Mr. C.C. Yin has been the Founder & Chair of APAPA since its inception in 2001. The owner of twenty McDonald’s restaurants, Mr. Yin is an established entrepreneur with a heart for serving the community. For the past 20 years, he has been actively involved in a number of organizations and institutions in the community such as the Vacaville Rotary Club, the Vacaville Counter Force program, his local NAACP chapter, and local schools as well as other educational programs. Mr. Yin has received numerous awards and recognition from diverse community organizations and in government and actively participates in community and civic matters at the local, state, and national level.
In addition to APAPA, Mr. Yin currently serves as president of the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, member of the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, and is a co-founder of the Solano County Chinese-American Association. Mr. Yin graduated from the University of Washington and holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
Founder of APAPA
Joel founded ILF in California and led it to Washington, D.C. in 2000. As an Executive Director of the Maritime Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Mr. Szabat acts as chief operating officer, improving and strengthening the U.S. marine transportation system to meet the economic, environmental, and security needs of the United States.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Szabat was deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy. In 2009, he oversaw DOT's implementation of $48 billion in Recovery Act programs, including Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grants. He rejoined DOT in January 2008 after eighteen months as chief of staff of the Small Business Administration (SBA), where he spearheaded the creation of the Patriot Express loan program to help veterans and their families. He also helped reform the organization's disaster assistance, small business lending, and contract assistance programs.
Before joining SBA, he worked for Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, starting in 2002 as the deputy for policy, then budget. In 2005, Mr. Szabat served in Iraq, directing the U.S. government’s efforts to help rebuild Iraq’s railroads, ports, and airports. Mr. Szabat also served in President George H.W. Bush’s administration, first as a management advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, then as the EPA’s liaison to California’s environmental and resource agencies. From 1993 through 2001, he was the Principal Consultant for Transportation to California State legislators.
Mr. Szabat grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Georgetown University, and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Between Georgetown and Harvard, Mr. Szabat served as a Captain in the United States Army during the Cold War, commanding tank units patrolling the East-West German border. After receiving his MBA, Mr. Szabat was a management consultant in the private sector specializing in transportation issues.
Founder of APAPA
Jerry Chong grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown and was raised by immigrant parents from China. Jerry is a decorated Marine who served in the Vietnam War as an infantry squad leader. His decorations include two Presidential Unit Citations, Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon among other medals. After returning home from the Vietnam War, Jerry obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Sacramento State College and Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis Law School. He became a lawyer in 1976 and has over 35 years of legal experiences in both civil and criminal law involving highly complex civil cases and death penalty criminal cases. He served as outside counsel for Atlantic Richfield Company, BP West Coast Products, LLC and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.
Jerry has been a trail blazer and community leader for almost three decades and a founding member of numerous legal, service, community, and advocacy organizations. Those organizations include the Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento (ABAS), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy and Leadership (CAPITAL), Sacramento Asian Sport Foundation (SASF), Pacific Rim Street Festival and the Unity Bar, which united the local ethnic bar associations to collaborate and advocate on common goals. He has worked closely with government agencies, elected officials, and private businesses to outreach and advocate for the Asian, Pacific Islander, Muslim, and LGBT communities to ensure inclusiveness and equality.
In recognition of Jerry’s community and professional services, he has received numerous awards and
recognitions including: National Ethnic Coalition of Organization (NECO) Ellis Island Medal of Honor, KVIE
Public Television Local Heroes Award, Visions in America Award from Comcast and International
Channels, PG&E Gold Supplier Diversity Award, Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific
American bar Association and Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Sacramento County Bar
Founder of APAPA
Chiling Tong is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the International Leadership Foundation, and co-Founder of APAPA. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and the Policy Committee Chair of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship, and co-Chair of the Coalition of Asian American Business Organizations. She oversaw the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and served as a member of the U.S. Commerce
Secretary's Advisory Council of Minority Business Enterprise and was an Ash Center Research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. She was the Chief of Staff and
Associate Director at the Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce. She served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Pacific at the International Trade Administration, in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Previously, she served as the Director of California's Office of Trade and Investment in Taipei, Taiwan. She has also worked for the California State Senate Office of Public Affairs as the Chief Asian American Affairs Advisor and was appointed by President George W. Bush as a Commissioner of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Founder of APAPA
Sonney Chong grew up in San Francisco Chinatown. He graduated from Washington University School of Dental Medicine and eventually moved to Sacramento. Dr. Chong has practiced dentistry in South Sacramento for the past 25 years.
Dr. Chong participates with many organizations in the Sacramento area such as the ChineseAmerican Council of Sacramento and Sacramento Asian Sport Foundation. He is on the Sacramento Sheriff's Outreach Community Advisory Board; University of California Medical Center's Leadership Council, Wells Fargo Bank Community Advisory Board, California State University Sacramento Foundation Board and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter.
Amongst his many accomplishments and commitments to various organizations, his primaryresponsibility is to the Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy and Leadership (CAPITAL). This coalition was founded in 1995 and Dr. Chong has been the Chair of this organization since its inception. The organization has grown from the initial starting 27 groups to the present number of 95 different organizations representing Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Hmong, Vietnamese and Pacific Islanders.
CAPITAL has emerged as the single umbrella organization which represents the Asian Pacific
Islander (API) Community in the greater Sacramento area. Dr. Chong continues to work
tirelessly to unite, protect and advance the cause of the Asian Pacific Islanders in this area.
Furthermore, Dr. Chong hopes to form and improve relationship amongst all of the different
ethnic groups in Sacramento area.
APAPA National Governing Board
C.C. Yin, Chairman
C.C. Yin’s life story exemplifies the goals of every immigrant who comes to America to live the American dream. He and his family own 32 McDonald’s restaurants in Northern California. Mr. Yin is an established entrepreneur with a heart for serving the community. For the past 30 years, he has been actively involved in a number of organizations and institutions in diverse communities including Chambers, Rotary, NAACP, schools, homeless, disabled and others.
During the past 14 years, C.C. has expended tireless personal energy and resources to build a non-profit organization, APAPA, with goals to promote the importance of political awareness and civic engagement. APAPA is a renowned National organization that promotes empowerment of API community.
He served as Board of Trustee for the California State University and the California State Lottery Commission, Board Member of the Citizens Oversight Committee for the California Highway Patrol, California Asian Chamber, and Vacaville Chamber.
C.C. has received numerous recognitions and awards at local, state & national levels as a statewide business, civic, political and community leader including a Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President Obama, Corporate Achievement Award by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), National Minority Retail Firm of the Year Award by US Department of Commerce, National Entrepreneur of the Year, Top 50 National Food Franchisee, Top Franchisee in the Nation by Franchise Times, the prestigious Golden Arch Award & Leadership Award by McDonald’s Corporation, and the Leadership Award by International Leadership Foundation.
C.C.'s selfless & tireless efforts enrich the community and the many individuals whose lives he continually touches.
Albert Wang, Vice Chairman
Dr. Albert Wang is an internist and a partner at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic. He was born in Taiwan and came to the US at the age of 14. He graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a BS in Biochemistry, and MD from UC San Diego.
A widely recognized civic and community leader in the Bay Area, Dr. Wang has served as President of the American Cancer Society, Northern California Chinese Unit, Citizens for Better Community, Friends of Children with Special Needs, Vision New America, and is currently the Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)’s Bay Area Region and Chair of APAPA’s National & Regional Issues Committee.
Hsing Kung, Treasurer
A well-respected community leader and a successful entrepreneur, Dr. Hsing Kung holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University, and a B.S.E.E. from National Cheng Kung University. Currently, Dr. Kung is a partner in the Acorn Campus Ventures, where he is known as the “Godfather of Fiber Optics” for growing several startup ventures over the past two decades. He also serves as Chairman of Luxnet Corporation and Innolight Corporation.
In recent years, Dr. Kung has been devoted to promoting Chinese-American participation in mainstream communities. He participates in community organizations including Cupertino Rotary, Institute of Computer Technology, and West Valley- Mission Community College Foundation. Currently, he serves on AACI advisory board and Silicon Valley Creates board.
Mr. Sandy Wai-Yan Chau has been active in IT business investments since 1997. From 1992 to 1997 he was CEO of one of the largest and most diversified listed construction and real estate firms in Taiwan. Mr. Chau began his career as head of a consulting firm for start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was the founding president of the influential Asian American Manufacturing Association (AAMA) in Silicon Valley in 1979, and in 1977 started Universal Semiconductor in San Jose, California.
Since 1984, he has been actively involved in various real estate projects in the U.S. and Far East. He has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA. Currently, he serves as the National Chair of APAPA’s Internship & Scholarship Program.
Kenneth Fong, Secretary
Dr. Kenneth Fong is currently the founder and chairman of Kenson Ventures, LLC, a company that specializes in crafting development strategy for early stage biotech companies. Under his leadership, companies that were acquired or went public between 2007 and 2012 are: SA Biosciences (to Qiagen) DHI (to Quidel), Fermento (to ThermoFisher), Panomics (to Affymetrix), Epitomics (to Abcam), Bioform (IPO), and Optimer (IPO). Prior to establishing Kenson, Dr. Fong founded and served as CEO of Clontech Laboratories (1984-1999), which was acquired by Becton Dickinson in 1999. Clontech, a leader in molecular/cell biology market, was also the largest of its kind founded by an Asian American (400 people, including 65 PhD scientists).
Dr. Fong has held a number of leadership positions over the years. He served as the president of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in North America (ca 2,000 members, 2005-2007) and President of the Bay Area AAMA (1987). He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of California State University (2006-2013), the Advisory Board of the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State, Board of Associates at the Whitehead Biomedical Institute at MIT and a member of the Committee of 100 (US).
Dr. Fong has many other philanthropic interests, including a number of scholarships to San Francisco State University, Peking University and the CSU students (Kenneth Fong-Heart endowed Scholarships), the Fong Optometry and Medical Library at UC Berkeley, an endowed professorship to Stanford University, and recently an endowment fund for Technology Translation to San Francisco State University.
National Youth Leadership Chair
Nelson Huang, National Youth Leadership Chair
Nelson Huang is a first generation Chinese American who moved to the United States from Taiwan for graduate school. An information technology professional, he is the Founder and CEO of a technology company. He has taught at universities and served as a senior advisor for the State of California and various major corporations.
Mr. Huang has served on the boards of many companies and organizations including APAPA, which he is the founding member and Chair of the Southern California Region. His whole family has been heavily involved in the community for years. He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Diamond Bar, CA. His daughter, Nicole, attends University of Virginia Law School after graduating from UC Berkeley. His son, Nicholas, attends UC Riverside.
Our mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education and active participation in civic and public affairs. The organization educates the public about public policy and provides opportunities for our youth to gain firsthand knowledge and experience in governmental and public affairs.