Asian Women Giving Circle Asian Women Giving Circle

Ruchika Bajaj
Ruchika Bajaj is Mental Health Policy and Program Coordinator at the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, is a board member of the South Asian Health Initiative, and serves on the Mediation Advisory Board for Safe Horizon. She has developed mass media campaigns and trainings targeting the Asian American community, and is a frequent public speaker. She graduated from Boston University (Masters in Public Health), Columbia University (Masters in Social Work), and Xavier University (B.Sc.).

Antara Rini Banerjee
Antara Rini Banerjee is Program Officer at the Overbrook Foundation (human rights and the environment) in the US, Latin America and South Africa and previously, was Program Director at The New York Women's Foundation. She is board Chair of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and serves on the Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing. She received a Masters from Columbia University and a B.Sc. from NYU Stern School of Business.

Lisa Chen
Lisa Chen is a senior vice president at Fenton Communications, a national communications firm that works for social justice and environmental nonprofits. Previously she was a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. She received a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is the co-author of the book, The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World and How to Reach Them.

Aiyoung Choi
Aiyoung Choi consults to nonprofits on planning and organizational development. She serves on several boards including The New York Women's Foundation, Korean American Family Service Center in NYC, Manhattan Country School, Asian Americans for Equality, and Hermandad, Inc. in the Dominican Republic. She is fluent in Korean and Spanish, and recently helped produce a film on Cuba called Motherland. She graduated from Knox College and attended NYU Business School.

Helena Choy
Helena Choy works as a volunteer at Continuum Hospice Care and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Pediatrics Department. She is also actively involved at her children's schools and other non-profit organizations related to education and the arts. Previously, she worked in the areas of finance and policy research. She is currently studying various topics in health and healing. Helena has a B.A. in Philosophy from Boston University.

Amy Chu
Amy Chu is a Partner at Tiger Advisors LLC, a strategy consulting firm that provides services to organizations in technology, biotechnology and nonprofits.  She was formerly Executive Director at the Asian American Arts Alliance and ran the Management Assistance Program at the United Way of NYC.  Amy holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS and BA from MIT and Wellesley College.

Melinda Chu
Melinda Chu works in the Time Inc. legal department as a paralegal. She is on the Steering Committee of the Asian American Association of Time Inc., is on the board of the Girls and Boys Projects (Institute for Labor and the Community), volunteers for New York Cares, and served on the Grants Advisory Committee of The New York Women's Foundation. She is a graduate of Grinnell College.

Urvi Dalal
Urvi Dalal hales from California, where she attended Cal State Fullerton, after which she received a Masters in Public Health from Houston, Texas. Professionally, Urvi has trained teachers and helped to develop curriculum, all focused on health education. She currently lives in the West Village with her husband and two elementary-school aged kids. She makes a mean green juice and has a killer forehand.

Tuhina De O'Connor
Tuhina De O'Connor is Executive Director of the New York Asian Women's Center serving women and families affected by domestic violence, advocating for the rights of battered women and creating an agenda for social change. The Center received the prestigious Governor's Award to End Domestic Violence in 2002. She is on the board of The New York Women's Foundation. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of Michigan.

Shinhee Han
Shinhee Han is a psychotherapist in private practice. Her specializations include working with Asian American clients (adolescents and adults), international adoption, LGBT issues and academic issues. Previously, she was on the staff of the counseling services at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Barnard College and Columbia University. She received her B.A. from the Univ. of Minnesota, her MSW from the Univ. of Chicago, and her Ph.D from New York University.

Agnes Hsu
Agnes Hsu Dr. Agnes Hsu is an archaeologist and has served as an advisor on cultural heritage issues to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee and UNESCO. She is currently the host of three TV documentary series on China, including "Mysteries of China" on History Channel Asia. Her previous work includes Discovery Channel's "Ancient Manmade Marvels", History Channel's "Mankind: The Story of Us," and PBS's "Secrets of the Dead: China"s Terracotta Warriors." Agnes studied Classical Archaeology, English Literature, and East Asian Studies at Bryn Mawr College. She received her M.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Ph.D. in Chinese Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2002, Agnes was the first American predoctoral student to receive a Mellon Foundation fellowship designated for the study of ancient Chinese science at the Needham Research Institute on the grounds of Cambridge University. From 2004 to 2007, Agnes was on the faculty at Brown University and was later recruited by Stanford University as the Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar for a special project on Rome and Han China.

Bomsinae Kim
Bomsinae has been active in the Korean-American community for many years, including as Executive Director of the Korean American Community Foundation. She also worked as a staff reporter for the The Korea Central Daily (Joongang Ilbo), a Korean language newspaper serving the Greater New York area. Bomsinae has degrees from Yonsei University and the Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea, and from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Bomsinae currently serves on the boards of the Korean American Community Foundation and Korean American Family Services Center.

Patricia J. Kozu
Patricia J. Kozu is the Managing Director at the National Employment Law Project, which is engaged in advocacy and research on labor issues affecting low-wage and unemployed workers and their families. Prior to that, she served as Vice President, Finance & Administration at the F.B. Heron Foundation. She also held executive positions at Citibank, American Express, and several entrepreneurial ventures. She serves on the board of directors of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. She also mentors Baruch College students. Pat earned a B.S. degree from the University of Washington and an M.S. from New York University.

Hali Lee
Hali Lee worked for many years in the domestic violence field, including as Executive Director of the Korean American Family Service Center in NYC. She has served on the boards of The New York Women's Foundation and the Robert Bowne Foundation. Currently, she directs development work at the Manhattan Country School and recently co-directed a documentary film, Prom Night in Kansas City. She graduated from Princeton University, studied Buddhism at Mahidol University in Bangkok, and received a Masters in Social Work from NYU.

Pat Lian
Pat Lian currently works at Time Inc. in Operations Management. For the last 8-plus years, she has also worked with a diverse set of clients on various Web, design, and marketing projects outside of Time. Pat has recently joined The Silvershed, a not for profit curatorial organization, in the developement of artist curated events. These efforts have culminated in the successful Collective Show New York and Collective Show Los Angeles, both shows featuring contributions from over 200 artists. She has an MBA from Stern School of Business and a passionate interest in photography.

Jiming Liang
Jiming Liang is Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the Charles B. Wang Foundation which focuses on children's health and education programs in the Asian American community. Previously she was a civil engineer at the NYC Department of Design and Construction doing policy work and a NYC Urban Fellow. Jiming received a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from Cooper Union. Jiming lives in Queens with her husband and young son.

Lena Lim
Lena is a Business Developer for B&N Industries, who design & manufacture store fixtures for global clients such as Apple, H&M and Macy’s. Born and raised in Queens, she lived in San Francisco, made it back East & now happily resides in Brooklyn with her husband. She has volunteered for committees such as PAVE (for student education in Visual Merchandising) and Blue Marble Dreams. She received a B.A. from Binghamton University and hopes to assist the AWGC in its goals and endeavors.

Susie Lim
Susie is a second generation Korean American currently working at the Citi Foundation as a Grants Manager. Susie worked in the past for the Tides Foundation, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), and New York City Council Member Eva Moskowitz. She has six years of experience in managing grant-making processes and operations as well as having a programmatic background on HIV/AIDS, education and housing. Susie graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science.

Ellen Liu
Ellen Liu is director of women’s health at the Ms. Foundation for Women where she oversees grantmaking and programming on reproductive health, rights, and justice. She previously worked as program officer at Open Society Foundations Public Health Program on international public health and human rights issues. She is a second generation immigrant and the daughter of Taiwanese florist entrepreneurs. Ellen has lived in China, Taiwan, and Italy and has traveled extensively in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Southern Africa. She holds an MA in international economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins and a BA in history from Georgetown University.

Christine Nakaoka
Christine Nakaoka is a partner at nakaoka / roberts, a store design firm located in Soho. Born in Korea and raised in California, Christine moved to New York in 1998 after accepting a position as VP of Store Design for Bergdorf Goodman. nakaoka / roberts was founded in 2003 with Norman Roberts, a fellow designer from Estee Lauder Company where she served as VP of Store Design for its Prescriptives Division after Bergdorf. Christine is a bit of a workaholic, and has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia for projects. She has a degree in Architecture from Cal Poly U San Luis Obispo.

Brigette Noh (BJ)
Brigette Noh (BJ) has practiced law for many years including at the American Civil Liberties Union and providing pro-bono services to asylum seekers and domestic violence victims. She is currently on the boards of the New York Asian Women's Center and the Korean American League for Civic Action. She received a B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvardís Kennedy School of Government, and her M. Phil and J.D. from NYU. She is currently starting a music label with her brother who is a musician.

Jackie Quan
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Jackie Quan has been a NYC resident for over three decades. A mom and entrepreneur, she manages her own business at Astor Madison Property. Jackie holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Economics from Columbia and a J.D. from Northwestern.

Angelie Singla
Angelie Singla has worked for Palladia, Inc., Sakhi for South Asian Women, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, UJA-Federation of New York, and Forest Hills Community House. Prior to switching to the not-for-profit sector, she managed the operations of several restaurants. She received her B.A from Pace University and recently received an MSW degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

Shalini Somayaji
Shalini has worked for many years within the immigrant and refugee communities around issues of family violence and human trafficking. She previously worked at Tapestri, a nonprofit dedicated to ending violence and oppression in refugee and immigrant communities, and Raksha, a nonprofit that serves the South Asian community in Atlanta. She has a BA in Child Development from Tufts University and a JD from Emory University School of Law.

Raquel Sumulong
Raquel Sumulong consults in the corporate and non-profit sectors on grants management, community engagement, program development, and strategic planning and has worked for such clients as the American Express Foundation, Fund for the City of New York and The New York Women's Foundation. She is actively involved with a number of organizations including Asia Society, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Carnegie Hall, Children's Aid Society, City Harvest, International House, James Beard Foundation and Municipal Art Society. Raquel has an M.A. in Arts Management from Columbia University, with a focus on Cultural Policy and a B.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University.

Jonna Tiu
Jonna Tiu is passionate about the arts. She belongs in the Account Management Group for BlackRock Financial Management. She earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration in Skidmore College. This year she got certified as a Holistic Health Counselor through the Insititute of Integrative Nutrition. She is thrilled to be a member of the Asian Women Giving Circle.

Vivian Tseng
Vivian is Senior Program Officer at the William T. Grant Foundation, a national funder of research to improve the lives of young people. As a member of the Foundation's Senior Program Team, she is responsible for setting program directions, developing and implementing new initiatives, reviewing proposals, and building grantee capacity. She leads the Foundation’s initiative on the use of research in public policies, programs, and services, and oversees the William T. Grant Scholars Program to promote the development of early career researchers. She publishes and presents on evidence-based policy and practice, education, youth development, and immigrant children and families. She was formerly Assistant Professor in Psychology and Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge. She has taught courses on child development, Asian American communities, and social change. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from NYU, and her B.A. in Psychology and specialization in Asian American Studies at UCLA.

Angie Wang, Director
Angie has over thirteen years of combined experience in nonprofit administration and management, program development, grantmaking, resource development and program evaluation. Previously, she was the Director of Programs at The New York Women’s and Program Director at the September 11th Fund where she oversaw a grant program for case management and health care services for dislocated workers in New York and Washington D.C. From 1997-2003, Angie worked at Safe Horizon, the largest victim assistance agency in the U.S, where she directed programs for victims of violence, abuse and individuals and families impacted by 9/11. Prior to coming to NYC, she worked in the areas of public health, environmental protection, and housing and homelessness in Northern California. She is Board President of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families and serves as a Commissioner on the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues. Angie has a BS in Human and Community Development and a BA in Women's Studies from the University of California, Davis.

Mannar Wong
Mannar Wong is an Associate Art Director for Penguin Random House. She volunteers for Reading Empowers and Everybody Wins, literacy programs for public school students, as well as other various non-profit organizations. She has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts.

Joyce Yu
Joyce Yu is recently retired from a long career as a representative for the United Nations Development Programme, the UN’s global fund and network for development, serving in Jamaica, Malaysia and Western Samoa. She started her UN career in UNIFEM, the UN’s fund for women and working with the UN Nongovernmental Liaison Service providing a bridge between NGOs and the UN. She spearheaded work on human trafficking and the impact of structural adjustment on women. Prior to this, she served as Executive Director of the Ms Foundation for Women and as a Programme Officer at the Otto Bremer Foundation in St. Paul Minnesota. She has been on the founding boards of Women and Foundations and Corporate Philanthropy, New York Grantmakers Association and was the founding President for the Museum of Chinese Americans. Her social activism begun as a community tenant union organizer in Minneapolis and she founded the Cedar Riverside People’s Center which provides free medical, vet and legal and psychological counseling. At that time, she also organized free music concerts in vacant lots to showcase new bands and create awareness for improved urban development. Her activism also includes organizing the largest ongoing campaign on the combined issues of peace and justice, unifying the peace and civil rights movements for the National Council of Churches. After working at the global level, the AWGC gives her the intimacy to get to know the grantees and be part of their future with a group of sisters.


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