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Christine Bader (SOM'00)
Christine is the author of the upcoming book The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil. She is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and a Human Rights Advisor to BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). After graduating from Amherst College, Christine deferred her matriculation to SOM to spend time in the Philippines, where her mother is from. After SOM, Christine joined BP and proceeded to work in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., managing the social impact of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. In 2006, she created a part-time pro bono role as Advisor to the U.N. Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, a role she took up full-time from 2008-2011. Christine has also served as a corps member with City Year, special assistant to the New York City mayor’s chief of staff and deputy mayor, and as a teaching fellow in community service at Phillips Academy Andover. She has published numerous op-eds and articles and given talks at conferences, companies, and universities around the world, including a TEDx talk entitled “Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist.” Her blog can be found at: christinebader.com.
Chiraag Bains (MC’03)
Chiraag is a trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he prosecutes hate crimes, excessive force by police officers and prison guards, and interference with access to reproductive health facilities. Prior to joining DOJ, Chiraag clerked for Judge Karen Nelson Moore on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Nancy Gertner on the federal district court in Boston. He is a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, Gates Scholar, and Truman Scholar. Chiraag received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an articles editor on the Harvard Law Review and a student in the public defense clinic. He received his M.Phil. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and his B.A. from Yale. At Yale, Chiraag was co-moderator of AASA and an ethnic counselor. Chiraag also completed the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in New York City.
Rob Bonta (SM’93, LAW'98)
Rob was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012, becoming the first Filipino-American elected to the California State Legislature. He represents a district that covers the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. His career in public service and law includes serving as Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda and a Deputy City Attorney for San Francisco, a litigation associate for a major San Francisco Bay Area law firm, and a law clerk for Judge Alvin W. Thompson of the United States District Court in Connecticut. Throughout his career in public service, Assemblymember Bonta has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for California’s public schools, public safety, economic development, and job creation. Rob is the son of a proud native Filipino mother and a father who taught him the value of public service to his community. They both worked with the United Farm Workers and were active in the Civil Rights Movement and the ongoing fight for social, economic, and racial justice. Rob graduated with honors from Yale College and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School. He and his wife Mialisa live in Alameda with their three children.
Jeff Brenzel (TD'75)
Jeff is a Lecturer in the Humanities Department at Yale, Master of Timothy Dwight College, and teaches in the Directed Studies program. He has worked as a nonprofit executive, a private sector entrepreneur, a scholar and a university administrator. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, while at the same time founding and developing InterLearn, Inc., an investor-backed venture that used new media and technologies to produce career education and liberal arts programs for adult learners. He returned to Yale in 1997 as the Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), responsible for university alumni relations, event management, education programming, and online services. Most recently, he completed an eight-year tenure as Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale where he established himself as one of the nation’s leading voices on admissions policy. His responsibilities included worldwide outreach to talented students, overseeing a complex selection process, and the development of admissions policy.
Michael Chai (MC'84)
Michael is SVP Product Technology for Pearson, a role in which he is responsible for accelerating the world’s leading learning company’s transition from textbooks and software to integrated digital products and services for K-12 students around the globe. Prior to Pearson, Michael spent six years at LeapFrog Enterprises as EVP Product Development and Engineering (devices, content, ecosystem) where he learned tremendous lessons transforming a company’s product strategy and business model in response to consumer technology and mass retail forces. Prior to LeapFrog, Michael spent 15 years at EFI as a key management team leader that created the industry standard Fiery front-end for digital color printing worldwide. The company rapidly grew from small startup to mature public company through many cycles of cooptition and growth. Prior EFI, Michael was a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories and a Software Engineer at the NYIT Computer Graphics Lab. He holds an M.S. Computer Science degree from Stanford University and a B.S. Mechanical Engineering degree from Yale University.
Harry Chang (SY‘84)
Harry is an Executive Vice President of LF Products, one of the principal wholesale subsidiaries of Li & Fung Limited, a renowned global supply chain manager for consumer products. Harry has managed successful turnarounds of a number of operating divisions, and is an entrepreneurial leader who builds high performance, collegial teams. He started his 19-year career with Li & Fung as an investment manager of the company’s corporate venture capital fund, making strategic investments in U.S. consumer products companies that could leverage Li & Fung’s global sourcing network. His prior experience includes consulting with Coopers & Lybrand and auditing with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. In addition to a B.A. from Yale, Harry has an M.S. from New York University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Kelly Cheng (JE'00)
Kelly is a Director in Barclays’ Debt Capital Markets Group where she advises corporate and sovereign clients on capital structure optimization. She has advised clients on refinancing and restructuring transactions, debt exchanges, and secondary market security purchases. Previously, she was with CM Equity Partners, L.P. as a member of a team that originated, executed and monitored private equity investments for the firm's leveraged buyout fund. Kelly began her career as a corporate finance analyst in J.P. Morgan’s investment banking division. Kelly holds a B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies with distinction from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is active on the committees of several nonprofit organizations, including serving on the board of the Yale Alumni Fund. Additionally, she is a volunteer with the Harvard Business School Club of New York’s Community Partners program.
Linda Chin (CC'81)
Linda has been President of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) since 2008. ATASK is New England’s only provider of shelter, support, advocacy, and outreach services for Asian survivors of domestic violence and primarily serves immigrants from East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia. She has succeeded in strengthening the organization’s programs and developing collaborations that are national best practices. Linda has devoted her career to improving access to healthcare services to vulnerable populations and building stronger families and communities. Prior to joining ATASK, Linda was SVP of Planning and Marketing at Cambridge Health Alliance, led network development efforts at Tufts Medical Center, and worked in healthcare consulting. Linda and her husband and three children live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and she is a busy hockey mom, stage mom, dance mom, sometimes tiger mom, and community volunteer. Linda serves on the Boards of Cambridge Youth Dance Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, and Cambridge Community Foundation. She earned her M.S. in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and her B.A. in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale in 1981. She is thrilled to maintain her connection to Yale students by hosting spring externs.
Rockwell “Rocky” Chin (MCP'71)
Rocky is a civil rights attorney and activist. He has worked to advance the civic voice and empowerment of minorities, particularly Asian Americans living in Chinatown. In 2001, he was a candidate for City Council in the first open election to represent the downtown district that included Chinatown and Lower Manhattan. As an attorney, Rocky has represented marginalized groups, including immigrants, people with disabilities, and working-class families. Rocky currently is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at the New York State Division of Human Rights. During his tenure at both the State and City's civil rights agencies, Rocky worked towards eliminating bias and barriers. Rocky has played an integral role in forming and leading A/PA coalitions including coordinating the first City Hall Conference on Asian/Pacific Americans in 1992. He is a founder of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, past president of the Asian American Arts Alliance and is proud to have been an early supporter of AAAYA. Rocky traces his activism to his involvement with Yale's AASA as a Graduate Student in City Planning. He is married to May Ying Chen, a labor educator and former union official, who serves as a Commissioner on President Barack Obama's White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders.
Susan Choi (SM'90)
Susan is a lecturer and award-winning novelist. Her first novel The Foreign Student, won the Asian American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and her third, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, in 2010 she received the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her most recent novel, My Education (2013), is forthcoming in paperback this June. Susan teaches at Princeton and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and sons.
Nusrat Choudhury (LAW’06)
Nusrat is a Staff Attorney in the Racial Justice Program (RJP) of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she pursues litigation and advocacy challenging racial profiling and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. Prior to joining RJP, Nusrat worked as a staff attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Project, where she engaged in litigation and advocacy combating national security policies and programs that violate civil rights and civil liberties, including practices that discriminate against racial, ethnic and religious minorities. Her cases included Latif v. Holder, the first systemic, constitutional challenge to the federal government’s administration of the No Fly List, as well as lawsuits challenging FBI secrecy over the profiling of racial, ethnic, and religious communities in intelligence programs. Nusrat completed her J.D. at Yale Law School, her M.P.A. in International Development at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and her B.A. at Columbia University. She is a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a founder and current co-director of Young Professionals for CARE. She has published in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.
Amy is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She received an A.B. and J.D. from Harvard. While at Harvard Law School, Amy was executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. She joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2001. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability (2003) was a New York Times bestseller and selected by both The Economist and The Guardian as a Best Book of 2003. Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance and Why They Fall was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller. Her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was a runaway international bestseller and translated into 30 languages. Her new book (with husband Jed Rubenfeld) is titled The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups. Amy has lectured widely around the world. In 2011, she was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people, one of Atlantic Monthly's Brave Thinkers, and one of Foreign Policy's Global Thinkers. She also received the Yale Law School’s Best Teaching award.
Marvin is the Master of Berkeley College and Professor of Psychology. He also carries joint faculty appointments in the Yale School of Medicine Department of Neurobiology, and the Yale College Cognitive Science Program. A native of California, Marvin received his B.A. from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, and his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard. Marvin is a cognitive neuroscientist who uses functional brain imaging to understand how to improve memory, attention, conscious perception, and decision-making. Marvin has been recognized with leading honors such as a 2006 Troland Research Award from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a 2002 American Psychological Association (APA) Early Career Award, and a 1998 APA Division 3 New Investigator Award. Marvin has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and has taught Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers who have subsequently gained faculty appointments at major research institutions worldwide. At Yale, Marvin teaches the course Introduction to Psychology, for which he received the Phi Beta Kappa William DeVane Award for Teaching and Scholarship and the Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence.
Grant Din (BR'79)
Grant has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years and currently serves as the community relations director at the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. He has served on nonprofit boards including the National Coalition for APA Community Development, Asian Law Caucus, and Marcus Foster Educational Fund. Grant was president of AASA in 1976 and also worked as its bursary student for minority student recruitment and as an Asian American "floating" counselor. In the mid-1980s (pre-Internet days!) Grant was one of the alumni who started an informal AAAYA and, in the early 1990s, what became the AAAYA Tina Yeh Memorial Community Service Fellowship. Grant started the AAAYA email group in 1999 and joined the founding national AAAYA board as vice president in 2007 when New York alumni took the initiative to incorporate AAAYA as a nonprofit organization. He served as a board member until 2011. He loves researching and helping others explore family roots in Asia and America.
Saveena is an Assistant Dean at Yale College and Director of the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC). She is responsible for Center operations and programming, as well as advising over 50 Asian-themed AACC-affiliated student organizations and Peer Liaisons who provide outreach, counseling, and support programs for first year students. Her Asian American affairs portfolio also includes recruitment, admissions, and alumni programs. Additionally, Saveena serves as the Director of the Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowships Program, as academic advisor to freshmen and sophomores, is a member of the Intercultural Affairs Council and the Freshman Year Committee. During her 13 years at Yale, Saveena has previously served as Director of Cultural Connections, a pre-orientation program for incoming freshmen, Director of the Eli Whitney Scholars Program and non-Degree Students Program, and Director of Family Weekend. Prior to joining Yale, Saveena worked in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She received a B.A. from Connecticut College with a major in Asian Studies and a Master’s Degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a longtime New Haven resident and lives in East Rock with her husband and two children.
Mark Dollhopf (ES’77)
Mark is the Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni and is responsible for the alumni affairs of Yale University, including the support and sponsorship of 187 domestic and international Yale Clubs, all Yale Class efforts, and the work of over 100 alumni associations. Prior to his appointment at Yale, Mark was founder and President of Janus Development, counseling global nonprofit institutions in strategic planning, leadership and board development, capital campaign management, major gift formation, donor research, and direct marketing. In 2001, Yale awarded Mark the Yale Tercentennial and the Yale School of Music Tercentennial Medals, and in 2004, Mark received the Yale Medal, the highest honor bestowed by Yale for volunteer service. Mark received his bachelors degree from Yale and also attended Harvard Business School.
David Henry Hwang (‘83 DRA)
David’s work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Golden Child, Yellow Face, The Dance and the Railroad, and F.O.B., as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney's Tarzan. He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist. David is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award, the 2012 Inge Award, and the 2012 Steinberg “Mimi” Award, the world's richest playwriting prize. David is currently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre, which is producing a season of his plays, including the premiere of his newest work, Kung Fu.
Ken Inadomi (PC‘76)
Ken is Executive Director of the New York Mortgage Coalition, a housing nonprofit that creates and protects affordable homeownership for working class families in New York. Entering the nonprofit world in 2008 after three decades in the private sector, Ken has dedicated his life to giving back to New York where he's enjoyed living since 1980. He serves on the board of several housing nonprofits as well as the Yale Alumni Board of Governors. He is also an active member of Project Redwood, a venture philanthropy fund that has allocated over $1 million to social entrepreneurs addressing the challenge of extreme poverty in developing nations. In 2011, Ken founded the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA), a service organization that endeavors to leverage the power of Yale’s nonprofit network for the greater social good. He received his B.A. from Yale and an M.B.A. from Stanford.
Vijay Iyer (SY'92)
Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today." His most recent honors include a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, an unprecedented “quintuple crown” in the 2012 Down Beat International Critics Poll (winning Jazz Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Group of the Year, and Rising Star Composer categories), a “quadruple crown” in the JazzTimes extended critics poll (winning Artist of the Year, Acoustic/Mainstream Group of the Year, Pianist of the Year, and Album of the Year), the Pianist of the Year Awards for both 2012 and 2013 from the Jazz Journalists Association and a spot on GQ India’s list of “50 most influential global Indians.” A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, humanities, and arts, Vijay received a Ph.D. in cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley. A committed mentor to emerging artists, Vijay has joined the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard as the first Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts and directs the Banff Centre's International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music.
Gaurav Khanna (PC’94)
Gaurav is proud to be part of the dedicated team of alumni and volunteers organizing the first YAAR. A 14-year veteran of Cisco Systems, he has held several engineering and leadership roles. His organization has pioneered the delivery of technical “virtual sales” using advanced collaboration technologies and has won industry awards for developing young-in-career engineering talent. He also managed the Customer Proof of Concept Labs at Cisco, the networking industry’s leading facility for testing cutting-edge network designs. Prior to Cisco, Gaurav was a graduate student at Stanford University and earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. His research focused on magnetic thin films for storage devices. He has also held research positions at the Department of Energy and NASA research centers and was a White House intern in the first Clinton Administration. At Yale, Gaurav majored in physics but got “turned on” to engineering somewhere in between daily treks up Science Hill, late nights at The Yale Herald, and stints on the Yale Precision Marching Band. He lives in San Jose and is completing his sixth year as Director of the Silicon Valley Alumni Schools Committee.
E. Tammy Kim (TC'02)
Tammy is a staff writer on the digital print side of Al Jazeera America. Previously, she was a lawyer for low-wage workers in New York City, as well as a unionist and adjunct professor. She hails from Tacoma, Washington, where she was raised by working-class Korean immigrants. You can follow her at @etammykim (Twitter) and at etkwrites.tumblr.com.
Ramey Ko (SM‘02)
Ramey is a partner with the immigration and business law firm of Jung Ko, PLLC, and a Democratic candidate for Travis County Treasurer. He previously practiced housing and domestic violence law with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the Texas Advocacy Project. In January 2010, Ramey was appointed the first Asian American judge in Travis County and served as an Associate Municipal Judge through 2013. Ramey also teaches as a Lecturer in Asian American Studies at the University of Texas, focusing on Asian Americans and the law. Since September 2010, Ramey has served on the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which advises the Obama Administration and federal agencies on how to better serve the AAPI community. He currently serves on several local and national boards and councils, including those serving the Asian American community. Ramey graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a degree in history and with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2006. He loves cooking, karaoke, and trivia.
Dr. Hesung Chun Koh
Dr. Koh is co-founder, chair and president emerita of East Rock Institute (ERI), the nation’s first institution dedicated to Korean and Korean Diaspora culture. She is also Director Emerita of Research at HRAF, Yale University. As a researcher, teacher, writer, artist, and social activist, Dr. Koh for 24 years at Yale has continued to dedicate her time at ERI for 30 more years and mentor countless Yalies, students and their parents from many universities, both Korean and non-Korean. Dr. Koh was the first Asian Women to teach at Yale Law School and served concurrently on the Yale Department of Sociology. She taught over 10 different Korean culture courses and has initiated a national teacher's conference on Korean Culture in East Asian context with curriculum development at Yale. Dr. Koh also developed the first gender role seminar at Yale before women’s studies was included in college curriculums in 1970s. Dr. Koh has dedicated her lifetime to spark cross-cultural dialogue. She has authored ten books and nearly 100 articles, which include bestselling books on “Authentic Leadership” and “Authentic Women’s Leadership” and developed the cultural information system at HRAF, Yale and ERI with NSF & Overseas Koreans Foundation grants. Dr. Koh continues to teach and live by her mother’s maxim “Virtue Over Skill” and the ERI motto “to search, to learn, and to serve.” She has dedicated a lifetime to bridge cultural understanding between the East and West by combing theory and practice. While teaching, she learned the power of art in conveying culture and especially its values, a concept that was difficult to relay through words. One of her joys and rewards has been to use her Asian brush paintings to deepen cultural understanding between East and West. Her passion for knowledge, creative leadership and dedication has resulted in numerous awards in Korea and the United States, including the Order of Civil Merit, the Republic of Korea’s highest award to a civilian, and the Connecticut Governor’s Award. She continues to serve as a mentor to Yale and other college students through internships and leadership training programs in cooperation with Korean American Students at Yale (KASY), Ewha Women’s University and Yale alumni in the U.S. and Korea. Dr. Koh is the proud mother of six professional children, 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and two Senate confirmations.
Chris Lapinig (CC’07, LAW'13)
Chris -- a proud "double Yalie" -- is a law clerk for the Honorable Denny Chin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 2007 with Honors in Linguistics and Honors in Ethnicity, Race, & Migration. Chris was Moderator of the Asian American Students Alliance and President of KASAMA: The Filipino Club at Yale. He also led the successful bid to bring the East Coast Asian American Students Union conference to Yale in 2007, commemorating the 30th anniversary of its founding in New Haven. After college, Chris spent two years as a nonprofit strategy and management consultant for The Bridgespan Group in Boston and a year as a Fulbright Scholar researching call centers in the Philippines. Chris returned to Yale for law school and obtained his J.D. in 2013. As a law student, he was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and the Yale Law Journal's first Diversity Editor. After completing his Second Circuit clerkship, Chris will clerk for the Honorable Lorna G. Schofield of the Southern District of New York.
Chris Lee (BR'80)
Chris is a motion picture and television producer, studio executive, media consultant, venture capital entrepreneur, and educator. He was the President of Production at TriStar Pictures and Columbia Pictures and is the Founder and Director of the University of Hawai‘i System’s Academy for Creative Media (ACM), the state’s first “film school.” As an executive at TriStar, Chris oversaw Oscar-winning films such as Jerry Maguire, Philadelphia, and As Good As It Gets. The first Asian American and minority to be named President of Production at a Hollywood studio, Chris is a frequent speaker at events involving the globalization of popular culture and economic development. He started in entertainment with ABC’s Good Morning America and then subsequently worked with director Wayne Wang on the film Dim Sum. Named one of A Magazine’s most influential Asian Americans, Chris served on the board of the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium in Washington D.C. and as a member of the Committee of 100. He has received numerous honors, including the Justice in Action Award from the New York Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Visionary Award from East-West Players in Los Angeles, and the Role Model Award from the Museum of Chinese in America.
Malcolm Lee (BR‘82)
Malcolm has served two presidents as an economic policy adviser, including as Special Assistant to the President for International Trade and Economic Policy, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for the Secretary of Commerce, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Communications and Information Policy. Malcolm is now senior director of a White House office responsible for coordinating intellectual property policy and enforcement. He directed Microsoft’s global trade and technology policy, as well as its China policy and strategy, and served as an elected governor of AmCham China. Malcolm worked as a senate aide after Yale and as a trade lawyer following law school. He has been at the leading edge of our economic relationship with China, and returned to government to help rebuild our economy. Malcolm previously served as pro bono general counsel of the Organization of Chinese Americans and on the Immigration Committee of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. He played soccer at Yale and was co-chair of Yale’s Minority Advisory Committee on Admissions as an undergraduate. He is married to Nancy Choy, and has three daughters.
Mu Young Lee (JE'92)
Mu is the manager of a special initiatives team comprised of marketing, product management, and user experience professionals at Varian Medical Systems, the global technology and market leader in the field of radiation oncology products. He has led several product development teams spanning a range of technologies and missions including medical robotics, radiosurgery, the global lung cancer epidemic, and the detection of weapons of mass destruction. He is currently serving as president of both the Northern California chapter of AAAYA and the Yale Club of Silicon Valley. He is also the author of several journal articles in the fields of nuclear physics, medical instruments, and fly fishing. Mu received his B.S. from Yale College and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Eric Liu (TD‘90)
Eric is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of great citizenship (www.citizenuniversity.us). His books include national bestsellers The Gardens of Democracy and The True Patriot, both co-authored with Nick Hanauer; The Accidental Asian, a New York Times Notable Book; and Guiding Lights, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month. His newest book, A Chinaman's Chance, will be published in July. Liu served as a White House speechwriter and deputy domestic policy adviser to President Clinton. He now lives in Seattle, where he teaches civic leadership at the University of Washington. A regular columnist for CNN.com and correspondent for TheAtlantic.com, Liu can be found on Twitter @ericpliu.
Gary Locke (JE‘72)
Gary Locke is the 10th U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. During his appointment, he oversaw a dramatic increase in Chinese investment in the U.S., reduced visa wait times to historic lows, and advocated for human rights and the rule of law. He previously served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce where he helped implement President Obama’s National Export Initiative. As Commerce Secretary, Locke presided over a 17 percent increase in national exports from 2009 to 2010 and a 32 percent increase in exports to China. From 1997 to 2005, he served as Governor of Washington and was the first Asian American governor to be elected in the continental United States. During his two terms, the state gained 280,000 jobs despite two national recessions. Gary Locke is the first Chinese American to serve in each of these positions. His innovations in government efficiency, customer focus, and priority-based budgeting, in addition to his successful and under-budget management of high risk initiatives, have won him acclaim by nationally recognized authors and organizations such as Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is married to Mona Lee Locke and they have three children: Emily, Dylan, and Madeline.
James C. Lu (TC’77)
Jimmy is the Executive Managing Director of the WI Harper Group and Chair of the Association of Yale Alumni. He has over 20 years of high technology and venture capital experience, focuses on the technology and healthcare sectors, and currently serves on the boards of several emerging growth companies. Prior to joining WI Harper, Jimmy co-founded and was a General Partner of iD Ventures America (formerly Acer Technology Ventures), which managed numerous funds that targeted investment opportunities in the U.S. and Greater China. Jimmy joined the Acer Group, a leading technology company, in 1992, and as a member of the senior management, negotiated and structured the Acer Group’s international joint ventures, strategic alliances, acquisitions and global financings. After Yale, Jimmy earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. Jimmy looks back fondly to when he was first introduced to entrepreneurship and venture investing as the director of a community outreach program that was sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and trained disadvantaged high school students from South Boston High how to operate their own small business.
Mary Ting Yi Lui
Mary is a Professor of American Studies and History. Her primary research interests include: Asian American history, urban history, women and gender studies, and public history. Mary is the author of The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City (Princeton University Press, 2005) and the 2007 co-winner of the Best Book Prize for History from the Association of Asian American Studies. The book uses a 1909 unsolved murder case to examine race, gender, and interracial sexual relations in the cultural, social and spatial formation of New York City's Chinatown from 1870-1920. Mary is currently working on a new book, Making Model Minorities: Asian Americans, Race, and Citizenship in Cold War America at Home and Abroad, that examines the history of Asian American and U.S. cultural diplomacy in Asia in the early years of the Cold War.
Nancy Yao Maasbach (SOM'99)
Nancy is the Executive Director of the Yale-China Association, a 113-year old independent nonprofit organization based at Yale University. Nancy has spent equal amounts of time in the private and nonprofit sectors. She spent several years with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Hong Kong and New York, where she served as Vice President (Investment Banking and Executive Office) and as the first Director of Policy Research at their Global Markets Institute. After Goldman, Nancy became the Director for Asia Coverage at the Center for Financial Research and Analysis. Nancy was also an associate producer at CNN during the handover coverage of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China in 1997. In the nonprofit sector, Nancy served as Managing Director of Corporate Programs at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2004, Nancy received a CFR-Hitachi International Affairs Fellowship in Japan based at the Nippon-Keidanren where she conducted research on Chinese-Japanese economic and business relations amidst political challenges. A graduate of Occidental College and the Yale School of Management, Nancy has served on several boards, including currently as vice-chair of The Community Fund for Women & Girls, the National Board of AAAYA, and a federal advisory committee for the Obama administration’s 100,000 Strong Initiative.
Niloufer Moochhala (ART'97)
Nilou is the principal of nymDESIGN, a small multi-disciplinary studio specializing in innovative design strategies for a variety of clients. Her consulting work has included well-known cultural, education, corporate, and public sector organizations worldwide, including Amnesty International, the United Nations, Microsoft, the City Museum of New York, MBTA/Boston T, and former Palo Alto mayor Sid Espinosa's political campaign. Nilou's dedicated work within Yale University has included the Yale School of Management, Association of Yale Alumni, Asian American Cultural Center, Yale University Libraries, and Yale School of Public Health, amongst others. Prior to forming nymDESIGN, Nilou worked with a variety of organizations such as Sotheby's, New Museum, and Conde Nast in New York, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Nilou received her Masters of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Yale University School of Art and her Bachelor in Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College. She is a member of AIGA Boston and Arlington Public Art. Her continued explorations of the boundaries between art & design have been showcased at galleries in Mumbai, New York, and Boston over the last decade. Nilou was born and raised in Mumbai.
Don Nakanishi (SY‘71)
Don is the Director Emeritus of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, the largest and most renowned research and teaching institute in Asian American Studies in the nation, and Professor Emeritus of UCLA’s departments of Asian American Studies and Education. Don has provided leadership and vision for the national development of the fields of Asian American Studies and Race and Ethnic Relations Scholarship for four decades. He is a prolific writer and highly influential teacher and scholar who has written over 100 books and articles on the participation of Asian Americans and other ethnic groups in American politics, educational research on issues of access and representation, and the international political dimensions of minority experiences. He retired from UCLA in 2009 after a 35-year professorial career, spending the last 20 years also as the Director of the Asian Studies Center. As an undergraduate at Yale, he co-founded the Yale Asian American Students Association in 1969. Don has served as chair of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee of Los Angeles County for over 30 years and was awarded the Yale Medal in 2008.
Karen Narasaki (DC'80)
Karen is a civil rights advocate and former president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) in Washington, D.C. As a young attorney, Karen was a member of the legal team that successfully appealed the WWII internment coram nobis cases, overturning the conviction of Gordon Hirabayashi. Under Karen’s leadership, AAJC helped to successfully pass legislation reauthorizing key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and also pass the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Karen was Vice Chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and helped to found the Rights Working Group, a coalition of human, civil and immigrant rights groups working to address the erosion of civil liberties and basic immigrant rights since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Indra Nooyi ('80 MPPM)
Indra is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. In its global food and beverage portfolio, PepsiCo has 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo's main businesses include Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola. With more than $65 billion in annual net revenue, PepsiCo makes hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. Mrs. Nooyi is the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s promise to do what’s right for the business by doing what’s right for people and the planet. It’s the company’s commitment to sustained growth with a focus on Performance, Human, Environmental and Talent Sustainability. In addition to being a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors, Mrs. Nooyi serves as a member of the boards of U.S.-China Business Council, U.S.-India Business Council, The Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Tsinghua University. She is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Successor Fellow of Yale Corporation and was appointed to the U.S.-India CEO Forum by the Obama Administration. Mrs. Nooyi is married and has two daughters.
Paula Tin Nyo (TC’84)
Paula is an international marketing and arts consultant dedicated to improving cross-cultural awareness, goodwill and prosperity through creativity in the business model. Born in Yangon, Paula founded Yone Arts in order to bridge participation between the cultural heritage of Myanmar and the international community through sales, performance collaborations, and corporate responsibility service partnerships. Paula draws from her experience in advertising, film, education, arts management, and writing to create “platforms of direct engagement” which educate, inspire and initiate opportunities between emerging countries and the rest of the world. Paula holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale and earned her M.F.A. in Advertising & Graphic Design.
Avik Roy (MED'00)
Avik is the Opinion Editor at Forbes and a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. In 2012, he served as a healthcare policy adviser to Mitt Romney. He also serves as principal author of The Apothecary, the influential Forbes blog on healthcare policy and entitlement reform and is a columnist for National Review Online, where he writes on politics and policy. He is a frequent guest on television news programs, including appearances on Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, PBS, and HBO. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, USA Today, National Affairs, and and other publications. He is the author of How Medicaid Fails the Poor, published by Encounter Books in 2013. At the Manhattan Institute, Avik's research interests include the Affordable Care Act, universal coverage, entitlement reform, international health systems, and FDA policy. Avik is the founder of Roy Healthcare Research, an investment research firm in New York. He received his S.B. in molecular biology from M.I.T and graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine in 2000. While at Yale, he served a term as Chairman of the Conservative Party of the Yale Political Union.
Peter Salovey (GRD'86)
Peter is the 23rd President of Yale University and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology. Prior to becoming President, Peter served as Yale's Provost from 2008 to 2013. As Provost, Peter facilitated strategic planning and initiatives such as promoting faculty diversity, creating the Office of Academic Integrity, developing the West Campus, and overseeing the University’s budget during the global financial crisis. After graduating from Stanford in 1980, Peter earned his M.S. (1983), M.Phil. (1984), and Ph.D. (1986) degrees in psychology at Yale. Peter has authored or edited over a dozen books and published hundreds of journal articles and essays, focused primarily on human emotion and health behavior. With John D. Mayer, he developed a broad framework called “Emotional Intelligence,” the theory that just as people have a wide range of intellectual abilities, they also have a wide range of measurable emotional skills that profoundly affect their thinking and action. Peter has won both the William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching and the Lex Hixon '63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2013.
Pulin Sanghvi (DC'92)
Pulin is currently Executive Director of Career Services at Princeton University, and was formerly Assistant Dean and Director of the Career Management Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Pulin graduated from Yale in 1992 with a BA summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with Distinction in Economics, and also holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was formerly a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Palo Alto and an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Company in New York. He serves on the National Board of Directors of Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit focused on changing the win-at-all-cost culture around youth sports. He serves Yale as an At-Large Delegate to the AYA Assembly, on an advisory council to the AYA Board of Governors, and served for eight years as the Palo Alto Alumni Schools Committee Director.
Lisa Sun (TD‘00)
Lisa is the founder and CEO of Project Gravitas, which represents a culmination of her love of fashion, career in the luxury lifestyle business, and steadfast commitment to helping others succeed. Through Project Gravitas, she hopes to help women create lasting personal impact by finding “the perfect dress.” Lisa was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Dressed Women. Prior to founding Project Gravitas, Lisa spent 11 years at McKinsey & Company where she advised leading luxury, fashion, and beauty brands and retailers in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and Latin America on strategic and operational issues. Considered the firm’s top expert in the luxury and fashion space, Lisa has published perspectives and gave keynote speeches at forums such as the American Express Luxury Summit. At McKinsey, Lisa was mentored by the firm’s best thinkers, learning from top executives, and having the privilege of leading teams of talented colleagues around the world. Lisa received degrees in Biology and Political Science with Distinction from Yale University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Trish Takemoto (TC’76)
Trish is a Legal Assistant at the firm of Friedman & Wittenstein in New York City. At Yale, she worked at the Yale Daily News and was elected Photo Editor. As a volunteer at the Bao House, an early effort by the Asian American Students Alliance (AASA) to bring the comforts of home, not to mention cultural diversity, to Yale, she has fond memories of slurping ramen and eating bao in the basement of Branford.
Jyoti Thottam (TD'93)
Jyoti is a journalist and former South Asia Bureau Chief for Time magazine. She covered business and technology for Time for several years and has interviewed many notable CEOs and political figures in the U.S. and Asia, ranging from Narendra Modi and Ratan Tata to Richard Branson, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page. Jyoti's reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The Village Voice, Bookforum, and other publications. She now works as Director of Content for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and is at work on a book about India since the economic reforms of 1991. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. Follow her on Twitter @jyotithottam.
Sarah Tomita (BR‘06)
Sarah is Chair of Marketing & Communications for this Reunion and is honored to be part of this historic event for Yale alumni. Sarah is passionate about making branding/digital media both accessible and strategic to nonprofits and social enterprises (a.k.a. “looking good, while doing good”) and is always eager to discuss the latest trends in social media. In addition, Sarah equally enjoys making alumni connections and discussing her day job in a field (finance) that is largely unrelated to her undergraduate major at Yale (political science). Follow Sarah on twitter @sarahtomita and @Yale_Nonprofit.
Monique Truong (TD'90)
Born in Saigon, South Vietnam in 1968, Monique is a novelist and essayist based in Brooklyn. Her first novel, The Book of Salt (2003) was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Fiction Book, and the recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, among other honors. Her second novel, Bitter In The Mouth (2010), received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a best fiction book of the year by Barnes & Noble and Hudson Booksellers. A graduate of Yale College and Columbia University School of Law in 1995, Truong is also an intellectual property attorney. She serves on the board of directors of The Authors Guild and the advisory council for PEN American Center.
Billie Tsien (PC'71)
Billie is a renowned architect and has been in partnership with Tod Williams since 1986. Their studio, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, located in New York City, focuses on work for institutions - museums, schools and non-profits. Their buildings are carefully made and useful in ways that speak to both efficiency and the spirit. A sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail, and most of all experience are at the heart of what they build. Their compelling body of work includes the Natatorium at the Cranbrook School, the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, the Asia Society Center in Hong Kong, the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and a skating facility in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Billie is also an active teacher, lecturing worldwide. She serves on the advisory council for the Yale School of Architecture and is a Director of the Public Art Fund, the Architectural League of New York, and the American Academy of Rome. In 2007, Billie was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Charles H. Vogl (DIV'11)
Charles is a media entrepreneur and consultant, author, executive trainer, documentary film producer, and co-founder of Broken English Productions, LLC in New York City. His non-fiction projects air on PBS and HBO and have won Sundance, Academy Award, and Human Rights awards. His work explores critical issues including education reform, gay rights, and civil justice. Charles serves on the Executive Producing team for the EG Conference, a New York Times-recognized top conference of and for innovators in media, technology, entertainment and education. At the Yale Law School, Vogl was a co-founder of the Yale Visual Law Project. In his 20s, Charles lived and volunteered in a radical homeless shelter and trained volunteers and staff in a New York 9-11 Disaster Center. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in northern Zambia. Within one year he also survived a plane crash, a spitting cobra attack, and acute malaria. Charles has a B.S. from the University of Southern California Annenberg School and a M. Div. from Yale University.
Jen Wang (SM'94)
Jen is the co-creator of DISGRASIAN.com, a blog centered around Asian American issues that once caused conservative pundit Michelle Malkin to anoint her as a "Race Hustler." She has been featured on Nightline, NPR's Tell Me More, Patt Morrison Show, Associated Press, BBC News, China Daily, Los Angeles Times, HuffPost Live, and The Daily Beast. Jen is also a contributor to the Huffington Post and xoJane and has created a web series for Adult Swim. She graduated with a B.A. in Literature from Yale and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Julie Wong 黄福慈 (TC'86)
An educator, entrepreneur, and activist, Julie developed "Music Around the World!" an innovative immersion program to teach students new languages through the universal language of music which now has 4,000+ graduates -- all under five years old. She recently founded "WomensWork360," committed to taking a complete view of all the work women do, both as parents and as professionals. She is also a fifth-generation Chinese American and a semi-retired "tiger mom" who has been happily "bringing up bébés" with her first-generation French husband for the past 18 years; her daughter is a Harvard freshman and her son is studying for the French Baccalaureate. Before the world was flat, she worked for 10 years in international marketing on global clients such as United Airlines, Procter & Gamble, and McDonald's, including a three-year stint in China during the "interesting times" after the Tiananmen Square student protests.
Victor Wong (JE’11)
Victor is the CEO and co-founder of PaperG, an advertising technology company that makes digital display ads simple by automating the entire ad campaign from creation to distribution. His 50+ person startup raised over $4 million in capital and reached profitability in 2012. Victor has served as co-chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Local Committee and has been a guest lecturer at NYU and Yale. He has contributed writings to Forbes, PaidContent, and TechCrunch. Victor graduated from Yale University with a degree in economics and is a Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Fellow.
Kristina J. Yee (MC’89)
Kristina is a market strategist and change agent focused on the cloud-enabled business and financial services technology. Her interest is in all aspects of cloud-delivered software technology, e-security and mobile commerce within consumer, enterprise and B2B2C companies across industries. Kristina has worked closely with successfully acquired start-ups, mid-size companies looking to “cross the chasm” as well as Fortune 1000 companies in the midst of reinventing themselves. Her articles have appeared in Mortgage Banking and New York Finance, and she has been interviewed by such publications as Inc., The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times and American Banker. Kristina holds a B.A. in English and Film from Yale and earned her M.B.A. in Marketing and Management of Organizations from Columbia Business School.
Alice Young (DC‘71)
Alice is Special Counsel and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice at Kaye Scholer, LLP where she advises US and Asia-based multinationals and entrepreneurs on a wide range of business activities including complex cross-border transactions and investment considerations. Alice has been based in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo and speaks Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and French. She is a Director of AXIS Capital Holdings, a NYSE-listed company, Mizuho Trust & Banking USA, Asia Foundation, and Aspen Institute. Alice is listed in Who's Who, Crain's "Top 100 Minority Executives" (one of only three corporate lawyers named), by Avenue Asia magazine as one of the five most influential Asian American corporate lawyers in the United States, and by Harvard Law Bulletin as one of the top 50 women graduates of Harvard Law School. She frequently lectures on business, law, and foreign policy issues and has appeared nationally and internationally on major news networks on these subjects. Alice was in the first class of women graduates of Yale, where she majored in East Asian Studies and received a Bates Fellowship to study in Japan under Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese Nobel Prize Winner in Literature. At Harvard Law School, she was a member of the East Asian Legal Studies Program and was a research assistant and advisor to the Admissions Committee.
Cynthia Yuan Lee (CC’93)
Cynthia is Counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels in Minneapolis, where she concentrates her practice in employee benefits law. Cynthia counsels employers and clients on welfare benefit and retirement plan issues, such as compliance with healthcare reform, ERISA, HIPAA, and the Internal Revenue Code. She grew up in the Bay Area and majored in History at Yale, before spending two years teaching English in rural Japan on the JET Program. After graduating from Columbia Law School, Cynthia practiced at Skadden Arps in New York before relocating to Minnesota for her husband’s job. She lives with her husband (who, like her, was raised by a Shanghaiese Tiger Mom) and two daughters in Minneapolis, where she is active in the Bulldogs On The Lakes program, which brings Yale undergraduates to the Twin Cities for summer internships at local non-profit organizations.