BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

President – Ping Khaw

Ping Khaw has been a community leader, business advocate, entrepreneur and a professional artist in Portland for more than two decades. She defines success as being able to combine her passions for art and public service and leave a lasting legacy in her community. Born in Malaysia, Ping emigrated to Portland in 1990. Her two decades of community outreach efforts include teaching disadvantaged at-risk youth and helping the Oregon Historical Society preserve the traditional arts and crafts of immigrants. Ping also served as Outreach & marketing director for MediaRites Production, which won Peabody and Clarion awards during her tenure. Her business endeavors include product export; strategic sales; fundraising management and event production for global conferences. Currently she serves as the Commissioner for the New Portlander Policy Commission and board member for Golden Leaf Education Foundation. In the past, she served as commissioner for Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OCAPIA), state adviser for the US Civil Right Commission, Oregon partnership team leader and media specialist for the 2010 U.S. Census, president for the Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and SW Washington (APACC), Managing Board Manager for IRCO Works LLC,  Alumna Governor for Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), and board member for the Mass Mutual women advisory council.

Secretary – Tracey Lam

In 1980, just months after Tracey and her family emigrated to Portland from Hong Kong, Mount St. Helens erupted. As neighbors – once strangers – emerged to check on each other and help clean up the ashes, Tracey experienced the true meaning of community. The impact of that day and the gratitude that she felt remain strong decades later, helping to foster a desire to serve the community and give back. Today, Tracey works as the public relations and communications manager at Make-A-Wish Oregon, a nonprofit that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. She is also the Chief Advocacy Officer for the Public Relations Society of America Portland-Metro Chapter, a member of the Portland Business Alliance’s President’s Council, and an ambassador board member of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. In June 2014, Tracey received her Accreditation in Public Relations credential. In her spare time, she loves to hike, snowshoe, play tennis and read. She also organizes a monthly book club and a weekly Chinese language group. Her favorite quote comes from Winston Churchill, who said, “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”

Treasurer – David Pan

David Pan is a marketing and communication specialist by day and health and fitness nut and TV series junky by night. He is originally from Taiwan and has a background in multiple industries including education, hospitality, and for-profit and non-profit marketing. He came to the States first to teach Chinese in Wichita State University. In 2014, he received his MA in Communications, moved to Portland, Oregon and currently resides in Milwaukie. For him, giving back to the community and the world is important. He has participated in hunger awareness initiatives and supports LGBTQ human rights. He joined API Forward to make a difference in the Asian and Pacific Islander community. He believes education and advocacy are essential to improving one’s current status, and serves to create opportunities for the community to continue to grow and prosper.

Christian Aniciete

Christian Aniciete is a story of firsts: first to build the social media program at Oregon’s largest university; first in his family to graduate with a business degree and give the commencement address; and first social media manager of one of the best airports in America. An accomplished marketing and communications professional, community leader, youth mentor and champion for social justice, Christian brings over a decade of experience in the private and public sectors. Born in Manila, Philippines, Christian emigrated to Hillsboro, Oregon at the age of 10 and was raised in a bi-cultural home. His leadership journey dates back to organizing canned food and voter registration drives, volunteering in the retirement center and working with local city council at a young age. A graduate of Portland State University’s business school, Christian’s deep involvement includes building PSU’s culturally responsive training program, leading organizations like Kaibigan – Filipino American Student Association, PSU’s Programming Board and student government. For his contributions, Christian has been recognized with industry awards including the President’s Diversity Award, “Best In-House Marketing,” and Rising Star in Marketing. Currently, Christian does corporate marketing and communications with the Portland International Airport and the Port of Portland. In addition to his interests of traveling, reading, speaking at conferences, dining, listening to music, networking and spending time with his wife and family, Christian dances with local Michael Jackson Thriller flash mobs and serves as a volunteer for Lakad PDX, American Marketing Association, SEMpdx and Kaibigan alumni advisory board. Christian is passionate about API Forward’s mission because of his commitment to making a positive difference, breaking the bamboo ceiling and paving the way for the next generation of API leaders.

Chitpasong Bello

Chitpasong Bello (affectionately known as “Chippi”) is an immigrant from Laos. She describes her life circumstances as challenging but is grateful for those challenges because they helped her gain the competency she needs to learn and grow. Chippi graduated from David Douglas, and earned numerous scholarships to attend Brigham Young University where she obtained her BSW. She went on to earn her Master of Science Degree with emphasis in Educational Foundation and Leadership at Portland State University. After graduation, Chippi worked at Clackamas Community. She worked at CCC for almost 20 years advancing through the ranks from frontline staff to becoming a director of Financial Aid. Chippi is now at Clark College as an Associate Dean of Financial Aid, Scholarships, Veteran Benefits, and Workforce Education Services. Chippi is also an adjunct faculty member. In addition to working, Chippi engages herself in community service and social justice issues. She has become socially conscientious; gaining competency in the area of power, privilege, and inequity. Chippi brings to API Forward her experiences in the education field; both on the personal and professional level. Chippi’s greatest passion and strength come from serving others-service to other is an honor!

Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee is a web and graphic designer and principal of One Plum Design, a Portland, Oregon branding and web design company. Born in South Korea and after a briefly living in Germany, she emigrated to the United States with her family when she was four. She grew up primarily in suburban Indiana and Virginia. A Monroe Scholar and ROTC scholarship winner, Hannah attended the College of William & Mary and completed a BS in Psychology in 2003. She is a veteran of the US Army and served in Mosul, Iraq, Kentucky and throughout South Korea. After serving as a Medical Service Corps officer from 2003 to 2009, Hannah returned to school to pursue her passion for art and design. Hannah completed undergraduate and graduate course work at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts and Hood College, before completing a professional certificate program in web and graphic design from the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts in 2013. Committed and engaged to the community, Hannah is a volunteer and Precinct Committee Person for the Multnomah County Democrats and APANO Climate, Health, and Housing Institute fellow. 

Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen is a first generation Vietnamese-American born and raised in New Orleans, LA and has called Portland, OR home since 2000. Hoa currently works for Portland Public Schools as a School Attendance Analyst. Hoa is also the Student Ambassador Director for the Asian American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) that is held annually at Concordia University. Hoa has 10 years of experience in working with youth and education. Over the years she has developed strategies that engage youth in meaningful ways. Hoa graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Sociology. During her undergraduate studies at PSU, Hoa was a peer mentor for the University Studies Freshmen Inquiry Program. After graduation, Hoa started her career in non-profits and worked for Neighborhood House Inc. for seven years. She held roles as a youth case manager at George Middle & Sitton Elementary Schools in North Portland. She was also the SUN Community School Coordinator at Robert Gray Middle School in SW Portland. Hoa’s vision is to build more visibility, capacity, and networking opportunities for the Asian Pacific Islander community in Portland.

Alma M.O. Trinidad

Alma M.O. Trinidad, PhD, MSW is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University (PSU). As a first generation college graduate and professional, born and raised on the island of Molokai, Hawai’i with family roots of Filipino immigration through the sugar and pineapple industries, she describes her voyage of serving the people and community as becoming a Pinay (Filipina) scholar warrior and guardian of kapu aloha (sacred love)/mahalaya (love and freedom). She earned her PhD in social welfare from the University of Washington, Seattle, her MSW from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her BSW from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. She is a macro social worker and scholar activist. She brings an array of work in community organizing, health promotion, and education among diverse communities that impact children, youth, and families. Her scholarly work focuses on critical Indigenous pedagogy of place, youth empowerment, social determinants of health and education, youth and family participatory action research, social movements, and leadership and mentorship for social change. Her published work can be found in social work professional journals. Other research and teaching interests include critical humanist design thinking, community practice, and culturally responsible research methods. Dr. Alma has passion for the arts, creative work, nature, spirituality, and spending quality time with her family. Raising her kids keeps this work real.

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