Standing Committee Chairs
Duties of the Standing Committee Chairs are given in AAUC Bylaws Article IV
Board Development Committee Chair – Thomas Abraham (CT)
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.
Constitution & Bylaws Committee Chair – Jung Wook Lee (GA)
Jung Wook Lee is a Georgia licensed attorney. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Lee worked in Washington D.C., and has various legal experiences. Ms. Lee currently serves on the board of the National Korean American Coalition, a non-profit, non-partisan community advocacy group with multiple chapters throughout the United States. She is passionate about engaging her community for civic engagement and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ethics Committee Chair – Angela Anand (VA)
Ms. Angela Anand has founded South Asian Women’s Network and currently works in the IT field in VA. She possesses a Masters’ degree in Economics and a Diploma in Journalism and is an alumni fellow of CORO’s Orange County Public Affairs program. Her passion for advocacy is well documented through Empowering Women and Girls conferences she organized for multiple years. Professionally, she has written as a contractor for NASA and Air Force, HUD newsletters and Special Supplements. She had lived in Southern California and worked in public and private sectors performing analytical, managerial, marketing, and public affairs work. She was elected to the Democratic Party Central Committee and served as secretary of the Party as the first women, a first South Asian to be elected for that office in CA. She was elected twice as the Delegate to the Democratic Party National Convention. She was also elected first women president of National Federation of Indian American Associations.
Education Program & Conference Committee Chair – Mie Mie Strickler (MD)
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.
Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair – Jack Hanna (OR)
Jack Hanna is a 3rd generation Syrian-American, retired as a Pennsylvania attorney after 40 years, now resides in Portland, Oregon since 2018. He has been active in Democratic Party politics for over 35 years having served as the PA State Party’s Treasurer for 5 years and its Chair for 6 months and continue to serve as a member of Oregon’s State Central Committee. He attended the last 7 Democratic National Conventions, in the most recent one as an elected Biden delegate. He was a founding organizer of an immigrant and refugee advocacy organization in Pennsylvania called the “Refugee Working Group”. Currently, supports that same work in Portland as a Board member of the “New Portland Foundation”.
Public Relationship – Xiaoyan Zhang (PA)
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.
Strategic Development Committee Chair – Anthony Ng (CA)
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.