Board of Directors

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

N. Nina Ahmad

Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement (Philadelphia, PA), and Trustee, Philadelphia Foundation
Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Ahmad is the Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement for the city of Philadelphia where she oversees the Mayor’s commissions and offices on constituent-specific issues which include the Office of LGBT Affairs, the Office of Black Male Engagement and the Youth Commission. She is also the co-founder/ co-owner of JNA Capital, Inc., a real estate development and finance company based in Philadelphia, PA. Involvement in her local community is expansive; in 2011, she was appointed to the Philadelphia Community Foundation Board of Directors. Nina was a founding member of the Asian Mosaic Fund giving circle, and continues to serve on its advisory committee. Nina also sits on the Diversity Committee of William Penn Charter School (oldest Quaker School in the United States) and was one of the founding members of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, a grassroots internet-empowered, national network of individuals who are committed to progressive action.

Stephen Chan

Vice President of Strategy and Operations, The Boston Foundation
Boston, MA
Stephen Chan, as Vice President of Strategy and Operations, leads the overall development, implementation, and review of our long-term strategic direction as well as day-to-day operations of the senior management team. He joined the Boston Foundation in September 2010 as Chief of Staff where he oversees strategy and operations, performance evaluation, and human resources. As a member of the Senior Management Team, Stephen partners with department heads to ensure alignment across mission, strategy, and execution at all levels of the organization, and to monitor organizational performance and effectiveness. Stephen most recently served as an Advisor to Mayor Thomas M. Menino at the City of Boston where he developed and managed public-private initiatives in education, community development, and human services.

Ryan Chao (Treasurer)

Vice President, Civic Sites and Community Change, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore, MD

As vice president of civic sites and community change, Ryan Chao oversees the Foundation’s place-based investments. Central to this work are significant neighborhood-transformation initiatives in Baltimore and Atlanta, where the Foundation is linking economic, educational and housing programs to strengthen families and communities. A nationally recognized leader in housing and community development, Chao pursues strategies that reduce disparities for low-income people and neighborhoods.

John Duong

Director of Strategic Social Investments, Lumina Foundation
Indianapolis, Indiana
John Duong is the Director of Strategic Social Investments at the Lumina Foundation. John holds a BA in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale University and holds an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He was a survivor of the Khmer Rouge concentration camp in Cambodia with his family before immigrating to Wisconsin. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering, jogging, kayaking, traveling and investing.

Preeti Kulkarni

Chief Financial Officer, The Women's Foundation of California
Los Angeles, CA

Preeti joined The Women's Foundation of California in January 2017. Prior to that, she spent the last 15 years managing the finances and operations of several other nonprofit organizations, including serving as COO at Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles. She has been a key board member and consultant at community-based organizations such as Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP), Center for Pacific Asian Family, and the South Asian Network. 

June Noronha

Nation Building Portfolio Director, Bush Foundation
St. Paul, MN
June Noronha is a Senior Manager with the Native Nations Team at the Bush Foundation, Minnesota where she works on nation building and government reform in Indian country. June also served as the Strategic Officer at the Bush Foundation, where she helped design a new strategic direction for the Foundation. Before joining the Foundation June held senior leadership positions in higher education in the field of international and multicultural education, and executive positions in local government and education sectors. Her expertise is in strategic thinking, public sector redesign, indigenous rights and educational equity, and has consulted widely on development issues, immigration and international exchange management.

Hyosuk Rhee (Secretary)

Vice President, Strategy and Community Partnership, Northwest Health Foundation
Portland, Oregon
Suk leads program, planning and partnership activities within the Foundation, aligning staff efforts for Foundation effectiveness and community impact. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2005, Suk worked with a range of organizations led by and empowering disenfranchised communities. Some of the most rewarding experiences were gained in her roles as program director for an operating foundation engaging young people in the political process, program coordinator for a statewide association of community health centers, and organizer for a bi-national network of community, labor, native and student groups pursuing environmental and economic justice. Suk grew up in North Carolina after immigrating to the United States. She received her master’s degree in whole systems design from Antioch University and her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.

Vivian Tseng

Vice President of Programs, William T. Grant Foundation
New York, NY
As Vice President of Programs at the William T. Grant Foundation, Dr. Tseng leads the foundation’s grant making and spearheads its initiatives to connect research, policy, and practice. In 2009, she launched the Foundation’s focus on the use of research evidence in policy and practice, inspiring a national network of partnerships between school districts and researchers. Dr. Tseng has a deep interest in mentoring young researchers and is committed to strengthening the career pipeline for scholars of color. Under her leadership, the William T. Grant Scholars Program has broadened its diversity and deepened its support for early-career professionals.

Ryan Yamamoto (Chair)

Project Manager, Kaiser Permanente
Pasadena, California
Ryan is currently responsible for several grant making portfolios that focus on the infrastructure of safety net organizations such as community health centers and public hospitals, the optimization of health information technology, access to healthcare coverage and homelessness. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Ryan served as program staff at The California Endowment, one of the state's largest private health foundations. Ryan also brings with him extensive experience in both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors requiring skills in cross-sector collaboration, public affairs and leadership. Ryan served as a key leader for AAPIP-Los Angeles for over six years as a member of the Steering Committee and as Co-Chair prior to joining AAPIP National. He received a Bachelor of Science, Health Science at California State University, Long Beach.

Kyung Yoon (Vice Chair)

Executive Director, Korean American Community Foundation
New York, NY
Kyung Yoon is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Korean American Community Foundation based in New York City, a position she has held since 2008. A longtime community leader and advocate for promoting philanthropy in the Asian American community, Kyung brings professional skills honed from her previous experience in the field of journalism. Formerly an award-winning correspondent for WNYW Fox Channel 5 News, Kyung was the first Korean American broadcast reporter in New York. She is a former Vice President of the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and previously served as the Executive Producer of Television at the World Bank.