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Evan Low Mayor, City of Campbell Term Expires: November 2014

Evan Low was elected to the Campbell City Council in November 2006 and was re-elected in November 2010. He currently works as the District Director for State Assembly member Paul Fong. He attended De Anza Community College and received his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. Evan also went to San Jose State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science then graduated from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Evan is serving as Mayor in 2013.


Past and Current Community Involvement:

  • President, National League of Cities Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) Caucus
  • Board Member, BAYMEC Board, Santa Clara County Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission
  • Member, Campbell Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, West San Jose/ Campbell Lion's Club
  • Advisory Board Member, Chinese Historical and Cultural Project
  • Advisory Board Member, Vision New America
  • Advisory Board Member, Asian Pacific Project American Leadership Institute
  • Vice- Chair, Santa Clara County Commission on Senior Care

Surviving

Lisa Lee served as the pro bono publisher of Hyphen magazine from 2008 - 2011(www.hyphenmagazine.com), an award-winning publication and website that covers Asian American arts, culture, and politics. In February 2011, Lisa co-founded Thick Dumpling Skin (www.thickdumplingskin.com), a community forum dedicated to discussing body image issues and eating disorders in the Asian American community. The site was picked by Audrey Magazine as one of the best blogs of 2011 and the duo was profiled in the April 2013 issue of Marie Claire in an article titled "The New Change Agents.” During her spare time, she serves as the communications co-chair for The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum San Francisco Bay Area chapter and sits on the board of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Lisa was listed on Angry Asian Man's list of 30 Most Influential Asian Americans under 30 in 2009 and is the recipient of the 2011 San Francisco Emerging Leader Asian American Heritage Award.  


Henry Tsai is part of Yahoo's Mobile & Emerging Products team that builds apps for millions of mobile users. He was an early employee at Astrid, a productivity startup that was acquired by Yahoo in 2013, as well as co-founder of a Facebook-funded startup. Henry started his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company's San Francisco office. He currently serves as co-president of the Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club. Henry writes at htsai.com; follow him on Twitter @henry_tsai.

 

 

 

Brina Lee is the first female engineer for Instagram, working on Android. Brina majored in Communications at UC San Diego as an undergrad, and began her first job at a startup in a marketing position. She quickly realized the company needed a website and taught herself to build it. She enjoyed coding and decided to pursue a CS degree. While taking the necessary classes to apply for a Masters program, she continued working part-time and later joined Yahoo! as an Interaction Designer. A year and a half later, after starting a CS Masters program at UCSD, she became a teaching assistant for Java classes and did software engineering internships at Google and Facebook. After joining Facebook full time, she joined Instagram in 2013 as the first female engineer.

 

Gary Sexton is a Bay Area based photographer, specializing in corporate work, headshots, portraits, and weddings. In 2009, he received his Communication Studies bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University, and began work in the non-profit sector.  In 2010, he decided to turn his passion for photography into a full time job. He invested in the equipment required to start a full service photography business. Since then, Gary has booked over 300 jobs. His portfolio includes an extensive array of companies and organization, including: CBS, SFMOMA, Airbnb, US Foods, Kaiser, Climate Reality, Disney, Starbucks, and Bleacher Report.

 


Thriving

Bob Lim recently retired from Kraft Foods Group after an illustrious 30 year career with the company.  In his most recent assignment, Bob was Vice President - West Area for Kraft, leading the field sales organization responsible for the customer business teams in 14 western states including Alaska and Hawaii.   

Bob has worked in the grocery / food industry for 35 years, working through college at Safeway Stores in Southern California before earning his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1983 and then joining Kraft Foods.  Since then, he has held various positions in field sales, HQ Franchise management, and executive management before being appointed as an officer of the company in 2000.   

While retired, Bob continues to remain active in the food industry and in his passion for education.  While serving as a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, he is also serves on the USC Marshall School of Business Advisory Board as well as being a strong supporter of numerous charities and food industry programs.

In 2011 he was inducted into the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation Hall of Achievement and in 2012 was awarded the Power of Hope award from the City of Hope, its highest individual honor for philanthropic support. Bob has been a long standing supporter of OCA and the Business Advisory Council for the last 15 years.  

Bob currently resides in Danville, California with his wife Susan.  They are proud parents of 2 boys, both currently in college.  

 

 Vincent Kitirattragarn,28, launched Dang Coconut Chips in 2012 after his mother gave him a recipe for Miang Kum, a Northern Thai dish that requires toasted coconut.  Dang Coconut Chips are sold in thousands of locations around the US, and can be found in Whole Foods (~100 stores including NYC and SF locations), Safeway, The Fresh Market, Sprouts, H-E-B, Vons, Stater Bros, and many independent grocers. Dang’s short-term goal is to become the first national brand for coconut chips. Read about the company’s "3Cs and 4Fs” philosophy at dangfoods.com. Dang is now undergoing massive growth and is "disruptive" in the sense that it’s trying to pioneer a completely new category within the supermarket. Not many Americans know what a coconut chip is and most buyers don't know where to place it in the store. Dang must deal with typical first-mover challenges such as educating people on how to use the product and does so by sampling and guerilla campaigns.  The Coconut Chips are made of sliced copra (coconut meat), seasoned with a pinch of sugar and salt and toasted to perfection. The toasting process caramelizes the sugars and creates a wonderfully buttery umami flavor from naturally occurring aromatic coconut oil. It’s a wonderful snack and a healthy alternative to fried chips, and dried fruits and nuts. For the home cooks out there, it’s a versatile topping that can be used to enhance ice cream, yogurt, salads, oatmeal and baked goods.  Vincent currently resides in Oakland, CA with his brother and business partner, Andrew. 

 

Mary Nicely is the President and CEO of Nicely Done Solutions, Inc (NDS)., a database development company located in Berkeley, California founded in 1994. The company’s solutions include the New Teacher Support Tracking System, the leading data tracking system used throughout California for BTSA programs. In addition to business and education systems, NDS provides pro-bono systems for a variety of non-profits for tracking donations, membership and social service case management.  Mary also serves as a Commissioner on the City of Berkeley’s Peace & Justice Commission, co-chair of the City of San Francisco’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration and Awards, on the membership committee for the Wellstone Democratic Club and volunteers/supports a variety of organizations focused on Burmese communities in the Bay Area and abroad. Prior to joining NDS, Mary worked for Apple Computer for 13 years. Her career at Apple Computer included administrative work, marketing, sales and her last position for 5 years as the K-12 Customer Support Manager for the Western United States. Mary grew up in Monterey, CA and attended Monterey Peninsula Community College receiving an AA in Business Administration. She transferred to UC Berkeley in 1980 and received a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies. She married her husband, whom she also works with, in 1982 and has two daughters.

 

Vicky Wong is President and CEO of DAE, a full service advertising firm that helps clients build brand equity and success in the Asian American market. With over 20+ years of experience in marketing and advertising, Vicky has been recognized as an expert in providing strategic advice to businesses and organizations whose objectives include the Asian American market.In addition to being a pioneer and a leader in her profession, Vicky also cares deeply about issues impacting the Asian American community. She is currently a director on the board of Pacific Asian American Bay Area Coalition (PAAWBAC) as well as marketing advisor for Asian Pacific Fund and Asia Society. Under her stewardship, DAE has played a pivotal role in promoting public awareness of important causes, including hepatitis B, cancer, diabetes, the annual celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and The 1882 Project.

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