Director of Something | Founder | Board Member
Words of advise I give to those I coach.
(L)ive without regrets.
(I)ngenuity innovation inclusion.
(N)exus not now then when?
(K)eep kindness at heart
(A)nd learn to Roar, as the need necessitates.
(G)row your network
(E)njoy the now
(S)top reading this, & do.
General Counsel | Board Member | Cyclist
Soody Tronson is the founder of stlgip.com - an intellectual property law firm. She is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience combining law, science, engineering, and business management in start-ups and established environments. Soody instructs courses in IP and licensing at the University of California and Stanford University and is a mentor with several entrepreneurship-focused courses/programs at Stanford University.
Treasurer | Board Member | F&B Coach
As a Restaurateur for over a decade and working in the F&B industry for nearly 3 decades, Ken has a good grasp of what's needed to grow a small business and have it thrive.
Norman is a QuickBooks Consultant. Loves fishing and spending time with his family.
Coach | Artist | Youth Pastor
Arnold recently returned from a Indonesia Mission and is working on community projects with Northeast Community Federal Credit Union.
Anis Salah, CAMS
Anis is a Senior Operation Specialist at a Fortune 1000 company. He is a Certified Anti-Moneylaundering Specialist as well as an avid Salsa dancer too.
Fellow, Languages & Medium | Filmmaker
Naureen is a PBCS Banker at Fortune 1000 Company. On her free time she's a co-founder of an independent film studio. She volunteers on countless community projects dealing with media and entertainment.
Fellow, Brand Development
Kitty So is the Executive Director for the Asian Pacific Heritage Association. She has worked at SugarCRM where they help businesses transform the customer experience. Formally, the Executive Director of Asian Business League. Past President of the National Association of Asian American Professionals - San Francisco Chapter and former Miss Chinatown USA Pageant Director. She has been the Miss Chinatown Houston Pageant Co-Director for moreover a decade. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, & Toisan Chinese.
CANDY TAM, CFE
Fellow, Community Engagement
Candy is a Certified Fraud Examiner and works for a Fortune 1000 Company.
Advisor / Entrepreneur in Residence
Milton serves on the Meritus.org YPC Board. By day, he works at SAP in Global Digital Transformations. He's a Sales and Delivery expert in large-scale cloud software digital transformations. He built and led operations to delivery highly profitable projects. [Awarded as Top 10 North America Account]. He's an experienced leader - leading SAP teams both on and offshore. He learned about being smart about how one works as he ran a restaurant at age 16. SAP Certifications [Project Management, HANA, ERP, S4 etc],
Secretary | Board Member
Amy is part of the Medical Staff team supporting UCSF Oakland Children's Hospital doctors.
Running Coach | Board Member
Howard manages an auto service and auto body company. Loves Marathons.
Financial Analysis Manager
Challenge-driven finance and analytics professional with over 10 years of demonstrated expertise in financial analysis, reporting, accounting systems, and accounts receivable. Proven ability in implementing initiatives for improvement of financial operations and cost control. Accomplished contract negotiator with strong customer service and relationship-building skills.
Coach | Mechanical Engineer
Yu works at DMG as a Design Analyst. He graduated from UC Davis as a mechanical engineer, with a focus in manufacturing technology.
Clayton is the Northern California Quality Control Documentation Assistant Manager at Fortune 1000 company.
Jackson Chen, CFE
Risk Analysis Coach
Jackson Chen is a Certified Fraud Examiner and works for a Fortune 1000 Company.
Innovation & Management Coach| Rock Climber
Lisa is a strategic and hands-on leader with a passion for innovation, an aptitude for connecting the dots and a focus on execution excellence to convert strategy into action. She has extensive management consulting, program management and operations experience at fast-paced startup and global organizations -- implementing strategic projects, programs and software products to drive to drive revenue growth, customer experience, product adoption, sales effectiveness, operational efficiency and global expansion. She was the Head of Voice of Customer Program and Chief of Staff at Yahoo!, Manager at Deloitte, VP Project Management at Citigroup, Senior Director of Global Programs at LivePerson.
Fellow, VFX | Photographer
By day, Kris is a QC Specialist at a Fortune 1000 Company. By hobby, he's a well known photographer in the Anime and Comic Convention world. Great to have him on the team.
LeChara Gregory works as System Support at Motorola. Prior to that she was the Taxonomist and the POC for Taxonomy Management at VMware where she developed and delivered various training courses. She has worked for IBM Global Services. She is a AIIM Taxonomy and Metadata Practitioner. She has a Dell Warranty Parts Certification, and A+ CompTIA Certification too.
Mark Igou, AIA, LEED AP is a managing director with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in San Francisco. Mark Igou is passionate about realizing exceptional buildings and environments that serve each client’s goals and mission. Mark's leadership role takes advantage of his diverse experience and reflects his belief that effective management of technology and teams is increasingly critical as design, engineering and construction become more integrated. This leadership is seen with his expertise in business development and project management around the globe, including work in India, China, the Middle East and the United States.
Charles Jo is the Senior Corporate Recruiter at Power Integrations - the global leader in power conversion semiconductors. Previously, he recruited for Google, Samsung, and Silicon Valley firms including biotech Cytokinetics. He founded
http://startupstudygroup.com/ as a free resource for entrepreneurs: future, current, and former founders with the goal to become the most useful tool for the community by learning "Startup as a Second Language" together. He's also a Founder's Space Advisor. His passions are his family, connecting ppl, job creation, technology impact on society, and games for business, education, and entertainment.
Shyam Desai, CA, CFA, MBA is a Middle Market Banker for Citi where he assists CFOs and Corporate Controllers at high growth companies with their banking and financing needs; typically look at companies with revenues up to $1 billion in domestic and/or international operations. Passionate about emerging technologies and innovative business models and assisting the management team execute their growth strategy. Over 14 years of experience in financial services company and global consulting firm with expertise in business development, credit analysis and underwriting, risk assessment, loan structuring, and cross-border banking solutions. He has served as an advisor to the Wharton Social Impact Conference and is on the Council of Advisors at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Sophie-Sokphal Duong Karet, PhD, founded Cambodian International Investment Group focusing on Green Economy and Social Enterprise. She serves on the board of the Northeast Community Federal Credit Union and is a Researcher/Scholar on empowering women leadership in higher education. Sophie cofounded a refugee resettlement organization and lobbied Congress to fund the program in California being the safety-net to Indo-China as well as from Eastern Europe Russian refugees. She was served on the California State Advisory Council on Refugee Assistance and Services from 1984-1991 as a governor appointee. She advised the White House on American Foreign Policy toward Cambodia reconstruction post Communist Vietnamese Occupation. She has received letters of her work from the King of Cambodia and His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Jonathan Leong is a partner at the historic Sam Wo Restaurant in San Francisco. He has served on various boards and commissions including Self Help for the Elderly (Board Advisor), Chinese Performing Arts Foundation (Director), Asian Business Association (Founder, Past President, Chairman), Asian American Theater Company (past President), California Small Business Administration (past Advisory Board Member), Oakland Business Development Corp. (past Board Member), President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Democratic Leadership Council (Founding member), Asian Inc (Board Member), and the California Earthquake Authority.
Calvin Y. Louie, CPA is the first Chinese American to run for California Governor. Born in San Francisco, he went to Commodore Stockton Elementary, Francisco Junior High and Galileo High. He said he ran track with O.J. Calvin went to City College of San Francisco, then onto UC Berkeley. Besides being an accountant, he's a serial entrepreneur. He's been on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, was on the White House Conference of Small Business, has been on state trade missions to Mexico, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, been active in Chinese American Democratic politics, was a member of the board of the San Francisco Mexican Museum as well as the San Francisco Circus Center.
Willa Leung is a partner at Royse Law Firm. She was recognized for making history in 2002 for being the first non-Chinese citizen to be invited by the Chinese government to work at a Chinese State Owned Enterprise. She co-authored the Top Capital Magazine “Clean Technology Innovations in China” article which was republished by Foley.com and Martindale.com in February 2012. Her firm is serves as the liaison and outside general counsel for China’s largest clean tech PE firm, Beijing Energy Investment Holdings. She judges the University of Notre Dame McCloskey Business Plan Competition, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization competitions, Kofounder Lab, Start-up Chile, and the Forrest Equity Management Film Finance Awards. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Dr. Tao Lin is a partner of Intebridge Capital. Prior he was with Fosun Kinzon Capital. He specializes in early stage start ups with advanced technology focus (eg industry 4.0, iot, telecom, new material, health care) from US, UK, Europe and China. Tao has a diversified background from research, IB, consulting, and VC. He's worked and lived like globetrotter including (UK, Germany, Sweden, UAE, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, US, etc.). Tao has immersive experience in (TMT/internet, financial institutions, energy, manufacture, etc.) and lead over 40+ M&A projects. Before joining Intebridge and Fosun, he was with McKinsey. He's our first advisory board member who works outside the states - in Shanghai.
Dr. Minoo Makassebi is an experienced dentist at http://www.drmakassebi.com/ who provides exceptional quality of care to her patients. She is bilingual speaking both English and Farsi. Minoo has a DDS degree from University of Mashad in Iran as well as the University of the Pacific’s School of Dentistry where she was inducted to the dental honor society, Tau Kappa Omega. And at both institutions, she graduated in the top 3%. Minoo has also served as an Assistant Professor; Prosthodontics Department, University of the Pacific, San Francisco and a Research Fellow for the University of Mashad - School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine.
Ethan Bynoe is the Business Development Executive/VP of Sales at UviaUS. Ethan was instrumental in having UviaUs serve as a corporate partner early in his career at UviaUs. And with over 15 years of experience in business development and sales, he's proud to be a salesman! He doesn't take that lightheartedly either, He believes in providing extraordinary customer service through the integrity of doing the right thing for his clients, to honor agreements, and build a long term relationships.
Michael Nguyen the Director of Product Management at Wonolo. He has over 10 years of experience in business process and systems software, project/product management, technical systems and database (SQL/Oracle), and system/functional quality assurance testing. He serves as the National Director of Chapter Development at the National Association of Asian American Professionals. And Michael was our Fellow, Innovation & Technology in 2016 -2017