Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors, elected by AAPIP members, bring a national perspective to AAPIP's work.

Sally Carlson

Managing Partner, Carlson Beck
San Francisco, CA
Sally Carlson is managing partner at Carlson Beck, a retained executive search firm, steeped in nonprofit and philanthropy sector expertise. Sally’s career spans nearly 30 years, and is steeped in nonprofit Board leadership and philanthropic investment management. Her experience in finance, real estate and institutional investment management on behalf of foundations, endowments, and public pension funds was earned at companies such as Wells Fargo, Deloitte & Touche, and Jones Lang LaSalle, Sally also gained in-depth experience in capital raising and client relations. [Click on board member name for full bio]

Stephen Chan (Board Chair)

Vice President of Strategy and Operations, The Boston Foundation
Boston, MA
Stephen Chan is Vice President of Strategy and Operations at the Boston Foundation where he leads strategy management, board relations, human resources, as well as a portfolio of external initiatives that help advance the Foundation’s civic leadership role in the community. These include the Foundation’s public forums and convenings program and Boston Indicators, a research center at the Foundation focused on equity and shared prosperity in Greater Boston. He previously served as Chief of Staff at the Boston Foundation from 2010 to 2016 and Special Assistant to the President from 2004 to 2006. His experience includes serving in the Mayoral administration of Thomas M. Menino at the City of Boston where he developed and managed public-private initiatives in education, community development, and human services.. [Click on board member name for full bio]

Ryan Chao (Board Vice Chair)

President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Washington, DC
Ryan Chao is president of Rail-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), overseeing the organization’s national leadership in trail development, policy advocacy and movement building. RTC provides grants to organizations and local agencies that are working to improve and connect trails across the country. Ryan brings to his role a long history in community and economic development and a passion for connecting people to opportunity and the outdoors ... (Click on board member name for full bio)

Perry Chen

Board Chair, Partnership for Children & Youth
San Francisco, CA

Perry Chen joined Partnership for Children & Youth as Board Chair. Prior to that, he was the Chief Strategy Officer of The Stuart Foundation in San Francisco.  Perry has worked for two decades in the nonprofit sector in the field of education and youth development with a particular focus on children and families in California. His experience includes serving as the Executive Director of OASES, a family and youth services organization, and more recently as the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District

Antony Chiang

President, Empire Health Foundation
Spokane, WA
As President of Empire Health Foundation, Antony has championed health equity and delivered measurable impact results. Key health equity results include: advancing health care access equity by improving the percentage of uninsured from 17% to 4%, increasing the pipeline of primary care physicians by 40%, and improving out of school suspensions by 64% and eliminating a disparity of a 300% higher rate of suspending minority students... [Click on board member name for full bio]

Cathy Choi

Director of Programs, The Eisner Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
For more than 20 years, Cathy Choi has bridged the nonprofit, philanthropic, and political spheres to address social justice challenges in Los Angeles and beyond. Currently the Director of Programs at The Eisner Foundation, Cathy oversees $7 million in annual giving and spearheads a variety of foundation initiatives. Previously, she served as a program officer at the California Community Foundation, and in the offices of former U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra, L.A. Unified School District Board Member George Kiriyama, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Cathy comes to the AAPIP national board after completing a six-year term as co-chair of the AAPIP Los Angeles chapter.

Manami Kano

Founding Member, Kibei Giving Circle
Seattle, WA
For the past ten years, Manami Kano served as both the deputy director of the Global Media Partnerships Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and before that, as their Senior Program Officer for U.S. Program Advocacy. Prior to that she was a National Urban Fellow and special assistant to the director of National Programs at the Carnegie Corporation. She also spent a decade in consulting and leadership roles at social and environment justice organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a founding member of Kibei Giving Circle, AAPIP's first Giving Circle in the Pacific Northwest, where she continues to be active today.

Nelson Louis (Board Treasurer)

Executive Officer, The Ong Family Foundation
New York, NY
Nelson Louis is Executive Officer of The Ong Family Foundation, a private family foundation that awards grants to not-for-profit agencies located in the northeast region of the United States. Prior to working for the Ong Family Foundation, Mr. Louis was employed with the YMCA for 37 years since his graduation with a B.A. degree in Education from Queens College/CUNY.... (Click on board member name for full bio)

Hina Mahmood

Illinois Department of Human Services
Chicago, IL

Hina, serves as deputy chief of staff at the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). Prior to joining IDHS in 2019, she served as interim president and lead program officer at Woods Fund Chicago, a bold grant making foundation that finds-and-funds projects that draw on the power of communities to fight the brutality of structural racism and economic injustice. Prior to that she served as an education organizer and coordinated infrastructure and social service for a north side Chicago alderman, among other roles in the nonprofit and public sectors.

Vivian Tseng (Board Secretary)

Senior Vice President of Programs, William T. Grant Foundation
New York, NY

Vivian Tseng leads the William T Grant Foundation’s grant making and spearheads its initiatives to connect research, policy, and practice to improve child and youth outcomes. She frequently writes and presents to international and domestic audiences on evidence-informed policy, research-practice partnerships, democratizing evidence, and immigrant children and families. Vivian has a deep committed to strengthening the career pipeline for young professionals of color. Under her leadership, the Foundation has expanded its support for scholars of color, including increased grantmaking to underrepresented researchers and a mentoring program for students of color.... (Click on board member name for full bio)