Sue Ann Hong, Executive Director
Sue Ann worked at State Farm Insurance Companies for over 28 years in Data Processing, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate and Auto Claims, where she led up to 600 leaders and employees in supporting customers in 23 states. Her passion for building trusting relationships infuses Sue Ann’s philosophy. A 2002 APAWLI National Fellow, she continues her journey as a whole person leader in her believe it’s the journey versus the destination. Her goal is to support CAPAW’s vision to build whole person leaders, one at a time.
Board of Directors
Leslie Moe-Kaiser, Co-Chair
Leslie Moe-Kaiser is a brand and reputation management professional. For more than a decade, Leslie helped build and strengthen State Farm Insurance Company’s coalitions and relationships with national Asian Pacific American organizations. Building upon this experience - and combined with more than 25 years of business consulting and mentoring students and professionals – Leslie works with organizations and individuals in the areas of fundraising, business acumen, intercultural competency and professional growth. As a result, Leslie is an energetic spokesperson for Asian and Pacific Islander American communities. She is Immediate Past National President of OCA—Asian Pacific American Advocates. She is a 2003 APAWLI National Fellow. An entrepreneur at heart, Leslie founded Dynasty Pearls, a consultancy on the cultivation and appreciation of pearls.
Joan Yoshitomi, Co-Chair
Joan Yoshitomi served on the cabinet of the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction as the Special Assistant for Family and Community Engagement and State Coordinator of the 21 st Century Community Learning Centers a 12-million-dollar grant program. Prior to working for the state, in the late 1990’s she managed the agenda and the executive staff of King County Executive Gary Locke. Earlier in her career she was a legislative liaison to the Washington State Legislature for the Seattle School District. Prior to that she managed two federal grants for the Renton School District.
She retired in 2006 after more than 26 years in the public sector in various roles within city, county, and state government. She is currently a consultant on local political campaigns in King County and Washington State. She is Vice President on the board of a social service agency in Seattle; as well as a board member of the International Examiner, a non-profit newspaper for the Asian Pacific American community.
Tony has been Senior Director of Corporate Affairs Constituent Relations for Walmart since December 2006, overseeing Walmart’s national external efforts in diverse and multicultural communities. Tony also serves as Chair of the NAACP ACT-SO Advisory Council and as a trustee of the Ron Brown Scholars Program. Tony’s numerous awards include the 2014 Save-A-Student Award by the Equal Education Opportunity Group; the 2012 Merge Award by the Merge Summit for his commitment to inspiring, uplifting and empowering others; and the 2002 and 2010 Donald H. McGannon Award, the highest distinction given by the National Urban League to a corporate individual in recognition of community efforts.
Donna Fujimoto Cole
Donna Fujimoto Cole founded Cole Chemical in 1980 at the age of 27 as a divorced mother of a four-year old daughter with $5,000 from savings. Since then, Cole Chemical’s business has exceeded $15 million in chemical, fuel and synthetic lubricant sales with chemical supply chain management solutions to a wide range of customers and industries. In 2016 Ms. Cole was one of Houston Chronicle’s Distinguished Women of Houston and the Houston Business Journal’s Women in Energy Lifetime Achievement Award, and Cole Chemical won the United States Government Small Business Development Minority Owned Business of the Year Award. Ms. Cole currently serves as Trustee of the Rockwell Foundation, Boards of The US Japan Council, National Veterans Network, Chado Urasenke Tankokai Houston, Advisory Board of Rice University’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, and The Advisory Board of the Women’s Home and International Supply Management.
Eva is an HR professional with 25 years of HR experience and success in providing strategic human resources direction to drive positive change. She is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer for Library Systems and Services. Her previous roles include HR leadership positions in both the profit and non-profit sectors which include Sodexo, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, and State Farm Insurance. Eva holds an MS in Organization Development and Strategic Human Resources from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene University. Eva grew up in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and currently resides in Columbia, MD.
Martha Lee has been intrinsically involved in leadership development throughout her 35-year career, supporting emerging and seasoned leaders in finding and following their passions. For the past 12 years, Martha has been the founding executive director of the Kellogg Fellows Leadership alliance (KFLA), a diverse network of 1600 leaders from 53 countries selected by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation over the span of 30 years because they all had a passion to make a difference. Martha founded and held the position of APAWLI President & CEO. She also serves as a program officer and manager for the Denver Community Foundation, program director for the National Hispana Leadership Institute, project manager for the Mile High United Way, and executive director of the Asian American Foundation of Colorado.
Phyllis Leung Kim
Phyllis Leung Kim has nearly 30 years of global experience in non-profit management and leading public-private initiatives. Her professional career includes serving as the Sr. Vice President for Resource Development at NeighborWorks America, Sr. Vice President for the Office of Grants Administration at the AARP Foundation, Deputy Executive Director and Interim Executive Director at the PBS Foundation and a Vice President at Fleishman-Hillard Inc. Much of her career also involved public service media, holding senior level positions at public broadcasting stations in New York and Missouri, and at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was an adjunct professor at Washington University for three years, teaching international and general public relations. Phyllis has served on numerous boards, and has been recognized with awards from PBS, the Missouri-Illinois Telecourse Consortium for advancing distance learning and Sidwell Friends School for service to the school, students and parents.
Tuyet Duong is a Visiting Fellow at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) within the U.S. Department of Justice, which administers over $2 billion from the Crime Victims Fund. She is charged with supporting OVC with its language access planning and culturally specific policy-making and grant making. Ms. Duong has over 13 years of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors with human rights, civil rights, and immigration law and policy. Most recently, she led a local nonprofit and victim service provider, Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project. Before that, Ms. Duong served as a Senior Advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, leading philanthropic engagement, private sector engagement, small business capacity building, and immigration and civil rights policy work. She also served as Policy Advisor at the Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Salvador Mendoza serves as Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at NBCUniversal. Mendoza is responsible for the development of short and long-term strategies in the areas of workforce, leadership development, community partnerships and NBCUniversal’s Employee Resource Groups, with a focus on enhancing the company’s diverse and inclusive environment. In addition, he is responsible for building and maintaining partnerships with local, regional and national diverse organizations. Sal is considered an expert in the field of diversity & inclusion and holds several leadership positions in many Advisory Boards, among them, the American Red Cross, the Center for Asian Pacific American Women and the National Hispanic Corporate Council.
Sandy Hoa Dang, Principal of 11 Plus Philanthropy is a social entrepreneur, leadership trainer, and management consultant. Her passion is to develop young people to maximize their leadership potential to benefit society. Ms. Dang was appointed by President Barrack Obama to serve as a member of the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013. Ms. Dang has received numerous awards for her outstanding public leadership, including being named Washingtonian of the Year in 2001. She also serves on the Community Advisory Board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art. Ms. Dang earned a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Master’s degree from Harvard Kennedy School. She is fluent in Cantonese and Vietnamese.