Board of Directors
Chair: Jeannie Park AB '83
Wendy Hanamura AB '83
Athena Lao AB '12
Alex J. Lee AB '06 AM '06
Eric William Lin AB '09
Lange Luntao AB '12
Mukesh Prasad AB '93
Darshak Sanghavi AB '92
Yuhsien Wu EdM '15
President: Jeannie Park AB '83
Vice President: Athena Lao AB ’12
Vice President: Mukesh Prasad AB '93
Vice President of Chapter Development: Christine Josephine Hu AB '13
Secretary: Simi Shah AB '19
Treasurer: Eugene Shen AB '93
Membership Chair: Alex J. Lee AB '06 AM '06
Communications Chair: Neal Adolph Akatsuka AM '13
Nominations Chair: Wendy Hanamura AB '83
Technology Chair: Yu-Han Chang AB ’99 SM ’99
Regulatory Co-Chairs: Kay Hashimoto AB ’98, Tony Chan JD '03
Reunion Chair: Dennie Kim AB '07
Summit Chairs: Sejal Shah Gulati MBA '00
University Affairs Chair: Margaret Chin AB '84 and Ivy Yan AB '15, HLS '20
Mentorship Chairs: Jooyeon June Koo MPP '16, HLS '21, Judy Yang AB '17, Mengting Zhang AB '17 and Nicolas Xu AB '20.
New York: Alex Lee, AB '06 AM '06, Eric William Lin AB '09
Los Angeles / SoCal: Jennifer Kim Zeller JD '93, Peter Shimamoto JD '85
San Francisco / Northern California: Amanda Cheng DMD '12 and Douglas Chin AB '88, MD '94, ScMM '94
Boston: Tony Hung SM ’09
Washington, D.C.: Yuhsien S. Wu Ed.M ’15
Eric Yeh AB ’98 SM ’98, Founding President
Bill Yao AB 90, Immediate Past President
Neal Adolph Akatsuka AM '13
Originally from Hawai'i, Neal moved to Cambridge to pursue graduate work in Social Anthropology at Harvard as a Presidential Scholar. As part of his studies, he conducted extensive fieldwork and archival research in Japan in order to analyze the public understanding of genetically modified food, as well as the scientific research and marketing of genetically modified flowers. He has been a Visiting Research Scholar at Monash University in Australia, and continues to serve as a Contributing Editor to Cultural Anthropology, the journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology. He is currently the Coordinator of Publications and Programs at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard.
Yu-Han Chang AB ’99 SM ’99
Yu-Han Chang is one of the founding members of HAAAA. He is currently a Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California. His interests include machine learning, artificial intelligence, educational tools and interactive games. Prior to USC, Yu-Han spent many years in good old Cambridge. He received his Ph.D. in EECS from MIT in '05, and BA in Econ & Math and MS in CS from Harvard in '99. During college, he was active in several Asian-American campus groups, serving a term as President of the Taiwanese Cultural Society, and helping to found the Boston Intercollegiate Taiwanese Student Association.
With HAAAA, there's a great chance to build an organization that can achieve powerful goals through the collective efforts of our members. These may range from personal goals achieved through the great power of networking among our alums, to collective goals that matter to all of us and can benefit the society and world at large. And it can all start with something as simple as a conversation over a cup of boba tea!
Vicki Chou AB '02, JD '06
A California native, Vicki is not sure how she survived seven winters in Cambridge. Vicki was a resident of Quincy house and a non-resident tutor at Adams. She fondly remembers her college experiences with the Taiwanese Cultural Society and the Asian American Players and hopes to help build something that alum can share in and benefit from.
Amy Chu, MBA '99
Amy is a Co-Founder and Publisher of Alpha Girl Comics. She is also a freelance writer for DC Comics, Vertigo, and other publishers, and a frequent speaker and guest at comic conventions across the U.S. Amy has experience in startup consulting and business development across multiple industries, including biotech, tech, tourism, and nonprofit.
Amy has been active in the Asian American community scene for many years. Formerly she was an Executive Director of the Asian American Arts Alliance, consultant at Asian American Federation, co-founder and Publisher of A. Magazine, and Chairman of the Chinatown Arts Council. Currently, she is co-President of the Harvard Business School Asian
American Alumni Association, board member of the Prakash Foundation which helps restore sight to blind children in India, and a member of the Asian Womens Giving Circle supporting women's arts and activism.
Amy received her MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a BA from Wellesley College in East Asian Studies and S.B. from MIT in Architectural Design.
Christine Josephine Hu AB ‘13
As an undergraduate, Christine studied Economics as well as pursued a secondary concentration in Folklore and Mythology. She began her career at PIMCO (Pacific Investment Company, LLC), where in her spare time, Christine taught financial literacy in local, low-income high schools. Starting Fall 2015, Christine will be joining Teach for America as an elementary school teacher in Eastern North Carolina. Christine was a proud member of in varying roles and tenures: Harvard-Radcliffe Crew, Women in Business, Pforzheimer House Committee, Taiwanese Cultural Society, Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Men's Ice Hockey, Crimson Summer Academy, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Jinhee Ahn Kim AB ’85
At the age of 5, Jinhee Ahn Kim moved from Seoul, South Korea to Cincinnati, Ohio when her father was invited to teach taekwondo to the University of Cincinnati's ROTC. As a first-generation college student, Jinhee was the first student to attend Harvard from her large public high school in Cincinnati.
At Harvard College, Jinhee served as an officer for the Koreans of Harvard/Radcliffe and the Radcliffe Asian Women's Group. She also volunteered as a minority student recruiter for the admissions office.
While she currently calls London home, she has lived in Singapore, Tokyo and Honolulu. After graduation, she worked as a management consultant at Bain & Co., a fashion designer at Ralph Lauren then as an entrepreneur founding True Learning, an educational tech startup. More recently she co-founded Snapette, a fashion tech startup that was acquired in 2013.
Jinhee is a board member of the Council of Korean Americans and served as a co-chair for their annual Summit & Gala. For Harvard, she helped start the Women of Color initiative, served on the planning committee for the first Women’s Weekend, and is the newly elected HAA Director of Culture, Gender and Sexuality.
Junko Kim HGSE '05
Junko Kim is the founder of Vision Sprout, a strategy consultancy serving international NGOs and social entrepreneurs, focusing on minority and women-led companies. She is passionate about promoting gender equity and building capacity of young leaders in Asia, Greater Horn of Africa, and the United States. Junko is excited to join HAAAA and help build a global network from which current and future alums may realize their passions. Through the alumni and student activities, she believes HAAAA will be a powerful resource not only for deepening our understanding of culture, history and identity, but also solving some of our greatest challenges we face today. She splits her time between Japan and Denver, Colorado, and would love to see more Asian alumni in the Mile High City!
Athena Lao AB '12
Athena was born and raised in Athens, GA. She is proud to be the daughter of Filipino immigrants. She graduated from Harvard College in 2012 with a degree in Classics and a secondary in Ethnic Studies. As an undergraduate, she served as AAA Co-President, co-chaired the Ethnic Studies Coalition, and was involved in a wide variety of cultural and service activities on and off campus.
After college, she taught English in Bulgaria on a Fulbright, co-founded a civic education nonprofit (the BEST Foundation) for Bulgarian high school students, and earned a Master's in International Educational Development from the University of Pennsylvania.
Athena is currently a Regional Portfolio Officer for the Institute of International Education in NYC, where she helps manage the Fulbright Program for the South and Central Asia region. She is also a member and former Chair of the Board of Directors for the BEST Foundation. She hopes to have the opportunity to help re-ignite the HAAAA spark and put on a world-class HAAAA Summit in 2018!
Alex Lee, AB '06 AM '06
Alex is currently a Principal at Novantas Inc., a management consultancy focused on retail financial services. He runs a division within the Solutions arm of the business focused on delivering software products to banks to support data and analytics around their Distribution strategy (i.e. where to build/close branches and ATMs, where to allocate marketing spend, where to staff more people). Alex comes from a relatively different background from many Asian Americans as his parents grew up on the island of Jamaica, he was both and raised in Toronto, and moved to Florida during middle school before making it up to the north east.
At Harvard, Alex was the Co-President of the Chinese Students Association (CSA) for two years, as well as the Co-Director for Chinatown Big Sib, a member of the first delegation of the Harvard College in Asia Project (now HCAP, though originally called HIAP) and conference chair for the Boston Asian Student Intercollegiate Conference (BASIC). At this point in his life, he's excited to be doing work that doesn't involve as many acronyms. As a member of HAAAA, Alex truly values the way that the organization facilitates new connections and friendships with people from such diverse backgrounds, both cultural and professional. It's his hope that as the NYC Chapter President that he can continue to find new ways to keep people engaged with the club and each other as well as keep the Harvard Asian Alum community alive and well in the best city in the world.
Ed Park AB '97
Ed is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at athenahealth. After spending way too much time trying to beat MIT at Quake on his way to earning his Computer Science degree, Ed decided to beat his head against the equally impossible task of fixing U.S. healthcare. In '98, he helped start athenahealth with his brother, Todd Park (AB '94) and Jonathan Bush (Harvard MBA '97), and in 2007 the company found at least some measure of recognition with a successful IPO. In general, Ed believes in "doing well by doing good" and tries to apply that maxim in other aspects of his life--he serves on the boards of Castlight (a Silicon Valley healthcare startup) and Healthpoint (a social venture focused on bringing healthcare to the "bottom of the pyramid" poor in India and other countries). Ed is married to the dazzling Nancy Kim (AB '97) and they have two incredibly energetic daughters, ages 2 and 4.
Ed believes that people sometimes need help; sometimes can help others; sometimes want to know more about themselves; sometimes want to know more about their culture; sometimes want to make new friends; or sometimes just want a good excuse to hang out with old friends. He believes that HAAAA can help with all of this and more.
Jeannie Park AB '83
Jeannie is a reformed biochem major whose first journalistic experience was the AAA newsletter East Wind. She is a former executive editor of People and a leader in diversity efforts in the field of journalism. She devoted 22+ years to Time Inc., working at Time, In Style, Entertainment Weekly and People and co-founding the company's Asian-American affinity group. In 1987 she became the founding president of the NY chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, which soon grew to be the largest in the country; she is currently a facilitator for its Executive Leadership Program. She speaks frequently to student and community groups on becoming/being an Asian-American journalist/leader/mom. She has been honored for for her diversity achievements by numerous media and Asian-American organizations. She serves on the board of the Third Street Musical School Settlement and on advisory councils of the Women’s Media Center, the Korean American Community Foundation and NetKAL (Network of Korean American Leaders). Currently on work hiatus, she is a habitual PTA volunteer and lives primarily to serve her two adorable teenagers!
After growing up in suburban Ohio, meeting and finding common cause with Asian-Americans at Harvard was a revelation for Jeannie. She believes that maintaining those bonds can be a great source of strength personally, as well as for the Asian-American community and beyond. She also believes that each of us has a particular duty to help others when your similar circumstances and background might offer special insight or support. Harvard alumni and HAAAA have enviable resources that we might put to best use!
Dr. Mukesh Prasad AB ’93
Dr. Mukesh Prasad graduated with an AB in Government from Harvard before earning his medical degree at Johns Hopkins, and he continues to serve as First Class Marshal for the Class of 1993. While at the College, Mukesh dedicated much of his time serving as Co-President of the Harvard South Asian Association, where he helped spearhead the first Ghungroo presentation of South Asian dance and culture, and as Executive Director of Harvard’s CityStep program. After earning his Doctorate in Medicine, Mukesh went on to train in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University. He currently is on faculty at the Weill Cornell College of Medicine, where he serves as the Chair of the Clinical Affairs Committee for the General Faculty Council, and he also serves on the Executive Admissions Committee for Weil Cornell Medical College.
Along with their two children, Mukesh and his wife, Chandni, currently reside in New York City and dedicate their philanthropic efforts to supporting education initiatives both in the United States and abroad. They support the Educational Empowerment Initiative at Sakhi, an organization devoted to South Asian victims of domestic violence. Dr. and Mrs. Prasad also sponsor the Prasad Fellows Program at Harvard, an ongoing annual program administered through the Harvard South Asia Institute, where Dr. Prasad recently joined the Advisory Council. Other Harvard activities include participating as an Alumni Interviewer for Harvard College initially for Baltimore and now New York City, serving on the Harvard South Asian Alumni Alliance, and being a member of the Harvard Club of New York City.
Outside of his work at Cornell and Harvard, Mukesh also serves as a Honorary Medical Officer for New York City’s fire department (FDNY).
After growing up in rural Ohio and then Michigan, Mukesh joined Harvard College at a time when the US South Asian immigrant population’s first generation was entering college. While in Cambridge, South Asian enrollment exploded, though one thing that was missing throughout that experience was an established alumni body to mentor current undergrads, help recent grads with their own professional and personal development, and simply provide an apparatus to facilitate further promotion of the relationships forged through time in Cambridge.
Mukesh Prasad believes that HAAAA can help with all of these goals and more.
Sharon Yu-Hsien Wu Ed.M '15
Dr. Wu, originally from Taiwan, co-founded the U.S.-China Education and Culture Center and Veritas Education to bring high quality competency-based learning programs and admissions consulting services to students worldwide. She obtained a master's degree in education with a concentration in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in business administration from University of Missouri. Dr. Wu is invited to discuss global competence, international education, cross-cultural communications, and race relations in America in conferences and workshops internationally. She enjoys teaching and is currently an adjunct business professor at the American University's Kodgod School of Business, and is scheduled to teach at the Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business in the spring.
Ivy Yan AB '15
Ivy is an organizer, nonprofit professional, and student who has been engaged in Asian American activism, immigrant justice, and anti-sexual violence advocacy since her days at Harvard College. She was born in Tianjin, China and grew up in Carmel, IN, but now calls Boston home. She graduated from Harvard College in 2015, where she concentrated in Social Studies and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Mostly, however, she spent her time at the Phillips Brooks House Association, where she directed the Athena Program, served as the Public Relations Officer and Resource Development Co-Chair, and tutored 5th graders in Boston's Chinatown. After college, Ivy worked in immigrant rights and state government, first as the Development and Operations Manager at the National Partnership for New Americans in Chicago and then as a paralegal in the Consumer Protection Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.
She hopes to expand her knowledge of housing and labor issues as she begins her legal education. A member of the HLS Class of 2020, she anticipates being actively involved with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) and looks forward to connecting the many Asian American communities across Harvard. As a Board Member of H4A, she will focus engaging younger alumni, continuing to advocate for ethnic studies curricula across the university, and getting to know the broad network of thinkers and changemakers who make up the H4A alumni community.
Judy Yang COL '17
Judy is currently a senior at Harvard College studying economics and psychology. On campus, she is involved with Harvard WorldMUN, Smart Woman Securities, and Chinese Student Association. Upon graduation, she will be working as an equity research analyst with Lazard Asset Management. Judy is also an avid science-fiction fan and a self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur.
T.K. Yang AB '98
After a decade working in IT and management consulting, T.K. traded in his airline miles for a new position in the wine industry. He is part of the Store Operations management team at Total Wine & More, a growing retail chain with stores across the U.S. T.K. received his AB in Government from Harvard and his MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon, where he served as the President of the Business and Technology Club. T.K. currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Club of Washington DC and is also an avid violinist, runner, track coach, and small group leader at his church.
T.K. believes that the HAAAA should not only strengthen the internal Harvard Asian American alumni network, but also serve as an active incubator of Asian American leadership in the larger community -- and beyond. The DC Chapter's mission is to expand HAAAA's outreach in the Washington DC area by leveraging the many opportunities to network and collaborate with diverse groups of people. Most recently, the DC Chapter has organized events ranging from dim sum outings and volunteer work to Bollywood dancing and networking events with other alumni associations.
Eric Yeh AB '98 SM '98
Eric is currently a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Tower Research Capital, a Manhattan-based hedge fund focused on high-frequency trading. Previously, he has worked in a variety of trading, strategy, risk, and technology roles at various banks and hedge funds. Eric spent 18 years in LA before attending Harvard University, where he received his AB in mathematics and SM in computer science.
Eric is very active in a wide spectrum of NYC Asian-American groups, both as a member and as a leader. He has helped to manage over ten different groups through the years, running the gamut from professional to social to cultural. Some select groups and positions include: The Asian Association of Alternative Investment Professionals (chairman of the board); the New York Taiwanese Financial Association (director); Wall Street Ren (co-moderator); The New York Asian Professionals Meetup (co-organizer); the New York Taiwanese Meetup (organizer); Mind Body Shen (junior instructor); the Asian Artists Meetup (organizer); the Asian Dining Out and Karaoke Meetup (assistant organizer); the New York Reiki Meetup (assistant organizer).
As captured in the HAAAA vision statement, Eric's goal for the group is to develop a network and sense of community among Harvard Asian American alumni to improve self-awareness of their Asian heritage, provide an outlet for the expression of their common culture, and promote cohesion of the group both within and without the University. In simpler terms: we should all hang out together more, help each other through various aspects of life, and make sure to preserve our cultural heritage! Eric is one of those people who thinks we have a responsibility to know, appreciate, and support Asian culture -- in particular when there are bifurcations to general (global) "cultural paradigms". In those cases, we should understand the Asian instantiations at least as well as their Western counterpoints -- for example: appreciate sake as well as wine; play go as well as chess; read Hong Lou Meng as well as A Tale of Two Cities; paint with inks as well as oils; practice tai chi as well as yoga; listen to pipa as well as guitar; watch "Monkey King Wreaks Havoc in Heaven" as well as "La Boheme"; know the existence of Buddhism as well as Christianity; eat sushi as well as steak; scrutinize Yue Minjun as well as Damien Hirst; etc etc. Those are examples of the traditions he hopes we -- and our progeny -- are able to hold on to.
Mengting Zhang COL '17
Mengting is a senior studying computer science and linguistics at Harvard College. In addition to being involved with HSAPC, she is also a member of the Chinese Students Association and Eliot House Committee. In her spare time, Mengting loves bubble tea, experiments with film photography, and is still on the hunt for Portuguese egg tarts in Boston.
We sincerely thank our leadership alumni for their service in the following positions and for their ongoing contributions to HAAAA:
Ed Park AB '87 - Vice President (2010-2017), Board of Directors (2010-2020)
Ivy Yan AB JD '20 - Board of Directors (2017-2020)
Jinhee Ahn Kim AB '85 - VP (2018-2019); Board of Directors (2017-2019), Summit Co-Chair (2014)
Monica Lee AB '88 - Summit Pitch Comp Founder (2014), Board of Directors (2014-2019)
Amy Chu MBA '99 - Board of Directors (2014-2019)
Junko Kim GSE '05 - Outreach Co-Chair (2014-2015)
Joyce Yan Zhang AB '09 - Outreach Co-Chair (2009-2014)
Nancy Kim AB '97 - Membership Co-Chair (2014-2016)
Carey Hsu AB '01 - Membership Chair (2008-2016)
Diana Miao AB '14 - Secretary (2014-2017)
Ojas Tejani AB '99 - Treasurer (2009-2014)
Bill Yao AB '90 - President (2014-2017)
Jacki Chou AB ’07 - Communications Chair (2008-2014)
Christine Josephine Hu AB '13 - Students Chair (2012-2014)
Theresa "Tree" Loong AB ’94 - Alumni Outreach Chair (2010-2012), Communications Chair (2008-2014)
Hye-Won Choi AB '85 - Summit Co-Chair (2014)
Yuming Zou AB ’03 - Mentorship Chair (2010-2012)
Fang Yuan AB ’07 - Awards Chair (2010-2012)
Joyce Yan Zhang AB ’09 - Public Service Chair (2010-2012)
Rui Dong AB ’05 - Program Chair (2010-2012)
Jinger Zhao AB ’04 - Program Chair (2010-2012) NY Head (2012-2013)
Eugene Kim AB ’01 - Regulatory Chair (2010-2012)
Paula Fernandez AB '99 - L.A. Head (2009-2014)
Vicki Chou AB '02 JD '06- Secretary (2009-2013)