2018 AAGEN Officers and Board of Directors

Chair:  Vivian Chen - USDA Forest Service, Director Emergency Medical Services

Vice Chair: Bertrand Tzeng – US Department of the Treasury, Director Records & Information Management

Executive Director: Van Tran –Small Business Administration, Director of the 8(a) Program

Secretary: Gita Uppal – Department of Veterans Affairs, Senior Health Advisor

Treasurer: Mark Xu – USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Director of Resource Economics and Analysis

Finance Committee Chair: Jong Ho Hwang, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Senior Policy Advisor

Economic Development Committee Chair: Bel Leong-Hong, Knowledge Advantage Inc., President and CEO

Communication Chair: Shanel Lu, EPIC Op Solutions, LLC., President and Managing Member

Nominations Committee Chair: Carson Eoyang, Naval Postgraduate School, Emeritus Professor

Leadership Development Committee Chair: David Chien, U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration, Deputy Director of Policy and Plans

Membership Committee Chair: Tin Cao, U.S. Department of State, Managing Director of the Information Assurance Directorate

Workshop and Banquet Committee Chair: Huong Pham, DoD/ Navy, Senior Staff System Engineer for Command and Control Division 

By-Laws Committee Chair: Alan Mikuni, Geo Wing Mapping, Inc., Vice President

Scholarship Committee Chair: Glenda Nogami, Self Employed, Leadership Consultant/Educator



BOD Members At Large

Ellen Law, DoD, retired, Senior Policy Analyst

Sumiye Okubo, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Associate Director for Industry Accounts

Ruby G. Moy, President and CEO, Asian American and Pacific Islander Association of Colleges and Universities

Leaksmy Norin, Department of State, Senior Advisor

Evelyn Rodriguez, CDC, Medical Epidemiologist

Jean Lin Pao
, Dept of Housing and Urban Development, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business

Ping Ge, U.S. Department of Energy, Senior Program Manager

Namanjeet Ahluwalia
, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health and Human Services, Nutrition Monitoring Advisor


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