
Fabian previously served in student services leadership, faculty, and corporate trainer roles at Northern Illinois University and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (as Director of the Donaghey Student Center). From 1998 to 2006, Fabian was the Director of U.S. University Relations and the Director of Global Operations for the Golden Key International Honour Society headquartered in Atlanta.
His acknowledgements include the Outstanding Asian American Leader Award from the U.S. Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce – Southeast Region, the President’s Award from the Georgia Society of Association Executives, and the 2011 Class of Leadership Atlanta.
Aurora Austriaco is co-founder of Valentine, Austriaco, Bueschel law firm. She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation, construction litigation, mechanic’s liens, defense of mortgage foreclosure, mortgage fraud – plaintiff, title insurance claims litigation, and other special chancery remedy cases. Her clients range from multinational corporations to small and startup companies to individuals.
Aurora is currently serving as Commissioner for the Illinois Courts Commission and is in her 12th year as Chair of the Cook County State’s Attorney Asian Advisory Council. She served 9 years as Commissioner for the Park Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission, and has served 11 years as Commissioner for the Cook County Human Rights Commission. She is the immediate past president of the Chicago Bar Association, and was named a Super Lawyer-Real Estate, one of the Top 10 Women Consumer Attorneys by Leading Lawyers, and one of the Top 10 Women Lawyers in Real Estate. Aurora is also fluent in Tagalog.
David Anthony (D.A.) Abrams, CAE joined the CFP Board as Managing Director for the Center for Financial Planning in November 2019. In his role, D.A. is responsible for cultivating a quality workforce, fostering a more diverse financial planner workforce, and elevating the discipline of financial planning including continued education, cutting-edge knowledge, and outstanding service to clients.
D.A. is the immediate past Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the United States Tennis Association (USTA). During his 26 years with the USTA, D.A. served as the Executive Director for two (2) of the Association’s 17 Section offices; USTA Eastern, and USTA Missouri Valley. In addition, D.A. served as the staff member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Hispanic Engagement Advisory Group, and was chair of the D&I Advisory Group at the USTA. Further, he was the chair of the USTA’s Accreditation Review Committee.
Currently, D.A. serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Sports Consortium President, the National Association of Asian American Professionals Board Treasurer, and is an Advisory Board Member of Diversity MBA.
He played collegiate tennis at Millersville University in Pennsylvania where he earned his undergraduate degree in business administration, concentration – accounting. Subsequently, D.A. earned a master’s degree from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, MN. D.A. earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 2010. D.A. is enrolled in Louisiana State University Shreveport’s MBA Program.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jane Hyun has served on NAAAP’s National Board of Directors since 2016. 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.
Jane is the author of the bestseller, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, and is the co-author of Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences.
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. Jane is passionate about helping individuals flourish in their workplaces and in their communities.
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.
Elizabeth Yang, Immediate Past National President (2017-2019), joined the Natioanal Board in February 2020. Elizabeth began her volunteer work with NAAAP at the 2008 National Convention in Los Angeles. She helped co-found NAAAP SoCal (Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego chapters) and helped rally the SoCal NAAAP members to put on the National Convention in Anaheim in 2014. She served as NAAAP LA’s President from 2014-2016, while filling the role of NAAAP National Director of Volunteer Management, onboarding new team members to the national team. In 2016, Elizabeth was named the NAAAP National Leader of the Year.
Elizabeth is an entrepreneur, founded her Law and Mediation Practice in Los Angeles in 2011, and opened three stores of Magical Playground. Elizabeth has been practicing law since 2007 and specializes in Intellectual Property Law, including Patent, Copyright and Trademark Prosecution and Litigation; Business Law, and also Family Law. Prior to her law practice, Elizabeth worked at both Raytheon and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab designing electronic circuits. She also serves as a Commissioner for the City of Monterey Park Design Review Board, a member of the Executive Board of Governors of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, and also a Member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Her awards include Super Lawyers Rising Star (2017) and Top 100 Lawyers (2016-2017) by National Trial Lawyers. Recently, she co-authored a book, “The Big Secret” with Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul).
Elizabeth has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from UC Berkeley, a JD cum laude from the University of La Verne College of Law, and recently a MBA from the University of La Verne. Elizabeth is married to Phil Cheng (also on the NAAAP National team), and has a daughter Liliana and son Alexander. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
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.
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, NAAAP Speaks (speakers’ bureau), Women in NAAAP (WIN), Successful Parents in NAAAP (SPIN), and 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 for national and international competition. As a direct result of leadership and networking skills fostered in NAAAP, Cyndy’s martial arts school and Greater Raleigh Sprots Alliance hosted the AAU Karate national championships and 3000 competitors at the Raleigh Convention Center in 2015 and 2017.
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Lilian Cavaleri, Chief Talent Officer
Lilian Cavaleri is based in Seattle, WA and on Sept 2019 she pursued a new career in Human Resources (People Team) and became CBRE’s Diversity Recruiting Leader for the Pacific Northwest. Preceding this role, she was the Director of Business Analytics (BA) for CBRE since 2016. Lilian is also the Chair for CBRE’s Asia Pacific Network (APN) and recently appointed as the Market Leader for the Pacific Northwest of Filipinos in Institutional Real Estate (FIIRE).
As Director of the BA team, Lilian was responsible for managing analytic processes and strategies and leading a team of senior business analysts to execute real estate business intelligence projects for CBRE’s current and future clients.
Lilian was appointed Chair for APN in Dec 2016 and since that time she has authored the “APN Success Pyramid” and launched APN’s first major initiative the “Cultural Knowledge Program”. This educational program aimed at increasing cultural awareness by sharing business customs when doing business with APAC countries and communities. Lilian is
now developing APN’s Professional Development Program and plan to implement in Q1/2 of 2020. Lilian plans to initiate a global vision for APN in two to three years. As of Aug 2019, APN has grown to 640 members.
Lilian was the Business Manager for CBRE’s Microsoft Account for ten years where was responsible for Financial Management, Budgeting/Forecasting, Performance Management, Program Management of key client deliverables, Contract Management, Communications and Overall Administration. Lilian co-authored the development and execution of the first Employee Recognition “Applause” Program.
Prior to CBRE, Lilian held the positions of Director of Accounting Policy and Director of Business Process Improvement and successfully completed the Lean Six Sigma Certification at Safeco. Preceding Safeco, Lilian was the Assistant Controller for Nastech Pharmaceutical (now Marina Biotech), a biotechnical public company where her main responsibility was the Overall Financial and SEC Reporting. Lilian also supported the VP of Business Operations who managed Manufacturing and Research & Development.
For 28+ years, Lilian has held various leadership roles in Accounting, Finance and Business Operations Management. She is highly regarded for her ability to hold a critical function within the organization by ensuring all client deliverables are met. Lilian’s greatest strength is her ability to multi-task by being extremely organized while continuing to serve and meet the requests of her client and customers.
Will Cheng, Chief Chapter Relations Officer / Chair of the Presidents Council
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).
Hans Huang, Chief Legal Officer
Hans Huang is the Chief Legal Officer at Kaufman Lynn Construction, where he reviews and negotiates contracts and joint venture agreements and is the liaison with outside counsel.
Hans earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to legal experience, Hans is an entrepreneur and investor and has extensive executive management and consulting experience.
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). In 2006, Hans became a partner with Maupin Taylor. 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.
Pak Lee, Chapter Technology Officer
Pak Lee is VP of Technology and Innvotion at Dreamscape Marketing. For NAAAP, Pak innovates new solutions on an enterprise scale and supports deployment of selected solutions in email communication, membership registration, event registration, and websites for national and all NAAAP chpaters.
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.
Mike Valdez, Chief Business Development Officer
In the role of Chief Business Development Officer, Mike Valdez 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 30 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 and 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.
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 Information Officer
Sherman is Vice President of Engineering at CLI Studios, LLC, an online dance instruction provider that gives smaller dance studios access to top choreography and choreographers. Previously, Sherman was 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.
Newlyn Wing, Chief Strategy Officer
Director, Women in NAAAP
Director, ERG Relations
Director, NAAAP Pride
Director & Founder, Self Care and Wellness
General Manager, Leadership Convention
NAAAP100 & Inspire Awards Director
Marynka Rojas Gorgen
Vice Chair, Presidents Council
Marketing, NAAAP Pride
Social Media Specialist
Advisor, National Leadership Academy
Graphic Designer/Brand Master
Advisor, Web and Digital Experience
National Volunteer Coordinator
Editor, ALIST Magazine
Lee Ann Chan
Professional Development Consultant
Chapter Development Director
Speakers’ Bureau Manager
Speakers’ Bureau Manager
Virtual Conference GM
President, NAAAP Atlanta
President, NAAAP Boston
Yuka Eileen Schmidt
President, NAAAP Cincinnati
President, NAAAP Chicago
President, NAAAP Colorado
President, NAAAP Dallas-Ft. Worth
President, NAAAP Detroit
President, NAAAP Hawaii
President, NAAAP Houston
President, NAAAP Kansas City
NAAAP Las Vegas
President, NAAAP Los Angeles
President, NAAAP Miami
President, NAAAP Milwaukee
President, NAAAP Minnesota
President, NAAAP New York
President, NAAAP North Carolina
President, NAAAP Oklahoma City
President, NAAAP Orange County (CA)
President, NAAAP Orlando
President, NAAAP Philadelphia
President, NAAAP San Diego
President, NAAAP San Francisco
President, NAAAP San Jose
President, NAAAP Seattle
President, NAAAP Tampa
President, NAAAP Toronto
President, NAAAP Vancouver
President, NAAAP Washington, D.C.
President, NAAAP Xiamen, China