Norman Bay JD ’86 is the Director of the Office of Enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an independent agency that regulates interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. He is also Dickason Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico, where he has been honored for his scholarship and excellence in teaching. Bay was the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico from 2000 to 2001, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1989 to 2000 in the District of Columbia and New Mexico. Prior to his Justice Department service, Bay was an Attorney-Adviser at the State Department, where he litigated and helped negotiate claims between the U.S. and other countries. Bay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.
Jane Sujen Bock ’81 was president of the Harvard Asian American Association and co-founder of the Radcliffe Asian Women’s Group while in college. Her 1981 sociology thesis, “The Model Minority in the Meritocracy: Asian Americans in the Harvard/Radcliffe Admissions Process,” prompted the United States Department of Justice inquiry into and examination of the treatment of Asian American applicants at colleges across the country. A graduate of NYU Law School, where she served on the Admissions Committee, Bock is now a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society’s Homeless Rights Project in New York City. The Project’s litigation established a right to shelter in New York City.
Liza Cariaga-Lo EdD ’93 became Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity in 2007. Prior to joining Harvard, she was the Assistant Dean and Director of the Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She also held a position as Assistant Clinical Professor at the Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Cariaga-Lo received her master’s and doctorate in education from Harvard University, and has been an assistant professor of medical education at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She taught courses in minority health and developmental psychology, as well as some courses in African American Studies and Asian American Studies. Her research deals with educational program evaluation, minority student development, ethnic minority health care and public policy affecting children and families.
Chuckra (Chuck) Chai ’95 most recently served as an Obama Administration appointee in the Treasury Department. In this capacity, he acted as a financial restructuring specialist and key member of the financial crisis response team advising the Secretary of the Treasury on economic and financial matters. Immediately prior to Treasury, Chuck worked as the volunteer country coordinator for the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative in Thailand, helping to negotiate and arrange for the importation of lower cost antiretroviral drugs that resulted in over 10,000 lives saved. Previously, Chuck was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Perry Capital, where he helped found the firm’s Asian operations in Hong Kong and managed its nearly $1 billion Asian investment portfolio. Chuck began his career as an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs in New York, where his responsibilities included advising Asian companies and governments during the 1997 financial crisis from the firm’s Singapore office. In all, Chuck has spent one-third of his adult life living and working throughout Asia. Chuck graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in economics from Harvard and received his M.B.A. from Stanford, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He is currently a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Sewell Chan ’98 is a Washington correspondent for The New York Times and writes about economic issues. Previously, he was the founding bureau chief of City Room, the newspaper’s local news blog, and covered public transportation and City Hall in New York City. From 2000 to 2004, he was a staff writer at The Washington Post. He has also written for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Wall Street Journal. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in social studies, he received a master’s degree in politics from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. His work has been recognized by the New York Press Club, the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland, and the Carter Center in Atlanta, among other organizations. Chan is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute.
Joanne Chang ’91 is the owner of the award-winning Flour bakery chain in Boston and a partner in Myers+Chang. Originally an applied math and economics major, she was a consultant at Monitor for two years, before she took an adult education course on running a food business. She started as garde-manger cook at Boston’s renowned Biba restaurant and in 1995 was hired as Pastry Chef at Rialto restaurant in Cambridge. Chang moved to New York City in 1997 to work in the cake department of the critically acclaimed Payard Patisserie and Bistro. Returning to Boston a year later with dreams of opening up her own pastry shop, she brought her French and American training to Mistral, where she was the Pastry Chef until summer of 2000. She opened her first Flour Bakery + Café in the South End in 2000. Her first cookbook, Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery+Cafe, will be published by Chronicle in September 2010. An avid runner, she competed in every Boston Marathon from 1991 – 2006.
Lynn Chang ’75, Harvard Board of Overseers. A top prizewinner of the International Paganini Competition in Genoa, violinist Chang has enjoyed a versatile international career as soloist, chamber musician and educator for over 30 years. He is director of the Hemenway Strings at the Boston Conservatory, where he also teaches. A Boston native, Chang studied at the Juilliard School before attending Harvard. For 25 years he performed as a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Miami, Salt Lake City, Oakland, Seattle, Honolulu, Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong. Chang has collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76 on numerous occasions; their world premiere of Ivan Tcherepnin’s Double Concerto received the Grawmeyer Award for best new composition in 1995. In 2001 Chang received the first Distinguished Leadership Award from the Institute for Asian American Studies of UMass Boston. Chang is married to pediatrician Lisa Wong, ’79; their two children, Jennifer ’07 and Christopher, ’12, are accomplished violists.
Elaine L. Chao MBA ’79 is the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor (2001-2009) and the first Asian Pacific American woman to be appointed to a U.S. President’s cabinet. Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, the Department made significant contributions to the advancement of the APA community through its human capital program, enforcement priorities, compliance assistance efforts and partnership activities, including the annual Asian Pacific American Federal Career Advancement Summit and the annual Opportunity Conference. Secretary Chao’s distinguished career has spanned the public, private and non-profit sectors. As President and CEO of United Way, she restored public trust and confidence after the organization had been tarnished by financial abuse and mismanagement. As Director of the Peace Corps, she established the first programs in the former Soviet Union. Her previous government service includes Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. She has also worked as Vice President at Bank of America and at Citicorp. Secretary Chao is a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a Fox News contributor.
Pauline W. Chen ’86 is a surgeon, author of the New York Times bestseller, Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, and an online columnist for The New York Times. Chen graduated from Harvard University and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her surgical training at Yale University, the National Cancer Institute, and UCLA, where she eventually became a faculty member in the Department of Surgery. In 1999, she was named the UCLA Outstanding Physician of the Year. Currently, she practices in the VA Boston Healthcare System. Chen, whose writing has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, now writes a weekly New York Times online column, “Doctor and Patient,” that addresses issues affecting the doctor-patient relationship.
Sue Yun Chi ’01 is a portfolio manager at SeaChange Capital Partners, a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to create a new approach to philanthropy. SeaChange arranges transformational fundings of outstanding nonprofit organizations involved in education reform and youth development for low-income young people in the United States. Its model is collaborative, bringing together individuals, foundations,and other donors to provide the financial foundation for nonprofits to achieve their goals. Prior to SeaChange, she spent time working on various social economic policy and investment projects, including at the Acumen Fund, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of International Affairs, Women in Progress, and Advocates for Financial Inclusion. Before her transition to the social sector, she was an investment banker for Goldman Sachs. She earned her AB in Government from Harvard, an MA in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she received the Henry Morgenthau Fellowship for her activities in public policy.
Richard Chin ’88, M.D.’94, is the CEO for Institute for OneWorld Health, the first U.S. nonprofit pharmaceutical company. OneWorld Health, which is largely funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, develops affordable drugs for the most impoverished patients in the developing world. Previously, in the for-profit sector, Chin oversaw the development of numerous breakthrough drugs, with aggregate current sales of several billion dollars. His previous roles include President and CEO of Oxigene, Senior Vice President of Global Development at Elan, and Head of Clinical Research for the Biotherapeutics Unit at Genentech. Chin is currently on the faculty of UCSF and was previously on the adjunct faculty at Stanford. He has also authored a major textbook on clinical trial medicine. He received his Harvard AB in Biology, the equivalent of a JD with honors from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He was named by BusinessWeek in 2006 as one of the youngest 99 public company CEOs in the U.S.
David Chiu ’91, JD/MPP ’95 was elected the first Asian American President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, San Francisco’s legislative body, in January 2009. As Supervisor, David represents San Francisco’s northeast neighborhoods, which includes the oldest Chinatown in the United States. Before he entered public office, David was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Grassroots Enterprise, an online communications technology company. He has also worked as a criminal prosecutor at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and as a civil rights attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. In the mid-1990s, David served as Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee. David Chiu received his undergraduate degree, law degree, and master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.
Eileen Cheng-yin Chow ’90 taught courses on Asian American and Asian diaspora film, literature, and history at Harvard from 1999 to 2010. As Associate Professor of Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies, she helped develop the Asian American studies minor track in the East Asian Studies program and served as faculty advisor to the Asian American Association. In 2002, Chow was one of two recipients of the Roslyn Abramson Award for excellence in teaching undergraduates. While an undergraduate at Harvard, Chow taught ESL and citizenship classes in Boston’s Chinatown. Chow earned her doctorate in comparative literature from Stanford University, and her research and publishing areas include modern Chinese literature, film studies, translation, diaspora and migrancy (a forthcoming book on global Chinatowns grew directly out of an undergraduate seminar she taught at Harvard). She is currently a visiting professor at Duke University.
Michael Chu MBA ’76 is a Senior Lecturer in the Initiative on Social Enterprise of the General Management Group of the Harvard Business School. He is also Managing Director and Co-Founder of the IGNIA Fund, an investment firm based in Monterrey, Mexico, dedicated to investing in commercial enterprises serving low-income populations in Latin America, and Senior Advisor and a founding partner of Pegasus Capital, a private equity firm in Buenos Aires. Chu is co-head of Project Antares, a collaboration between HBS and the Harvard School of Public Health focusing on commercial approaches to delivering high-impact primary health care to low-income populations in developing nations. Chu was formerly President & CEO of ACCION International, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to microfinance, where he developed financial services for the working poor as a new segment of banking capable of outstanding returns. He participated in the founding of several microcredit financial institutions and regulated banks throughout Latin America, including Banco Solidario which under his chairmanship has been the most profitable bank in Bolivia, Mibanco in Peru, and Banco Compartamos in Mexico. Previously, Chu was an executive and limited partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, Senior Vice President and CFO of PACE Industries, and a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. Chu currently serves on the boards of Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE), ACCION International (Emeritus) and is a Trustee Emeritus of Dartmouth College. He graduated with an A.B.(Honors) from Dartmouth College and received a M.B.A. with highest distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School.
Zen Chu is the Director of Business Development for Harvard Medical School at Harvard’s Office of Technology Development. Simultaneously, he serves as the Director of the Wyss Institute Accelerator Fund at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, a new entity that spans Harvard Medical School, Harvard University and partner institutions worldwide. With a focus on biomaterials, medical devices and disease reprogramming technologies, Zen works closely with Harvard’s medical community to rapidly develop and commercialize Wyss Institute innovations through patenting, clinical collaborations, corporate partnerships, licensing and spin-out companies. Prior to Wyss, Zen founded Accelerated Medical Ventures to invest in early-stage medical devices, consumer products, and healthcare IT. Prior to AMV, Zen co-founded 3DM Biomaterials, serving as the CEO of the venture-backed regenerative medicine company for five years before selling it in 2008. In Silicon Valley, Zen founded and directed Hewlett Packard’s HPGarage New Technology Ventures program. He has also served as an advisor on healthcare innovation to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology. Zen earned a BS in Biomedical/Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Yale University.
Andrew G.W. Chung ’99 is a Principal at Lightspeed Venture Partners and focuses on investments in cleantech, Internet and tech-enabled services, including education, genomics, and bioinformatics. He has been involved in numerous Lightspeed investments in the U.S., China and India, include sectors such as solar (Stion), biofuels (LS9; Solazyme), storage (Leyden Energy), fossil energy (Coaltek; MSP/Drilex), lighting (Exclara), nursing education (Orbis), genomics (2 undisclosed), social gaming (Serious Business, acquired by Zynga) and supply chain services (PCH International). Andrew also chairs the Cleantech Advisory Board for The Indus Entrepreneurs Group (TiE) and is an advisor to the Cleantech Open competition. Prior to Lightspeed, Andrew worked at Bain Capital and TL Ventures, where he supported leveraged buyout and venture investments in software, semiconductors and healthcare. He also co-founded UberWorks (acq. by NWKC), an e-commerce content aggregation startup incubated at Trilogy. Andrew also directed product management at OnStation, a CRM software company, and worked for Bain & Company in Greater China. Andrew graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and holds an MBA from Wharton.
Richard de Silva ’94, M.B.A. ’00, is General Partner at Highland Capital Partners focused on digital media investments with specific experience and interest in online advertising, online media properties, consumer payment systems and internet infrastructure. Based in Highland’s Menlo Park office, he invests in early stage companies as well as later stage opportunities including growth equity, venture buyouts, spin-outs and recapitalizations. Richard serves on the board of Affine Systems, Digg, FanSnap, Metacafe and NameMedia, and is or has been actively involved in Highland’s investments in Fastclick (IPO, sold to ValueClick), Quigo (acquired by AOL) and Turbine (acquired by Warner Bros.) Before joining Highland in 2003, Richard was co-founder and President of SiteBurst Inc., a channel marketing software company, and part of the team that founded IronPlanet.com, a venture-backed marketplace for used heavy equipment. Previously, Richard worked for Mercer Management Consulting, was a cable television industry consultant to Scientific Atlanta, and a product manager at the @Home Network. He has also worked at Apax Partners, and as a reporter for Newsweek magazine and the Washington Post. Richard graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in History. He also earned an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
David Eun ’89, JD ’93 is president of AOL Media and Studios, where he oversees AOL’s network of content sites, as well as the SEED.com publishing platform, the StudioNow video platform and AOL’s New York City and Los Angeles studios. In this role, Eun is responsible for AOL’s efforts to build one of the strongest large-scale journalistic organizations while becoming the leading publisher of high-quality content and journalism in the world. Eun joined AOL from Google, where he was responsible for global business development efforts in video, print and local content businesses. Prior to joining Google in 2006, Eun helped to oversee AOL while working at Time Warner as Vice President, Operations for the Media & Communications Group. In this role, he helped provide operational oversight and develop new businesses, particularly in digital distribution and broadband content and services, for AOL, Time Warner Cable and Time, Inc. divisions. Before joining Time Warner, he was a partner at Arts Alliance, a venture capital firm focused on digital media, information technology and business services, and co-managed the U.S. office. Eun started his career in media at NBC, where he led some of NBC’s first cross-media initiatives involving television programming, the Internet and retail consumer products. He also worked as a management consultant at Bain & Co. Eun graduated magna cum laude with a major in government from Harvard College and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Drew Gilpin Faust took office as Harvard University’s 28th president on July 1, 2007. A historian of the U.S. Civil War and the American South, Faust is also the Lincoln Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She previously served as founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2001-2007). Before coming 4to Radcliffe, Faust was the Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of six books, including This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (January, 2008), which was awarded the 2009 Bancroft Prize, the New-York Historical Society 2009 American History Book Prize, and recognized by The New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2008.”Faust’s honors include awards in 1982 and 1996 for distinguished teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994 and the American Philosophical Society in 2004. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr in 1968, magna cum laude with honors in history, and master’s (1971) and doctoral (1975) degrees in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.
V.V. (Sugi) Ganeshananthan ’02 is a fiction writer and journalist. Her debut novel, Love Marriage, (Random House, 2008) is set in Sri Lanka and its diaspora. The book was long-listed for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008, as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and The American Prospect, among others. A former vice president of the South Asian Journalists Association, she currently serves on the board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan, where she is the Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Writing. She lived in Lowell House and was managing editor of The Harvard Crimson.
Anand Giridharadas is a writer based in Cambridge, Mass. and a current doctoral candidate at Harvard. His first book, a work of narrative nonfiction about his return to the India that his parents left, is forthcoming from Times Books in early 2011. It is titled “India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking.” He writes the “Currents” column for The New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune: it explores fresh ideas, global culture and the social meaning of technology, among other subjects. In 2009, he completed a four-and-a-half-year tour reporting from India for The Times and the Herald Tribune, as their first Bombay presence in the modern era. He was appointed a columnist in 2008, writing the “Letter from India” series. He appears now and again on television and the radio in the United States and internationally, including on CNN and CBC Radio, for both of which he serves as an analyst. He has lectured at Harvard, Brown, the University of Michigan, the Sydney Opera House, the United Nations, the International Development Research Centre, Google and the Young Presidents Organization as well as been a panelist and moderator at conferences organized by the Herald Tribune and the Asia Society, among others. He has been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia for opinion writing, by the South Asian Journalists Association for business reportage, and by the Indo-American Society for promoting cross-cultural understanding.
Wendy Hanamura ’83 is VP and General Manager of Link TV, where she ensures the constant flow of international news, documentaries, feature films and world music to 30 million U.S. households. She serves as Project Manager for Link TV’s collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ViewChange.org. Hanamura has been the Tokyo-based correspondent for World Monitor, an anchor for NHK, a reporter for KPIX-TV in San Francisco and series producer for the PBS station KQED- TV. Her favorite project remains Honor Bound: A Personal Journey, a documentary about her father and his WWII march with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Her documentaries often focus on the personal story as it exemplifies larger issues and have been awarded an Emmy, Gold Medal-Chicago Film Festival, CineGolden Eagle and Chris Award for the best Social Issues Documentary. She majored in EAS and VES at Harvard and studied architecture at the University of Tokyo.
Tania James ’03 is a novelist living in New York City whose first book, Atlas of Unknowns, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers Pick” in 2009. In Atlas, James writes of two Indian sisters, one of whom wins a scholarship to an elite New York City school—and ends up a bikini-waxer in Queens. Back home, her sister fends off an arranged marriage while trying to get to America herself in search of her missing sister. According to a San Francisco Chronicle review of the book, “Once in a while, a novel comes along that makes you wonder why people don’t read more fiction–why, given the right book, anyone would choose to do anything else. Atlas of Unknowns…is this rare book…one of the most exciting debut novels since Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.” James’s first published work, “Aerogrammes,” was named one of the 100 Distinguished Stories of 2008 by Best American Short Stories. James was raised in Louisville, Kentucky; at Harvard she majored in VES, with a focus on filmmaking, and she received her Masters of Fine Arts in fiction from Columbia.
Gish Jen ’77 is the author of three novels – Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land and The Love Wife – as well as a collection of stories, Who’s Irish? Jen brings both lightness and light to many aspects of contemporary identity, including immigration, ethnicity, intermarriage, and religion. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, as well as a Lannan Literary Award and a Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her short work has appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Republic, and has been reprinted in numerous textbooks and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century. Named one of the eight most important contemporary American women writers by critic Elaine Showalter, Gish Jen is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her new novel World and Town, will be published by Knopf in October 2010.
Chris Kao, JD ’99 is a Partner in the Silicon Valley office of Perkins Coie LLP. He represents client in patent and other intellectual property litigation, including copyright, trademark and trade secrets disputes. He also regularly counsels inventors, entrepreneurs and start-up companies regarding intellectual property issues. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Chris was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and a law clerk for the Honorable Carol B. Amon, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his JD from Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Journal on Legislation.
Ann S. Kim ’00 is a documentary film producer and director. She began her TV career at WGBH in Boston, and has produced for such national PBS shows as Unnatural Causes, Postcards from Buster, Frontline and Nova. She has also worked on the independent documentaries The Mosque in Morgantown and Secrecy (2008 Sundance Film Festival). She is co-editor of Global Values 101, a collection of interviews with activists, on how individuals can contribute to global change, and co-director of MATCH+, about a doctor in India who is also a matchmaker for her HIV+ patients.
PJ Kim MBA/MPA ’06 is the Executive Director of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan think tank in New York City that promotes progressive public policies in cities and for cities on a range of issues, including economic justice, public transportation, housing and immigration. He is a former candidate for New York City Council, earning the endorsement of The New York Times, The Daily News, and the New York Press. He was also named to City Hall News’ “Rising Stars 2009, 40 Under 40.” He was previously Vice President for Programs and part of the start-up team at Single Stop USA, an innovative national anti-poverty effort; he also led the country’s largest free tax-preparation campaign to serve 43,000 low-income New Yorkers with $80 million in tax credits. His previous professional experience includes working as a management consultant in McKinsey’s New York City office. He received his AB from Princeton University, where he served as student body President and a Young Alumni Trustee.
Athena Louise Lao ’12 is a Classics concentrator pursuing a secondary field in Ethnic Studies at Harvard College. She is passionate about race and intercultural relations and campus community-building. She is currently Co-President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association, the Harvard Foundation Associate for Cabot House, and a member of the Harvard Philippine Dance Troupe. She was heavily involved in the movement to have Ethnic Studies recognized as a secondary field at Harvard and currently serves as a student representative to the Faculty Committee on Ethnic Studies. Athena is also a Peer Advising Fellow and First Year Urban Program Leader.
Bernard Lee ’92, ALM ’94 is a professional poker player with over $1.35 million in career tournament winnings. Lee catapulted into the poker spotlight after finishing 13th at the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event. Since September 2005, Lee has written the Sunday poker column for the Boston Herald, and he is also the co-host for ESPN.com’s weekly poker show, ESPN Inside Deal. Prior to becoming a professional poker player, Lee was a marketing executive for a Fortune 500 firm and earned his MBA from Babson College. Lee is currently an instructor for the World Series of Poker Academy, and is the official spokesperson for the Foxwoods Resort Casino’s poker room. He lives just outside Boston with his wife and two children. Lee’s latest book is The Final Table: Volume 2.
Deanna Lee ’84 is vice president for communications and marketing at The New York Public Library. Lee came to the NYPL from the Asia Society, where she oversaw media relations and marketing across all program areas—policy, business, education, arts and culture. Lee joined Asia Society after a 20-year career in broadcast news. As overseas producer for Nightline, she worked in the former Yugoslavia, Israel and the Middle East, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Australia. In Africa, she covered famine and the U.S. deployment in Somalia, the election of Nelson Mandela, and AIDS in Uganda. In Asia she reported on global environmental, health, and demographic concerns; and covered the death of Deng Xiaoping, the Hong Kong handover, and the resurgence of Shanghai as a world financial center. Most recently, she was a Senior Producer at ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson, formerly with Peter Jennings. Ms. Lee is the recipient of eight Emmy Awards and one duPont-Columbia Award.She serves on the National Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center and on the board of the New York Piano Society.
Georgia Lee ’98 is a writer and filmmaker. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked for management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. While at McKinsey, Lee experimented with filmmaking on the side. After Martin Scorsese saw Lee’s first short film, “The Big Dish: Tiananmen ‘89”, the director invited Lee to apprentice on “Gangs of New York”. Ms. Lee’s first feature film, “Red Doors” won the Made in New York Award at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. “Red Doors” went on to win the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting at CineVegas, as well as the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Award for Screenwriting at Outfest in Los Angeles. “Red Doors” was theatrically released in the U.S. in fall 2006. CBS/Paramount Studios then hired Lee to adapt “Red Doors” into a drama pilot. Lee has since written several pilots for CBS, NBC, and FOX. Ms. Lee has been a juror for both the Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. She is currently creating a graphic novel series as well as developing her next feature film.
Jennifer 8. Lee ’98-’99 is a journalist focused on the frontier of news and information in society. She works with the Knight News Challenge, a $25-million initiative to fund news innovation. Before that she was a New York Times reporter for nine years. She is also author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles,a book about how Chinese food is all-American, which led to appearances on The Colbert Report, TED.com and NPR stations coast to coast. NPR has called her a “conceptual scoop artist,” in part because one of her better-known articles introduced the concept of the “Man Date.” She is co-chair of the board for the Asian American Writers Workshop, a member of the Nieman Lab advisory board and a committee member in the Robert F. Kennedy Courage in Journalism Awards.
Melissa Lee ’95 is the host of CNBC’s “Fast Money” which covers investment information normally reserved for NASDAQ’s trading floor. Lee is also the host of “Options Action,” which features options trading strategies using the news of the week. Previously, she was CNBC reporter and anchor covering investment banking, hedge funds and private equity, as well as China’s growth and opportunities for U.S. businesses. Lee is also a contributor to NBC’s “Today” show. In 2010, Lee received a Gracie Award for Outstanding Host-News. Prior to joining CNBC in 2004, Lee worked for Bloomberg Television, CNN Financial News, and at Mercer Management Consulting. Her cases focused on the banking and credit card sectors. Lee graduated with honors from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. She also served as Assistant Managing Editor of the Harvard Crimson.
Philip Lee JD ’00 is a doctoral student at Harvard, focusing his research on diversity, law, and higher education. Phil graduated from Harvard Law School, where he met his wife, Sue (’98; JD ’01). He returned at former Dean Elena Kagan’s request to serve as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School, where he led the law school’s diversity outreach and co-founded a University-wide admissions group focused on diversity recruitment. Before coming back to Harvard to work in admissions, Phil was a trial attorney in New York City for five years. Phil is currently a Presidential Scholar doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke in 1996, with a double major in psychology and sociology and a minor in religion.
William F. Lee ’72 is the first Asian-American to be elected to the Harvard Corporation, the exclusive and powerful seven-member governing board of the University. Lee is one of the country’s leading intellectual property lawyers and co-managing partner of the law firm WilmerHale. His ties to Harvard include his undergraduate years as a resident at Adams House, five years as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, six years on the Board of Overseers, two brothers who teach at Harvard Medical School and two daughters—one who is a Law School grad and another who is a College grad and is studying at the Business and Kennedy Schools. Lee received his business and law degrees from Cornell. ‘The Asian community is an important part of the university,” Lee told Bloomberg Businessweek. “I think that the fact that I’m a son of immigrants and grew up when I did and how I did will contribute to my perspective as a member of the corporation.”
Yiting Liu ’03 is a founding partner and a Managing Director for Ray Shi Capital Group, LLC. Ray Shi Capital Group focuses on investments in small- and medium-sized enterprises in China. Prior to founding Ray Shi Capital Group, Liu focused on the Vision Opportunity China Fund, where she sourced, structured and executed private investments in China. She joined Vision from PepsiCo’s Global Corporate Strategy and Development Group where she worked closely with senior management to screen for acquisition targets, build business cases and develop solutions for internal strategy projects. Prior to PepsiCo, Liu worked as an Associate Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in New York from 2003 to 2005 where she developed solutions to key strategic and operational issues for clients. She graduated from Harvard with honors with a degree in Applied Mathematics with an Applied Field in Economics.
Mynette Louie ’97 is a New York-based independent film producer. She produced Tze Chun’s award-winning Children of Invention, which premiered at Sundance 2009, played over 45 film festivals, won 16 festival awards and was released theatrically in 2010. She co-produced Andrew Bujalski’s Mutual Appreciation, which was named one of the top 10 films of 2006 by Entertainment Weekly, Film Comment, The Village Voice and others. She is currently in post-production on P. Benoit’s Untitled Haiti Project, a Sundance Lab project starring Edwidge Danticat. She is also developing several narrative features. Previously, Louie served as Economic Development Specialist at the Hawaii Film Office. She graduated Harvard with a degree in East Asian Studies, focusing on Chinese film and literature.
Chris Lu J.D. ’91 is Assistant to President Obama and Secretary of the Cabinet and one of the highest-ranking Asian Americans in the Administration. A Harvard Law School classmate of Obama’s, he joined the newly elected Senator in Washington as his Legislative Director in 2005, overseeing the team that drafted Obama’s legislation and floor speeches. He became acting chief of staff of the Senate office, a position he continued to hold while he pulled double-duty as a policy advisor for Obama’s presidential campaign. After the election, he ran Obama’s transition team. As Cabinet Secretary, he coordinates messages among all the secretaries and their agencies and is their liaison with the President. He is graduate of Thomas S. Wooton H.S. in Rockville, MD, attended the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton (writing his senior thesis on press coverage of presidential campaigns) and is an avid marathoner.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, MBA ’98, JD ’99, is founder and CEO of Care.com, the largest and fastest growing solution for families to find quality caregivers on the web. In 2009, Sheila was recognized as one of the Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. And this year, she was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in New England. Prior to founding Care.com, Sheila was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the venture capital firm Matrix Partners. Sheila has also served as an executive at several successful Internet companies. She was the Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Upromise, a site helping families save for college, and served as Vice President and General Manager at TheLadders.com, an executive job search engine. Sheila is a member of the Board of Trustees for several non-profit organizations including the Ayala Foundation USA, an organization that helps over 100 Philippine non-profits. Sheila graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Economics. She went on to pursue both an M.B.A. and a J.D. from Harvard University, graduating with honors and receiving two prestigious awards: the Dean’s Award for overall leadership and contributions to Harvard Business School; and the Fitzie Foundation Award, given by the Margaret Fitzgerald Grogan Petersmeyer Foundation, which honors the most outstanding female students.
Mina Nguyen MBA ’09 has served as an advisor to political leaders and CEOs for over a decade, currently as a Director at AQR Capital Management. Her government and political roles have included serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury as a principal adviser to Secretary Henry Paulson managing the Department’s consultations with the financial services industry; as Senior Advisor to Ken Mehlman on the Republican National Committee and Bush-Cheney campaign; and as Director of Public Liaison and Special Assistant to U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. She has also held senior positions at Morgan Stanley and Accenture. Nguyen received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BS degree from the University of California Berkeley.
Roshan Paul MPP ’08 joined Ashoka’s Global Venture & Fellowship team, which manages the Ashoka Fellow selection process and expansion to new countries and areas of work. Roshan conceived and created the Ashoka Peace initiative, which seeks to launch new Ashoka Fellows working to build peaceful solutions to conflict. From 2003 to 2006, he co-launched Ashoka’s Youth Venture program in India, focusing in particular on strategy development and selection of youth social entrepreneurs. He has also managed Ashoka’s Senior Fellows program, coordinated Ashoka’s launch in Japan, and helped create the Ashoka Globalizer, a new initiative designed to help social entrepreneurs accelerate their impact to a global level. Roshan currently also serves as Director for Ashoka’s Fellow Security Program. Originally from Bangalore, he has a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Davidson College and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he chaired the social enterprise club, mentored new student-led social enterprises, helped develop a new course on negotiating narrative conflict, and completed a certificate in humanitarian studies and practice. Roshan also serves on the Advisory Boards of three start-up ventures, all of which work at the intersection of social innovation, education, and peacebuilding.
Joseph Park, M.B.A. ’04, is Senior Vice President, Consumer Digital Business, for HarperCollins Publishing, where he manages its overall consumer digital strategy, which includes directing the company’s e-commerce efforts and leveraging online, mobile and new technologies as new distribution channels to monetize HarperCollins’ content. An entrepreneur himself, Joe was the Founder and CEO of two startups, Askville, a social network-based community question & answer (Q&A) website which he sold and incubated at Amazon and Kozmo.com, and Kozmo.com, the first e-tailer to provide a same-day, one-hour delivery service to consumers, delivering dvds, food and other consumer goods in the Boston, San Francisco, New York, Seattle and 7 other major metropolitan cities. Under his leadership, Joe raised approximately $300 million in venture capital, and grew revenues to a $60 million run-rate. Prior to his move to Harper Collins’ Digital unit, Joe was President of BibleGateway, a division of Zondervan Publishing (a HarperCollins and News Corp. company) and the #1 biblical reference website online with over 1 billion pageviews per year. Joe has also worked for Goldman Sachs as a senior financial analyst, for Microsoft’s corporate strategy group, and as Amazon’s head of new product development for four years. Currently, at NYU’s Center for Publishing, Joe is a Fall 2010 NYU adjunct professor teaching the course, Idea to Empire: New Business Development. Joe graduated from New York University with a BA in Economics, Journalism, and Political Science. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, Joe was one of 5 finalists in the HBS Business Plan Contest. He also co-authored and filed two patents on mobile local search technologies and nine additional technology patents while at Amazon. His experience building Kozmo has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including The Industry Standard’s Most Effective Start-up CEO; New York Magazine’s Top 50 Influential People; and the Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneur Award.
Jack Reardon, Jr. ’60, is Executive Director of the Harvard Alumni Association and Associate Vice President for University Relations. He oversees the HAA’s University-wide alumni programs carried out through Alumni Education, Board Services, Clubs and Shared Interest Groups, International Alumni Affairs, and electronically through Post.Harvard and related online services. He also supervises College-specific programs tied to Classes and Reunions, including the Class Report office. Jack began his service at Harvard in 1965 as assistant director of admissions and financial aid (1965–1968). Since that time, he has served in a number of capacities, including director of admissions and financial aid; senior tutor in Kirkland House; special assistant to the vice president for alumni affairs and development; associate dean of admissions and financial aid for Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges; and director of athletics. Jack holds an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Darshak Sanghavi ’92 completed his clinical fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston after working for several years as a pediatrician for the U.S. Indian Health Service in Navajo country. Currently, he is the chief of pediatric cardiology at UMass Medical School. An innovative thinker and communicator about health issues, he has published many scientific papers on topics ranging from the molecular biology of cell death to tuberculosis transmission patterns in Peruvian slums, and speaks widely on medical issues. A frequent writer and television and radio guest featured in many national venues, Sanghavi is also on the advisory board of Parents magazine, a member of the Lluminari expert network and Slate‘s healthcare columnist and was a visiting media fellow of the Kaiser Family Foundation. His recent book, A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician’s Tour of the Body (Henry Holt), was an acclaimed bestseller that tells the stories of children’s developing bodies.
Valerie Santos MBA/MPP ’03 is the District of Columbia’s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, responsible for implementing Mayor Adrian Fenty’s economic development vision and managing a development pipeline worth more than 13 billion dollars of housing, retail, office, parks, infrastructure and public space projects. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development is the District’s lead agency in coordinating the District’s policies and initiatives for affordable housing, business attraction and retention, workforce and economic development. Prior to becoming Deputy Mayor, Santos served as the Planning and Economic Development Office’s Chief Operating Officer. Before joining the District government in 2007, Santos was a Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle, a Manager with Ernst & Young, and an Associate with Hamilton Rabinovitz & Alschuler. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Roopal Shah ’91 co-founded Indicorps with her siblings to encourage the Indian diaspora to give a year of service to India. Indicorps partners with community-based organizations throughout India to contribute on grassroots issues from public health to education to livelihoods. Roopal helped prompt Indicorps Fellows’ to build leadership capacity and dedicate a year in deep exploration of Mahatma Gandhi’s style of making “your life your message.” A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School ’95, Roopal also practiced law for 8 years as a clerk for a federal district judge in Honolulu, an associate at Shearman & Sterling in DC, and an Assistant United States Attorney in San Diego.
Sam Yoon MPP ’95 was elected as a Boston City Councilor At-Large in 2005, making history as the first Asian American ever to run for and win elected office in Boston. He served as City Councilor for four years. In 2009 Sam chose to run for Mayor, losing the primary election by only 3 percent of the vote to a 16-year incumbent mayor. Sam has an extensive background in community development and affordable housing. Prior to his election, Sam worked to create affordable family housing in Boston’s Chinatown and has built housing for the elderly and people with disabilities. Sam now heads the National Alliance for Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA), a national non-profit based in Washington, DC. He continues to advocate for Asian American political involvement through the Asian Political Leadership Fund, which he founded in 2007.
Alice Young HLS ’74 is a Partner and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice at Kaye Scholer LLP. She advises multinationals and entrepreneurs on their business and investment activities in the United States and throughout Asia in every industry, including complex cross-border transactions and sensitive legal and governmental strategies. She also assists clients in identifying potential Asian partners and resources. During her more than 35 years of law practice, she has been lead advisor on projects in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia. She worked in Hong Kong in the pioneering early 1970s and did her first China deal in 1979. She was the first woman and minority and the youngest to head the New York branch office of a law firm. She frequently lectures on business, law and foreign policy issues and has appeared internationally on CNN, PBS, ABC, Fuji TV, and China Television Network on these subjects. Ms. Young was in the first class of women graduates of Yale College, where she majored in East Asian Studies. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School. Ms. Young is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute, the American Assembly and the Asia Foundation. She is Chair of the Deloitte & Touche Diversity External Advisory Board, and is a member of the Life Membership Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, Committee of 100, Asia Society, the US-China Business Council and Japan Society.