Board of Directors

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

Paurvi Bhatt

Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy, President of Medtronic Foundation
Paurvi’s unique career spans the corporate, nonprofit and government sector. In her past leadership roles, she led outcomes-based initiatives at Levi Strauss and Co., Abbott, USAID, US GAO, and CARE. Her technical training is in health systems and economics – with specific focus on HIV/AIDS, women’s health and impact measurement. She is known for delivering scalable and sustainable cross-disciplinary solutions by partnering across commercial, nonprofit and government stakeholders to improve outcomes in health and social issues impacting health for the underserved. [Click on board member name for full bio]

Sally Carlson

Managing Partner, Carlson Beck, LLC
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]

Perry Chen

Director of Social Impact, Blue Shield of California
San Francisco, CA
As Director of Social Impact for Blue Shield of California, Perry Chen directs the corporate grantmaking and sponsorships, signature program initiatives, employee engagement programs in volunteering and donations, and community emergency responses. He also designs and implements strategies to contribute toward the Blue Shield’s social responsibility goals in community benefit and impact and environmental sustainability and support the company’s values with becoming a Great Place to Work and Standing for What’s Right. For more than two decades, Perry has worked in the field of education and youth development, with a particular focus on equity and quality for children and families in California. Starting out as an undergraduate teacher and executive director for CityStep, a youth arts organization, he has since held leadership roles in nonprofits, school districts, and philanthropy - all driven by the vision of opportunity, access, and quality education for all. [Click on board member name for full bio]

Don Chen

President, Surdna Foundation
New Yok, NY
Don Chen is the President of the Surdna Foundation where he leads the 100-year old foundation’s efforts to strengthen and further leverage its commitment to social justice. Prior to his appointment, Don was the Director of the Cities & States program at the Ford Foundation, where his work supported urban development initiatives to make housing more affordable, promote more equitable land use practices, and empower communities to have a powerful decision-making voice in American cities and in developing countries. He also led a multi-program team to support the strengthening of social justice organizations and networks in targeted U.S. states. [Click on board member name for full bio]

Antony Chiang, JD

Founding General Partner, Health Gap Venture Capital
Seattle, WA
Antony Chiang formerly served as the Founding CEO at Dogwood Health Trust and Founding President of Empire Health Foundation. Antony championed health equity and delivered measurable impact results during his tenure at EHF including the Council of Foundations and HUD Secretary’s Award for Public Philanthropic Partnership, the Annual Public Health Leader Award, and the first place Best Places to Work award from the Journal of Business. Antony currently serves on the board of Independent Sector...

Cathy Choi

Senior 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.

Priscilla Enriquez

CEO, The James B. McClatchy Foundation
Sacramento, CA
Priscilla is the Chief Executive Officer of the James B. McClatchy Foundation (JBMF). She provides leadership in strategic philanthropic investments while supporting the bedrock tenets of democracy and advancing equity in education to lift community voice and improve access to learning. Priscilla ensures that all people, especially children, have pathways to living a fulfilling life in California's Central Valley. As a dedicated servant, she works to enhance and uphold The James B.McClatchy Foundation’s promise to support English Language and First Amendment rights— especially the freedoms of speech, expression, and the press. [Click on board member name for full bio]

Manami Kano

Philanthropy Consultant, Kano Consulting
Seattle, WA
Manami Kano is a consultant to foundations on grantmaking strategy, funding collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion integration into organizational and program goals. In this capacity, she has advised foundations on their grantmaking strategies to focus on intersectional racial equity, organized a funder affinity group to advance DEI in journalism and media, and designed and helped launch a pooled fund, the Racial Justice in Journalism Fund at Borealis Philanthropy which has grown to 10 foundations and nearly $10 M in commitments in the first two rounds of grantmaking. [click to read full bio]

John Kim, JD

Chief Administrative Officer, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore, MD
John Kim is the Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing all the administrative and operational functions at The Annie E. Casey Foundation. He has played many roles both on the administrative and programmatic sides at AECF starting as a Program Associate in 2002 working with states and jurisdictions to reform child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In 2005, Kim transitioned to Director of Grants Management, where he oversaw the distribution of funds to more than 600 grantees annually while also overhauling of the organization’s grant-making process. In 2010, he served as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the federal Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C. [Click on board member name for full bio]

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]

Doua Thor

Director of Sobrato Philanthropies’ English Learner Initiative
Doua Thor is the Director of the English Learner Initiative at Sobrato Philanthropies. Since 2017, as Senior Program Officer, she successfully managed Sobrato’s work in English Learner policy and as Director, she oversees the English Learner policy work as a separate focus area, continuing to work with nonprofits and local and state leaders to advance change in the education system for English Learners in California. [Click on board member name for full bio]

Maria Torres-Springer

Vice President for U.S. Programs at The Ford Foundation
Maria Torres-Springer is Vice President for U.S. Programs at The Ford Foundation. She oversees all the foundation’s domestic programming for Civic Engagement and Government, Creativity and Free Expression, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice, Future of Work(ers), Just Cities and Regions, and Technology and Society. [Click on board member name for full bio]

Vivian Tseng, PhD (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]