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The Next Wave of APA Political Empowerment

 


  Bill Wong is a political strategist specializing in
  campaigns, public relations, & legislative advocacy. 
  He served as an advisor on Asian American & Pacific
  Islander voter targeting to the California State Labor Federation's 
  successful Million More Voters independent expenditure campaign  
  in support of Jerry Brown for governor in 2010.  The  
  groundbreaking campaign set the industry standard for reaching
  and effectively persuading AAPI voters.
  Bill is the political director for the Asian American Small Business
  PAC that has contributed to the election of an unprecedented
number of Asian American candidates to state legislative and constitutional offices in California through direct financial support or cutting edge independent expenditure campaigns. In his various capacities, he has played a major role in election victories such as Judy Chu’s successful special election campaign for Congress in California (2009), John Chiang’s bid for California State Controller (2006), Paul Fong’s bid for State Assembly (2008), Warren Furutani’s bid for State Assembly (2007), and Mike Eng’s bid for Assembly (2006). He also worked directly in organizing Asian Pacific American support for several statewide ballot initiative campaigns.

Prior to launching his consulting firm, Bill served as Chief of Staff to State Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, Chief of Staff to State Assembly Member Judy Chu, Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to State Senator Hilda L. Solis, and Legislative Director to State Assembly Member Mike Honda. Bill Wong is the political director of the Asian American Small Business PAC and Principal Strategist for my consulting firm, Bill Wong LLC.


 Krystal Ka‘ai is the Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American  Caucus (CAPAC), a bicameral group of 41 Members of Congress who advocate on behalf  of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community at the federal level. In this role, she  manages the caucus’ internal legislative and policy agenda and facilitates its external  communication and outreach with the White House, federal government agencies, and  various Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander stakeholders. Prior to  joining CAPAC, Krystal held positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; t  the State of Hawaii, Office of Hawaiian Affairs; and the National Japanese American  Memorial Foundation. Born and raised in Hawaii, she graduated with honors from Lehigh  University with a B.A. in Political Science and a Business minor.


 John Chiang was first elected to serve as Controller of the State of California, the ninth-  largest economy in the world in November 2006 and reelected to serve a second term in  November 2010. Since taking office in January 2007, John took immediate action to make  the State’s finances more transparent and accountable to the public and to weed out  waste, fraud and abuse of public funds. His aggressive audits have identified more than $8  billion in taxpayer dollars that were denied, overpaid, subject to collection, or resulted in  revenues, savings and cost avoidance. As Controller during the worst economic downturn  since the Great Depression, John was forced to delay payments and issue IOUs in order  to preserve cash to meet obligations to education and bond holders. His cash  management was cited by rating agencies as a benefit to the State. John has received numerous awards for his leadership and public service, including the 2007 California Association of School Board Officer’s Honor Roll Award; the 2009 Jewish Labor Committee Max Mont Mensch Award; the Pat Brown Institute’s 2010 Public Servant of the Year; the 2010 Crystal Eagle Award from Coro Southern California; the 2011 Marvin Greene Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association Business and Corporations Law Section; and the 2011 Association of Government Accountants William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award for improving financial management practices and consistently exhibiting the highest personal and professional standards. In March 2014, he received a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award from California Lawyer magazine. John and his wife, Terry Chi, live in Torrance, California.


 Ling-Ling Chang was elected to the Diamond Bar City Council in 2009 and reelected in  2013. She also served as Mayor from 2011-2012. Ling-Ling brought a record of public  service to the City Council, having been elected to the Walnut Valley Water District’s  Board of Directors and served on the Diamond Bar Parks and Recreation Commission.  She also served as the Governor’s appointee to the California Board of Vocational Nursing  and Psychiatric Technicians. The Councilwoman is currently a principal at Strategy  Insights Group and most recently spent nearly 10 years as President and CEO of the  Youth Science Center, a non-profit science education organization that focuses on STEM  (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Her career has also included  experience in the private sector as a project manager for a health information systems firm consulting and training physicians, system administrators and medical staff at hospitals throughout Southern California. Ling-Ling serves on the Board of Cal Poly Pomona Partners-in-Education and had served on the prestigious National Development Council at Cal Poly Pomona. She is on the US Army Los Angeles Advisory Board and is a National Fellows Alumnus with the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute. Ling-Ling has been recognized by the State of California, the California State Legislature, various cities throughout the state, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, YWCA, local school districts and many other organizations. She was also recognized in 2006 by the Legislature as “Woman of the Year.”

 

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