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2002 Leadership Conference Biographies
2002 - 2003 Speaker Bio
2001 - 2002 Speaker Bio

2002 Leadership Conference Biographies


Sayu Bhojwani is the newly appointed Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Barbara Bowen is the President of the Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents faculty and professional staff at CUNY. Dr. Bowen coordinates the effort to restore funding to CUNY, ensures competitive salaries for faculty and professional staff, and provides health benefits and a decent wage to the thousands of part-time workers at CUNY.

Melanie Bush works in Student Affairs at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She holds a Master of Public Health degree and is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at CUNY. In 1998, Ms. Bush initiated a Community Building Initiative at Brooklyn College.

Joseph Chan is the Director of Commercial Development for Empire State Development Corporation.

Irene Chang is the Vice President for Legal Affairs at Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC); and a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Advisory Council of the Stuyvesant High School Endowment Fund. She received her B.A. in Psychology from NYU. Prior to joining LMDC, Ms. Chang was Deputy General Counsel of Kozmo, Inc. She also served as an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Ngee Pong Chang is Professor of Physics at City College of New York, CUNY. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University, specializing in Theoretical High-Energy Physics. Dr. Chang is the Director of China Exchange Program at CCNY, Founder & CEO of China-American Technology Corp. He is also a Founder and Faculty Advisor of the Chinese Alumni Group, CCNY Association; and Vice-Chair of Board of the Asian American Higher Education Council.

Lung Chi Chen is Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine and Director, Core Services, NYU-EPA PM Center, in Tuxedo, NY.

May Y. Chen is the Associate Manager of Local 23-25 and Vice President of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE). She also serves as Director of UNITE's Immigration Project.

Wellington Chen is a member of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York, and a Senior Vice President of TDC Development Corporation.

David Cheng is Professor and Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Baruch College, CUNY. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice. Prior joining to Baruch College, Dr. Cheng has served as a senior psychologist and consultant for the New York City Police Department.

Loretta Chin is the Special Projects Coordinator in the Office of the Dean for Student Life at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She is also the advisor to the Asian Student Union and Asian Outreach Committee.

Alex Chu is the Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Eastbank. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master's Degree in Urban Design from Harvard University.  Mr. Chu also received a Juris Doctor Degree from Fordham University Law School, and practice law and developed a specialty in banking and finance.

Benjamin Chu is the President of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. He is a primary care internist by training with extensive experience as a clinician, administrator and policy advocate for the public hospital sector. Dr. Chu has served as Senior Associate Dean at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; and Associate Dean and Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the NYU Medical Center.

Irene Chung is Assistant Professor of Social Work at Hunter College, CUNY. 

Wendy Chung is a reporter for the World Journal, a Chinese language newspaper in New York.

Hon. Doris Ling Cohan is a New York Civil Court Judge.  Having graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brooklyn College, CUNY, she attended New York University School of Law on a full scholarship.  She has served as Assistant Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Frauds, Associate Counsel of the NYC Department of Aging, and Executive Director of the Majority Coalition.  She is currently seeking the nomination to be the first Asian American female Supreme Court judge in New York State.

Patricia Eng is the Senior Project Manager in the Rulemaking and Guidance Branch at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). She is a registered professional mechanical engineer with a B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois. Ms. Eng has served as the on site NRC Resident Inspector at the Zion Nuclear Power Plant, and she was the first woman who received the NRC Meritorious Service Award for outstanding resident inspector effort.

Otis Hill is the Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Enrollment Management at CUNY Central Office.  He previously served at Kingsborough Community College as the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Renata Huang is an independent video journalist who has produced programs for Channel Thirteen: "Harmony & Spirit: Chinese Americans in NY;" and "Running: The Race for City Council." Ms. Huang is an alumna of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Tarry Hum is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Queens College, CUNY.  She has a PhD in urban planning from UCLA, and a Masters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She is currently working on a Ford Foundation funded research project on multi-ethnic Asian Latino neighborhood titled, "Global Neighborhoods in New York City: Locating Boundaries and Common Interests".  Her publications include "A Protected Niche: Immigrant Ethnic Economics and Labor Market Segmentation", in Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles.

Ravi Kalia is Associate Professor of History at City College of New York, CUNY. He received his B.A. with honors and M.A. degrees from Delhi University, India, and his Ph.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kalia is author of two books on Indian urbanism and
architecture. His third book is forthcoming.

Hiroko Karan is Dean of the School of Science, Health and Technology, and Professor of Chemistry at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. She is a member of the President's Cabinet, Provost's Council, Academic Council and College Council. Dr. Karan is a co-founder of the Annual MEC Environmental Issues Conference. She also serves as Executive Board Member of the Brooklyn, NY Chapter of the American Chemical Society.

Charles Kee is Associate Professor of Business at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.  He has authored or co-authored over 20 books in computer technology.  He was a recipient of the CUNY Professional Excellence Award.  Formerly, he served as a Senior Financial Officer of a top ten toy manufacturer and was elected into Who's Who in US Executives.  

Annie Koshi is Director of the Women Studies Program and Associate Professor of English as a Second Language at City College of New York, CUNY. She earned her Masters and Doctorate in Education at Columbia University, and Certificate in English at Oxford University, England. She has served on the Board of Directors of Asian American Higher Education Council,  a founding member of the Kerala Center, and an Executive Committee member of the Society of Indian Academics in America.  Dr. Koshi published the book Discoveries: Reading, Thinking and Writing.

Christopher Kui is the Executive Director of the Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), and the Chairman of the Renaissance Economic Development Corporation. He holds a degree in Economics from NYU and a recent fellowship at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Kui has helped raise over $50 million to build 500 units of housing for low-income individuals and families.

James Lap is Board member of Asian American/Asian Research Institute and Executive Board member of Asian American Higher Education Council. He was President of the Vietnamese Association for Computing Engineering Technology and Science (1999-2000). He also served as director of computer center at New York City Technical College, CUNY. Professor Lap is a member of American Mathematical Society, and has received an award from New York City Hall as having a "distinguished career as a computer professional, teacher and student adviser."

Bernadette Li is Professor of Asian/Asian American Studies at St. John's University; Founder & President of the Society for Chinese American Study; and Founding Editor for the Journal of Chinese American Studies.

Pei-Te Lien is a graduate of the National Taiwan University who holds a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah.  Lien is the author of The Political Participation of Asian Americans: Voting Behavior in Southern California (1997) and The Making of America Through Political Participation (2001).  She also publishes widely on issues of race, gender, and Asian American politics and behavior in professional journals and edited book volumes.

Tricia Lin, a fifteenth generation daughter of Taiwan, teaches writing and literature at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from SUNY.  Her research has been largely on cross-cultural American literature.  She is currently co-editing the thirtieth anniversary special issue of WOMEN'S STUDIES QUARTERLY, entitled "Then and Now".

Ching-Leou Liu is Associate  Professor of Library Services at Hostos Community College, CUNY and a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI).

Hon. John Liu is a member of New York City Council, the Chair of the City Council's Transportation Committee, and a member of the committees on Education, Consumer Affairs, Contract, Oversight & Investigation, and Lower Manhattan Redevelopment. The Hon. Liu has served as President of the North Flushing Civic Association; Member of Queens Community Board 7; and Vice President of the Queens Civic Congress. He also served as Vice President of the New Century Democratic Association.

Kai Yin Liu is the Chief Executive Officer of Kai Yin Liu Law Office. He is a Legal Advisor of Chinatown Manpower Project, Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Two Bridges Neighborhood Counsel, Greater Blouse Skirt and Undergarment Association, Indochina Sino American Community Center, Chinatown Apartments Inc. (Confucius Plaza).

Keming Liu is the daughter of a former KMT general born in mainland China and came to the U.S. to pursue her advanced studies, teaches writing, linguistics, and ESL at Medgar Evers College and holds an Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers' College, Columbia University and M.A. in TESOL and Computer Technology.  A foreign correspondent for Trends, a fashion magazine published in mainland China with a circulation of 25,000, Dr. Liu holds interest in research on language and cognition and Chinese literati in the Diaspora.  As a Sasakawa fellow, Dr. Liu desires to explore Asian art, culture, and literature and hopes to publish books and articles in the varied fields of disciplines.

David J. Louie is Vice Chair of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Jenny Lam Low is a Manager in the Commercial Lending and Investing Department of JP Morgan Chase's Community Development Group.  A Vice Chair of the Chinese-American Planning Council, she is the first Chinese-American to be elected to be the Democratic District leader in Chinatown/Lower East Side Area. She is currently a Vice Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee.  Topic: "How to get involved in Local Politics?"

Ernesto Malave Jr. is the Associate Director of the CUNY Internship Program.  Topic: "Internship Opportunities in Government and Public Affairs."

Catherine R. McCabe is Assistant Vice President and Director of TIAA-CREF's Metropolitan New York City/Connecticut Regional Office. She is a registered representative of the NASD with Series 6, 63, and 26 licensing and maintains Life, health and Variable Annuity licenses from the State of New York.

Joyce O. Moy is Director of Small Business Development Program at LaGuardia Community College.

Robin Mui is President of the Chinese Journalists' Association of New York, and the publisher of Sing Dao Newspaper.

Marie Nahikian is the Executive Director, Queens County Overall Economic Development Corporation.

Gary Y. Okihiro is Professor of International and Public Affairs and Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. He is author of several books: Common Ground: Reimaging American History (2001); and The Columbia Guide to Asian American History (2001). He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Studies Association, and past president of the Association for Asian American Studies.

Ned Regan is President of Bernard Baruch College, CUNY

Richard Rothbard is the Interim Executive Director of the Research Foundation of CUNY. He is a certified legal paraprofessional, holds a B.A. from Queens College, CUNY and an M.P.A. from Baruch College, CUNY. Mr. Rothbard served as the Chief Financial Officer of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist
Organization of America; and the Vice Chancellor for Budget, Finance, and Information Services.

Parmatma Saran is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College, CUNY. He chairs the Asian and Asian American Studies Committee at Baruch College, and is a member of the CUNY Graduate Faculty in Sociology. Dr. Saran's books include: Direct Administration in India; Asian Indian Experience in the United States; New Ethnics: Asian Indians in the United States; Rural Leadership in the Context of India's Modernization.

Joseph V. Scelsa is the Vice President of Institutional Development at Queens College, CUNY.  He is also the founder of John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY.

Brian Schwartz is the Vice President of Centers and Institutes of Sponsored Research at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Shao-Chee Sim is Director of Research at the Asian American Federation of New York, and the author of the report: 911's Economic Impact on Chinatown.

Betty Lee Sung is Professor Emerita and Chairperson of Asian American/ Asian Research Institute. She is the former Chairperson of Asian American Studies Department at City College, CUNY. Professor Sung has published innumerable articles and seven books on Chinese Americans including Mountain of Gold (1967), and Chinese American Manpower and Employment, which won an outstanding book of the year award for 1976.

Thomas Tam is Acting Chairman of Asian American Higher Education Council, and Executive Director of Asian American/Asian Research Institute, as well as the President of Oishi Movies, Inc. which produced a feature: Sunrise on Mulberry Street. He received his Ph.D. degree in SocioMedical Sciences with honors from Columbia University, and other degrees in Film-making, Public Health, and Physics from Montclair State University, Columbia, and City College of New York.

Oliver Tan is Assistant to the Governor, New York State.

Angelica O. Tang is the Representative to Secretary Elaine L. Chao of the U.S. Department of Labor in Region II. The Region encompasses the states of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Ms. Tang is the Secretary's chief intergovernmental and constituency liaison in the region. Before joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Ms. Tang was a cabinet official under the administration of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, appointed to head the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and Language Services.

Renee Tang is the Associate for the NYS Division for Women in the Office of the Governor. She also serves on the Board of the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, the organization that sponsors the annual APA Heritage Festival each May; and on the Board of Directors for the Organization of Chinese Americans-NY Chapter.

Fred Teng is the President of the Organization for Chinese Americans, NY Chapter.  He is a former candidate for New York City Council in Chinatown.

Gloriana Waters is the University Dean and Deputy to the Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Staff Relations at CUNY. A specialist in EEO/Affirmative Action and Diversity, Dean Waters oversees the University Office of Compliance and Diversity programs that monitors and supports the hiring and development of diverse faculty and staff in CUNY.

Edward Watkins is the Deputy Commissioner of Federal Programs.

Bonnie Wong is Founder and President of Asian Women in Business, and Founder and Co-Chair of 21st Century Women's Leadership Center. She is also on the Fleet Bank Advisory Board; the WNET Community Advisory Board; and the Metropolitan Museum Advisory Board.

Jacob Wong is the Special Assistant to the Superintendent of School District #2.  He is the Secretary and former Chairman of Chinatown Manpower Project, Inc.

Susan Wong is the Special Assistant to the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Medical Assistance Program at the New York City Department of Social Services. She received her Bachelor of Psychology with honors from Baruch College, CUNY. Ms. Wong is a recipient of the Mayor's Scholarship and earned her Master degree in Social Work from Fordham University.

S.B. Woo is the Founder and Chairman of the National 80-20 Political Action Committee.  He is Professor of Physics at the University of Delaware and the former  Lieutenant Governor of Delaware State.

Betty B. Wu is the Commissioner of New York City Department of Employment.  She earned her B.A. at the University of Washington.  Prior to her appointment, she held senior management positions at Bloomberg LP, and other leading global financial institutions.



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