State of APAs: Beyond the Model Minority
Betty Lo is vice president of community alliances & consumer
engagement for Nielsen and works with community leaders,
media, entertainment and consumer businesses to promote
Nielsen’s education, philanthropic, and public affairs initiatives
in the community. Betty is responsible for building community
alliances and increasing consumer engagement for the Eastern
U.S., the national Asian American community and for the
stewardship of Nielsen’s multicultural advertising initiatives.
Prior to joining Nielsen in 2013, Betty worked for 18 years with
global consumer product goods companies including The
Coca-Cola Company and Newell Rubbermaid leading initiatives in communications/PR, organizational development, change management, process improvement and building Asian-American business opportunities to increase organizational productivity and profitability. Betty is an active leader within the Asian-American community and serves on the National Board of Directors for Asian/ Pacific Islander American Chambers of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE), as a senior advisor for National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) – New York chapter, and on the Business Advisory Council of OCA – Asian American Advocates. She also served in various leadership roles, including President and Chair of the Board for NAAAP-Atlanta chapter, Co-Chair of the 2007 NAAAP National Convention, as executive board of Coca-Cola’s Women’s Forum, Coca-Cola’s Asian Employee Business Resource Group and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) – Georgia. As a mom to a six-year old active girl, Betty also enjoys sharing insights on the challenges and rewards of being a working mom. Betty has her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College and graduated from the Executive MBA program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Stewart Kwoh is the founding President and Executive
Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles
(formerly known as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center).
Kwoh is a nationally recognized leader and expert in race relations,
Asian American studies, nonprofit organizations and
philanthropies, civil rights, and legal services. He was named a
MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1998, becoming the first Asian
American attorney and human rights activist to receive this highly
prestigious recognition, often referred to as the “genius grant.”In
1983, Kwoh co-founded Asian Americans
Advancing Justice | Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Asian American
legal and civil rights organization that serves more than 15,000
individuals and organizations every year. Advancing Justice | Los Angeles’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. The organization provides direct services to individual clients; engages in policy advocacy, research and analysis; litigates impact lawsuits; and provides social change-based leadership training. Under Kwoh’s leadership, Advancing Justice | Los Angeles has become a leading advocate for Asian American and NHPI communities while working to build bridges with African American, Latino, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Kwoh earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.
Lisa Hasegawa is the Executive Director of the National
Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
(National CAPACD), the first national advocacy organization
dedicated to meeting the housing and community development
needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
The mission of National CAPACD is to improve the quality of
life for low-income Asian American and Pacific Islanders by
promoting economic vitality, civic and political participation, and
racial equity. National CAPACD is also the first and only
AAPI-serving HUD housing counseling intermediary. She currently
serves on the Board of the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Executive Board of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. Prior to joining National CAPACD, Lisa was the Community Liaison for the White House Initiative on AAPIs where she worked to involve and inform AAPI community groups across the country about Initiative activities. She also worked for the U.S. DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration and the Office of Minority Health. Lisa previously worked at two community health centers serving low-income AAPIs in Los Angeles and Oakland, California. She is a fourth generation Japanese American from California, and is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Robert Teranishi is Associate Professor of Higher Education at
New York University and Principal Investigator for The National
Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research
in Education, a project funded by the College Board and USA
Funds. He is also a faculty affiliate with The Steinhardt Institute
for Higher Education Policy and a consultant for the Ford
Foundation’s “Advancing Higher Education Access and
Success” initiative. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Teranishi
was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow at
the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at the University of Pennsylvania,
Teranishi’s research is broadly focused on race, ethnicity, and the stratification of college opportunity. His work has been influential to federal, state, and institution policy related to college access and affordability. Teranishi has provided congressional testimony regarding the Higher Education Reauthorization Act and No Child Left Behind, informed state policy decisions related to selective college admissions, and his research has been solicited to inform U.S. Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action and school desegregation. Teranishi is the recipient of the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award from NYU and was recently named one of the nation’s top “up-and-coming” leaders by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. His most recent book published by Teachers College Press is Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education.
David Louie has been a reporter for ABC7 News for 42
years and currently covers the technology and business
beat in the Bay Area. David has built a reputation of trust
and experience with viewers and has covered a wide
range of APA issues ranging from tobacco companies
targeting Vietnamese immigrant youth to smoke to the Bay
Area’s role in the Pacific Rim economy. David was the first
minority elected Chairman of the Board of the National
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1994, which
bestows TV's coveted Emmy Award. He helped establish and
lead the San Francisco Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and served as chapter president and National President where he helped raise money for student scholarships and mentoring dozens of youth aspiring and entry-level journalists. He currently serves on the board of the Radio Television Digital News Association and trustee of the foundation where he was instrumental in the creation of a new national “UNITY” Award for coverage of communities of color.