Nina Ahmad, Ph.D.
President and CEO of PrymeJenomix, LLC, an emerging ophthalmic biotechnology company based in Philadelphia. She is co-owner of JNA, Capital Inc., a real estate finance and development consulting company. Active in various political campaigns at the local, state and federal levels, most recently Dr. Ahmad focused her outreach efforts as the Volunteer Coordinator of Asian Americans in PA for then Senator Obama’s Presidential campaign. She is a founding member of APA for Progress, a grassroots, internet-empowered, national network of Asian Pacific Americans and friends for Progressive Action (APAP)., as well as being a board member of Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC), Asian Mosaic Fund Giving Circle and serves on the Diversity Committee of William Penn Charter School (the oldest Quaker School).
An Assistant Professor of Forensic Medicine and the Assistant Director of the Forensic Medicine Program in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Forensic Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also a Certified Gang Specialist by the Virginia Gang Investigators Association and a Certified Gang Professional by the East Coast Gang Investigators Association. Mr. Akiyama is also very active in the community as he serves on the Board of Directors of Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), a Philadelphia rape crisis center. Mr. Akiyama is also the Philadelphia Chapter President of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s largest and oldest Asian American civil rights organization. Nationally, he has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Award Foundation in Washington, DC.
Received his BA in English and Biology from Bucknell University and a Masters in Public Health from Temple University. He currently works as the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition. In addition, he serves as National President of the National Association of Asian American Professionals. Brad serves on various boards including the Multicultural Affairs Congress (Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau) and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Advisory Committee, the FBI Philadelphia’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and was a 2008 CPL Pennsylvania Political Leaders Fellow. Brad currently serves as Faculty for the Center for Progressive Leadership - Pennsylvania.
The Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to preserve, protect, and promote Chinatown as a viable, ethnic, residential and business community. A native of Chinatown and a graduate of Drexel University in Business Administration and Management Information Systems, John serves on the board of numerous organizations including Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, and Friend Select School. He serves on the steering committee of the Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and is President of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. Mr. Chin also serves on the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Construction Industry Diversity. In 2010 he served on the Philadelphia School District’s Diversity Taskforce and was a national delegate for the National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development Corporations’ roundtable meeting with HUD and DOT.
Executive Director of Asian Arts Initiative, a multi-disciplinary community arts center that engages artists, youth, and people of all backgrounds with art that imagines and effects positive community change. Over the past 15 years, Gayle has also served on the boards of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the National Performance Network, and the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists. She is presently a member of the Mayor's Cultural Advisory Committee and the Mayor's Commission on Asian American Affairs.
A CPA specializing in tax preparation and planning. Prior to starting his own firm, Suda worked for the Commonwealth of PA as a PA Unemployment Compensation Tax Agent. As former Executive Vice President of both the Council of Indian Organizations and Tri-State Kerala Forum, he has also served as past President of PAMPA Indian Association. He also won the Indian American Youth Association Mentor Award.
The chairman of the Incheon Trade Office in Philadelphia. Mr. Kim established the Asian culture and Korean language school in partnership with the Philadelphia Police Academy in 1994 in effort to improve understanding between the Philadelphia Police Department and the Asian community. He also founded the Korean Asian American Police Advisory Committee, which serves to ease tension and facilitate conflict resolution. Mr. Kim is a member of the Governor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs.
Served for three years as chairman of Mayor Wilson Goode's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. He is an attorney in private practice with Law & Associates, L.L.C. in Center City Philadelphia. He recently received the Wachovia Fidelity Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association for his work on Public Law 172, requiring certified court interpreters in Pennsylvania courts and administrative hearings. He also received the 2009 Presidential Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for his work on civil rights. He has also served on the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, the Organization of Chinese Americans, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Justin Chang-Hee Lee
A respected Korean American business owner on North 5th Street. As a former president of the Korean American Grocers Association of Philadelphia and Korean Business Leaders Association of Philadelphia, Justin still serves as President of Korean American Crime Prevention Committee, Board member of Moss Rehab/Albert Einstein Korean Advisory Board, Vice President of the Korean American Lions Club of Montgomery County, Chairman of The Korean Weekly New of Philadelphia. He is the former editor of Dong-A Daily News and current President of Olney and East Oak Lane Business Association.
Sophia Lee is Chief Counsel in Litigation at Sunoco, Inc. Active in Philadelphia's legal and charitable communities, she is Secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Association and an Executive Committee Member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, and serves on the boards of the Asian Arts Initiative, the Philadelphia Education Fund, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and the Women's Law Project. Ms. Lee is also a restaurateur with her chef-husband and holds an adjunct faculty position at Temple University's School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.
The President of Rang Dong Magazine. Active in Pan-Asian affairs, Mr. Mac serves as Chair of the Pan-Asian Association Executive Committee.
A Certified Public Accountant and the CEO and President of G. Mathew & Associates PC, located in Northeast Philadelphia. He is currently a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs. Long active in community affairs, he previously served as a Commissioner on the Philadelphia Commissions on Human Relations and Asian American Affairs.
The Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc. (SEAMAAC). He was a 2008 recipient of Harvard Business School Asian American Alumni Association’s scholarship to Harvard Business School’s Strategic Management Program, and was recently honored by Bread & Roses Community Fund at their 30 For 30 Celebration. He currently serves on the Board of Philadelphia Community Legal Services, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, and Family Planning Council; Thoai also serves as Commissioner for the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council and the Mayor’s Council for College and Career Success.
May Mon Post
Ms. Post is an attorney at law and will be joining Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North. On April 17, 2012, where she will concentrates on commercial, employment and litigation matters. Ms. Post is a past President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (“APABA-PA”), past Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee, and past Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She is currently serving as a co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Management Committee. She also serves on the editorial board of the Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, and on the lawyer referral and information service committee, which oversees the legal services options for low-income public.
In August 2007, Ms. Post was selected by American Lawyer Media as one of Pennsylvania's Lawyers on the Fast Track. In 2010, Ms. Post was recognized as one of the 18 “Best Lawyers Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (and the only one from Pennsylvania). In 2010 and again in 2011, Ms. Post was selected by Super Lawyers as one of Pennsylvania’s Rising Stars.
Ms. Post was born and raised in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and lived in the Congo (formerly Zaire) before immigrating to the U.S. at the age of 17.
Rommel Rivera, M.D.
Works as an Attending Physician who specializes in the acute care of hospitalized psychiatric patients and subspecializes in the geriatric psychiatry. He also has a private practice in Philadelphia. He is currently the President of the Filipino-American Association of Philadelphia, Inc whose mission is to propagate Filipino cultural heritage and to advocate for Filipino-American interests. He is the member of the board of the Pennsylvania Council on Aging.
The Director of Housing for United Communities Southeast Philadelphia. Born in Cambodia and lived thru Cambodian Killing Field in 1975, he escaped Cambodia in 1979; lived in a refugee camp until he came to United States in 1985. He started attending school in 8th grades without single word of English. He graduated with both Bachelor and Master Degree of Science in Human Services Administration from Springfield College. He is also Mental Health Therapist with Wedge Medical Center where he spent evening and weekend hours helping Cambodian suffers from depression, anxiety and PTSD.
The Executive Director of the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP). Rorng and her family moved to Philadelphia in 1987 after surviving the “Vietnam War”, escaping from the Khmer Rouge dictatorship, hiding for a year in the jungle along the Thai border, and living for eight years in refugee camps in Thailand. She also serves on the Keystone Mercy Health Plan’s Community Advisory Committee and as co-chair of the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative (SEPC).
The North American Marketing Director for The Dow Chemical Company in Philadelphia. As former Executive Vice President on the Council of Indian Organizations and former Chair and President of Network of Indian Professionals (NET-IP), he is active in Philadelphia’s Indian community. He also worked on Gov. Ed Rendell’s mayoral and gubernatorial campaigns.
After a strong but unsuccessful run for Philadelphia City Council, took a position at the Enterprise Center, where he is the Director of the Retail Resource Network. There he is assisting local minority and other retailers to acquire the resources they need to be successful and to build vibrant local commercial corridors and neighborhoods. He is currently on the Board of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation and serves on the Boards of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and the Governor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs as well as the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission.
leads the Wat Lao Phouphaphammarm in South Philadelphia.
A retired pharmaceutical scientist with a Ph.D. in Environmental Biochemistry from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is the Executive Vice-President of the Philadelphia chapter of the Organization for Chinese Americans (OCA), a social justice organization for Chinese and Asian Americans. He has been a strong advocate against violence to Asian students and has worked to help improve safety for Asian students in some schools. As Advisor of the Chinese Benevolent Association and Liaison officer of the Chinese Freemasons and Hoy Sun Ning Yung Benevolent Associations he is active in helping members of his community in addressing a variety of issues on the FBI Multicultural Advisory Committee and Philadelphia Police Asian American Advisory Committee.
The President of Pan Am Realty Company, Inc. and Pan Am International Consulting, LLC. Ms. Wong is deeply involved with the Chinese-American community in the greater Philadelphia area, where she has been a civic and business leader for over 20 years.
The Associate Executive Director of the Center for After School Education at Foundations, Inc. Formerly, she led the Office of Family Engagement and Language Equity Services for the School District of Philadelphia.
Cecilia Moy Yep
A leader in the Chinatown community, is the founder and Executive Director Emeritus of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation.
Chief Operation Officer of New Wave Resource, Inc., is a leader in the Greater Philadelphia Chinese American community. His company provides job training programs to help clients overcome professional barriers and re-integrate into the workforce and job market. He is active with numerous organizations, including the Greater Philadelphia Chinese Restaurant Association, Fujian Associate of Greater Philadelphia Area, Chinatown Town Watch, and the Pennsylvania Chinese Chambers of Commerce Association.