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Board of Directors and Staff

Joel Wong (California)

President and Director
  • National Board of Advisors, APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association)
  • 10 years as APAPA San Francisco Bay Area Regional President
  • 2 terms President of CAPA (Chinese American Political Association) and CAPA Community Education Fund
  • Chair and President of APAC (Asian Pacific American Council)
  • Board Member of AAGG  PAC (Asian American for Good Government)
  • Retired Engineer/Scientist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Kathleen To (Texas)

Secretary, Executive Committee
  • Associate Founder, Life Member and President of 80-20 (2007-08)
  • Founder of Texas Progressive Voice – 2009
  • President & CEO of KATO Foundation; Retired Texas business entrepreneur
  • The Honorary Commercial Attaché appointed by Governor Ann Richards (1991)
  • The skin cancer research team member at the University of Texas (1969-1978)



Jing-li Yu (New York & Delaware)

Treasurer, Executive Committee
  • Practicing Lawyer
  • Special Assistant of the 80-20 Initiative (2002-2005)
  • Operations Director of the Initiative (2005-2006)
  • Delegate to 80-20’s 2004, 2012, and 2016 Presidential Candidate
  • Board Member of 80-20 PAC (2007-Present)
  • Treasurer (2007-2010)
  • Chair, Nominations Committee (2013-2016)
  • Advisor to the Interim Executive Committee (2013-2016)
  • Acting Secretary (2016)
  • Acting Treasurer (2017-Present)


Dr. Ved Chaudhary (New Jersey)

Director, Executive Committee
Chair, Nominations Committee
  • Assistant Commissioner, Office of Management and Budget, Department of Environmental Protection, Appointed by Governor of NJ (2006 to 2010).
  • United States Commission on Civil Rights: Secretary, New Jersey State Advisory Committee (1995-2001), Vice Chair (2001-2004)
  • Member, Rutgers University Board of Trustees (1993-95)
  • Member, Governor’s Ethnic Advisory Council, NJ (1991 – 94)
  • Fellow, Leadership, New Jersey
  • Co-Founder, First President 80-20-NJ Chapter (2002-2004)
  • Co-founder, President, Association for the Advancement of Asian Americans (4A) – NJ
  • Co-Founder, President, Indian American Forum for Political Education (FORUM), NJ Chapter
  • Chair, National Conference on Equal Opportunity, May 1990, Washington, D.C
  • Chair, Indian American Leadership Conference, 1991, Hosted by the White House
  • General Secretary, Hindu Collective Initiative of North America
  • President, Educators’ Society for the Heritage of India


Munsup Seoh, Ph.D. (Ohio)

Director, Executive Committee
VP – Membership
  • Munsup received his B.S. (1970) and M.S. (1975) in Mathematics at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea.
  • Full Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Wright State University
  • Member of the American Statistical Association (ASA) Committee on Minorities in Statistics from 2003-2009
  •  Involved member with American Scientist and Engineers Association, Korean-American University Professors Association and Phi Beta International Honor Society for International Education



S.K. Lo (Minnesota)

Director, Executive Committee
VP – Communications
  • Co-chair, AAUC Alaska Conference
  • Chair, 80-20 EF Forging Unity Committee
  • Past Board Member, 80-20 Educational Foundation
  • Business owner, operated and sold two top Kumon Franchises
  • Co-founder and past president of the Kumon Franchisee Association
  • Sr. Staff Scientist, Honeywell Inc.
  • MS, PhD Theoretical Physics & Applied Physics Post-doctoral Fellow
  • MBA Strategic Management
  • Past president, Hong Kong Club, University of Minnesota
  • Donor for many non-profit organizations
  • Visitor to 50+ countries around the world



Dr. Piyush Agrawal (Florida)

  • Past Senior Vice President GOPIO International
  • National Past President, Association of Indians in America (AIA)
  • Past Chairman, Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF)
  • Past Chairman, Florida Health Disparity Advisory Committee
  • Past Chairman, US 2000 Census Asian Advisory Committee
  • Chairman & CEO, APS Technologies, Inc.
  • Former United Nations Expert
  • Retired Superintendent of Schools


Jose Estevez (California)

  • Mayor of Milpitas, CA (2010-2016 and 2002 to 2008)
  • City Council Member of Milpitas, CA (1998 to 2002)
  • John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • BS Civil Engineering, BS Industrial Engineering, and an MBA from the University of the Philippines, Diliman
  • Informations Systems Specialist, Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Instrumental in the Typhoon Haiyan effort
  • Member Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Rotary Club


Dr. Anthony “Tony” Tadashi Nakazawa (Alaska)

  • Sansei (third generation Japanese-American) father’s family from Kochi, Japan and mother’s family from Tottori, Japan.
  • Founding member of the Alaska Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
  • 8 years/2 terms as Japanese community representative to the Asian Alaskan Cultural Center Board – 8 Asian Countries represented – China, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand
  • Advisor/Organizing Director of the Japan Relief Fund of Alaska Foundation
  • BA (Economics) – University of Hawaii, MA (Urban Economics) – University of California Santa Barbara, Ph.D. (Agriculture and Resource Economics) – University of California Berkeley
  • Current faculty position – Professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Natural Resources and Extension


Ching Chang Tsai, Ph.D. (Texas)

  • PhD. in Geophysics
  • Retired after working in domestic and international upstream exploration for over 30 years
  • Global traveler
  • Fiscally conservative but socially more open.


Mukta Sharma, MD (New York)

  • I grew up in India, where I completed my initial education
  • More info coming…


Victor Swaroop (Florida)

  • Founding Chairman of Florida Asian American PAC
  • Board Member of Miami Dade Asian American Advisory Board
  • Board Member of Asian American Federation of Florida
  • President of GOPIO (Global Organization of People of Indian Origin South Florida)


George Yang (California)

  • Came to the US from Guangzhou, China at age 15 in 1992.
  • Married 13 years with 2 kids, living in Menlo Park, CA.
  • B.S. Computer Information Systems, Golden Gate University, 1996
  • M.S. Telecommunications Management, 1997
  • Worked in the Information Technology field since 1996 for companies such as DHL, IQ Laboratories, Visa International, Lucent Technologies.
  • Last Position was CEO of ETA Tech, Inc. in El Monte, California.
  • Currently an independent IT consultant
  • 2006, Chairman, San Bruno Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee
  • 2012, Republican National Delegate
  • 2012, Vice Chair, San Mateo Young Republicans
  • 2013, Vice Chair, South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition
  • 2015, San Francisco Regional Chair, California Congress of Republicans
  • 2016, County Captain for Republican Presidential Campaign.
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