Standing Committee Chairs
Duties of the Standing Committee Chairs are given in AAUC Bylaws Article IV
Board Development Committee Chair – Thomas Abraham
Dr. Thomas Abraham is the Founder President and currently serves as the Chairman of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and Chief Editor of GOPIO News. Dr. Abraham has been serving the NRI/PIO community for the last 45 years. He served as the first president of the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of New York and the National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA). Other than GOPIO, two other groups initiated by Dr. Abraham are National Indian American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC) and South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS), and also co-founded Indian American Kerala Center. A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Abraham is a materials scientist and nanotechnologist by profession and is President of Innovative Research and Products, Inc., an industry and market research firm based in Stamford, CT, USA.
4CUE committee Chair – Anthony Ng
Anthony Ng serves as the Executive Director of the Civic Leadership USA. Anthony also served as Executive Director & Board Secretary of Vision New America Foundation, in addition to Vice President of the Life Transformation Foundation International. Anthony brings over 30 years of experience in working with an array of institutions ranging from state government, arts and culture, education, and social services to community development and private foundations, including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Prince Music Theater, African American Museum, Pew Charitable Trusts, and Barnes Foundation. He is the former VP & COO of Nueva Esperanza/Esperanza USA, President and CEO of the Latin American Economic Development Association, and Executive Director of the Chinese Newcomers Service Center.
Constitution & Bylaws Committee Chair – Jenny Kim
Jenny Kim currently serves as the National President of the Korean American Coalition (KAC), a non-profit, non-partisan community advocacy group with nine chapters throughout the United States.
Dedicated to the ideals of inclusiveness, Jenny works to represent the interests of immigrants, refugees, women, children, and any marginalized and under-represented community members. She is also serving as an appointed Commissioner of Home Forward, Housing Authority for Multnomah county. Her previous non-profit experiences include The Portland Montessori School, Korean Society of Oregon, Divided Families USA, American Cancer Society, and Special Olympics to name a few.
Education Program & Conference Committee Chair – Mie Mie Strickler
Mie Mie is appointed as the Asian Pacific American Commissioner of Maryland. She gained her international Business skills while employed at the University of Delaware International Program Department. She organized seminars and meetings between foreign businessmen with State and Federal officials and US business owners in DE, PA, MD and NY. In her retirement, she is active in her church and serving at homeless shelters and sits on various boards.
Ethics Committee Chair – Peter Nguyen
Mr. Nguyen has held various VP positions within FAPAC and was responsible for many successful initiatives including the White House Initiative on AAPI (WHIAAPI) Challenge Team, the creation of the first FAPAC Business Advisor Partners, the FAPAC Career Development Program for High Performers, etc. Mr. Nguyen is very active with Asian Pacific American & Pacific Islander (APAI) organizations. He was the National President for the FAA National Asian and Pacific American Association (NAPA) representing over 1800 members nationwide. Mr. Nguyen is currently the Executive Director for NAPA. In addition, he was a key member of the Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN), and an active member of the National Asian Peace Officers Association (NAPOA) as which he is currently a certified Law Enforcement Officer for Virginia for the last 24 years.
Finance Committee Chair – Aiwa Zelinsky
Dr. Aiwa (Aihua) Zelinsky was born in China and immigrated to the US while in college. She received her Doctorate in Public Administration in 2006. She is currently teaching at Golden Gate University. Aiwa (Aihua) is very active in community volunteering. She has been a board member for several non-profit organizations. She was past president and is currently serving as a Board Member and program chair for the League of Women Voters Eden Area (LWVEA). She is currently is on the Board of Director of the Greater Oakland Chapter of Asian Pacific American Public Affairs (APAPA) and other board positions. She was one of the founding members of Alameda County Civil Grand Jury Association in 2015 and served as a grand juror on the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury from 2015-2016
Membership Committee Chair – K.R. Babu
Kovilakonda Babu holds Masters in Business and Masters in Sociology. He has worked 21 years in Health Information Systems and held various posts in community organizations. He is passionate about community service and civic engagement. He has travelled extensively and involved in various local media platforms.
Public Relationship – Xiaoyan Zhang
Dr. Zhang is a data scientist, a visiting professor at the U of Pittsburg and a member of scientific peer review group for CDC and NIH. He is actively involved in promoting civic engagement and political participation by AAPI community. He is a board member and chair of United Chinese Americans (UCA) and published many articles on embracing a pluralist society and building a multi-ethnic democracy in the U.S.