Candidates for HAAAA Board of Directors, 2010-2012 term
- Albert Chang, A.B. 1963
- Margaret Chin, A. B. 1984
- Lilly Deng, A.B. 2009
- Zheng Huang, MBA 2005
- Paul Kang, A.B. 1984
- Harry Kim, A.B. 1986
- Alex Lee, A.B. 2006
- Henry Will Mak, A.B. 2006
- Sarah Paiji, A.B. 2006
- Douglas Park, A.B. 1991
- Jeannie Park, A.B. 1983
- Clarence Tong, MPP 2010
- S. Anthony Wong, A.B. 1998, MBA 2003
- Andrea Yang, A.B. 2006
Albert Chang, A.B. 1963
My name is Albert Chang Harvard College ’63, MD (University of Rochester), and MPH (University of California at Berkeley). I am a practicing pediatrician and Professor Emeritus of Public Health. I have over 40 years experience in the practice, teaching, research, and administration activities in medicine and public health. My first job was with the Baltimore City Health Department. I have taught at Berkeley, UCLA, and San Diego State University. At Harvard I was a member of the Varsity Soccer Team for 4 years, and was active in Dunster House music and sports activities. I majored in HIstory and Science. I have authored numerous publications in medicine and public health journals. I have played an active role in the development of health and safety standards for the care of young children in child care centers and have been active in childhood injury prevention efforts nationally and internationally. I have been active with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and have served as an Adviser to the World Health Organization. I have served as Secretary of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California and as Vice-President for Programs of the Harvard Club of Southern California.
I would like to contribute my experience and expertise to the advancement of the HAAA goals and objectives. As we enter this new era of participation and engagement, we can offer much to the broader Harvard community of educated men and women. In my 45 th Anniversary Report I wrote”…I still feel as when I was a freshman. I continue to think that I should and can make the world a better place for our children and for those less fortunate than we…”
Margaret Chin, A.B. 1984
Margaret May Chin received her BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1984 and her PhD in Sociology from Columbia University in 1998. In between Harvard and before returning to graduate school, she worked for six years with IBM in sales and marketing.
She is now an Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY (City University of New York), where she teaches mostly first generation, immigrant college students. Her research interests focus on new immigrants, families, the working poor, race and ethnicity, and Asian Americans. Margaret was a Social Science Research Council Post Doctoral Fellow in International Migration, a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Junior Fellow and the author of Sewing Women: Immigrants and the New York City Garment Industry.
Margaret grew up in New York City and went to Stuyvesant High School. At Harvard, she was co-President of the Asian American Association, worked as an intern at the Harvard Foundation and in the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program of the Admissions Office. Since graduating, she has continued to participate in alumni activities, including interviewing for the Harvard Schools Committee for numerous years and participating on the 25th Reunion Committee.
Margaret is married to Perry Pong'83. They have two children, Alexander Pong (16), and Meredith Pong (12).
It is my hopes that this still young organization bring together Asian American alums to contribute back to Harvard and to society. I believe that everyone of us has benefited positively from attending Harvard, even with just the Harvard name alone we have had advantages over others. I think as a group, we can make contributions by helping those who need financial aid, and by helping the next generation think about what it means for Asian Americans to become almost 20% of the incoming class and to think about contributing to diversity at Harvard and the community.
Lilly Deng, A.B. 2009
Lilly Deng is a graduate of Harvard College with an A.B. History, and a member of the inaugural class of the 2+2 Program at Harvard Business School.
She is currently an associate at Boston Consulting Group. Previously, she was a summer analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co. and a summer associate consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants. Her case experience includes strategy and organizational issues in consumer healthcare and retail sectors, as well as due diligence and private equity cases.
While at Harvard, Lilly was a Founding Partner of Smart Women Securities, a committee member of the Ann Radcliffe Trust, and a member of the Pleiades Society. She led a team collecting over 2000 textbooks as the Harvard Chapter Head for Better World Books, a social enterprise that donates proceeds to provide educational materials to African schools. She was also a member of the Harvard College in Asia Project, participating in the Spring 2006 Singapore conference.
Lilly is particularly interested in increasing college access. From 2005-2008, she was a student coordinator for the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative. During that time, she was an invited speaker at the Lexington Chinese School (Belmont, MA) and spoke to nine Philadelphia public and charter schools during a Spring 2008 HFAI Outreach Trip.
Lilly is an alumni of the American Legion Girls Nation Program and the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference. In her spare time, Lilly is enjoys creative writing and fusion cooking. She is working on her first collection of songs.
My vision for the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance is to be the preeminent resource for current and future graduates to build relationships with and advance the prominence of the Asian American community.
First, as a young organization, I hope to forge greater awareness of HAAAA’s activities and impact among new and potential members. This includes reconnecting with earlier classes of Harvard alumni and being a destination organization for new graduates. My key emphasis will be providing relevant programming and events for alumni with various interests and at different points in the personal and professional lives, such as more member spotlights, interviews with successful Asian American alumni, regional networking events, and increasing participation on HAAAA’s forums.
Second, I wish to provide guidance on delivering value to the existing membership and identifying opportunities to expand the value proposition of HAAAA. The First Asian American Alumni Summit, HAAAA Newsletter, and events such as the Dim Sum Meet and Greet in Washington, D.C. all play important roles in providing engaging programs to alumni, and there exists additional opportunities to build on the momentum of these events to serve Asian American alumni.
The perspective I hope to bring to the Board of Directors is the perspective of how to position HAAAA to attract, be a resource for, and be relevant to Asian alumni who have not previously been involved with the Harvard Asian community. While there is a core group of alumni who were involved on campus and have remained involved, there is an exponentially larger group of individuals who have not associated with the Asian American community but are now at junctures in their lives where they seek a community affiliation. In my early career, I have increasingly recognized the importance of a group identity and finding role models and mentors, and finding ones that share a common ethnic and cultural background is especially valuable to address unique challenges and situations faced by the Asian American community. HAAAA has a unique opportunity to fulfill a gap in the current landscape and use the power of the Asian American alumni network to improve self-awareness and expand the community.
If selected, I expect to be a working member of the Board and actively involved in tackling to short-term operational items and framing the long-term strategy. At work and among my friends, I’m quite simply known as someone who “gets it done”. Whether it is planning an event, getting a permit, or making sure the thank you cards get sent, I pride myself in getting it done and doing it well. I would be honored to be selected for your Board of Directors.
Zheng Yu Huang, HBS '05
I was a 2009-2010 White House Fellow working at USAID as a special assistant to the administrator, focusing on public private partnerships. Previously, I was a co-founder of Business Connect China, a provider of expert consultation, market intelligence, advisory services, and investments for the China market. Prior to that, I was a Managing Director at Intel Corporation, responsible for Intel’s telecommunications business in China. Under my leadership, Intel struck a number of collaborations and partnerships in China that successfully charted a new path for long term technology standards cooperation and intellectual property resolution between US and China. I hold a MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, as well as a M.S. in Computer Science, a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, and a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University. I have lived and worked in Germany (for Bosch), Japan (for Hitachi), India (for Infosys), and China and traveled to over 50 countries.
While at Stanford as a undergraduate student, I founded the Stanford Society of Asian American Engineers, sending Stanford students to Asia to work with their university counterparts on entrepreneurial projects and selecting student leaders to participate in week-long summits to discuss high technology trends across the Pacific. In less than two years, the organization had achieved a membership of more than 1000. Today, offshoots of SSAE have established chapters in 15 universities across ten countries. Having just served as a White House Fellow 2009-2010 in Washington DC, I bring an added perspective on public leadership and community involvement. I am passionate about and committed to helping make HAAAA a collaborative community that fosters and encourages leadership in every field of our pursuits.
Paul Kang, A.B. 1984
The HAAAA would be a subset of the extended HAA community that I would be interested in collaborating with and offering help as I may. The role of the HAAAA could serve many purposes:
- Venue for information dissemination
- Vehicle for collaboration and networking (within the Asian community and more broadly as with the Asia Society)
- Support for Asians participating as minorities in non-Asian circles/organizations
- Support for members' participation in global activities involving Asia
- Source of mentoring for younger graduates
- Source for scholarships, research grants, seed capital
- A voice within the Harvard community and more broadly
- Development of a serious publication (akin to Law Review and Business Review)
Paul was born in Seoul and moved to Colorado Springs at the age of 8. He received an AB in applied mathematics fromHarvard in 1984 and an MBA from Stanford in 1989.
He was the first Korean to enter the U.S. brand management program at Procter & Gamble and the first Korean finance-PE associate at Goldman Sachs in New York.
As the President of AltaCap, Paul has been a leading advisor to transactions between Korea/Asia and the U.S./Europe and lived in Asia for several years. He has also had various investment and operating roles.
Paul has served on the admissions committee of the Harvard Club of New York. He served on the Asian Admissions Advisory Committee to the Stanford Business School and served as the Treasurer/Vice President of the Stanford Association of Korea.
He was a founder and Chairman of the Korean-American Finance Association and was selected as a Board Member of the Korean-American Assoc. of Greater New York. Paul served on the Board of Trustees of the Curtis Institute of Musicfor over 10 years and serves on the Investment Committee overseeing their $200 million endowment.
Paul currently resides in the New York area with his wife and two daughters.
Alex Lee, A.B. 2006
I graduated from the college in '06 with an AB in Appied Math in Economics, and AM in Statistics. At school, I was pretty involved with the Asian community, being the CSA president for two years, as well as being involved (and running) the BASIC conference over two years in college as well. I'm currently a Manager at Novantas, a strategy consulting firm focusing on financial services based in NY.
I've been out of touch with the Alumni community for a while, being more busy than I would have liked with work. I've been looking for an opportunity to get re-engaged with the community as I'm a big proponent of networking and keeping in touch with the people we meet, especially as we share so many connections and experience from school. I've been able to go to a few of the recent events, which I thought were fun and great opportunities to meet with old (and new friends).
My goal would be able to contribute both through advisory and additional ideas regarding the best way to keep people in touch with each other and provide other insights to the board based on my related experiences.
Harry Kim A.B. 1986
I would like to nominate myself for membership on the Board of HAAAA. I came to the US from Korea when I was nine years old. I grew up in Queens, NY, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1982. I am an '86 graduate of Harvard College in Social Studies. I got obtained my law degree from New York University in 1991. I am currently a corporate and transactional attorney at the Los Angeles office of Lee Anav Chung LLP, a boutique firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Mexico City. The Los Angeles office has three Asian American partners including myself. I advise entrepreneurs, startups, and medium sized companies. I have advised a number of nonprofit corporations on incorporation and obtaining 501(c)(3) status, including the Korea Academy for Educators. I have been involved in interviewing and recruiting for Harvard College through the Harvard Club of Southern California for the past 10 years. I believe Asian American applicants to Harvard from Southern California will benefit from outreach from Asian American alumni and help in finding out about what makes a candidate attractive to Harvard, apart from high grades.
I have served on the board of the Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation for 3 years. The Foundation provided fundraising support for the Glendale Memorial Hospital, and I was involved in soliciting donors and planning fundraising events.
Through HAAAA, I would like to increase the visibility of Asian American alumni in the L.A. area through holding joint events with the Harvard Club of Southern California (where my wife is a board member) and increasing the representation and involvement of Asian American alumni in the Harvard Club in the Southern California area. One particular area I would like to explore would be recruiting Asian American alumni to participate in workshops in the Southern California with junior high school students, as well as younger high school students, to help them start developing strong records for applying to Harvard early on in their academic careers.
Henry Will Mak, A.B. 2006
HAAAA Board of Directors Statement
Growing up playing in national tennis tournaments, I was part of a small minority of Asian-Americans competing on the national tennis circuit. From this experience, I realized that adversity breeds community. Without adversity to engender a common purpose, there is a lesser need for Asian-Americans to come together.
As a director, my goal is to build community through collaborative, yet competitive contexts: (1) host small, tight-knit forums for alumni to meet outstanding Harvard Asian-American alumni who can share how they overcame any sort of adversity in their line of work. I believe these events should be industry-specific (i.e. one for law, business, medicine, or academia) so as to create focused, and meaningful networking opportunities for alumni from specific schools (2) create meet-and-greet opportunities for alumni to talk with Asian-American leaders running for local or state office. I believe this will not only support our Asian-American leaders but also educate our alumni about importance pieces of legislation, and (3) invite alumni to local tennis or golf clubs, either to play or watch sports. I can only imagine how much fun it will be to watch Jeremy Lin (AB ’10), the first Asian-American to be in the NBA since 1947.
As a liaison between the Board of Directors and HQuadA, my vision is one of education and community service. During college, I served as Executive Director of the Harvard Small Claims Advisory Service, a Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) program that offers legal assistance to over 1,200 Massachusetts citizens annually. In that capacity, I mobilized a group of Harvard Asian-American students to start a legal aid clinic in the Boston Chinatown to help first-generation Chinese immigrants stand on their own two feet in court. My work culminated in a launching of our program on TV in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, which was broadcast to the Boston community. Now at five years since the founding, the program has been growing. After college, I was a Fulbright Scholar to China and researched Chinese mediation as an alternative to U.S. litigation and the impact on community acceptance. After spending two years in my hometown, Irvine, California as an associate at Red Oak Investments, a real estate investment company, I am completing my J.D. at Boston College Law School.
I was a member of the Harvard Asian American Brotherhood (AAB), a recipient of the Harvard Reflections Award, a recipient of the Anheuser-Busch Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and am currently on the Pitching Committee for the HAAAA Summit.
Sarah Paiji AB '06
Sarah graduated from Harvard College in 2006 with a degree in Economics. While at Harvard, Sarah served as President of the Asian American Association (AAA) as well as Chair of the Boston Asian Students Alliance (BASA). Most notably as President of AAA, she organized the first ever Asian American Alumni Reunion at Harvard to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the first Asian organization at Harvard. Sarah also worked in the admissions office for three years during her time at Harvard and headed Asian American outreach as part of the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program (UMRP).
Through HAAAA, Sarah hopes to help provide continuity for both undergraduate organizations and students post graduation. She believes that there are is broad group of graduates that desire to maintain close connections with the University and peers – she hopes to help HAAAA be that bridge for Asian American Harvard alumni.
Douglas Park, A.B. 1991
Douglas Y. Park (“Doug”) brings a unique interdisciplinary background in strategy, law, and organization to complex problems. He actively serves the Asian American and Harvard communities. For example, Doug is President of the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley for the 2010-11 term and a participant in the Mentorship Program of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley.
Doug began his career as an Assistant Professor of Management of Organizations at the School of Business and Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He taught courses on Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Organization Theory, Electronic Commerce, and Venture Capital to students and executives from around the world. Doug received several Citations for Teaching Excellence. He has published articles on competitive dynamics and organizational change in leading academic journals.
Currently, Doug is President of DYP Advisors in Menlo Park, California. The firm focuses on solving problems in strategy formulation and execution, business transactions, securities law, and corporate governance. Boardmember.com recently recognized Doug in its Who’s Who of the Corporate Governance Twitterverse. He is a member of the State Bar of California and Editor of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association’s monthly Bulletin.
Doug received his A.B. magna cum laude with highest honors in Sociology from Harvard College, his Ph.D. in Strategy and Organization from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School.
Doug wrote his undergraduate thesis on “The Cognizance of Race: Asian Americans at Harvard,” an investigation into how the college experience shapes the racial and ethnic identity of Asian Americans at elite universities. The thesis was awarded the Albert M. Fulton, Class of 1891, Prize for Outstanding Senior Thesis in Sociology.
Statement of Interest:
The Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (H4A) fills a great need for Harvard Asian American alumni. My vision for H4A is that it become a valuable educational, career, and personal resource for Asian American alumni. Further, I hope that H4A can become a powerful advocate for Asian American concerns within the university. Consistent with this vision, my main interests include helping to organize events, developing a mentoring program for Asian American alumni, and promoting Asian American interests and issues within the university. Here are the highlights of my experience serving community and professional organizations.
Harvard: Currently, President of the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley; Co-Chair of the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley’s Internet + Media Thought Leader Series; Alumni Interviewer for more than five years; and Member of the Harvard Club of San Francisco.
Served as Publicity Chair of Koreans of Harvard-Radcliffe and Publisher and Managing Editor of Yisei: Voices of Koreans at Harvard.
Stanford: Founded and served as Editor in Chief of Reflections: The Korean American Journal at Stanford.
University of Michigan Law School: Served on the Faculty Recruiting Committee of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.
Service on Boards of Directors: Currently, Member of the Board of Directors of East Rock Institute, a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to the enhancement and deepening of cultural understanding between Eastern and Western societies through innovative approaches to research and teaching.
Other service to Asian American Community: Currently, Member of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley and Participant in Attorney Mentorship Program.
I would be honored to help shape the direction of H4A as a board member.
Jeannie Park AB '83
As Summit Committee Co-Chair, I've been lucky to get to work with so many great HAAAA volunteers around the country and to become more familiar with the inner workings of HAAAA. In my role as University Affairs Committee Co-Chair, I've gotten to meet with numerous administrators at Harvard, informing them about HAAAA and identifying ways that we can collaborate. I'm hoping to use my experiences of the past year to help HAAAA further define its mission and grow into the vibrant and vital global network that it promises to be. As you can read on HAAAA.Net, I am a lapsed biochem major whose first journalistic experience was the AAA newsletter East Wind and whose parents still can't quite believe I turned down law school. I am a former executive editor of People magazine and devoted much of my on- and off-duty time leading efforts to diversify the news industry. I spent 22+ years at Time Inc., working at Time, In Style, Entertainment Weekly and People and co-founding the company's Asian-American affinity group. In 1987 I became the founding president of the NY chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, which soon grew to be the largest in the country. I speak frequently to student and community groups about being an Asian-American journalist/leader/mom. I serve on the boards of the NYC independent school LREI and the Third Street Musical School Settlement and on the advisory councils of the Women’s Media Center, NetKAL and the Korean American Community Foundation. I am currently a full-time volunteer, but my two teenagers would say that I work harder than ever. At least I get to play with our dog during the day! Whether or not you vote for me, please come to the Summit in October so that I can meet you. Thank you.
Clarence Tong, MPP 2010
Clarence Tong is currently a Congressional Liaison at the U.S. Department of Energy covering budget and appropriation matters. He previously served as Communications Director and Policy Director for Congressman and U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Sestak (PA-07) and was a Project Management Consultant for the NYC Mayor's Office of Operations.
Within the Asian American community, Clarence founded the Asian American Civic Project, a national political training and placement program for recent college graduates. During his time at the Kennedy School, he also served as Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Caucus and as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Asian American Policy Review.
Originally from Philadelphia, Clarence also holds a MSc from the London School of Economics and BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
My first experience and engagement with the Asian American community was over ten years ago as a freshman in college. In fact, I attended a student conference at Harvard focused on the political and social empowerment of the Asian American community. Since that time, I have witnessed Asian Americans succeeding in all aspects of American society from business and politics to entertainment and sports; perhaps achieve even more success than anyone thought possible. However, I always felt that we could be doing more to leverage the resources and talent within our community.
My time at the Kennedy School was very special to me. I served as one of the Co-Chairs of the Asian Pacific American Caucus, a group that brought together Asian Americans from across our school for both social and professional purposes-- even in the face of stark political differences. I had been part of many Asian American groups before, but never a group that fostered such a strong sense of community. We all shared a similar vision and recognized the value of giving something back to our community and to help each other out to achieve our aspirations. This is what encouraged me to apply to serve on the HAAA Board of Directors, and I look forward to meeting and working together with all of you.
S. Anthony Wong, A.B. 1998, MBA 2003
I am a Mad Man. Thanks to the TV series 'Mad Men', my family and friends finally get an idea of what I do for a living. I am currently head of business strategy for the ad agency Ogilvy & Mather in Asia Pacific, the number one agency in the region. I am based in Beijing, but often flying everywhere in Asia and beyond, to help clients such as Unilever, Coca-Cola, GlaxoSmithKline, Motorola, Michelin, Intel expand their brands in Asia, in China. Prior to Ogilvy, I was a Mad Man in New York with the highly-awarded creative agency Arnold (founded and run by HBS alumni), leading brands such as Hershey’s, Fidelity Investments and McDonald’s.
Before I landed in Madison Avenue, I was in the music and media businesses. After college, I first joined Bear Stearns’ media/entertainment investment banking practice in New York, and then served as a Business Development Manager at AOL’s music startups Spinner.com / Winamp.com in San Francisco.
After my MBA, I joined Bertelsmann Music Group as a management trainee, zig-zagged my way into Arista Records and was appointed to the role of head of marketing planning, promoting artists such as Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlin, Pink, Usher and OutKast. My dearest trophy from this leg of the journey was a ‘Recording Industry Association of America Certified 10 Platinum’ plaque for helping the hip-hop group OutKast sell 10 million records. Shortly thereafter, Sony was merging with BMG so I left and by chance (plus HBS alumni connections) became a Mad Man, which I continue to be today.
I want to give back. That’s why I am interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors of HAAAA. That’s why I am writing this application despite it may not be read at all as it is two days late, despite it’s past midnight in Beijing, and I still have work to do.
I feel compelled to try give back to AAAA because my college experiences with the AAA and as co-Chair of the AAA Conference many years ago opened up opportunities for me that otherwise didn’t exist; without exaggeration, those experiences, trivial might they seem to others, truly transformed what my life would become.
As a member of the Board of Directors, I plan to help build AAAA as a powerful network that inspires, connects and transforms alumni, similar to how the AAA impacted my life back in college. Beyond ‘look at this really powerful or famous Asian American’, my vision for AAAA is that alumni who participate in our events or browse our correspondence get inspired, at every turn, to ask themselves big, bold new questions, to set new goals, ideals for themselves, and use the AAAA network to connect with people who can help transform their thoughts into reality, be it tree-planting in China or starting a new dotcom in Silicon Valley.
As the oft-quoted saying goes: “Vision without execution is hallucination.” I believe we have to and can catalyze both vision and execution for our alumni, and I hope to contribute to HAAAA in this capacity as a member of the Board of Directors. Many thanks for your consideration.
Andrea Yang, A.B. 2006
Starting this fall, Andrea will be an associate at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from Harvard College in 2006 with a degree in English and a language citation in Mandarin Chinese. As an undergraduate, Andrea was active in Boston’s Chinatown community, serving as a Chinatown Co-Director of the Small Claims Advisory Service and working with the Asian Outreach Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services.
Her experiences with immigrant communities, combined with her love for personal stories, moved her to Beijing, China after graduation. There, she conducted ethnographic research on Chinese migrant women employed in the household service sector, in order to understand their experiences of rural-to-urban migration.
What attracts Andrea to HAAAA is the opportunity to build an alumni community that is simultaneously large, diverse, and close-knit. Andrea is excited to strengthen Asian-American representation particularly in the Midwest; connect domestic and international alumni with each other and the University; and plan events that facilitate dialogue about shared and divergent experiences, whether professional or personal. Andrea would be delighted to serve on the Board of Directors and looks forward to meeting everyone.