Board of Directors
Chair: Athena Lao AB '12
Wendy Hanamura AB '83
Jenny Korn MPP '98
Alex J. Lee AB '06 AM '06
Lange Luntao AB '12
Jeannie Park AB '83
Darshak Sanghavi AB '92
Nina Tao MBA '99
Yuhsien Wu EdM '15
President: Athena Lao AB '12
Vice President: Peter Shimamoto JD '85
Secretary: Lange Luntao AB ’12
Treasurer: Eugene Shen AB '93
Board Governance: Wendy Hanamura AB '83, Jeannie Park AB '83
Membership Chair: Alex J. Lee AB '06 AM '06
Mentorship Chair: Nicolas Xu AB '20
Professional Development Chair: Christine Hu Barchick AB '13
Regulatory Co-Chairs: Kay Hashimoto AB ’98, Tony Chan JD '03
Reunion Chair: Dennie Kim AB '07
Summit Chair: Sejal Shah Gulati MBA '00
University Affairs Chairs: Margaret Chin AB '84 and Jeannie Park AB '83
Webmaster: Neal Adolph Akatsuka AM '13
Virtual Events: So-One Hwang AB '05 AM '05
Boston: Rachna Dhanda Balakrishna, AB '91, Darshak Sanghavi, AB '92
New York: Alex Lee, AB '06 AM '06, Eric William Lin AB '09
Los Angeles / SoCal: Peter Shimamoto JD '85, Hamilton Chan AB '95 JD '99
Philadelphia: Christine Hu Barchick AB '13
San Francisco / Northern California: Douglas Chin AB '88, MD '94, ScMM '94
Washington, D.C.: Yuhsien S. Wu Ed.M ’15, Maggie Hsu AB '08 MBA '12
Eric Yeh AB ’98 SM ’98, Founding President
Jeannie Park AB '83, Immediate Past President
Mukesh Prasad AB '93, Past VP
Bill Yao AB '90, Past President
Neal Adolph Akatsuka AM '13, ALM '18
Neal Adolph Akatsuka was born and raised in Hawai’i. He studied anthropology and digital media design at Harvard University. He now works as a Communications Officer at Harvard, specializing in user experience, multimedia production, and visual design.
Wendy Hanamura AB '83
Over the course of a long career, Wendy Hanamura has been a communicator for social change. After pursuing a dual concentration in East Asian Studies and Visual & Environmental Studies, she's combined those two passions as a journalist and media executive. Along the way, Wendy has been a foreign television correspondent based in Tokyo, a local news reporter for CBS, a national series producer for PBS, and Chief Digital Officer for a national non-profit television network.
Looking to have more impact, Hanamura moved to tech, but stayed in the non-profit world. Today, she is Director of Partnerships for the Internet Archive, home of the Wayback Machine and the world’s largest online library. She also helps lead the DWeb community, a global movement to build a decentralized web, sometimes called Web 3.0.
Hanamura serves on a range of nonprofit boards, from a crypto-fueled foundation to an animal conservation organization using AI to map animal languages. She brings a lifetime of non-profit tools to the H4A Board: expertise in fundraising, communications, governance, and event planning.
Hanamura lives in San Francisco, loves hiking, ikebana, and printmaking.
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.
Jenny Korn MPP '98
Jenny believes in solidarity, and is a (lifetime) member of the Harvard race-based alumni associations, including H4A, the Harvard Black Alumni Society (HBAS), the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance (HLAA), and the Native American Alumni of Harvard University (NAAHU). She is a feminist activist of color for social justice, a ciswoman scholar of race and gender in mass media and online communication, and a member of Mensa, the high intelligence quotient (IQ) society.
Athena Lao AB '12
Athena Lao was born and raised in Athens, Georgia to Filipino immigrants. Athena has been passionate about building community through shared Asian American identity since college and is grateful that she can continue this mission through H4A. At Harvard, she studied Classics and was fortunate to be one of the first to complete the (at the time, newly formed) Ethnic Studies scondary. She started the Harvard College Pan-Asian Coalition, organized Asian Graduation, and served as a Senior Class Marshal, Asian American Association Co-President, FUP Leader, and Ethnic Studies Coalition Co-Chair. Professionally, she has worn many hats within international education, including nonprofit co-founder, teacher, college admissions counselor, and consultant. She is currently a Senior Program Officer - Fulbright South and Central Asia at the Institute of International Education and the Head College Mentor at Admissionado. Athena holds an M.S.Ed. in International Educational Development from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and an MBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology.
Alex Lee, AB '06 AM '06
Alex is currently a VP of Operations at Curinos, a FinTech company 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 born and raised in Toronto, and moved to Florida during middle school before making it up to the northeast.
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.
Lange Luntao AB '12
Lange (he/him) is the Director of External Relations for the Education Trust-West, which advocates for educational justice and the high academic achievement of all California students, pre-k through college, particularly those of color and those living in poverty. Lange is a third-generation teacher who previously served as Founding Executive Director of the Reinvent Stockton Foundation and President of the Stockton Unified School District Board of Trustees. Lange is proud to have been born and raised in Stockton, California, a city with a deep and ongoing history of Filipinx-American community and leadership. Lange is a 2012 Harvard College graduate (in Social Studies). While at Harvard, Lange lived in Kirkland House, served as a Senior Class Marshal, helped lead HAPA (the Half-Asian Peoples Association), and with fellow H4A Member Athena Lao ’12, co-founded the Fair Harvard Fund to push Harvard to adopt socially responsible (SRI) practices into the management of its endowment. Lange received his high school teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University and earned a Master’s in Education Policy from Stanford University in 2021.
Jeannie Park AB '83
Jeannie Park was born and raised near Dayton, Ohio, around very few people of color, and the Asian American groups at Harvard-Radcliffe when she arrived in 1979 became her gateway to a lifetime of involvement with Asian American communities and causes. She has been lucky to be involved with H4A since 2009, when she co-launched with Jeff Yang the first H4A Summit on campus in 2010. She has also been honored to serve as VP and then President of H4A during years of huge growth for the organization, as well as challenges for Harvard's Asian American community, including the continuing lack of an Ethnic Studies department. Professionally, she was a magazine editor for 22 years, and she can trace that back to her time editing the AAA newsletter East Wind. She spent 22+ years at Time, Entertainment Weekly, In Style and People—she was an executive editor at the last two—and was committed to building support for her Asian American colleagues and, selfishly, for herself. To that end, she was the founding president of the Asian American Journalists Association in New York. She is currently volunteering as a board member for a number of organizations, including the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard, the Korean American Community Foundation and the Donors of Color Network—all aiming to build strength for marginalized communities and create a more equitable society. Thank you for allowing her to serve H4A.
Darshak Sanghavi AB '92
Darshak Sanghavi, MD, is Global Chief Medical Officer for Babylon Health, the global end-to-end digital health care provider serving over a dozen countries and millions of people, with the mission of bringing "affordable and accessible health care to everyone on Earth." He is the former Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare's Medicare & Retirement, the largest U.S. commercial Medicare program with over $90B in annual revenue, where he oversaw all major national clinical and affordability programs. Earlier, he was Chief Medical Officer at OptumLabs, running a large portfolio of industry-leading projects with dozens of academic, government, and industry partners. Before then, he was a member of the Obama administration, as the Director of Preventive and Population Health at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, where he directed the development of large pilot programs aimed at improving the nation’s health care costs and quality. In this capacity, he was the architect of numerous initiatives, including the $157 million Accountable Health Communities model, the 3 million member Million Hearts Cardiovascular Risk Reduction model, and the $1 billion Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program. Dr. Sanghavi was also a fellow and a managing director of the Brookings Institution, and associate professor of pediatrics and the chief of pediatric cardiology at UMass Medical School. He is an award-winning medical educator, who has worked in medical settings around the world and published dozens of scientific papers on topics ranging from the molecular biology of cell death to tuberculosis transmission patterns in Peruvian slums. A frequent guest on NBC's Today and past commentator for NPR's All Things Considered, Dr. Sanghavi is a contributing editor to Parents magazine, a health care columnist with Slate, and has regularly written about health care for the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Washington Post. His best-seller, A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician's Tour of the Body, was named a best health book of the year by the Wall Street Journal. He previously worked as a U.S. Indian Health Service pediatrician on a Navajo reservation. Educated at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, he completed his pediatrics residency and cardiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston.
Peter Shimamoto JD '85
Peter Shimamoto has more than 30 years of experience in complex commercial civil litigation, with an emphasis on entertainment and intellectual property matters. An experienced trial attorney, Peter has represented plaintiffs and defendants in all stages of litigation in federal court, state court, and arbitrations, from prefiling through trial and appeal. Through motion practice, at trial, on appeal, and through settlement, he consistently obtains winning results for his clients.
Peter honed his practice at law firms in New York and Los Angeles, including Irell & Manella LLP. Before joining Willenken, he started his own boutique firm, Insignis Law. He is a member of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance, the Copyright Society of the USA, and the Los Angeles Copyright Society. Outside of law, Peter is vice-chair of the Board of Directors for East West Players, the nation’s premier Asian American theater organization.
Nina Tao MBA '99
Nina Tao was born in Taiwan and grew up in South East Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines) as a diplomat kid. She moved to New York at the age of 13, attended Stuyvesant High School. She did her undergrad at University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and went on to obtain an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has lived in Asia (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing) for the 17 years and now resides in New York City.
Nina Tao is a seasoned investment executive with decades of experience in investing in various asset classes (venture capital, private equity, private credit), having managed a $1billion+ portfolio.
She currently heads investments at a private family firm, Vanguard Infinity. In her prior roles, Ms Tao has led Asia private credit investments, CPPIB (Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board) and was also Head of Transactions for Asia at Mount Kellett Capital, a global multi strategy fund. Her experience also includes proprietary investing for Deutsche Bank and venture capital/private equity for Invesco (Amvescap). Ms Tao started her career in Bankers Trust in risk management and later at Merrill Lynch where she focused on MBS/ABS and structured finance.
Nina Tao is spearheading the Chinese initiative at HBSCNY Small Business Partnership/ Rebuild & Recover Initiative. She is also co-president of the Harvard Business School Asian American Alumni Association (HBS4A). While in Beijing, she also served on the leadership groups of the HBS Club of Beijing. She also enjoys “acting” as an ad hoc hobby having appeared as a principal actor in ads for American Airlines and more recently in a music video by Taiwan artist Winter K.
Sharon Yu-Hsien Wu Ed.M '15
Yuhsien co-founded Veritas Education, an organization that aims to develop whole students by promoting proactivity, social responsibility, and deep thinking. She serves as board of director of Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (H4A) and has chaired H4A-DC Chapter since May of 2016. As the DC Regional Chair for Harvard Graduate School of Education, Yuhsien works to serve multiple Harvard communities within the DC area. As an active community member, she was appointed by Ryan McElveen, former FCPS school board member, to serve on the Fairfax County Public Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee in 2017 for two years. Because of her community involvement and passion in education, Yuhsien was selected as Committee 100's Next Generation Leader (NGL) in 2018 and is currently a C100 NGL Advisory Council member. Yuhsien is an author, speaker, edtech entrepreneur, and mentor. 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 the University of Missouri. Her commitment to civic engagement led her to co-found BranchOut!, a youth community outreach leadership program, and served as a faculty member for the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness. As a former business school professor and researcher, Dr. Wu's research interests are interpersonal in nature and include mentoring, cultural differences, communication, social skills, and emotional intelligence. Prior to devoting full time to Veritas Education, Yuhsien served at K12, a NYSE-listed online education company, as its senior manager.
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.
We sincerely thank our leadership alumni for their service in the following positions and for their ongoing contributions to HAAAA:
Mukesh Prasad AB '93 Board of Directors (2015-2021), VP (2017-2020)
Simi Shah AB '19 - Secretary (2020-2021)
Christine Josephine Hu AB '13 - VP Chapter Development (2014 - 2021)
Eric William Lin AB '09 - Board of Directors (2020-2021)
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)